News & Information
New bar: Cowboy Kewl!
308 Church Street. 615-242-9773. This new sports bar features live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Fill out their "request a game" form online before heading out to watch your favorite game on one of their TVs. Hours are Mon, 4 pm - 3 am; Thurs - Fri, 4 pm - 3 am; and Sat - Sun, 11 am - 3 am.
Events This Week
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: UNION STATION HOTEL $25 IN ADVANCE; $30 AT THE DOOR
Nashville Lifestyles celebrates the sixth annual Bartender Bash. Local bartenders will compete for Best Grey Goose Martini and Most Creative Cocktail. Admission includes two complimentary Grey Goose cocktails, tastings from each bartender, hors d'oeuvres and live music. A celebrity panel of judges will make the final decisions, but event attendees will vote for the People's Choice Award.
Company Rose will create a space in the Frist that unites movements, sounds, styles, and images from Andy Warhol's works and worlds. The dance company will combine influences from Merce Cunningham, John Cage, the Velvet Underground, Judy Garland, Debby Harry, and Elvis Presley.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 5 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: THE GULCH $15
The Southeastern Young Alumni Charitable Foundation (SEYA) will host the 2011 SEC Football Kickoff Block Party. This year's block party will feature the first annual "People's Choice Barbecue Contest," where some of Nashville's finest barbecue restaurants will compete for the grand prize. Admission includes two complimentary drink tickets and tastings from each featured barbecue vendor. Live entertainment by Maynard Terrace and The Bobby Cool Band. Celebrate the start of SEC football season with "beer, barbecue, and bourbon" at the best block party in town. All proceeds will benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 - SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 11 AM - 11 PM ON FRIDAY; 10 AM - 11 PM ON SATURDAY
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK
Over 120 BBQ cook teams will compete for cash and prizes in this Tennessee State Championship event sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network and the Kansas City BBQ Society. Live music from 5 pm to 10:30 pm on Friday and from 7 pm to 10:30 pm on Saturday. Headliners include The Marshall Tucker Band on Friday night and Ronnie Milsap on Saturday night. Additional activities include the Kid Fun Zone, the Music City Car Show and more. Saturday attendees can buy a special pass to sample the teams' fare during the "Peoples Choice Award" in the Grand Ol' Porker Arena. Click here for tickets and pricing information.
Please note! Road closures associated with this event (August 25 - 28):
1st Avenue - from Korean Veterans' Boulevard to Gay Street
Broadway - between 1st and 2nd Avenues
Demonbreun - between 1st and 2nd Avenues
Molloy Street - between 1st and 2nd Avenues
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM FREE
A lecture by Dr. Jack M. Sasson, professor of Judaic and Biblical Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Pharaohs are mentioned a number of times in the Old Testament and not just in the stories about Joseph and Moses. Dr. Sasson will discuss the stories of some who can be identified with specific historical figures and others whose Egyptian names remain unknown.
BMI, The Nashville Blues Society, and Galaxie Agency present a celebration of Barrett Strong. Strong's songwriting accolades include "Heard it Through the Grapevine," "Just My Imagination," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many others. The Bart Walker Band, Jimmy Hall, John Ford Coley, Mike Farris, The McCrary Sisters, Sarah Buxton, Chelson Strong, Eliza Neals, Maria Blues, James "Nick" Nixon, and Markey will perform. The show will also include a Q&A with Barrett Strong on stage. Please come and support this American songwriting legend! Proceeds from this benefit will go towards assisting with Mr. Strong's care.
Legendary vocalist Connie Smith will bring her incomparable voice, her catalog of hits and some of her favorite collaborators when she takes the Ford Theater stage as the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's 2011 Artist-in-Residence. Smith serves as host and curator for these intimate evening performances, which are slated for 7 pm on August 29 and September 12.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 11:45 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE
The library's hit music series continues with concerts in the courtyard! Bring your lunch to the library courtyard and enjoy free music by top acts in many genres every Tuesday through October 11. Maura O'Connell performs on Tuesday, August 30.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 8 PM - 9 PM ON WEDNESDAYS; 8 AM - 9 AM ON SATURDAYS
LOCATION: FIT NASHVILLE $10/SESSION, $15/WEEK, OR $60/MONTH
M.A.D.E. Fitness trainers Omar Edward and Bronson Colbert host fitness boot camps on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings at FIT Nashville.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
LOCATION: BICENTENNIAL MALL FREE
The National Folk Festival is a three-day event and is free and open to the public. Celebrating the traditions of American culture in music, dance, crafts, foods and more, the National Folk Festival offers something for everyone. Visit nationalfolkfestival.com for a complete schedule of activities. This is the first year of a 3-year run for the festival in Music City.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Benefit for Kaleb at 12th & Porter Wednesday, August 24
Dog & Pony at Sambuca Wednesday, August 24
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Wednesday, August 24
The Travis Mann Band at Robert's Western World Wednesday, August 24
Ladies at The Listening Room at Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, August 24
Bartender Bash at Union Station Hotel Thursday, August 25
Dance Performance: Company Rose's Serendipity 3 at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, August 25
SEC Football Kickoff Block Party: Barbecue, Bourbon and Beer at The Gulch Thursday, August 25
eBooks at Nashville Public Library Thursday, August 25
Blue Hollow Band at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Thursday, August 25
Marshall Chapman and Minton Sparks at Station Inn Thursday, August 25
Barefoot Renegades at Legends Corner Thursday, August 25
Ski Hi and ReLapse Funk & Soul Night at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, August 26
Rodney Perry at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Friday, August 26
Alison Krauss & Union Station at Ryman Auditorium Friday, August 26
Larry Frick at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, August 26
Music City Festival & BBQ Championship at Riverfront Park Friday, August 26 - Saturday, August 27
Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, August 26
Runaway Home at Station Inn Friday, August 26
Jesse Lee & Brazilbilly at Robert's Western World Friday, August 26
Bananas in Pajamas: Pajama Dance Party at Rocketown Friday, August 26
The 4th Annual Gimmee Awards at Miss Jeanne's Dinner Theatre Saturday, August 27
Alison Krauss & Union Station at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, August 27
The Features' Record Release at Mercy Lounge Saturday, August 27
Concert: Salute to Chet Atkins by Tommy Emmanuel at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, August 27
Richie Scholl at Sambuca Saturday, August 27
Miss Jackie Wilson at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Saturday, August 27
Sweethearts of the Rodeo at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, August 27
Savannah at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Saturday, August 27
Lewis Copeland at The Stage on Broadway Saturday, August 27
Tennessee Titans vs. Chicago Bears at LP Field Saturday, August 27
Offset and Dark Heart at The Rutledge Sunday, August 28
Pharaohs and The Patriarchs (and Matriarchs) of Israel at Tennessee State Museum Sunday, August 28
Fingerstyle Guitar Demonstration: John Knowles at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, August 28
Shut Up and Sing Featuring April Rucker at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday, August 28
The Shawn and Hobby Band at Second Fiddle Sunday, August 28
Dusty Hundley at Legends Corner Sunday, August 28
Celebrating the Music of Motown Legend Barrett Strong at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Sunday, August 28
Lauren Homburg at The Rutledge Monday, August 29
Artist in Residence: Connie Smith at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Monday, August 29
John Lemonis at Hard Rock Cafe Monday, August 29
Sons of Summer at 12th & Porter Monday, August 29
The Doyle and Debbie Show at Station Inn Tuesday, August 30
Concerts in the Courtyard: Maura O' Connell at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, August 30
The Kahndeli Express Featuring Travis Mann at Sambuca Tuesday, August 30
Harry Fontana at Robert's Western World Tuesday, August 30
ASCAP Brings The BottleCap to Nashville at 12th & Porter Tuesday, August 30
Tailor Made Fable at The Rutledge Wednesday, August 31
Hot Writers for Cool Charities at Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, August 31
College Football Kick-off Concert Event at Riverfront Park Thursday, September 1
Opening Reception: "Sustainability : A Part of Design" at Alfred Williams & Company Thursday, September 1
Fridays Al Fresco at Virago Friday, September 2
Howard Hewett at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Friday, September 2
73rd Annual National Folk Festival at Bicentennial Mall Friday, September 2 - Sunday, September 4
The Steeldrivers at Station Inn Friday, September 2
The Bluefields at Mercy Lounge Friday, September 2
First Saturday Art Crawl Saturday, September 3
Tennessee State University vs. Southern University at LP Field Saturday, September 3
Rock Over Broadway at Hard Rock Cafe Saturday, September 3
Gabe Dixon at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, September 4
First Annual John Merritt Classic Mega Festival at Riverfront Park Sunday, September 4
Nashville Drifters at 12th & Porter Sunday, September 4
Bass and Guitar Demonstration: Jon Weisberger and Troy Engle at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, September 4
Lady Moon and Cory Williams at Hard Rock Cafe Monday, September 5
Concerts in the Courtyard: Serenatta at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 6
Alex Goot, Tiffany Alvord, and Luke Conard at Rocketown Tuesday, September 6
Hogslop String Band at 12th & Porter Tuesday, September 6
Cooking Out Country with Jamie O'Neal at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday, September 7
Nearby Parking Options
Work downtown and need to let people know the closest parking options to your office building? Going to a concert with friends and looking for the closest parking? Use our "popular destinations" map to find the closest parking to your destination of choice. This example features the 25 parking garages and lots closest to the Ryman Auditorium. And this example shows the nearest parking options for one of downtown's office towers, the Fifth Third Center.
Cruise to the Titans' Games
There are several "alternative transportation" options to get to LP Field for Tennessee Titans' games. One option is the Ultimate Sunday Football Tailgate Boat Cruise aboard the Music City Queen! Highlights and pre-game analysis are piped through the boat via satellite. Food, fun and football are the focus of this cruise down the Cumberland River! Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet and get to the game with plenty of time to spare. Tickets are available for this Saturday's Titans' game. Call 615-458-3906 or click here for more information and tickets.
Large groups and events that are downtown August 24 - September 7 include Tennessee Valley Authority (240, August 22 - 25), Tractor Supply Company (1,100, August 23 - 24), College Colors Game Day Kickoff: Western Kentucky University vs. University of Kentucky (50,000, September 1 -2), National Folk Festival (30,000 (September 2 - 4) and The Endocrine Society (400, September 6 - 11). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.