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The New Nashville 2015

30+ of this years top businesses, concepts, and cultural events.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Various

Our budding city is facing staggering growth, with an estimated 11,000 people moving here each year. Luckily for us, many of those folks are opening businesses, bringing fresh ideas, much-needed services, and even a few indulgences to town. As 2015 draws to a close, we take a look back at the most exciting local launches over the past year. These are the companies, people, and ideas that are moving Nashville forward; we hope this list motivates you to check out all the ones you might’ve missed. Because before we know it, 2016 will be here—bringing with it another heap of new arrivals.

Culture

Ascend Amphitheater — This city-funded, Live Nation–operated venue sits right on the banks of the Cumberland. 301 1st Ave. S., 615-999-9000; ascendamphitheater.com

The Basement East — Expanding on the 8th Avenue original, Mike Grimes introduces another rocking venue for emerging bands. 917 Woodland St., 615-645-9174; thebasementnashville.com

First Tennessee Park — The shiny new Nashville Sounds stadium features local food and drink, including the offerings at the Goldberg brothers’ right field bar, The Band Box. 401 Jackson St., 615-690-4487; firsttennesseepark.com

George Jones Museum — Downtown now boasts a tribute to the storied singer’s 50-year career, complete with a rooftop bar and restaurant. 128 2nd Ave. S., 615-818-0128; georgejonesmuseum.com

Nashville Fashion Alliance — A powerhouse team of fashion pros is collaborating to grow the talent, jobs, and strength of the local fashion economy. nashvillefashionalliance.com

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival — The first Pilgrimage Festival landed on a sprawling Franklin farm this fall, bringing good vibes and two days of killer acts. pilgrimagefestival.com

“Soul of Nashville” at the Ryman Auditorium — Walk through this 4-D theater experience to relive 123 years of the auditorium’s history. 116 5th Ave. N., 615-889-3060; ryman.com

Sound Harvest Music Festival — A rock and pop playground, fall’s inaugural Sound Harvest fest included hometown heroes plus big names. soundharvest.com

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