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Published: 4/3/2012

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Musicians Corner Returns for its Third Season in Centennial Park

Free Weekly Events beginning on Saturday, May 5th

Nashville, TN (April 3, 2012)—Musicians Corner, Nashville’s free weekly lawn party in Centennial Park, will kick off its third season on Saturday, May 5.

Musicians Corner’s spring season takes place on Saturdays from May 5 to June 30. The May 5 kick off event at Musicians Corner will begin with a Mobile Food Court lunch from 11 AM - 3 PM, featuring several of Nashville’s mobile food trucks. Musicians Corner will provide unplugged acoustic entertainment on site from 1 - 3 PM for people who turn out early to enjoy lunch in Centennial Park.

Musicians Corner’s third season officially begins at 3 PM and runs until 6 PM. The kick off event will feature musical performances, Kidsville activities, a Dog of the Day award, mobile food trucks, prize giveaways and showcase nonprofit partner World Vision. May 5 performers include The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sugar & The Hi Lows, Escondido and more to be announced. The Mix 92.9 Kidsville area, which is being funded in part by a generous grant from the Jackson National Community Fund, will feature crafts and other fun activities for the little ones. Musicians Corner attendees are encouraged to stop by the 41st Annual TACA Spring Craft Fair taking place in Centennial Park from 10 AM to 6 PM on May 5.

"We're planning another wonderful season of free family-friendly entertainment for the Nashville community" said John Tumminello, Musicians Corner Executive Director. "We hope people will spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon with us to enjoy some of the best music Nashville has to offer!"

Last year, Musicians Corner presented a diverse line-up of music by: Emmylou Harris, Gabe Dixon, The Wooten Brothers, Nanci Griffith, Ben Sollee, Trent Dabbs, Melinda Doolittle, Sarah Buxton, The Vespers, Damien Horne, James Otto, The Delta Saints, Pat McLaughlin, Nathan Angelo and over 100 additional performers.

“Musicians Corner is one of the many long-term initiatives that helps to highlight Nashville globally as Music City,” said Mayor Karl Dean. “While Musicians Corner offers our citizens free weekly entertainment at one of our most beautiful urban parks, it also provides a great venue for local musicians and opportunities for visiting artists to share their creative talent with our community.”

The 2012 season will feature more multi-genre musical performances by over 60 artists including: David Mead, Emily West, The McCrary Sisters, k.s. Rhoads, Jim Lauderdale, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Heypenny, Bo Bice, Sugar & The Hi Lows, Chuck Mead, The Kicks, Jill Andrews, Andy Davis, Jason Eskridge, Sarah Siskind, Star and Micey, Blue Mother Tupelo, Umbrella Tree, Marc Scibilia, Christabel and the Jons, The Cumberland Collective and Megan McCormick. You can view the entire confirmed spring season schedule at MusiciansCornerNashville.com. More artists will be announced throughout April.

The spring season of Musicians Corner will take place from 3-6 PM on Saturdays in May and June on Centennial Park’s front lawn (near McDonalds). After a break during Nashville’s “hot” months, Musicians Corner will present its fall season on Saturdays from September 1 to October 27.

Musicians Corner is a program of The Conservancy for The Parthenon and Centennial Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is funded and made possible by the generous support of over 25 organizations in the music, media and business community.

Sponsors include: World Vision, The Conservancy, Vanderbilt University, City National Bank, Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Metro Parks, Taziki’s, Baker Donelson and Friendly Arctic.

Music Industry Partners include: BMI, Brantley Sound Associates, The ASCAP Foundation, SESAC, SAE Institute, Paul Worley Productions, EMI, Sony Music, Sony/ATV Publishing, We Make Tapes & Discs, Nashville Symphony, Music City Roots, American Songspace and Nashville Songwriters Association.

Media Partners include: Lightning 100, Nashville Scene, Mix 92.9, NowPlayingNashville.com and Mogreet.

Additional partners and sponsors will be announced throughout the month of April.

For more information about Musicians Corner, please visit www.musicianscornernashville.com.