Scheduled to play Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert For Flood Recovery Hosted By Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at 7pm, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville are Billy Ray Cyrus, Montgomery Gentry, Julie Roberts, Blake Shelton, ZZ Top, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Miley Cyrus, Brooks and Dunn, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Amy Grant, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Micheal W. Smith, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, and Taylor Swift.
Nominated for the 2007 Pollstar Concert Industry Venue of the Year Award, the fourth time nominated, and formerly known as the Gaylord Entertainment Center, the Sommet Center, and the Nashville Arena, Bridgstone is owned by the Sports Authority of Nashville and Davidson County, and operated by the Powers Management Company of the Nashville Predators National Hockey League Team.
Noted for its odd-shaped south end seating configuration, two large round roof support columns, one suite level, no mid-level seating, upper seating close to the floor, and a seating capacity ranging from 10,000 for half-house concerts to 20,000 for center-stage concerts, the Bridgestone Arena has been the host of many concerts, religious services, Southeastern Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, and NCAA Mens and Womens Basketball Tournaments, PBR Bull Riding Events, US Figure Skating Association National Championships, US Gymnastics Championships, Arena League Football games, the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, professional wrestling, and several boxing matches.
Among the hardest hit major Nashville venues devastated by the May 2, 2010 flood were the Grand Ole Opry House, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, the Opry Mills Shopping Center, the General Jackson Showboat, the Wildhorse Saloon, the Musicians Hall of Fame, Music Valley Drive, SoundCheck Nashville, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Bluebird Cafe, LP Field, the MetroCenter, Bridgestone Arena, and the popular Norm’s River Road House Restaurant, not to mention those who lost everything they owned, and for some, their lives.
Nashville Flood 2010 events that have been held to benefit victims of the worst flood in the city’s 204 year history have included the Next Big Nashville’s Big Gear Giveback Donation Drive at the Hardrock Cafe to assist Musicians who lost their instruments in the flood, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Summer Trade Show at the Nashville Convention Center, the MusicCares.org Nashville Relief Fund, Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam during the CMA Music Festival, the Academy of Country Music’s Lifting Lives Benefit, the Music City Keep on Playin’ – A Benefit For Flood Relief, Chely Wright’s Tenth Annual Reading, Writing, & Rhythm Benefit Concert, the United Way’s Middle Tennessee Flood Relief Fund, Hands On Nashville, the CMA Music Festival, the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s “Restore the Dream” Fund, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Antioch Relief Center, the Third Annual “Love Your Neighbor” Christian Music Benefit Concert, Jack White’s Auctioned custom-built Ludwig Muser marimbus played on White Stripes 2005-2006 World Tour, the GAC Flood Relief Telethon, John Rich’s song “Lend A Hand,” the Country Throwdown Tour, the Norm’s River Road House Restaurant Benefit, the Rebuild This City Benefit Concert, Night Out For Nashville, the Nashville Palace “A Drop In The Bucket” Benefit, Carrie Underwood’s Temporary Home Fund, “Thank You Friends: A Tribute To Alex Clinton and Big Star,” the Working 4 You: Flood Relief With Vince Gill and Friends,” Telethon, the Grammy Block Party, the Bonnaroo Festival, many monetary contributions from famous Personalities and unknown people as well, and a whole lot more outpouring of love from a community that knows how to take care of its own.
Entertainers who have donated their time, money, and so much more to relief efforts for Music City includes a Who’s Who seldom seen before including Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Brad Paisley, Deirks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Rodney Atkins, T. Graham Brown, Stonewall Jackson, David Frizzell, Charlie Louvin, Charlie McCoy, Jimmy C. Mewman, Vince Gill, Allison Krauss, John Rich, Jack Ingram, Eric Church, the Eil Young Band, Big Kenny, Sarah Buxton, Sheryl Crowe, CeCe Winans, Jaci Velasquez, Jars of Clay, Bo Bice, Christopher Cross, Kesha Sebert, Todd Snider and the Eastside Bulldogs, Bobby Bare Junior, Ten Out Of Tenn, Brandon Heath, TobyMac, Mike Donehey, Tenth Avenue North, Elizabeth Cook, Tim Carroll, Mark Horn, Dennis Taylor, Will Hoge, Jen Ganderman, Eric McConnell, Keb’ Mo’, Randy Montana, Widespread Panic, Heather Morgan, Jedd Hughes, Ashley Ray, Tray Olsen, Brad Tarsi, Cory Branan, Dave Pahanick, David Olney, Paper Route, Sean Patrick McGraw, Jody Stephens, Brendon Benson, Carl Broemel, Hillbilly Casino, The Dozen Dimes, and countless others.
This Article was compiled from several websites that provide much more information about the May 11, 2010 Nashville Flood including:
cfmt.org/flood relief (the website for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s flood relief efforts)
namm.org (website for the NAMM Summer Trade Show Benefit)
americansongwriter.com (website for the Next Big Nashville Big Gear Giveback Donation Drive)
nashville.gov/flood (website about the Nashville Flood)
associatedcontent.com (Nashville Flood 2010 – We Will Survive, Article written by this Author)