Wanna See JT?
Those of us who are loyal fans of the President of Pop have seen him come a long way. His 11 year old countrified Star Search performance (complete with a 10-gallon hat), his childhood friendship with Ryan Gosling on The Mickey Mouse Club (yeah…that’s real), his days rocking bleach blonde Ramen Noodle-esque hair as a teen sensation, the time he wore a turtleneck in the woods and sang with such emotion (while surrounded by bubbles), all the way to when he brought Sexy back: we’ve loved it all, and we know you have too. So do you wanna see JT in Nashville?
To prepare your JT-lovin’ heart, we are giving you ideas on what to do with Timberlake when he comes to the ville’. So here it is: the best Nashville places to:
Show Him Off:
Morning Coffee At Fido
He only wants a pinch of Sugar In The Raw in his latte. Just a pinch.
Fido is the place to be seen, y’all. Remember the Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal date heard round the world? If you walked into the Hillsboro Village hangout with Timberlake, it would be the stuff of legend. Taylor Swift’s mustard yellow scarf and a bearded Donny Darko? Erased from memory. Bonus: the line gets long in the morning, so more time to hang with Justin and engage in friendly banter over how early is too early to have a slice of their delicious carrot cake. Precious moments.
You roll in with JT on your arm, bathed in light. Sexy is back (not that it ever left Nashville, but it is definitely heightened). You stand in line with Justin under the glare of the iPhone cameras but are undisturbed, because Nashvillians are too cool to come up and say something while he’s picking out his breakfast muffin. He instagrams his coffee and tags you in it. He gets a casual call from Jay-Z, but says that Hova can wait. After all, it’s like you’re his mirror.
Have Some Real Talk:
Brisk Stroll Through Centennial Park
Cry Me A River, indeed.
There’s just something about those pathways. You walk past the Parthenon together, and things are gonna get REAL. Plus, there are plenty of places to park it when his dancing feet get tired (although his moves are usually hip-heavy, he’s got to preserve that dancin’ health). We all want to know what is really going on in that brilliant mind of his. Here’s your chance.
You briskly stroll through Centennial Park with Justin. Surprise! He has bread in his pocket, and you better believe he’s gonna feed those ducks. You sit on the steps of the Parthenon and look out at our lovely city, and it starts to make JT emotional. Why can’t he live in Nashville permanently? Well, you say, you can’t have it all, bro. He opens up about how much he misses his NSYNC bandmates (especially J.C., because they were a dream team). Then he cheers up and proceeds to teach you his secret friend handshake with Jimmy Fallon. YOU’RE IN. Prepare yourself for History of Rap pt. 5.
Get Justin Gram’d:
I Believe In Nashville Mural
We believe in you too, Timberlake. #nofilter
Yes, this mural is now a Nashville landmark. If you post a picture of JT in front of that mural with the Nashville filter, let’s be real: your mom won’t be the only one liking your pictures anymore. Get ready for the quadruple digit likes, friend, and check that Klout score. It’s gonna be through the roof. Also, BONUS – JT can pick up some good old fashioned Southern tea at Edley’s during your photoshoot break. He’s from Memphis – he knows his sweet tea, y’all.
You get a super cool snapshot of you and JT in tuxedo t-shirts. Hashtag suit and tie, obviously. And you know what? You’re so casual, you don’t even tag him. Of course you get an Instavid of Justin doing the Bye, Bye, Bye dance while you hold his Edley’s tea. After the VMA’s, he’s totally comfortable reenacting iconic moments in his career for anyone who will watch. He’s cool like that.
Carb Up Before The Big Show:
Take Back The Pie.
You’re hosting the man who opened up a restaurant chain called Southern Hospitality. He’s GOT to experience Monell’s. Not only that, but think about all that sangin’ he has to do soon. It’s been a lovely day, but he’s got to start getting serious about show prep. Time to carbo load. This also gives you a much-needed phone break, because the staff frowns upon phone use during mealtime.
You and JT are seated communally (that’s Monell’s thing), and start chatting up the locals. The table bonds over a shared love of mac and cheese, but you’re not intimidated by JT spreading some love to the rest of Nashville. You guys are BFFs. You catch him scribbling Nashville-inspired lyrics on a napkin in between dinner rolls – Nashville is his new artistic muse! The 20/20 Experience Pt. THREE – what, what! Both of you eat your weight in pie, but it’s totally fine because that Centennial Park power walk pre-burned all the calories (you guys kept a reaaaaally brisk pace). You take a pic with JT and the owner of Monell’s to go on the wall. You leave with a ton of complementary biscuits. You are living the high life.
Rock The Mic:
Karaoke at Santa’s Pub
You just know this dude knows all the words to Gangsta’s Paradise. (and Single Ladies, duh)
After he finishes dazzling everyone with The 20/20 Experience show (you were chilling front row, of course), Justin’s gonna need to unwind. What better place to do that than Santa’s Pub? The hole-in-the-wall bar has the most epic karaoke around, and tons of people have had the Santa’s experience. JT doesn’t want to be shown up by Ed Sheeran’s Nashville visit (he injured his hand and got it bandaged up by Santa himself). Plus, you can tell just by looking at the guy (or watching anything he has done on Fallon): he’s a karaoke gold mine. He can’t wait till’ he gets you on the floor, good lookin’.
JT buys everyone in the bar a round in exchange for 5 slots in the karaoke lineup for the night. You guys look over the songbook and decide on the perfect set list: Gangsta’s Paradise, Stayin’ Alive (prepare your Barry Gibb voice) , Single Ladies (“we’re the dancers“), I’m On A Boat, and finally…SexyBack. Drop the mic, YOU’RE OUT. And you’re a legend.
So get ready Nashville! Whether the dream scenario comes true or not (it totally will, right?), you could be rollin’ up to JT’s show with 2 VIP TICKETS on November 15th. And if you wanted to take us, we’d totally be down. Share the Wannado love and we’ll see you around town in that suit and tie!
– Your local guide.