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The fifth annual Nashville Boogie rumbled and rocked its way into the Music City on 24-26 May 2019. As with previous “Boogies”, this year’s event delivered great music, eye-popping fashion and an unusual mix of bands, reflecting a uniquely Nashvillian take on music festivals.

The music kicked off on Thursday evening at the Nashville Palace. Located directly across the street from the massive Opryland Hotel complex, the large 1970s-era honky-tonk was packed as the music ran past midnight. A smaller, front bar presented various bands, keeping feet moving on the hardwood honky-tonk floor, while the main ballroom played host to great sets from Shanda & The Howlers and McKinley James. Back-to-back sets from Tammi Savoy and Chris Casello and the mighty Planet Rockers highlighted the evening.

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