If you're one of the people who misses those hot summer nights at Starwood Amphitheater, there's a place just north of downtown Nashville where you can get your outdoor concert fix, have dinner and even get up close and personal with the woman who was 'country' when it wasn't cool.
The Fontanel Mansion been dubbed the "Graceland of Nashville." Barbara Mandrell's 27,000-square-foot estate can be summed up into one word: massive.
"We've looked at a lot of other places, and there's a lot of 'don't touch.' Here, we're surprised you can touch everything," said visitor Terrance Randell.
But what started out as a celebrity home tour has blossomed into a true destination. Visitors can tour walking trails, vendors, an art gallery and a restaurant where the singing servers are also part of the entertainment.
"Our servers do sing, and we have headline entertainment in here during the week and on weekends," said general manager J.P. Dansereau.
Behind the mansion is a 4,500-seat amphitheater called The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel.
"They say, 'I can't believe it.' They say, 'I never knew this was going to be like this,'" Dansereau said. "We definitely think it is one of the best-kept secrets in Nashville."
Friday, crews were setting up for Saturday's concert with Earth, Wind & Fire and the Nashville Symphony.
The venue hosts about a dozen concerts a year, including everything from rock, to R&B, to country.
"This is where music belongs. I mean, this is just gorgeous out amongst the hills and the trees," Dansereau said.
Among the other shows scheduled for The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel this summer is the group Train in August. For a full list of concerts, visit: http://woodsamphitheater.com/
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