Big weekend in Music City means economic benefits - WKRN News 2

Big weekend in Music City means economic benefits


From the Titans game to the Gray Lady and a host of other events, thousands of people have been on the streets of Music City over the weekend and it looks like they will be sticking around another day.

"It's been a busy weekend and it's only going to get busier," said Andrew Putman, the director of marketing at Bailey's.

Putman's coworkers at Bailey's have been slammed. 

"It's going to continue hopefully into Monday lunch and a little bit into Monday night," Putman added.

The Zac Brown Southern Ground Music and Food Festival took over Riverfront Park Friday and Saturday night drawing a massive crowd not only to the concert but also to area businesses. 

And country music fans are sticking around for Carrie Underwood's concert Sunday night at Bridgestone Arena. Still, though, it's been more than music here in Music City.

Thousands laced up Saturday for the third annual Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon.

Karen Loveless came from New York and her daughter came from Arkansas to race.

"It was a meeting place," Loveless said. "She came from Little Rock, we came from Syracuse and we decided to run the half marathon together.

Events like these all weekend had downtown restaurants calling in extra staff, and planning ahead for the big weekend that continues. 

417 Union has been busy serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner and employees are reaping the rewards

"We love it, we love to stay busy," said Olivia Kirks, an server at 417. "It's good for everybody. It's good for downtown."

This is the first time the Loveless's have visited Music City, so Karen and her husband extended their stay to a four-day weekend. 

"This is a great city," she said. "We've had a lot of fun here. People are really friendly…very friendly; especially being from the north people aren't as friendly as they are here."

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