“The Soundtrack of America: Made in Tennessee.” That is the tagline for the state of Tennessee to pique the interest of travelers wanting a taste of Tennessee culture. Tennessee is a beautiful state with mountains, flatlands, and serene scenery, but it is well-known for the music. Nashville, TN is Music City. Memphis, TN is Home of the Blues. There is music in almost every place you may stop to visit if you are traveling through Tennessee. But when you hear about a place like Discovery Park of America, you may not immediately think about all the music events and concerts we have in the charming small town of Union City. Well, friends, think again. Discovery Park of America is the perfect venue for concerts and music events. In fact, we have over 60 different ones that have been booked for 2016.
We get it. Music shapes us into the people we are today in some way, shape or form. It makes us feel. It makes us cry, laugh, smile, and even bring back memories, good or bad. Discovery Park embraces this music culture by having artists perform at Libation Station, Southern Nights concerts, Singer-Songwriter Night, and more. If you, your spouse, family or friends are music lovers, then we encourage you to not only visit Discovery Park of America during operating hours, but stick around for the night life of live music, concerts and entertainment.
LIBATION STATION AT THE DEPOT – All Summer 2016
Libation Station is a free after-hours event that occurs most Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer months at the Train Depot at Discovery Park of America. Libation Station opened in the summer of 2014, and it has been back each summer by popular demand! Guests can walk through the train to buy their choice of drink, whether it is wine or a specialty drink from the train bar, such as a “Whistle Blower” or “The Locomotive.” Most nights, you can listen to live music by local artists and enjoy the nice summer breeze as you wind down for the evening. Libation Station is a unique place to experience the music of Tennessee. Libation Station is open most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings now through August 27, and will then be open most Thursday nights only for the months of September and October.
SINGER-SONGWRITER NIGHT – May 19, 2016
This is a once-a-year event held in May that sells out within two days of going on sale! If you are familiar with the well-known Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN, then you will enjoy this evening. Phillip Coleman, an Obion County native and singer-songwriter, always bring two of his fellow writers for a night of laughter, tears, and stories. One year, Paul Overstreet was here telling his story of how he wrote Randy Travis’s “Forever and Ever, Amen.” This year, Phillip brought the ever-lovable Roxie Dean and the humble Tony Arata for a night of music among 200 guests. Phillip Coleman will forever be our favorite guest for the popular Singer-Songwriter evening! Be on the lookout for next year’s tickets to go on sale!
SOUTHERN NIGHTS CONCERTS– July 2, July 23, and August 6
Southern Nights is the name of the summer festival series held on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America! Our first Southern Nights concert was on Saturday, May 7, featuring Clark Beckham from American Idol, and it was a hit! The set up on the lawn was perfect with a wine and beer garden, a cigar bar, and a large open area for people to sit with their bag chairs and picnic blankets. Food was available to purchase, and a specialty food truck was on site. Admission to Southern Nights is only $10, plus tax, and is totally worth it. You get a great view of the concert stage, a gorgeous sunset in the background, and the coolest atmosphere in Tennessee. Southern Nights concerts will continue on July 2 with
crowd favorites Olivia Faye and the 24 Seven Band. Jason D. Williams will return to Discovery Park on Saturday, July 23, and impress the crowd with his Jerry Lee Lewis impersonations. And then the final band to wrap up the Southern Nights series will be The WannaBeatles concert on August 6. And yes, they are a Beatles cover band that look and sound just like the real guys! Don’t miss the chance to embrace tasty food, drinks and live music at this year’s Southern Nights on the Great Lawn.
7 BRIDGES: THE ULTIMATE EAGLES EXPERIENCE – CONCERTS – September 16, 2016
“Take It Easy” with your friends at the FREE Cornfest Concert featuring the Eagles Cover Band, 7 Bridges, on Friday, September 16, at 7:00 that evening! Union City is home of the Cornfest, which is a week-long event with different activities throughout Union City. One of the newest additions to Cornfest has been the Cornfest Concert that is held on Friday evening at Discovery Park of America. 7 Bridges will be playing on the Great Lawn, and it is absolutely free! Bring your bag chairs and lawn blankets for a fun evening to wind down summer and welcome fall weather. Food will be available to purchase. We hope to see you at the ULTIMATE Eagles Experience with the 7 Bridges Band!
BEER, BLUES & BRATS – October 8, 2016
Do you like Beer? Do you like Blues music? Do you like Brats hot off the grill with all the fixings? Then you are definitely going to want to check out the free Beer, Blues and Brats event on October 8, 2016. Not only will you taste local beer, but you will also enjoy the soul music of two blues bands. Little Boys Blue is scheduled to play from 5:30 – 7:00, and then 61 South will take the stage at 7:30 to complete the night’s fun. Gates open at 5:00, and guests will be asked to show their I.D. before entering. Bring your buddies, your girlfriends, or that special someone for a night of Beer, Blues and Brats on the Great Lawn at Discovery Park of America.
OTHER MUSICAL EVENTS AT THE PARK
There are always events happening at Discovery Park of America, and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest. Music is important to the state of Tennessee, and we are so lucky to be able to embrace it with the coolest venue for music events and concerts. There will music on the Fourth of July, a small musical held in the Chapel on September 22, and then with Christmas brings lots of Christmas joy and spirit with the David Johnson Chorus. And to end the year and start a new one, join Magi as they sing and dance the night away for the New Year’s Eve Gala! Be sure to check out our website for more details on the different events, music-related or not, and start planning your trip to visit Discovery Park of America!