Entries in Nashville (6)


Man Arrested for Trespassing at Nashville Estate Associated with Taylor Swift

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A 24-year-old man from Mashfield, WI was arrested in Nashville early Friday morning for trespassing at a home associated with Taylor Swift. It's believed Taylor's parents live at the exclusive estate south of downtown.

According to Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN, Jacob Kulke climbed a fence and a gate to get the house but was stopped by security. Sources tell WKRN Kulke had a pocket knife on him at the time.

The suspect told police he had a relationship with someone in the house and had to see her for her birthday. Taylor celebrated her 23rd birthday on Thursday, and Kulke reportedly had tweeted her a birthday greeting that day. He also tweeted two days earlier, "Had to see about a girl."

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ABC's "Nashville," NBC's "Chicago Fire" Premiere Wednesday Night

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The highly-anticipated ABC series Nashville premieres Wednesday night.

Connie Britton, best known for her roles on Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story, plays country singer Rayna Jaymes. Rayna has had a long and successful career, but her relevance in the music industry is slowly beginning to fade.

Complicating matters for Rayna is the emergence of a young and attractive musician, Juliette Barnes, who's struggling with personal problems. Juliette is played by Hayden Panettiere.

Nashville airs at 10 p.m. Eastern time, opposite an NBC drama also making its debut Wednesday night: Chicago Fire.  The series, from Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, follows the lives of firefighters, a rescue squad and paramedics in the Windy City.

If you're a comic fan, you may want to check out the new CW show Arrow at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  It's an adaptation of the DC Comics character Green Arrow.

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Man Booted from Kenny Chesney Concert for Looking Like Singer

WKRN-TV (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Nashville, Tenn., man who was kicked out of Kenny Chesney’s Saturday night concert in the Music City for looking too much like the country-music singer says the resemblance is out of his control.

“I can’t help the way I look,” Nathan Blankenship told ABC affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville.

Blankenship was dressed similar to Chesney, wearing a sleeveless shirt and straw cowboy hat, and he says people sometimes say he looks like the star.

Security at the concert venue, LP Field, claims Blankenship was causing a disturbance among fans who thought they were seeing Chesney in the audience. Security personnel escorted Blankenship out of the stadium as a result.

“I think the way they handled it made it seem worse, like they were really escorting Kenny Chesney through the crowd,” he said.

It seems Blankenship has been through this kind of thing before. An official at LP Field says Metro Nashville police knew about Blankenship’s looking like Chesney, 44, before the concert began.  Country stars at previous Nashville concerts have apparently spotted Blankenship in the crowd and thought he was causing a similar disturbance.

Blankenship is also upset about having to give up his $200 concert ticket to the show. Chesney’s camp released a statement Monday saying it didn’t know about Blankenship’s getting kicked out of the concert until it was reported in the media.

Concert promoter Kate McMahon of the Messina Group says they are reaching out to Blankenship to remedy the situation.

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Taylor Swift Dress Rehearsal a Fundraiser for Tornado Victims 

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift is opening up the final dress rehearsal for her upcoming Speak Now tour to fans, as a fundraiser for the victims of last week's tornadoes in the southeastern part of the U.S.  Thirteen thousand Taylor fans will be able to purchase tickets to the rehearsal, which takes place May 21 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.  Taylor's been rehearsing there for five weeks.

"I wanted to do something for the families affected by the damage,” Swift said in a statement. “I’ve never opened a rehearsal to the public before, but I felt that inviting my fans to the last rehearsal for the Speak Now Tour would be a great way to raise money."

Ticketing information for the event, called Speak Now...Help Now, will be released Monday. Proceeds will go directly to help the victims.

The tour itself kicks off May 27 in Nebraska.

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Garth Brooks, NFL's Ray Carolin Make Big Donation to Toys for Tots

Photo Courtesy - GarthBrooks [dot] com(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Garth Brooks raised $3.5 million for flood relief efforts with his nine sold-out shows in Nashville, Tennessee.  Now, he's adding to the Christmas cheer with a big donation to Toys for Tots.

Brooks' pal, NFL album Ray Carolin, got on the phone and convinced Spalding Sporting Goods to donate more than 14,000 toys to the cause.  Carolin and Santa Claus were on hand Sunday afternoon to drop the toys off at the Bridgestone Arena, where Brooks continued his run of shows.

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Garth Brooks Kicks Off Nine-Show Run in Nashville for Flood Victims

Photo Courtesy - Garth Brooks [dot] com(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Garth Brooks launches his nine-show run in Nashville Thursday night, playing two concerts at Bridgestone Arena.  The shows will raise money for flood victims in the area, and everything from the set list to the merchandise on sale will be unique to this event.

Says Brooks, "I think if you're trying to raise money for people, make it a one-of-a-kind thing, and hopefully we'll get the max money out of our contributors."

Tickets for Brooks' concerts went for only $25, but he promises to give fans a show that's worth much more than that.  "Our job is to make them walk away going, 'You know what, I would have paid double for that,'" Brooks says.  "To think that it's all going for a good cause, then everybody goes to sleep feeling good."

Brooks' wife, Trisha Yearwood, and Nashville songwriter Karyn Rochelle will also perform at the shows, and some special guests are expected to pop up, as well.

Here is the rundown of shows:

Thursday, Dec. 16 (two shows)
Friday, Dec. 17
Sunday, Dec. 19
Monday, Dec. 20
Tuesday, Dec. 21 (two shows)
Wednesday, Dec. 22 (two shows)

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