It’s boogie time at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Driven by nostalgia from Nashville’s rockabilly and western swing past, car junkies, music fans and dancers will be interested in Nashville Boogie, an indoor music festival, the first weekend of May.
The May 1 and 2 event will host a vintage fashion show, a pin-up pageant and two classic car showcases.
The festival will provide an extensive musical roster all weekend: Eddie Cochran look-alike Johnny Powers, “rockabilly filly” Rosie Flores, the modern-day Rhythm Shakers, Hillbilly Casino, Don Maddox, Woody Pines and many more.
“We have dozens of bands influenced by that era and even a few original 1950s rockers themselves,” said Jason Galaz with Muddy Roots, the sponsor and coordinator of the event. “Those guys have literally been rocking since before our daddies were born.”
If you weren’t born to hand-jive but wish to dress the part, explore all the vintage, western and ranch styles brought back to modern Nashville from local stores like Katy K, Tatyana Boutique and Sugaree’s at the fashion show sponsored by Muddy Roots Music and hosted by the retro-inspired Riley Reed.
The second day of the festival encourages ladies to be dressed in their Southern best to compete for the title of Ms. Nashville Boogie 2015. The pageant will feature pin-up model Sabina Kelley as host.
Also on May 2, two classic car showcases will be offered to attendees alongside guest car builders, Bo Huff, Voodoo Larry and Jason Graham.
“There are many hot rod and vintage rock magazines flying in from across the country, UK and Australia to cover this event,” Galaz said.
The outdoor show is free to the public and the indoor show is $5 or else waived with the festival’s weekend pass ($80). A $25 registration fee is required to enter your car, truck, van or motorcycle in the show.
Tickets are available online at nashvilleboogie.com.