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who chucked the first catfish on the arena ice?

it started with a local rock band and their managers in the fall of 2003. i sat down with scott knabe this week for a quick five minutes, five questions to hear the story.

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scott (left) with his brother matt were a part of the first catfish tossed onto the ice…and maybe the second and third.

1) why the catfish?

i co-managed my brother matt’s band, ligion, with bob wolf, owner of wolfy’s bar on broadway at the time. bob’s best friend was the owner of the team then, so we learned the game through him. in 2003, we talked about starting a tradition. at that time, there were painted catfish sculptures on the corners throughout town as part of an art installation. bob suggested we use that as inspiration and start throwing catfish on the ice like they do in detroit with the octopus. a preds exec gave us two sets of tickets to each game. one set within seven rows of the glass then another 20 rows up. we would wrap up the catfish and put them down our pants. as soon as we would score we’d take them out and throw them on the ice as quickly as possible. then we’d run up the aisle to the bathroom, clean up and go to the other seats. 

2) how did you guys get it in there? 

we would put them in our pants. this was before skinny jeans so much easier to disguise. 

3) when was this? 

the first catfish recorded to be thrown on the ice was by the band’s guitar player seth warrum and band friend lisa reese. the game was october 30, 2003, a win against the red wings. lisa actually got thrown out of the game that night.

4) in an unrelated topic, isn’t it crazy that mtv’s show catfish lasted five seasons, longer than classics like gilligan’s island and star trek? 

crazy! people love catfish!  looking back, the catfish has been a nashville staple for 15 years, with t-shirts, pins, the works. quite a bit longer than the infamous “3 hour tour.” 

5) touchè. okay, last question, was it just the one toss or have there been others over the years? 

we did it for about a year and half. each game, the ligion band guys would rotate on who would throw the catfish. if we were on the road, we would have friends volunteer to fill in for us.

we had an incident where the ice girl accidentally sliced one in half with her skate. A bloody mess that caused a delay in the game. the preds exec thought we should probably stop doing it because we didn’t want to cause a penalty for the team. about 5 years later, someone else threw a catfish out on the ice and i was a proud poppa!

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your nashville summer movies cheat sheet

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movies in the park kicks off june 1 with sing!

zoovies at the park, brought to you by the nashville zoo and southern icee, has paddington this friday may 26. with inflatables, games, crafts, music, and after-hours access to the carousel and the soaring eagle zip line, it promises all the family fun you can handle.  activities begin at 6pm and movies start at sunset.  members get in free or it’s $6 for non-members after 6pm.

june 23- shrek

september 1- zootopia

the 23rd year of movies in the park kicks off next thursday june 1. sponsored by the nashville scene with the support of the metropolitan board of parks & recreation and recognized as one of nashville’s best annual events, movies in the park is every thursday in june at elmington park:

the-secret-life-of-pets-56378a2078351june 1 sing!

june 8 rogue one

june 15 the secret life of pets

june 22 back to the future

games and give aways start at 5:00.  the movie typically starts at sundown (roughly around 8:00).  a long train of food trucks will be there as well so bring a blanket and plan to settle in for the evening under the stars.

on friday june 16,  movies at the schermerhorn celebrates more than 20 years of inspired animation and great music with the whole family in a one-of-a-kind concert experience from dreamworks. laugh and sing along as you relive all of your favorite movie clips on a stunning, 70-foot HD screen while your nashville symphony performs the iconic scores from these hit films:

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  • how to train your dragon
  • kung fu panda
  • madagascar
  • shrek

the event is friday june 16 at 7pm and tickets start at $17. later this summer with the nashville symphony, you can also catch the steven spielberg classic ET (june 30) or la la land (july 6 & 7), winner of 6 academy® awards last year.

 

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nashville film fest in full swing this weekend

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the 48th annual nashville film festival kicks off today. you will no doubt recognize familiar faces like tom hanks, aisha tyler and bruce dern in the mix. with over 300 films this year and 18 world premieres, the event continues to expand, providing exposure for the indie voices everywhere.

the films represent 27 nations and every inhabited continent and were selected from over 1,240 feature submissions. a jury of industry professionals select the winning films that will take home up to $20,000 in cash and prizes.  also, there are more tennessee-based films than ever before.e9229c8d-85fb-481b-a665-cab6ea4de2a8

“the films present a wide view of the world from contemporary issues to historic dramas; from deeply intimate personal dramas to wide open epics,” said artistic director, brian owens. “diversity is really on display in these films.”

the nashvilel film festival is the oldest running and largest film festival in the south and one of the oldest in the country. the festival is mixing it up this year and the location will be hollywood 27 regal cinema. the 48th annual nashville film festival opens april 20 and conclude april 29. for tickets, click here.

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nashville: a more family-friendly playground?

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as the #1 bachelorette destination in the country, nashville has no shortage of party options when they descend on our city every weekend but recently an influx of new family-friendly concepts are being dreamed up for the city. last week, it was announced that the metro nashville sports authority has begun early conversations with a hospitality company called icon attractions LLC, to look into building a ferris wheel attraction downtown on the river. a lot of fiery hoops to jump through first before it becomes a reality but this is just one in many idea being discussed lately. here are four others:

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TopGolf-Arena1topgolf revealed last january plans for making nashville their first location in tennessee. sitting on a 13-acre lot next to the jefferson street bridge in east nashville, the three-level topgolf will have 102 climate-controlled hitting bays (which can host up to six people at a time). in addition to that, the venue will offer 3,000 square feet of private event space, a 7,900 square foot concert venue and an extensive menu and bar with 230 high-definition flat-screen televisions. projected opening is late summer 2017. | 500 cowan street

3-waterpark talks (again)

the days of the opryland theme park are all but fleeting memories these days on the east side of town but in january, ryman hospitality officials announced to the nashville business journal plans for a $90 million indoor/outdoor water theme park. soundwaves waterpark will include a 45 foot slide tower, a lazy river, wave pool, child’s play area, restaurants and an adults-only pool.

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4-polercoaster

urlorlando-based thrillcorp is considering nashville for a vertical rollercoaster. in addition to the 600-foot high “polercoaster” attraction, the structure would also allow for an observation deck, ziplining, and even a restaurant. the company can build on half an acre of land with a cost of roughly $50 million. location is still tbd and the company is still raising money for the investment.

5-indoor drive-in theater

 a concept that is a little more concrete at this point is the august moon drive-in, slated for downtown summer 2018 if everything goes as planned. reported to variety magazine in february, the 40,000 square foot, air-supported indoor drive-in theater comes complete with a simulated starry sky, seating in modified 1960s classic cars and food service & full bar. august-moon-renderingthe venue will have multiple dining areas including a “private tree house” event space as well as a separate lounge for live music. the theater is touting to have the largest non-imax screen in north america and the space will lend itself to live interactive performers from stage before and after a film as well. they will show first-run films and classics. | james robertson parkway + i-24 near the nissan stadium

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5 nashville water cooler conversations for february

2016 was a big year for nashville. 2017 is being set-up for even better.  here are a few take-aways:

fullsizerender1 •the housing market continued on its record setting pace in 2016. median price of a home was $266,408, up from $242,945 in 2015. we saw 38,954 closings, up 5.6% from 2015. also, bucking the trend that it typically slows down near the holidays and in the winter, nashville had the strongest fourth quarter in home sales we have seen in a decade.  continuing the trend, zillow.com named nashville the #1 real estate market in the country to invest in 2017.  emerging trends in real estate puts the city at #6.

2 • the nashville zoo set new attendance records with almost 900,000 visitors in 2016, up 10% from 2015. the zoo is celebrating 20 years at grassmere this year. they have plans to open a white rhinoceros exhibit (march), an andean bear exhibit (may), an expanded tiger exhibit (july) and a new spider monkey exhibit which will feature an elevated boardwalk for guests to enter a treetop viewing platform.nashvillezootiger_exteriorviewing_sm-web

3 • our auto industry is killing it. nissan, who’s north american headquarters is in nashville, had sales of more than 1.5 million in 2016, a company record, up 5% from 2015. also, GM announced plans today to invest $27 million in their spring hill plant to assembly a right-hand version of the acadia to export to australia. the spring hill plant employs almost 4,100 workers. in 2015, 6.3% of all US-made cars, light trucks & SUVs were produced in tennessee.The_Mockingbird.0.0

4 • USA today named nashville’s local foodie scene #3 in the country and zagat has us at #6 on their list for america’s next hot food cities. from adele & justin bieber 2016 middle of the night sightings at east side’s dino’s to a flurry of new much-anticipated openings in 2017 like our third james beard award-winning chef rj cooper’s henley in midtown or top chef maneet chauhan’s mockingbird (both spring 2017), our options for good eats show no sign of slowing down.

fullsizerender5 • the nashville convention & tourism announced last week an estimated 13.9 million tourists visited music city in 2016, up 400,000 from 2015.  that number is up 45% in the last decade. we continue to receive accolades from being one of conde nast’s top five friendliest destinations to being one of travel+leisure’s top places to travel in 2017.

 

 

 

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