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Thunder on the Cumberland returns June 17-18

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Thunder on the Cumberland will take place Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18, on the Cumberland River. The free community event will have food trucks, bars, and music. Image courtesy of

NASHVILLE - Tennessee’s only Formula 1 Powerboat race returns to Nashville. Thunder on the Cumberland will take place Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18, on the Cumberland River. The race is presented by Toyota. Acme Radio Live and Toyota will host the free community event on Riverfront Park and the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. There will be food trucks, bars, music, and the best view of the weekend’s races. Gates open at 11:00 am daily, with qualifying races commencing at 1:00 pm on Saturday. The final championship races will be held at 12:00 pm on Sunday.

In partnership with veteran F1 Powerboat Racer Chris Fairchild, Acme Radio Live is bringing F1 Powerboats - some of the biggest, most powerful outboard engines in Powerboat Racing – to compete on Nashville’s Cumberland River. Competitive, fascinating, and challenging, F1 Powerboat Racing is the ultimate adrenaline rush, and regarded as one of the most eye-catching and exhilarating sports in the world. The series attracts up to 20 of the US’s leading pilots and is a sport that must be seen to be believed. These 17-foot tunnel-hull catamarans enter hairpin turns at over 90mph, go from zero to 100 in six seconds, and top 120mph on the straights. Think of it as a NASCAR small track, except on water.

“We are excited to team up with F1 and Chris Fairchild for a second year of this free community event,” said Acme Feed & Seed proprietor Tom Morales. “Thunder on the Cumberland is the perfect family-friendly event for Nashvillians this Father’s Day Weekend.”

This year’s Thunder on the Cumberland will take place in Downtown’s Riverfront Park, along First Avenue, and on top of the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge where guests can enjoy Nashville’s best food trucks, bars by Acme Feed & Seed with beverages from Jack Daniel’s, Yuengling, and Bold Rock, plus front row seats to the boat race. BMX teams from Monster Energy Drinks will perform extreme bike tricks in Riverfront Park between races. Music will be provided by DJ DU, the official DJ of NASCAR. Additionally, misting stations will be available to cool off from the heat.

The schedule of events is as follows. Races include four classes of boats: F1, SST 45, Tri-Hull, and J-Hydro. Please note this schedule is approximate, and subject to change due to weather, boat speeds, and other factors.

Saturday, June 17
11:00 AM – Gates open / Boat testing
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Day one qualifying round races

Sunday, June 18
11:00 AM - Gates Open / Boat testing
12:00 PM – Day two qualifying round races
2:30 PM – Championship Races
6:00 PM - Awards Presentation

There is no charge for admission. Parking is available across the pedestrian bridge at Nissan Stadium for $5. Additional details and information can be found at

Sponsors include: Toyota, Lee Company, State Water Heaters, Yuengling, Bold Rock, Jack Daniels, Tennessee Highway Safety Office, American Paper and Twine, Freedom Boat Club, and Pinnacle Bank.

Since opening its doors in 2014 on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, Acme Feed & Seed has earned the reputation for hosting the best of the best musicians, as well as artists who don’t necessarily fit the music row profile, from a wide range of genres— reggae, blues, rock, country, electronic, gospel, funk and more. Launched in 2016, Acme Radio Live was the next natural step of Acme’s mission to support local music and export all things Nashville to a waiting worldwide audience. Acme Radio broadcasts the past, present, and future of Nashville’s musical repertoire, as well as live­streamed concerts. In addition to music, Acme Radio’s programming includes hand­picked shows hosted by Nashville’s top influencers that illustrate the overall essence of Music City’s lifestyle ­ from business to boozing, food to football, and everything in between. The best part? As a self-­funded station, Acme Radio provides an unfiltered lifestyle voice that reflects the real Music City. Acme Radio is created for Nashville, by Nashville, and with the help of Nashville. To tune in, head to, or download the app on Apple devices.

Acme Feed & Seed, Nashville’s iconic, century-old building, located in the heart of downtown, provides locals and visitors an original ​​experience while honoring the much-loved character of Lower Broadway. ​A bustling lunch spot during the day, the first floor transforms into a “funky-tonk” at night, featuring rotating live music of Nashville’s diverse musical landscape where every genre is represented. The first floor also plays home to the Acme Farm Store, offering locally-made artisanal gifts and sundry goods, as well as​ Acme Radio Live, an internet radio station providing an unfiltered voice of Music City and ​broadcast​ing​ live shows and unique programming​ via​. ​The second floor features a lounge with seasonally-inspired handcrafted cocktails, a menu of easily-shareable dishes and Acme's sushi bar. The third floor encompasses The Hatchery, the largest one-level private event and music venue on Lower Broadway. On Acme's rooftop terrace, guests can enjoy an open-air bar with 360 degree views overlooking the neon lights of Broadway, fireworks of Nissan Stadium and stunning views of the Cumberland River.

Published May 13, 2017

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