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With apologies to the Mother Church of Country Music at the Ryman, the downtown nod goes to the reigning rookie of the year. Since opening last summer with a crowded schedule of concerts, the gentle sloping hills of Ascend Amphitheater have remained crowded with fans enjoying shows by the likes of varied acts such as Eric Church, Earth, Wind & Fire, Idina Menzel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Phish, and Widespread Panic. (OK, maybe those last two aren’t quite as varied…) Bonus: concessions from local favorites Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint.

Nashville

Ascend Amphitheater

Ascend Amphitheater

With apologies to the Mother Church of Country Music at the Ryman, the downtown nod goes to the reigning rookie of the year. Since opening last summer with a crowded schedule of concerts, the gentle sloping hills of Ascend Amphitheater have remained crowded with fans enjoying shows by the likes of varied acts such as Eric Church, Earth, Wind & Fire, Idina Menzel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Phish, and Widespread Panic. (OK, maybe those last two aren’t quite as varied…) Bonus: concessions from local favorites Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint.