The Soundtrack of Tennessee: Discovery Park Doing Its Part to Bring Music to This Area

The Soundtrack of Tennessee: Discovery Park Doing Its Part to Bring IMG_2995 (2) Music to This Area  by Mary Nita Bondurant, Union City, TN

There are fifty states in the good ‘ol USA, and most of them are known for something. Florida has its beaches and alligators. Idaho has its  potatoes. And Tennessee has music. From country music which began in Bristol and became famous in Nashville, to the blues, rock, and soul sounds of Memphis, there’s no doubt. Tennessee is the music capital of the United States. That’s why Tennessee’s Tourism Department has adopted the slogan: The Soundtrack of America: Made in Tennessee. 

Clark Beckham
Clark Beckham from American Idol will perform May 7, 2016.

Discovery Park of America will join in promoting Tennessee’s rich music heritage by hosting music events right here in Northwest Tennessee. Having already played host to some crowd-pleasing favorites like Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Sawyer Brown, and Restless Heart, park management plans to bring fresh, new toe-tapping festival fun to town this summer.

In addition to offering weekend and evening musical events, the park is will host Southern Nights, a music festival series that will be fun for all ages. Bring your blankets and bag chairs out to enjoy an entertaining music line-up. Tickets will be just $10. Guests will enjoy the aroma of a wide-variety of delicious food like fried wings, meat kabobs, caramel corn, and other taste titillating fresh-cooked food choices. The great lawn will take on a festival atmosphere with food tents scattered around the Beer and Wine Gardens, lots of Bourbon and Wine Barrels, a great environment for snacking and conversing with friends. Creative lighting, yard games, and pre-concert music will all add to the fun and festivities on the Great Lawn. Southern Nights music festival guests will find a Cigar Bar tucked away in the back. New this year, Cigar Bar is offered in response to visitor requests. It will be isolated in the back of the festival, at the request of other guests.

Southern Nights music line-up:

  • May 7: Clark Beckham (From “American Idol”)
  • July 2: Two Acts: Olivia Faye with her band, plus 24 Seven (A popular cover band)
  • July 23: Jason D. Williams (sounds a lot like the famous Jerry Lee Lewis)
  • August 6:– Wanna Beatles (Guess what they will be playing?)
    Olivia Faye
    Olivia Faye and her band will perform July 2, 2016.

Southern Nights is just part of DPA’s full music line for 2016. In total, over 60 evenings of music are scheduled at the park. A crowd pleaser, hometown songwriter Phillip Coleman, shows up with a couple of his buddies from Nashville for Singer-Songwriter Night in May. This popular event usually sells-out when the first email goes out to members. This year, Phillip is bringing Roxie Dean, along with Tony Arata, who wrote “The Dance,” one of Garth Brooks’ hits.

Libation Station opens on May 5 with a Grand Opening Party. This one night only, enjoy a party atmosphere with a wide variety of wine and beer, grapes, cheese, and meat hot off the grill. Opening night admission is $25 for members and $30 for non-members (includes include beer, wine, and food). Regular hours for Libation Station will be most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. throughout the summer (free admission). Live music and snacks are always available in the Train Bar. The fun thing about Libation Station is that we feature local talent in an appealing venue. Come and watch the gorgeous Obion County sunset from the deck at the Train Depot with Discovery Center rising majestically in the foreground. Join us on your summer evenings at Libation Station. Walkers and fishermen are also welcome to do their thing on the evenings that Libation Station is open.

This summer is all about music, and our local Cornfest festival has jumped on the bandwagon, offering a FREE concert featuring Changes in Latitude, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, on September 16 at the park. For people who love Blues, October 8 will bring Beer, Blues and Brats to the park featuring regional favorites, Little Boys Blue and 61-South.

On December 3, the park hosts the David Johnson Chorus in Dinosaur Hall. This amazing group sings a cappella and has delighted crowds at places like the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, and as far away as Washington, DC. The music will continue right up to mSouthern Nights Hometown Adidnight on December 31, as Discovery Park of America will ring in the New Year with a dance band called Magi. This is the second annual New Year’s Eve party, with Magi returning by popular demand.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said that, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” And, we know the soundtrack of Tennessee causes people to flock to our great state. If you like music, don’t spend tons of money driving out of town, staying in hotels, and eating out. Just mark your calendar and make the short drive to Discovery Park of America. You’ll find all the musical entertainment you have been searching for right here in your own back yard.

For a complete calendar of events, visit our website at, or call the Marketing Department at 731-885-5455. Discovery Park of America is one of this nation’s newest attractions and is located at 830 Everett Blvd., Union City, Tennessee. The park is a unique blend of history, science, entertainment and fun.