Events This Week
NOW THROUGH AUGUST 21, 11:15 AM - 2:30 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK $35.69 - $56.67
Come on down to Riverfront Park this summer and take a relaxing midday boat ride aboard the General Jackson. Enjoy views of the downtown skyline while dining and enjoy a performance by Steve Hall and the Shotgun Red Show. This hilarious duo offers one of the most animated and entertainingly interactive shows ever to cruise the Cumberland River. If you loved them years ago on the popular shows Nashville Now and Hee Haw, then you don't want to miss them as headliners on the General Jackson.
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America's favorite celebrity dirt-dishing comedienne returns to Nashville for a performance at TPAC's Jackson Hall. The two-time Emmy winner, New York Times bestselling author and Grammy nominee starred in her first HBO special over a decade ago, played Brooke Shields' sharp-tongued colleague on "Suddenly Susan," and last summer wrapped up the final season of her acclaimed Bravo reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List." She recently won rave reviews for her Broadway show, "Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony," featuring two hours of hilarious Hollywood gossip and stand-up commentary on blunders of the rich and famous.
THURSDAY, JULY 21, 8 PM
LOCATION: HARD ROCK CAFE $5 ADVANCE; $10 AT THE DOOR
Celebrate Nashville as the hometown of living legends from all music genres with the Nashville Scene’s Sounds Like Summer concert series on Thursdays throughout the month of July. The Legendary Shack Shakers perform on Thursday, July 21. Sounds Like Summer is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.
FRIDAY, JULY 22 - SUNDAY, JULY 24, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: RYMAN AUDITORIUM $29.50 - $36.50
The final weekend of shows! The popular Always…Patsy Cline is a bio-musical about the legendary country singer and her most devoted fan. Starring mega-talent Mandy Barnett on the same stage where Patsy Cline made a name for herself on the Grand Ole Opry. Barnett’s portrayal of the iconic singer is uncanny. The musical features down-home country humor, true emotion and some audience participation. Always…Patsy Cline includes hits such as "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams," "I Fall to Pieces," and "Walkin' After Midnight." The final performances will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
The people who lived in Shaker villages vowed to live their lives guided by strict tenets of celibacy and communal ownership of property. The Shakers also espoused order, function, and simplicity in mindset and practice, particularly when it came to creating the material culture that surrounded them. Because each village typically attracted converts from the general area in which it was located, regional variations in architecture, costume, food, music, and furniture developed. This presentation will explore the furniture created at the Shakers’ southernmost outpost, South Union, Kentucky. Because the converts to the village were primarily from Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, South Union’s southern culture is especially evident in the furniture made there between 1820 and 1880. Presented by Tommy Hines, executive director of the Shaker Museum of South Union.
Downtown Chiropractic Center's annual patient appreciation day. All new patients receive a complimentary consultation, exam, and first treatment. Free chair massages from Body and Sole and 007 Stress Therapy. Snacks and appetizers. Plus, prize drawings from downtown businesses including The Greek Touch, Downtown Hair Salon, Dunn Bros. Coffee, Deli Dave's, and more. Existing patients and potential new patients are invited to this event.
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 9 PM - 2 AM
LOCATION: VIRAGO FREE
A new event every Friday on Virago's rooftop patio. Hang out and enjoy the skyline views, drink your favorite drink and listen to modern audio-visual mixes by MINDUB. Fridays Al Fresco will continue every Friday night through October.
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 7 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: LOT R, LP FIELD $75 OR $125 RACE REGISTRATION, FREE FOR SPECTATORS
The 3rd Annual Music City Triathlon. Swim the Cumberland River (1.5k), bike through East Nashville (40k), and run (10k) through downtown Nashville. Plus, there is a shorter course option with a 400 yard swim, 20k bike, 5k run. Non-racers are encouraged to watch and cheer on the participants! Race registration ends at midnight Wednesday, July 20.
NOTE: rolling road closures associated with this event include the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, Broadway (westbound lane from 1st Ave to 3rd Ave), Union (3rd Ave to Woodland Street Bridge), 1st Avenue (southbound lane from Union to Molloy), 2nd Avenue (all lanes from Union to Broadway), 3rd Avenue (northbound lane from Union to Broadway and the Shelby Street Bridge to Molloy), and the Woodland Street Bridge (eastbound lanes). These closures will be in effect from 8:30 am until noon on Saturday.
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: HARD ROCK CAFE FREE
The Hard Rock Cafe Memorabilia Tour Bus rolls into Nashville during a nation-wide tour at 31 stops showcasing some of the Hard Rock’s most prized memorabilia pieces in celebration of Hard Rock Café’s 40th Anniversary. From Jimi Hendrix Flying V, to Michael Jackson’s jacket that he wore in his “Beat It” video, this “Hard Rock on Wheels” is a must see for locals and tourists. Tours of the bus will be given from 2 pm - 8 pm. It wouldn’t be a Hard Rock event without live music, so there will be an outdoor stage in the Hard Rock's parking lot and a great lineup playing tributes to some of the legends. Must see special guests will be stopping by, prizes (birthday presents) will be given out, birthday treats, and guests are invited to stay cool with cold beer.
MONDAY, JULY 25 - FRIDAY, JULY 29, 9 AM - 3 PM
LOCATION: FIRST BAPTIST NASHVILLE $50
Music Arts Camp is a fun-filled week of hands-on music and arts activities for children who have completed grades one through six. Students will have the opportunity to choose a music focus group in the mornings and an arts focus group in the afternoon. All campers will learn and present a musical, explore five different instrumental groups, and experience Bible study designed especially for the musical. Plus, fellowship, action-packed recreation, and snacks. Registration is available online.
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 8 PM
LOCATION: MERCY LOUNGE $20
Performances by Vince Gill, John Oates, The Long Players, Mark Selby, Joe Robinson, Baillie & the Boys and more!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
LOCATION: SOLE MIO
50% of all food sales on this night will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Mid-South Chapter. Sole Mio hosts a dinner once a month that benefits a local non-profit organization. Reservations suggested.
THURSDAY, JULY 28 - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 11 AM - NOON
LOCATION: SUNTRUST PLAZA
A new 12-week Weight Watchers At-Work series begins Thursday, July 28. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 11 am to noon in the SunTrust Plaza Building. Weight Watchers is running a "summer sizzler" special: 12 weeks for the price of 10! Call 615-748-4710 to sign up or for more information.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Brian Ashley Jones at Sambuca Wednesday, July 20
Dakota & Garry at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Wednesday, July 20
Take it Back! at Rocketown Wednesday, July 20
Kathy Griffin at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, July 21
Dailey & Vincent at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, July 21
Art Making in the Lobby: Vinyl Pop! at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, July 21
The Nashville Scene's Summer Concert Series at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, July 21
The Lower Broadway Band at Legends Corner Thursday, July 21
Lost Boys of the Sudan Art Exhibit at Casablanca Coffee Thursday, July 21
Always ... Patsy Cline at Ryman Auditorium Friday, July 22
Sky Bear at Nashville Public Library Friday, July 22
The Midnight Riders and Adam Nitti's NAMM Event at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, July 22
The Steeldrivers at Station Inn Friday, July 22
South Union Shaker Furniture: A Southerner's Interpretation of Shaker Simplicity at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, July 22
Yacht Rock Revue at Mercy Lounge Friday, July 22
Galaxie Summer at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, July 22
Boomerang at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, July 22
Jesse Lee & Brazilbilly at Robert's Western World Friday, July 22
Bootleg Guitars NAMM Party at The Rutledge Friday, July 22
NAMM Jam Nashville at Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill Friday, July 22
Patient Appreciation Day at Downtown Chiropractic Center Friday, July 22
Fridays Al Fresco at Virago Friday, July 22
Urban Hang Suite: The Music of Maxwell at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Friday, July 22
Always...Patsy Cline at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, July 23
Blues Counsel at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, July 23
Riff Raff Performs ACDC & Original Shazam Performs The Who at Mercy Lounge Saturday, July 23
Far Cry at Second Fiddle Saturday, July 23
Porter Gentry NAMM Jam at Listening Room Cafe Saturday, July 23
Always...Patsy Cline at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, July 24
12 Against Nature Steely Dan Experience at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, July 24
Christina Perri at Mercy Lounge Sunday, July 24
Dobro Demonstration: Al Goll at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, July 24
Music City Triathlon at Lot R, LP Field Sunday, July 24
Hard Rock Cafe Memorabilia Tour Bus at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday, July 24
Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes at Robert's Western World Monday, July 25
Randy Nations at The Stage on Broadway Monday, July 25
Nadine Tindall at Legends Corner Monday, July 25
Music Arts Camp at First Baptist Nashville Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29
ARTini: Warhol Live at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Tuesday, July 26
Soles4Souls Benefit Concert at Hard Rock Cafe Tuesday, July 26
A Benefit for Pete Huttlinger Featuring Vince Gill and John Oates at Mercy Lounge Tuesday, July 26
National MS Society's Mid-South Chapter Benefit Dinner at Sole Mio Wednesday, July 27
Bon Iver at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, July 27
Bo Bice at 12th & Porter Wednesday, July 27
The 4th Annual Gimmee Awards at Miss Jeanne's Dinner Theatre Thursday, July 28
Doc Watson at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, July 28
Laura Vida at Sambuca Thursday, July 28
Zach Neil at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, July 28
Swine Ball at Riverfront Park Thursday, July 28
Chris Tucker at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, July 29
Frist Fridays Concert Series: Studio 54 Remix with DJ Ron Slomowicz at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, July 29
Block Party with Three 6 Mafia at 12th & Porter Friday, July 29
Beaker Street Blues Band at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, July 29
Darling Parade at Rocketown Friday, July 29
American Idol Live! at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, July 30
10th Annual Music City Brewer's Festival at Hilton Park Saturday, July 30
Kendell Marvel Writers Round at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, July 30
Ke$ha at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Sunday, July 31
The Temptations & The Four Tops at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, July 31
Author Talk and Book Signing: Maggie Stiefvater at Nashville Public Library Sunday, July 31
Film Screening: In the Hank Williams Tradition at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, July 31
Breathe Carolina at Rocketown Sunday, July 31
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Special Event Venues
Planning a corporate or social event ? Look no further than downtown! These special event venues are the perfect location for your upcoming event. Also, many of the downtown art galleries are great venue rental options.
Large groups and events that are downtown July 20 - August 3 include NAMM - International Music Products Association (13,000, July 21 - 24), U.S. Department of Defense (800, July 24 - 30), Staff Development for Educators (225, July 25 - 29), Live On Stage (217, July 28 - 31), and Brother International Corp. (265, July 31 - August 3). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.