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Nashville’s Life at Night – Where the Cars Are The Stars

Quintessentially Southern spirit flashes at night

By Emmy Burton
February 04 2022
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NASCAR bringing the heat on the streets of Nashville in amidst partygoers. Shutterstock.

Flying down the street aptly named Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville, a John Deere tractor towing a party wagon pulls up to a bar unloading screaming passengers dressed in sequined vests, cowboy boots, and sashes reading “Team x Bride.” 

One-by-one the party-goers stream like music from a hitched wagon, taking their place in que at the salon from which country cover songs, played by a live band, pulsate on to the city streets. But here in downtown Nashville, on this clear but definitively brisk Southern night, the ladies of the night are the cars that don’t just parade up and down the avenues -- these vehicles roar, with the bass-like sound of high-performance engines with body design customized Southern style, made more glorious when illuminated by neon signage in a way that makes the most sun-worn vintage pickups look “Fast & Furious” camera-ready. 

Confirming the universal appeal that drives an average of 16 million tourists spending $9 billion every year to the Music City is beyond the great country artists and songs the city produces: it’s in the spirit of this quintessentially Southern town, especially at night.

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NASCAR takes over Downtown Nashville on Broadway Street. The Lasco Press.  
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Honky Tonk bars on historical Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Shutterstock.
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Pedestrians and tourists flock the streets of Lower Broadway. Tennessean.
Neon signs on Broadway attract partygoers and bar hoppers. Belle Air Mansion.
Broadway street packed with partygoers bar hopping and listening to live music on a Saturday night. Tennessean.


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