You need to know who Ms. Cheap is! Ms. Cheap writes for the Tennessean and has made a living helping the people of Nashville take advantage of what our amazing city has to offer without going broke! Follow her guide to the week's events and you'll leave feeling satisfied with your experience and the extra cash in your wallet.
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According to Ms. Cheap....
Best free music downtown:
You can’t go wrong with either Robert’s Western World or Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, both of which are in the 400 block of Broadway. Tootsie’s has live music from
9 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Robert’s has live music from
11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., and there is no cover charge at either place.
Best cheap beer downtown: Layla’s Bluegrass Inn at 418 Broadway has $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans until 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The PBR cans are $2.50 each at other times.
• Best cheap full-service lunch downtown: I picked two of these: Robert’s Western World, at 416 Broadway, offers a hamburger with chips for $5.25 or, even better, a fried bologna sandwich with chips for $3.75. Bring on the mustard!
And then there is Demos’ at 300 Commerce St., where on weekdays there are two lunch specials, one for $4.25 (it’s lasagna this week) and one for $5.99. Even at night and on weekends, there are some great $7 and $8 options on Demos’ menu.
• Best pickup lunch downtown: I like Manny’s House of Pizza in The Arcade, where you can get a generous slice of New York-style pizza for as little as $2.35. And I do love San Antonio Taco Co. at the corner of Third Avenue and Commerce Street. You can order yummy tacos a la carte for as little as $1.49 each.
» Best free parking downtown: You can park free in the state employee parking lots on the north and west side of the Tennessee State Capitol on nights and weekends and walk just about anywhere in downtown in less than
15 minutes. You also can park free at parking meters downtown after
6 p.m. every day and all day on Sundays and holidays.
» Favorite cheap downtown snack: Grab a $1 bag of roasted peanuts in the shell at The Peanut Shop at 225 Fourth Ave. N. in The Arcade. It is a 4-ounce bag. Or, if you want to share, you could spring for a 1-pound bag of the delicious nuts for $3.50, including tax.
• Favorite place to find a bargain downtown: At Simply the Best $10 Boutique, at 176 Second Ave. N., you can find scarves, hats, sunglasses, necklaces, earrings, watches, leather goods, gadgets, handbags, Nashville clothing and more, all at the $10 price point. Hours are 11 a.m.-
6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday,
11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday.
• Best places downtown to take a Nashville tourist photo: Lots of people get their photos taken with the Elvis statues on lower Broadway, and even more get shot with the giant guitar on the northeast corner of Fifth and Broadway, in front of Legends Corner. I can think of two other — and maybe better — choices. The stage in the Bridgestone Arena Visitor Center has a Nashville Music City backdrop and guitar prop. The center staff will even shoot the picture for you if you ask.
Another cool photo setting would be for you to play guitar with Chet Atkins. His statue at the corner of Fifth and Union features an empty stool so you can “air guitar” with the master for your keepsake photo.
» Best free downtown attractions:
I have several favorites, including Hatch Show Print at 316 Broadway, where you can get a 130-year look at posters that have sold millions of tickets for thousands of artists. These days, you also can see graphic artists creating vintage-looking posters for contemporary musicians.
My other pick is the Tennessee State Museum, which is free all the time and has a wonderful collection of Tennessee history. Its current exhibit is “Discovering the Civil War.” The downtown art galleries, such as The Arts Company, also are great places to see interesting art for free.
• Best place to get a free map and other information: The Visitors Centers in the glass tower at Bridgestone Arena and on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Commerce Street both have free maps. And you can look on most lampposts in the downtown area for a round map of the immediate area.
Taco Bell said the taco shells licked by an employee in a viral photo were not served to customers as part of training for a new product and "were in the process of being thrown out," but the employee has been fired.
But still... does this make you think TWICE?! Let me know your thoughts below!
Whether you're headed downtown for business or pleasure during this week's festivities, you'll want to be aware of the following road closures:
First Avenue South east lane nearest to Riverfront park, from Demonbreun to Broadway, is closed; reopening by 6 a.m. Monday.
Demonbreun north lane nearest to Walk of Fame Park, from Fourth to Fifth avenues, closed through 6 p.m June 11.
Acme Alley between First and Second avenues, closed through 6 a.m. Monday.
First Avenue from Demonbreun to Church Street, closed through 6 a.m. Monday.
Fifth Avenue from Korean Veterans Blvd. to Broadway, closed through noon Monday.
Broadway from First to Second avenues, closed through 6 a.m. Monday; and from First to Fourth avenues, closed beginning at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Monday.
The CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade and CMA Music Festival Block Party will cause the following road closures from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Tenth Avenue North from Broadway to Church Street.
Commerce Street from Ninth to Tenth avenues.
Ninth Avenue from Broadway to McGavock Street
Broadway from Fifth to 12th avenues, closed 10:20 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. only.
Florida Georgia Line is back with a new single and music video for "Round Here!" I think this may be the coolest FGL music video to date... what do you think?!
Hunter Hayes will headline CMT on Tour: Hunter Hayes’ Let’s Be Crazy tour this Fall, which kicks off October 10 in Knoxville, TN.
He will make his Ryman headline debut over two nights on Fri, Oct. 18 and Sat, Oct. 19. Tickets are priced at $42.50 and $35.00 available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Ryman box office and ryman.com. Both shows will start at 8 pm and go on sale June 14th!