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Nashville Celebrates Success of New Year's Eve Bash

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Nashville, Tenn-
As crews tore down the stage at 1st and Broadway Wednesday afternoon, the tourists walking by still had plenty to say about the show that stage held New Years Eve.

"I was blown away," said Brandon Harris.

Harris came to Nashville from North Carolina just to watch the note drop at the annual Bash on Broadway New Years Eve. He says the crowd was much bigger than he expected. That's not surprising. It's estimated that 85,000 showed up to watch the countdown and a free concert by Hank Williams Jr. The previous record was 70,000 for the event but Harris says the extra fans wasn't a bad thing.

"This is gonna be the next tradition for my family," said Harris.

That's good news in several ways for Nashville. Andrea Arnold with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau says the success of the Bash on Broadway could actually help future events in Nashville, like April's NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four. Arnold says a combination of things lead to success with the event this year, including the popularity of Nashville and the weather. The diversity of musical acts is another factor.

"We really focus on the diversity of music, so last night you had an indie rock group. You had Striking  Matches, singer songwriter," said Arnold.

Arnold says that diversity mixed with a well-known headliner like Hank Williams Jr. is a recipe they'll follow in 2014's event.