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There’s a lot going on this month at downtown Gatlinburg’s popular Ole Red attraction.
Ole Red is a restaurant and live music venue inspired by Blake Shelton’s chart-topping hit, “Ol’ Red.”
Ole Red’s Battle of the Bands competition is now underway
Ole Red’s Battle of the Bands competition gives bands from across the nation a chance to compete for bragging rights and a monetary prize each Wednesday night through Sept 16.
Each night, all four Ole Red locations (Nashville, Gatlinburg, Tishomingo and Orlando) take turns hosting local bands and livestream each respective performance to other Ole Red venues. This gives guests at each location a chance to “visit” the other Ole Red locations.
Participating bands will have the opportunity to play two songs including one original and one cover.
At the end of the evening, the audience at each location goes online to cast a vote for their favorite band.
Local favorite Monroeville from Gatlinburg won the inaugural event on Aug 19.
Haven’t had a chance to catch catch this exciting live music event? No worries – there are currently two more nights on the schedule for the month of September.
On September 9, the Duggar Band takes the stage at Gatlinburg, and will be competing with Nashville’s Jessee Labelle, Orlando’s Bryan Malpass and Tishomingo’s Jason Kyle.
On September 16, Whiskey Business takes the stage at Gatlinburg, and will be competing with Nashville’s Rachel Horter, Orlando’s Slickwood Duo and Tishomingo’s Red Clay Gypsies.
The competition begins at 7 pm ET each night.
Editor’s Note: Arrive early if you want to be guaranteed a seat for Battle of the Bands, Gatlinburg’s Ole Red is a very popular attraction and wait times can be significant.
Ole Red boasts new safety initiatives
Since reopening in late May, Ole Red has been working closely with the folks at Opry Entertainment Group to provide an abundance of caution to help ensure the health and safety of their guests.
New safety initiatives include:
- Operating with extra physical distance by positioning tables at least 6 feet apart. Every guest in the restaurant has a seat at a table, and only groups of six or less are seated together.
- Ensuring that staff is wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and receiving temperature checks before shifts. That means that guests see staff in face masks during their visit.
- Food and drink menus, plates, silverware and even condiments have been made single-use and disposable.
- Implementing a no standing rule in the restaurant. Dance floors are also closed to ensure physical distancing.
- Installing hand sanitizer stations throughout the Ole Red building for guests to use as needed.
- Cleaning protocols and precautions have been elevated above the recommended requirements with proactive sanitary and disinfectant measures.
- Providing sanitary towelettes for guests.
- Renovating bathrooms with hands-free soap, paper towels and faucets.
For additional details about safety initiatives at Ole Red, please visit their website.
Ole Red shares Tishomingo Sunset recipe
For guests that aren’t able to make it out to Gatlinburg this month, Ole Red wants to give you the chance to make a little Tishomingo magic happen in your own kitchen with this recently released Tishomingo Sunset cocktail recipe.
The Tishomingo is one of Ole Red’s signature cocktails, and named after Blake Shelton’s adopted hometown of Tishomigo.
- 1 oz Ole Smoky Mango Habanero Whiskey
- 1/4 oz Ole Smoky Orange Moonshine
- 4 oz Sweet & Sour
- 1 oz Grenadine (float)
Build over ice in a 16 oz mason jar. Add grenadine last to sink to the bottom. Garnish with orange wedge and an Ole Smoky Cherry.
Ole Red is owned and operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. as part of its Opry Entertainment division. For additional information about Ole Red, visit them online at OleRed.com.
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