Nashville's finest were on hand to greet the crowd that came for the open house and free outdoor concert by Phil Vassar and Ten Out of Tenn.
Crowds gathering for the free public concert that kicked off the Music City Center celebrations.
Exterior of the new Nashville Music City Center.
The City Music Center offers lots of nooks and interesting spaces that offer views onto the plaza.
Carpeting in one of the main hallways features a design that mimics a sound wave.
The Music City Center's grand ballroom hosted a symphony concert as part of the public open house.
Called "Euphony," this stunning sculpture of steel ball chains by artists Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues is just one of the many permanent commissioned art works in the Music City Center.
Media and meeting planners were spellbound by the Gave Dixon, Katie Herzig, and Trent Dabbs, three of the Ten out of Tenn songwriter/musicians who performed at a welcome reception and Heroes Behind the Hits Sirius/XM Show at the Mercy Lounge.
Media guests were treated to a hard-hat tour of the Omni Nashville, adjacent to the Music City Center Hall of Fame and Museum and the Music City Convention Center.
View of the new convention center's 175,000 square-foot green roof, designed to mimic the rolling hills of Tennessee.
When the Omni Nashville opens in September, what now looks like a construction site will be a rooftop pool and entertainment deck with spectacular views.
The City Music Center offers attractions locals can enjoy, like the Songwriters Hall of Fame exhibit, which includes Johnny Cash's boots as one of the displays.
Even the view from a Music City Center escalator is filled with light.
A permanent commissioned sculpture undulates across a hallway in the Music City Center.
Semi-trucks will access the 32 loading docks from a spiral ramp off the extended Korean Veterans Boulevard.
Nashville's mayor Karl Dean thanked all who helped bring the project to reality during a luncheon
The official grand opening concert featured the Firsk Jubilee singers, Mikky Ekko, Sheryl Crow, and The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill (pictured).
Ziplining in the eight-acre exhibit hall
It wouldn't be a Nashville celebration without guitar-shaped food servers.
Nashville's 2.1 million square-foot Music City Center opened in May with a public open house, meeting planner tours, and, of course, lots of music. Here's an inside look at the new facility and the grand opening festivities.