Friday, October 7, 2011

Celebrating Nashville last Saturday with friends, culture, and song

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it....But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.--Thomas Jefferson
The Athens of the South shone brightly last Saturday, October 1 as old pals gathered and new friends were made at Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival in Centennial Park and Regions Free Day of Music at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center downtown.

The festival at Centennial Park was a colorful mosaic of cultures. Those who attended grooved in the grass to bands such as El Movimiento and Kazique (pictured below).  Likewise, later at the Schermerhorn, Rumba's energy fueled newcomers-to-Latin-music, filling the floor for a dance lesson taught from the stage.  Alongside them veteran salseros reveled in taking a turn in the hallowed hall, home of the Nashville Symphony.

Written and photographed by Cindy McCain

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