The loss of coming together to hear live music has put a hole in our soul. Long before the Bridgestone Arena and Nissan Stadium hosted live acts, people flocked to Centennial Park to hear performances ranging from military bands to symphonies and from opera to country to rock. Music in the Park: Songs and Stories from Centennial Park 1896-2020 celebrates this rich history in a series of photographs and artifacts. Among the many nostalgic photos is this one of Clifford Curry performing at the Nashville Music Festival, an event hosted by radio station WMAK that attracted as many as 70,000 people in a weekend. Until we can enjoy live music together again in Centennial Park, give your soul a lift at Music in the Park, which can be viewed in The Parthenon’s East Gallery through December 6, 2020.
Left to right: Clifford Curry, Wade Conklin, Buzz Cason, Mac Gayden
Photograph courtesy of Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 1968