The Future is Bright & We've Been Out in the Sun


Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival Brought Over 4000 People from 17 States Out To Celebrate Summer Fun

dGC Interns and Vanderbilt Football Players J.U.M.P.'ed the Night Away

Downtown Nashville was full of soul, Friday, June 16, for #SoBroBlockParty. The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) 17th Annual Jefferson St. Jazz & Blues Festival kicked off its annual celebration of jazz & blues music with the #SoBroBlockParty Bridging the Gap Mixer. The voices of local artists, William Davenport and Bizz & Everyday People filled 5th Ave. between Demonbreun and Korean Veterans Blvd. The annual event, hosted by At-Large Council Member Sharon Hurt (who is president & CEO of J.U.M.P.) drew people from their hotels and Broadway. Making an appearance as part of the dGC day-of social media crew, Vanderbilt football players, joined Councilwoman Hurt for a few dances.


Lead members of the group Rose Royce brought down the house at JJBF 2017.

Festivities continued the next day, as the main event at Bicentennial Mall, saw a crowd of over 3,000 people. Headliners Rose Royce and Shirley Murdock had the audience movin' and grovin' to their hits "Working at the Car Wash," "Wishing On A Star" and "As We Lay." Our team at duGard Communications is especially proud of our work for J.U.M.P. having increased their presence through PR and media relations 113% over the previous year. Strategy included determining how we could provide this legacy event and program with new platforms in order to reach a larger audience. A feature on News Channel 5's Talk of the Town, along with several other tactics to expand the conversation, provided the inaugural JJBF Hot Chicken Contest 'air time' showcasing Erica's Touch of Taste's EggRolls Royce Hot Chicken dish...which the entire dGC team had a chance to taste and enjoy!

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Below from left to right: Coach Ford, TSU's Head Men's Basketball Coach, Dr. Joseph, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Will Pinkston, Metro School Board Member and Dr. Webb, CEO of Nashville General Hospital

A Perfect June Saturday for NGH

Originally forecasted for thunderstorms all day, June 3rd couldn't have turned out to be more beautiful. This particular Saturday was filled happiness as the sun shone and the community came together for Nashville General Hospital's Community Health Fair Day. Another client of ours, Faith Leaders United, attended the annual health fair, held in Hadley Park, bringing with them special appearances from Men's Head Basketball Coach, Dana Ford, Director of School, Dr. Joseph, Metropolitan Nashville Public School Board Member of District 7,Will Pinkston and CEO of Nashville General Hospital, Dr. Webb.

Monday group shot with Gnash

#PredsPrideDay at Nashville General Hospital

We Celebrated Preds Day at Nashville General Hospital Because We Love Our Predators

Gnash was a hot commodity, this spring, while the Nashville Predators were making a run for the Cup. #PredsPride days were popping up in office buildings throughout Tennessee. Especially at Nashville General Hospital where the entire team caught Preds fever, Gnash, the mascot, was fully booked, but thanks to the dGC team, we were able to assist our client, Nashville General Hospital Foundation celebrate the winning streak! NGH Employees who donated $5 to the NGH Foundation had an opportunity to wear their Predators gear to work. We are proud to say, 'We delivered Gnash!'


James DaSilva is a jazz artist, session guitarist, composer, arranger, and educator living in Nashville, TN. He and several other artists recreated the Wes Montgomery 'Smokin' at the Half Note' album in June.

Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society Continues Successful Great Albums Series

Dedicated to the continuance of new and proactive performances, educational, community and research concepts and activities, the Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society strives to connect, support and serve the jazz and blues artist and enthusiast. The TJBS programming has phenomenal events throughout the year, with its Great Albums Concert Series receiving prominent attention. Curated by board member and noted jazz musician, Rahsaan Barber, the series provide artists' with a platform to showcase their music and pay tribute to key jazz greats and beloved albums. Be sure to check the event calendar for the next event or join us at Rudy's Jazz Room on the last Friday of each month at either 6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.!


As a very successful June comes to a close, and we head into July, we would like to thank all those who serve, and have served, our country. We appreciate your sacrifice to keep us safe and allow us to remain free. Have a Happy & safe 4th of July!

We look forward to sharing and celebrating you soon!

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