Tootsie’s birthday bash, Preds home opener make for big night in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tuesday night was an epic in downtown Nashville as the famous honky-tonk Tootsie’s celebrates its 57th birthday and the Nashville Predators returned to Music City for their home opener.

The birthday party for the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge closed Broadway between Fourth and Fifth avenues for a day-long street party.

“We came down for the Kid Rock concert and found out it was the Tootsie’s birthday bash, so we extended our stay,” said out-of-town visitor Rhona Hubbard.

Performances for Tootsie’s birthday bash began at 5 p.m. Terri Clark, Trick Pony, Billy Ray Cyrus, Cole Swindell and Bill Ray Cyrus.

And just months after playing for the Stanley Cup, the Preds hosted the Philadelphia Flyers at Bridgestone Arena.

The plaza party outside the arena began at 3 p.m. with the Preds “gold walk” beginning at 3:45 p.m. where players greeted fans lined along Lower Broad before the home opener.

“Yeah, it’s not quite as crazy as the playoffs ran last year, but it’s still a fun atmosphere. Getting to hear some live music you, know, right next to the arena,” one Predators fan told News 2.