By Katie Cameron
Blue Dizzy, a new monthly pop-up nightclub at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, is back for a third time on Thursday, July 25th, 2019. Hosted by country musician and songwriter Joe Denim, this month’s Blue Dizzy will feature such artists as Colt Ford, Halfway to Hazard, Farewell Angaleena, Gary Hannan and comedian Tom Mabe. Blue Dizzy does not fit under any one category of events, yielding performances from chart-topping country music stars as well as on-stage comedic banter with crowd participation and line dancing.
The idea of the event was a collective effort between Joe Denim, his manager Amanda Hale and Wildhorse talent buyer Jennifer McKell. After co-hosting the Nashville House Concerts at the War Memorial Auditorium, Joe had a clear vision of what he saw for Blue Dizzy. The show, playfully referred to by Joe as “Jimmy Fallon meets a younger version of the Grand Ole Opry,” is an experience the audience not only enjoys from the comfort of their seat, but also actively participates in. The Wildhorse Saloon stood out to Joe when considering venues well suited for Blue Dizzy because of its many video and audiovisual components. While Joe was sharing the stage as a co-host at the Nashville House Concerts, Blue Dizzy lets him share the stage with the entire crowd. The venue boasts large video walls alongside the stage where Joe and his accompanying guests can display photos, videos, and games for the crowd. So in between hearing their favorite artists play, they can take part in trivia or other games, such as “misheard lyrics,” and Bandazzle or they can watch a hysterical clip of “Joe Knows Nashville,” during which Joe takes to the street to get answers from people on Lower Broadway.
Blue Dizzy may be all fun and games, but all of this isn’t for naught. A portion of each show goes toward the benefit of the CMA Foundation, which is a crucial, fundamental element in ensuring the quality presence of music education worldwide. Joe shares with the CMA Foundation a belief that the power of music can transform and inspire students’ lives, and that is exactly what he hopes the proceeds from Blue Dizzy can help continue. With each ticket sold, Joe celebrates “keeping real music alive in schools in the metro area.”
With countless venues and bars beckoning their neon signs in the downtown area, the Wildhorse Saloon’s Blue Dizzy is one show you’ll want to settle in for. “The audience at Blue Dizzy doesn’t come to the Wildhorse to see a show,” Joe remarked. “They are the show.”