Wednesday, July 15, 2015 05:00 PM


Music City has a new open-air picking parlor overlooking the river.

In about two weeks, Eric Church will open Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater in Riverfront Park with back-to-back acoustic shows July 30 and July 31. Until then, crews will work to add finishing touches at the venue and the park, including more than 17,000 shrubs and flowers.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean hosted the first all-access media tour of the site Tuesday and said he "thinks it's beautiful."

"The amphitheater is so critical having it here," Dean said. "This a great symbol for our city. This is a symbol of Nashville, which is creativity, which is music. It's going to be a wonderful addition to our city. I couldn't be any happier with this project."

Here are five things to know about Ascend Amphitheater:

• The amphitheater provides seating for about 6,800 — made up of 2,200 removable chairs in the reserved seating sections near the stage, a lawn capacity of 4,500 and about 100 premium box seats between the reserved seating and lawn.

• The design of the amphitheater draws from its location by the river and was constructed to give guests views of the city as well as green space surrounding the entertainment complex.

• Ascend ...

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