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Nashville Dancin' Concert Series Makes Debut On Riverfront

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thousands of people spent Thursday night at the first night of the Nashville Dancin' concert series on the Cumberland River.

The concerts are the reincarnation of the popular Dancin' in the District series that had a successful run starting in 1993.

"There's a generation of Nashvillians that grew up doing, or being a part of, Dancin in the District, so it's exciting," said organizer Tom Morales.

The free concerts run every Thursday through August 1st.

"You're going to get food trucks, lots of live music and hopefully good sunshine and good friends," said Angie Gore, one of the organizers of the event.

The concert series has a line-up of local bands, and nationally known acts that will play the stage on the river over the next two months.

Fans will hear various genres of music at the concerts. 18 South is one of the local acts that played the inaugural concert for Nashville Dancin'.

"To have something that showcases all the different styles of music in this town is awesome," said Mike Bub, a band member of 18 South.

Several thousand people sat on the lawn at Riverfront Park Thursday night. Many of them were there back in the 1990's for the Dancin' in the District concerts.

Kim Walker went to those concerts when the started in 1993.

"I saw unbelievable music, and it was like this, it wasn't real crowded. It was heaven to come downtown," Walker said.

The reasoning behind Nashville Dancin' is to bring Nashvillians into the downtown area, but visitors said they could not help but get this taste of Music City.

"My cousin actually told me about it, because it used to be here. She said I think it's starting up again and so you should go, so we thought, lets go," said Trina Develive, who was visiting Nashville from Andover, Minn.

Whether the concert goers are local, or from out of town, they will bring a lot of money into the downtown area every Thursday night.

"The people come down here and we release 10,000 people to downtown Nashville businesses," according to Morales.

Nashville Dancin' runs through August 1st. The popular Live on the Green concert series starts at Public Square August 8.

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