The DISTRICT’s Merchants Advisory Group is a collaboration of the businesses located within the Downtown DISTRICT. The Merchants group was established to ensure that business interests in the area have the ability to communicate effectively together and to discuss issues pertinent to the District. The DISTRICT’s Merchants meet on the last Thursday of every month, and share the responsibility of hosting each meeting. Government agencies, Civic Leaders, Special Event Organizers, Marketing Groups and many others visit the Merchants Advisory Group to promote opportunities, and to keep in touch with city interests.


High Rises & Honky Tonks~ is a celebration of Downtown Nashville. This event serves as a fundraiser in support of  The DISTRICT’S mission and is an incredible opportunity to showcase some of the unique venues that are part of downtown Nashville. Contributions for The DISTRICT help fund community projects such as Holiday Decorations and Downtown improvement projects, including The Ryman Alley, and Art Wall on 2nd Avenue. 

The event features three destinations where guests meet, mingle, have fun and support a great cause. 

A key feature of this event is our Silent Auction.  If you love downtown Nashville and would like to support an organization with the purpose of fostering the rich heritage of Broadway, 2ndAvenue and Printers Alley, we need your support!  

The guests for the evening will include more than 300 local leaders, business owners and community members who make a difference. Each year’s locations will include three high profile locations that you don’t want to miss… Each venue will include Libations, a sampling of their menu,  and entertainment for the party attendees!

 The DISTRICT is an important part of our city, in or near, where you earn your living and live your life. You’re fundraising contribution also serves to elevate community spirit and pride in helping to preserve a very special time and place with an opportunity to show your face and faith in The DISTRICT.  

 In addition,  a silent auction with interesting and valuable items and package


A native Nashvillian and Vanderbilt University graduate, Judy Steele Bayer has spent most of her professional career in government work.

In the mid-80s, Judy worked for Mayor Fulton, who championed downtown’s historic districts. Judy joined the Metro Development and Housing Agency(MDHA) in 1987, where she became that agency’s representative on a revitalization committee that was the catalyst for turning around the endangered historic districts downtown. In addition, Judy worked for Phil Bredesen when he was the Mayor of Nashville, then again when he became Governor of Tennessee.

Her last government position was Director of Community Relations for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (2003-2011). Shortly after her retirement, Judy was asked to take a temporary post of Acting Executive Director of You Have the Power (YHTP), a victim’s advocacy organization, during that agency’s transition in 2011.

Judy is a current or past board member of many organizations, among them The DISTRICT, where she currently serves as Treasurer, Nashville Women’s Breakfast Club, Nashville Catholic Business Women’s League and Catholic Charities of Middle Tennessee. She is a member of the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee and Ladies of Charity. She is immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of You Have the Power and continues to be an active member of that Board.

This year we are honored to award the Spirt of The DISTRICT to Judy Steele Bayer.

“Dedicated Bohemian,” Judy Steele