Plus, the cities most like Nashville.
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A view of Nashville's Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge above the Cumberland River.
Fun fact: All three cities — Nashville, Austin, and Brisbane — have bodies of water that run near their downtown areas. | Photo by NASHtoday
With peak summer tourist season in full swing, we’ve got travel on the brain. Some people might be looking to escape to the other side of the world — may we suggest one of our sister cities — while others could be looking for a quick weekend getaway. Either way, it can be nice to find a little familiarity wherever you roam.

We asked ChatGPT to help us find travel destinations that share similarities with Music City. Here’s what the artificial intelligence program said.

Important note: Anything written by AI below will be in italics for clarity.

A skyline view of Austin, TX with Lady Bird Lake and multiple overpasses in the frame.

Does Austin’s growing skyline remind you of Nashville’s? | Photo by EranVzl via Wikimedia Commons

Which US city is most like Nashville?

Austin, Texas

Music scene: Nashville is famously known as “Music City,” and similarly, Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” with a diverse music scene that includes country, blues, rock, indie, and more. Both cities attract musicians from around the world and have numerous live music venues.

Economic growth: Nashville has diversified its economy beyond music, with strong sectors in healthcare and technology. Austin has also seen growth in technology and entrepreneurship, often referred to as a tech hub in Texas.

Quality of life: Both cities consistently rank high in quality of life surveys due to factors such as cultural amenities, outdoor recreation, and overall livability. They offer a mix of urban amenities and access to natural beauty.

A skyline view of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with the Brisbane River and 15+ boats in the frame.

Both Brisbane and Nashville have a “relaxed and laid-back cultural vibe,” according to AI. | Photo by Kgbo via Wikimedia Commons

Which international city is most like Nashville?

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Music scene: Brisbane and Nashville have vibrant music scenes with a diverse range of genres and a strong emphasis on local artists. Nashville is famous for country music but also embraces other genres, while Brisbane is known for its indie and alternative music scenes.

Economic growth: Both cities have experienced significant growth and development in recent years and have diverse economies that include sectors like finance, technology, healthcare, and education.

Quality of life: Brisbane and Nashville offer high standards of living with access to cultural amenities, outdoor activities, and a pleasant lifestyle.
What other US city do you think is most like Nashville?
Core Spaces
Wednesday, July 10
  • National Kitten Day | Wednesday, July 10 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | The Catio, 2416 Music Valley Dr., Ste. 119 | $12 | Order a beverage from the cafe before visiting with adoptable kittens.
  • Medium Build Release Celebration | Wednesday, July 10 | 4-5 p.m. | Grimey’s, 1060 E. Trinity Ln. | Free+ | Nick Carpenter celebrates his newest release, “Country!,” by performing a short set and signing albums — preorder your copy for a signing wristband.
Thursday, July 11
  • Po’boys and Poets Open Mic Night | Thursday, July 11 | 4-7 p.m. | Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway | Free | Be in the audience as poets and spoken word artists gather at the Frist to share their work.
Friday, July 12
  • Whiskey Tasting Factory | Friday, July 12 | 5:30 p.m. | Grand Hyatt Nashville, 1000 Broadway | $45 | A mixologist will guide attendees through a lineup of premium single-barrel Tennessee whiskeys.
  • Sumo + Sushi | Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14 | Times vary | The Fairgrounds Nashville, 625 Smith Ave. | $83+ | Expect equal parts entertainment and education with live exhibition matches, first-hand stories, and more — 21+ event with the exception of the afternoon Sunday show.
Saturday, July 13
  • Urban Green Lab Mural Launch Party | Saturday, July 13 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Turnip Truck, 5001 Charlotte Ave. | Free | Celebrate the third installment in Urban Green Lab’s “Waste Less” murals project with cooking demos, free food, live music, and a story walk.
  • Flower Crown Workshop | Saturday, July 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Nashville Flower Market, 2615 Lebanon Pk. | $65 | Create your very own whimsical flower crown at this hands-on workshop.
Sunday, July 14
  • Monroe Tour of Homes | Sunday, July 14 | 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Monroe in Green Hills, 1106 Granny White Ct. | Free+ | Tour multiple homes while sipping on cocktails/mocktails and snacking on food truck eats — suggested donations benefit the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center.
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News Notes
  • Imeca Lumber and Hardware is expected to set up shop in the Madison area (3544 Dickerson Pk.), according to a Metro permit. The retail hardware chain mainly operates in Florida, with the nearest location to Nashville in Atlanta. (Nashville Post)
  • More than 15 Nashville-area restaurants — 360 Bistro, Char, and Yolan, to name a few — were recognized on Wine Spectator’s 2024 Restaurant Awards, which highlights businesses where wine is especially of note. See the full list.
  • Joe Bonsall, a longtime member of The Oak Ridge Boys, died yesterday at age 76. Along with the band, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and 2015, respectively. (Variety)
  • TPAC announced a slate of family shows, including “SUGAR SKULL! A Dia de Muertos Musical Adventure” (Oct. 27), “Sesame Street Live! Say Hello” (Nov. 3), “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” (Nov. 23), and “Dog Man: The Musical” (March 1-2). Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12.
  • Free lunch alert. Puckett’s trolley will be parked behind Franklin’s Boys & Girls Club (129 W. Fowlkes St.) tomorrow, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up pulled pork, baked beans, mac n’ cheese + rolls at no cost, while supplies last.
  • Through the end of July, the state is encouraging a “FAFSA Frenzy,” or a push to get high school seniors to complete the 2024-2025 application before Tennessee Promise’s FAFSA filing deadline on Thursday, Aug. 1. Learn more + apply.
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
🎤 The setlist is in your hands
A fan holds up the rock on sign while Brothers Osborne performs on the Nissan Stadium stage with two larger than life skeletons.
Brothers Osborne had a scary good performance on the Nissan Stadium stage during CMA Fest 2022. | Photo by NASHtoday
No really, it is. Red Bull Jukebox, a concert where fans determine what’s played live, makes its US debut in Music City on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Before we explain how it works, here’s the lineup:
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Shaboozey
  • Priscilla Block
  • Tucker Wetmore
  • Muscadine Bloodline
  • The Castellows
Guests will shape the show by voting on song selections, performance styles, and surprise moments. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12, and from there, fans can cast their votes on the website.

Fast forward to October. Upon entering the venue, ticket holders will receive a light-up wristband to vote on more elements in person, choosing “red” or “blue” for each live pick.
The Buy
Cozy Earth’s Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set, so you can enjoy soft, luxurious sheets that also keep you cool. How you know they’re good: The sheets were featured on Oprah’s 2018 Favorite Things list.
The Wrap
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From the editor
If patio weather is calling your name, I have good news: Sunset on Belcourt officially opens tomorrow, July 11 at 2000 Belcourt Ave. Check out the restaurant’s website for its business hours + food and drink menus.
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