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Tributes are recognized and a friend is lost

September 6, 2018

RESTAURANT OPENING: Luke Bryan will celebrate the opening of his new downtown Nashville restaurant and bar, called Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, with a free concert in front of his establishment, located at 301 Broadway, Monday, Sept. 10. The concert will include Luke’s full set list, and is part of the grand opening festivities for Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink that has been open less than a month. Luke said, “I’ve been looking forward to this for some time. Couldn’t think of a better way to kick this place off than to have a big party right on the streets of Broadway.” The last time Luke played a free event downtown Nashville was before game six of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in June 2017, which drew a crowd of some 60,000 people.

TRIBUTE: Faith Hill’s performance at Aretha Franklin’s funeral in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 31, earned rave reviews. She performed “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” backed by a full choir at Greater Grace Temple. Faith and fellow entertainers Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Yolanda Adams, Chaka Khan and more paid tribute to the R&B legend, who died in Detroit on Thursday, Aug. 16, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

MOURNING: George Strait is mourning the loss of his longtime drummer who died in a car accident on Sunday, Sept. 2. Fifty-nine year old Michael A. Kennedy was killed last Friday in Lebanon, Tennessee. He drummed in “King George’s” the Ace In The Hole band for almost 30 years. In an emailed statement to ‘The Tennessean.’ George said, “Our hearts are broken. It’s going to be very strange not being able to look over and see him there in his spot on stage and very emotional as well I’m sure for all of us and also his fans. The band will never be the same. A part of us is gone forever. We all loved Mike and will miss him terribly. He was just as solid a friend to us all as he was a drummer, and that was damn solid. Our hearts and prayers are with his family. The Lord has him now. Rest In Peace my friend.” George will play his last shows of the year in December at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

HONORS: Dolly Parton will reportedly be honored as the 2018′s MusiCares Person of the Year at the Grammys in February. According to reports, Dolly is the first country artist to receive the honor. Fox News reports that a Recording Academy spokeswoman could not confirm the legend’s selection and said nothing had been finalized. Past honorees include Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Paul Simon.

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.

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