The rock and roll genre roots itself in a spectrum of music styles including bluegrass, jazz, folk, soul and of course country. While country music has been a pivotal piece of the story of Nashville, it is not the only genre that defines Music City. Our goal is to celebrate Nashville as a destination for live music and to celebrate its musical diversity.
Why did you change the name of the event?
As the location of the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville is the undisputed capital of country music. But it is also much more than that. Nashville is home to many of the most talented musicians in all genres, and we want to celebrate that diversity in Music City while welcoming this event into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series family.
Will there still be country music?
Of course! You could never take the country out of Nashville, and we wouldn’t want to anyhow. Country music will still be prevalent on some of our 26 band stages along the course and throughout race weekend.
What about the headliner concert?
That’s still happening. With origins in bluesgrass, jazz, folk, soul, hip hop, punk and of course country music, Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville will embrace a variety of musical influences and our evening headliner concert will now reflect this diversity too.
Are there any other changes for 2016?
We are currently working closely with our city partners to make improvements to the downtown portion of the course for 2016. We will also be making some changes to the start line venue in order to alleviate congestion. Other than those improvements, you should expect the same amazing experience that this event has provided for the past 16 years.
Will you still be partnering with St. Jude?
You bet! You’ll notice that St. Jude features in our new logo and our official name. Our partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is as strong as ever and we look forward to helping our Heroes raise more money in 2016 than ever before.
I am already registered. How does this change affect me?
This change does not affect your registration at all, and you should still expect the same great race day experience that you initially signed up to be a part of. We look forward to seeing you at the start line on Saturday, April 30!