Alan Jackson, IndyCar, and Music City check all of our boxes at Outsider.
Start your engines. IndyCar is coming to Nashville for its inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in August. The three-day international festival of speed and sound on Aug. 6–8 will be highlighted by an 80-lap NTT IndyCar Series event. The race will zip through downtown Nashville by the Tennessee Titans’ Nissan Stadium and over the Cumberland River on Aug. 8.
In addition to a weekend of racing that also includes GT America and TransAm series events, attendees can look forward to live music. Nashville ain’t called Music City for nothing. That’s where Alan Jackson comes in.
Alan Jackson Keeps It Country
The Music City Grand Prix has partnered with the Grand Ole Opry to present an Opry performance in downtown Nashville on Aug. 8. The special Opry showcase—set against a Nashville skyline backdrop—will feature a star-studded lineup, including Alan Jackson. Not only is the country superstar an Opry member, but the Georgia native is also a longtime racing enthusiast.
The Grand Ole Opry stage at the Music City Grand Prix will close out the three-day festival with a full lineup to be announced soon. Of course, the show will culminate with Alan.
Since dropping his debut album, Here in the Real World, in 1990, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has been keeping it country for more than 30 years.
Opry on the Move
When the Opry leaves the Grand Ole Opry House, it’s a big deal.
The Nashville-based Opry has rarely taken the show outside its home venue during its 95 years. The exceptions are few and far between, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In recent years, the Opry has showcased its talent in neighboring Manchester, Tenn., during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Ticket packages for the Music City Grand Prix with Alan Jackson are on sale now.