News & Information
New Restaurant: Mediterranean Cuisine!
204 Commerce Street. 615-321-8962. This new restaurant features Greek and Mediterranean food. Hours are Mon - Sun, 11 am - 10 pm.
New Yoga Studio: Sanctuary for Yoga!
501 12th Avenue S. 615-297-8797. A grand opening event is scheduled for Friday, June 17 featuring prize giveaways, food, fun, and live music. Instructors will be on hand to talk about the studio, classes, and the practice of yoga. A "Blessing of the New Space" will be held at 6 pm. Also, FREE yoga classes will be offered on Saturday and Sunday with five classes scheduled each day. The first class begins at 9 am.
Events This Week
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 - SUNDAY, JUNE 19, PERFORMANCE TIMES VARY
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $35 - $94
Alegría is a classic Cirque du Soleil® production. A Spanish word for elation, joy and jubilation, Alegría features an international cast of 55 performers and musicians from fifteen countries. Alegría has a baroque and operatic style with flamboyant costumes, original music and an elaborate set that serves to enhance the astonishing spectacle of athleticism and artistry.
Experience dramatic experiments from all over the world - fireworks from China; the Periodic Table from Russia; liquid nitrogen from Scotland; electricity from England; explosions from France and more! (No library books will be harmed during the performance.)
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 8:30 PM
LOCATION: WHISKEY BENT SALOON $15
Mark Chesnutt is one of country's true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic country singer of the first order and some of the most elite entertainers from George Jones to George Strait echo this sentiment.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 6 PM - MIDNIGHT
LOCATION: SHELBY STREET PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE $10 FOR ADULTS, $5 FOR CHILDREN
The Bridging the Gap Mixer is the kick-off to the 11th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival. Three stages for live music with performances by Roots of Soul, Laura Vida and DJ Victor Chatman. Vendors line the bridge with a variety of food, beverages and more. Cash bar.
PLEASE NOTE: The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge will be closed to the public (those not attending this event) on Friday, June 17 from 2 pm until midnight.
Two films will be screened at this festival. Cecil B. DeMille's 1934 version of Cleopatra starring Claudette Colbert at 10:15 am. And the 1963 epic production of Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Rex Harrison at 12:30 pm. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 5:30 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM $10 - $15 ADULTS; $7 CHILDREN
The Nashville Rollergirls' third doubleheader this year. The Music City Brawl Stars take on the Shade Brigade from Chicago at 5:30 pm and the Music City All Stars face The Syndicate from Chicago immediately following the first match. A portion of the proceeds from the game will be donated to Community Food Advocates.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 11 AM - 6 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK $5; $50 VIP
The Nashville Pride Festival features musical entertainment on three stages, a 100+ vendor marketplace, and plenty of surprises. Live performances by Kimberly Caldwell, God-Des and She, Jonny McGovern, The Worsties, Knowing Me Knowing You ABBA Tribute and many more.
PLEASE NOTE - road closure: 1st Avenue will be closed from Church Street to Demonbreun on Saturday, June 18 between 4 am and 9 pm.
Artist Charlotta Janssen will be at the library to talk about her portraits of 1956 Bus Boycotters and 1961 Freedom Riders. Her portraits are based on mug shots of these jailed heroes and other historic photos from that period. Film clips about the Freedom Riders will begin at 2 pm, followed by the artist's reflections on the paintings. Exhibit on display from June 18 - October 9, 2011.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, NOON - 9 PM
LOCATION: BICENTENNIAL MALL FREE; AMPHITHEATER SEATING: $5 - $10
The 11th Annual Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival has a new location this year - Bicentennial Mall! Local and national jazz and blues musicians will perform all day including Denny Jiosa, Carl Stewart, Herschal Bailey, Les Kerr, Tina Brown, and Joe Johnson and friends. The headliner, After 7, will perform at 7 pm. Food and art vendors will line the Bicentennial Mall and many participating artists will be available to meet fans and sign autographs. This event is organized and sponsored by the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership – J.U.M.P. It is free to attend the festival. However, seating in the amphitheater is $5 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. VIP seating is available for $20.
The Color Purple is a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. Nominated for eleven Tony Awards, The Color Purple is a landmark theatrical event with a Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues, The Color Purple captures the hearts of young and old, and unites audiences in a community of joy. NOTE: A 50% discount is available at select performances. Follow this link to purchase tickets with the 50% discount.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Jack's Tale at Nashville Children's Theatre through Sunday, June 26
Cirque du Soleil: Alegría at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, June 15 - Sunday, June 19
Josh DuPré at Casablanca Coffee Wednesday, June 15
The Travis Mann Band at Robert's Western World Wednesday, June 15
Scientists from Around the World with Mr. Bond "The Science Guy" at Nashville Public Library Thursday, June 16
The Farewell Drifters at Station Inn Thursday, June 16
There For Tomorrow at Rocketown Thursday, June 16
Pride Rocks! at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, June 16
I Want My MTV 80s and 90s Hits at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, June 16
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Thursday, June 16
Mark Chesnutt at Whiskey Bent Saloon Thursday, June 16
Hot Nights at the Hall: Summer Concert Series at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, June 17
Summer Festival: Spanish Nights at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, June 17 - Saturday, June 18
Shaker Oval Box Demonstration at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, June 17
The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County at Nashville Public Library Friday, June 17
Bridging the Gap Mixer at Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge Friday, June 17
Beth, the Musical at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, June 17 - Saturday, June 18
The Modest is More Fashion Experience at Rocketown Friday, June 17
Acoustic Syndicate at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, June 17
Dusty Hundley at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, June 17
Nashville Rollergirls vs. Chicago Outfit Syndicate at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, June 18
Always...Patsy Cline at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, June 18
2011 Nashville Pride Festival at Riverfront Park Saturday, June 18
Rain Water Collection at Gardens of Babylon Saturday, June 18
Third Coast with Reverend Zack at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Saturday, June 18
Opening Reception for Threads of a Story: History Inspiring Art at Nashville Public Library Saturday, June 18
Songwriter Session: Roxie Dean at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, June 18
The 4th Annual Gimmee Awards at Miss Jeanne's Dinner Theatre Saturday, June 18
Miss Jackie Wilson at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Saturday, June 18
Cortland Carr at Sambuca Saturday, June 18
Marcus Hummon with Delta Rae at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, June 18
Far Cry at Second Fiddle Saturday, June 18
Egyptian Film Festival at Tennessee State Museum Saturday, June 18
Jesse Lee & Brazilbilly at Robert's Western World Saturday, June 18
11th Annual Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival at Bicentennial Mall Saturday, June 18
Always...Patsy Cline at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, June 19
Artful Tales: "Many Hands Make a Lighter Load" at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Sunday, June 19
Banjo and Guitar Demonstration: Michael McLain at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, June 19
Creedence Clearwater Revisited at Wildhorse Saloon Sunday, June 19
Tribe of Midnight at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday, June 19
Randy Nations at The Stage on Broadway Monday, June 20
Nadine Tindall at Legends Corner Monday, June 20
New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Tuesday, June 21
The Color Purple at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Tuesday, June 21 - Sunday, June 26
The Doyle and Debbie Show at Station Inn Tuesday, June 21
Burning Las Vegas at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, June 22
The Travis Mann Band at Robert's Western World Wednesday, June 22
Vince Gill at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, June 23
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, June 23
Andy Davis at 12th & Porter Thursday, June 23
UniverSoul Circus at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Thursday, June 23 - Friday, June 24
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Thursday, June 23
Minnie Murphy at Sambuca Thursday, June 23
Brittany Duo at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, June 23
Sesame Street Live at Bridgestone Arena Friday, June 24
Always...Patsy Cline at Ryman Auditorium Friday, June 24
Summer Festival: Trombone Festival at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, June 24 - Saturday, June 25
Jim Lauderdale at Station Inn Friday, June 24
Steve Brown at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Friday, June 24 - Saturday, June 25
Curator's Conversation: Warhol Live at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, June 24
Frist Fridays Concert Series: The Long Players at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, June 24
Perpetuum Jazzile at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, June 24
HiPower at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, June 24
Dusty Hundley at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, June 24
Space Capone with Matt Duncan Band at Mercy Lounge Friday, June 24
Cedric the Entertainer at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, June 25
Sesame Street Live at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, June 25
Always...Patsy Cline at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, June 25
High Performance Landscapes: A Tutorial at Gardens of Babylon Saturday, June 25
Annie Sellick Live at Nashville Public Library Saturday, June 25
Kathie Baillie & The Boys at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, June 25
Guilty Pleasures at Mercy Lounge Saturday, June 25
Gabe Dixon at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, June 26
Dallas Starke at Sambuca Sunday, June 26
Steven Johnson at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Sunday, June 26
Six Shot Revival, Black Oak Arkansas, and Buzzard at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday, June 26
Natalie Stovall at 12th & Porter Monday, June 27
Ryan Weber at The Rutledge Monday, June 27
Music City Circuit
Three routes serving downtown Nashville! Hop a ride to the Farmers' Market for lunch or to shop for produce, catch happy hour in The Gulch, see the newest exhibit at the Frist, attend a concert at the Ryman ... the possibilities are endless. Music City Circuit makes it even easier to travel to destinations around downtown! Click here for a route map. The best part? This service is free.
What's going on?
Do you know of a great downtown event? We want to know about it, too! If your event location is on this downtown map, then submit it to our Events Calendar and Downtown Details.
Large groups and events that are downtown June 15 - 29 include American Dental Hygienists Association (2,200, June 14 - 21), URS Corporation (250, June 20 - 25), and Cydcor (400, June 23 - 25). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.