Titans are the NFL football team in Nashville. If you drive around this town you'll see lots of Titans flags and stickers. The Coliseum opened its doors in the national spotlight with a preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 27, 1999, in which country music star Faith Hill sang the National Anthem
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Tootsie Bess bought this place in 1960.
She credits a painter with naming Tootsie’s. She came in one day to find that he had painted her place orchid…thus the name Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
Records recorded about Tootsie’s include “The Wettest Shoulders in Town” and “What’s Tootsies Gonna Do When They Tear the Ryman Down?”
It is rumored that Roger Miller wrote “Dang Me” in Tootsies.
Famous early customers were Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall, Hank Cochran, Mel Tillis, Roger Miller, Webb Pierce, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and many more.
Movies filmed at Tootsie’s include “W.W. & the Dixie Dance Kings” starring Bert Reynolds, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” about Loretta Lynn and starring Sissy Spacek, and “The Nashville Rebel” starring Tex Ritter, Porter Wagoner, Faron Young, Loretta Lynn, The Wilburn Brothers, and Waylon Jennings.
A segment of the Dean Martin summer show was filmed at Tootsie’s.
Willie Nelson got his first songwriting job after singing at Tootsie’s.
The photo and memorabilia lined walls are called the “Wall of Fame”.
Tootsie was known to slip $5’s and $10’s into the pockets of luckless writers and pickers.
It was said that she had a cigar box behind the counter full of IOU’s from where she had given drinks and food to hungry pickers and writers. Supposedly, at each years end, a bunch of Opry Performers would take all the IOU’s and pay Tootsie so she wouldn’t lose the money.
At her funeral were Tom T. Hall, Roy Acuff and Faron Young. She was buried in an orchid gown, with an orchid placed in the orchid-colored casket, so she could take her favorite flower with her to heaven. Connie Smith sang some of Tootsie’s favorite hymns at the funeral. just walk in
A Different Kind of Japanese Steakhouse
Japanese - without sushi....hmmmmm... OK, this was a strange experience. First of all, my daughter has eaten at quite a few of the Kobe Japanese restaurants and this is not a part of that chain. They make you take your shoes off and you have to crawl into chairs that are NOT attached and have no legs. One gentleman hurt himself trying to get out of his. It has hibachi which was very good to eat although not so much on the showmanship. Our cook seemed to just be there...kind of bored. The waitress was nice enough although she seemed to get insulted when you didn't understand something she said. The prices were about average but I would give it 2 stars for ambience. I had lobster and filet. It was awesome. I guess that's what really counts but I was so looking forward to sushi that it was a bit disappointing.
Steak & Spaghetti at Demo's Downtown
I've been going by this place the entire year I've lived in Nashville, but never went in because I thought it looked like an expensive restaurant. I was wrong! I decided to give Demo's a try because I was given a coupon for a free Spinach appetizer, and the coupon came attached to a menu. I went inside just as it started to rain. The inside of the restaurant feels very warm, with wood walls, and step-down to the dining room. I was seated at the window which was slightly lower than street level - it was lovely. The food came quickly, the waitress was very friendly, and it was a wonderful meal. I can see how Demo's would be a romantic place for dinner - it feels very upscale. I will certainly be back again! I ordered the steak & spaghetti for $9.95. It came with soup or salad - I had the Oven Roasted Chicken Soup, which was out of this world! The free (I had a coupon) spinach appetizer came with tortilla chips and was quite good. My steak was cooked perfectly, and seemed a large portion (although, that may have been because I was already full from the soup, spinach, and bread...) and I got the spaghetti with butter and mushrooms which was very tasty.
Pick Up A Local Paper To Know Whats Going On
THE CITY PAPER is very good, free local paper that covers both current affairs, news, plus entertainment and eating guides, job seeking info, real estate, etc. Even if one does not want to read up about local news, from the large number of advertisements inside one can plan what wants to do while visiting. Also visit www.nashvillecitypaper.com for more information about where to find it, seems both most hotels, restaurants offer the paper free in racks at front doors.
ALL THE RAGE is more for the younger crowd it seems, more concert information, local bands, live music, celebrations, carnivals, festivals, that sort of thing. I really enjoyed the many terrific articles and interviews with local merchants and restauranteurs, to help one decide where they wish to go. Its very colourful, happening, chic. Some of the regular headings are: "Fashion Victim", "Chew On This", "Eat Beat" and "Why I Rock" covering male vs. female issues. You´ll notice the staff of the paper are all young people for the most part, didn´t see any I would guess over 35.
SOME UPCOMING OR RECENT EVENTS IN NASHVILLE:
September 10th, Motley Crue was at Starwood Amphitheatre
Sept. 9-11 The Australian Festival took place at Centennial Park. Also I think there was a Greek Festival this same time, but at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, everyone was welcome to attend.
Sept 18th Coldplay and Riley Owens will be at Starwood Amphitheatre also. All ticket info for this location can be found at www.ticketmaster.com or call 615-255-9600.
An Upcoming Event I would LOVE to see is Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, October 31 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Oh wow, its so many to try to list. But if you are going to be in Nashville soon or before the year end, be sure and pick up a copy of ALL THE RAGE for all information for concerts: bluegrass, rock and roll, punk, local bands, classical, R&B, cause its all inside a great free paper.