Company prepares note for ‘Bash on Broadway' - WSMV News 4

Company prepares note for ‘Bash on Broadway'

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New Year's Eve in Nashville is like rolling the dice in Vegas, especially when it comes to dropping something big and music related.

Ringing in 2010, it was a guitar that got jammed as organizers blamed the weather.

Turning the calendar to 2011, it was a note that didn't want to play.

Despite its failure, the note was back to bring 2013 in with a bang, and it went off without a hitch.

There are a lot of eyes on Nashville for the annual "Bash on Broadway."

Outside of the Fourth of July, it's the Music City's biggest downtown gathering.

This year the Convention and Visitor's Bureau is anticipating the largest crowd yet with 70,000 revelers lining lower Broadway.

Long before the roar of revelers fill the skies over downtown Nashville, there are sounds inside a small warehouse in East Nashville that make it all possible.

"We don't have crystals, but we have diamond plate," said Jonathan Hammel, owner of Made First. "Definitely Nashville's signature for New Year's Eve."

While Hammel admits Nashville's "Note" may not have the flash of the New York City ball, it's none the less spectacular.

Hammel's crew at Made First have made the centerpiece of the Music City's "New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway" the past three years.

"The measure with the two side notes, the big note that falls at New Year's and the Music City sign and the 2014 sign," said Hammel.

Last week Made First pulled everything out of storage gearing up for this year's show. With 12 days before the bash, crews are scrambling to get everything ready in time.

"Today we're going to switch out the three to the four, do all the wiring, do all the lights and we're also going to touch up the measure bar," said Hammel, "making sure the couple of hundred bolts were there and the LEDs are working and all the neon's working."

Initially it took workers nearly two months to build the backdrop and note. But three years later they've got it down to a science, able to put it together in just a couple of weeks.

"The notes are pretty much done at this point," said Hammel. "These stay red, the one that comes down in the middle, it can change colors and flash and do all the fun stuff."

There are 550 bulbs, 200 feet of LED ribbon and 200 feet of neon lights, adding up to one 15-foot display.

Both The Huffington Post and Self Magazine have listed Music City as a top destination to visit for New Year's Eve.

The three-day bash begins Sunday, Dec. 29 with the Tennessee Titans hosting the Houston Texans at LP Field followed by the Music City Bowl on Monday.

The Bash on Broadway begins at 6:30 p.m. with Striking Matches.

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