The Basement to Bridgestone Arena

80 Venues. 24 hours. 1 World Record.

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From empty venues, to cancelled shows, the heart of Music City has taken a beating. As we slowly resurface and aim for life as we knew it, James Hatem is partnering with The U.S. Bartenders Guild and Music Venue Alliance Nashville on Friday, April 9 in an effort to bring awareness to the struggles faced by Nashville’s local music scene in the last year and the resiliency of artists, crews and venues. James, in collaboration with some of Nashville’s finest, is doing his part in bringing hope back to the city by attempting to break a Guinness World Record.


James will be doing his part by attempting to break a Guinness World Record and will be partnering with Nashville’s finest to do so!

 The Goal: Perform at 80 venues in 24 hours beating the current standing record of 65, set in 2012 by Norway-based band Helge Toft.



After COVID-19 testing and going to great lengths to make sure his crew has all the necessary PPE to keep

them safe, James will travel through Nashville playing venues of all sizes including Bridgestone Arena, Ascend

Amphitheater, Exit/In, and many more Nashville favorites for live music. With the help of Two Rivers Ford,

James and his small crew will hit legendary spots in Downtown, Midtown, and East Nashville neighborhoods during the attempt.

All donations from fans and sponsors will go directly to Music Venue Alliance Nashville and the U.S. Bartenders Guild to help the amazing venues and bars in Nashville who have been affected by the pandemic.

How we are a COVID-19 safe event:

  • All crew taking COVID tests provided by registered nurse 

  • PPE worn by all team members 

  • Audience numbers limited at each venue

  • Following all CDC guidelines 


3rd & Lindsley

ACME Feed and Seed

Alley Tap's

Ascend Amphitheater

Basement East

Belcourt Taps

Bento Living Chestnut Hill Rooftop

Bicentennial Ampitheater

Big Machine Vodka

Bobby's Idle Hour

Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar


Bridgestone Arena

Cabana Taps

Cafe Coco

Cannery Ballroom

Centennial Park Ampitheater

Centennial Park Pavillon

City Winery

Curb Event Center

Dawg House

Diskin Cider




Farmers Market Nashville

Golden Door



Hard Rock Cafe

Harton Recital Hall

High Watt

Hops and Crafts

Hunters Station 

Jackson Theater (TPAC)

Jefferson Street Sound Museum

Live Oak


Marathon Music Works

Massey Concert Hall

McAfee Concert Hall

Mercy Lounge

Municipal Auditorium

NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon

Natchez Hills Winery

National Museum of African American Music

Ole Smoky Moonshine

Polk Theater (TPAC)


Rebar Midtown


Slider House


Station Inn

Tennessee Brew Works

The 5 Spot

The American Legion

The Back Corner

The Basement

The Cowan

The End

The Groove

The Local

The Lounge at City Winery Nashville

The Moxy

The Picnic Tap

The Row

The Stillery

Tin Roof 

Tin Roof Downtown

War Memorial Auditorium




Our Partners

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The Team

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