News & Information
New dance studio: Nashville Ballroom!
817 2nd Avenue S. 615-828-8707. Nashville Ballroom specializes in classes for adult beginners and offers convenient online scheduling. Singles and couples are welcome. A grand opening party is scheduled for Saturday, September 10 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The grand opening is free and includes a group dance lesson, dance showcase, and social dance.
New massage studio: Bliss in BodyWorks!
700 Church Street #905. 615-810-9148. This new massage studio offers therapeutic bodywork and massage. Hours are Tues and Thurs, 6 pm - 8:30 pm; Sat, 10 am - 6 pm; and Sun, by appointment.
Events This Week
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6 PM - 10:30 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE PARK GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE AND VIP: $45
Enjoy live music outside in Public Square, located in front of the Metro Courthouse. This third annual concert series features local and national artists. The weather should be perfect for these events! Blankets, folding chairs, strollers, and water bottles are welcomed at this free six-week concert series.
The line-up for Thursday, September 8:
5 pm - Chris Bailey
6 pm - Marie Hines
7:30 pm - Will Hoge
9 pm - The Nashville Symphony with K.S. Rhoads
$3 parking available in the Metro Courthouse parking garage located directly below the park. Free bicycle parking.
VIP tickets available for $45 (or $210 for a season pass). Tickets include beer, soft drinks, water, food, and an incredible view of the stage.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 7 PM - 9:30 PM
LOCATION: MISS JEANNE'S DINNER THEATRE $44 FOR GRANDPARENTS
Celebrate Grandparents' Day at Miss Jeanne's Mystery Dinner Theatre with a special discount price of $44 (plus tax) for all grandparents. Make reservations online or call 615-902-9566. The performance on Saturday, September 10 also offers this discount price for grandparents.
The ultimate pairing of soloist and composer: the incomparable Yo-Yo Ma will perform two lyrical pieces by DvoÅ™ák, who wrote some of the most beautiful music ever performed on the cello. This one-night-only concert will also feature complimentary champagne and dessert. Come for the music and stay for the festivities!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 9 AM - 4 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE CITY CENTER FREE FOR SPECTATORS
Locals will have a chance to rappel down the 27-story Nashville City Center building, a height of more than 400 feet. On-site festivities the day of the event include a DJ, food vendors, and informational tents. Rappelling begins at 9 am and will continue through 4 pm. This fundraiser supports Special Olympics Tennessee's year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 16,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. If interested in rappelling, one must register here and raise at least $1,000 for Special Olympics Tennessee by September 9.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, FRI NOON - 9 PM; SAT 10 AM - 9 PM; SUN 10 AM - 6 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE CONVENTION CENTER $8
Featuring over 600 exhibition booths showcasing home remodeling and decoration trends, designs, and more.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 7 PM
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH $5 SUGGESTED DONATION
A special screening of the documentary, Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp, which was narrated by Nashville singer/songwriter, Jim Lauderdale. Filmmakers Matt and Erica Hinton will attend the Nashville premiere of the film and lead a Q&A session. There will also be a live demonstration of Sacred Harp singing by many of the singers in the film.
TuneTown Show Chorus hosts this all-music review, featuring a night full of a cappella music. Special guests include comedy quartet Storm Front from Denver and the Melodores from Vanderbilt.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 8:30 PM
LOCATION: VIRAGO FREE
Enjoy an evening on Virago's rooftop patio. Featuring $6 cocktails and music by DJ Jesse Frasure and Nathan Barlowe.
Join Big River as they tap their famous fall brew, Oktoberfest. Samples of seasonal menu items (including Brew Master's Schnitzel, German mac 'n cheese, a wurst platter and more), door prizes and a raffle for Big River merchandise. Oktoberfest is a medium-bodied lager, amber in color with a toasted malt character.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 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 and enjoy free music by top acts in many genres every Tuesday through October 11. Riders in the Sky perform on Tuesday, September 13.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 4:30 PM - 6 PM
LOCATION: HARD ROCK CAFE FREE
Nashville-area young philanthropists under 40 will be honored at this event. The honorees are making significant contributions to their profession and community through their work and leadership in fund-raising. The three winners will be announced at this event and will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on November 10. Cash bar with happy hour specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. RSVP by Friday, September 9 to
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 11 AM - NOON
LOCATION: DOLCE VITA HAIR SALON FREE
Bring your own lunch to the salon for a class about the benefits of essential oils. Essential oils that will be discussed are lavender, peppermint and lemon. Complimentary dessert. Call 615-252-8885 to reserve a spot.
The 5th Annual Dinner on the Bridge is a fundraising event benefiting Greenways for Nashville. This seated dinner includes live music provided by the Nashville Jazz Workshop and catering by Kate's Fine Catering. The mission of Greenways for Nashville is to create, develop, protect, preserve and promote greenways systems in Nashville.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Restaurant Week through Sunday, September 11
Seth Walker at Station Inn Wednesday, September 7
Dog & Pony at Sambuca Wednesday, September 7
Alison Joy Williams, Goose Gossett, and Kyle Knutson at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, September 7
Cookin' Out Country with Jamie O'Neal at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday, September 7
Burning Las Vegas at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, September 7
The Glory Bugles' "800 Miles Off-Broadway" at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, September 8
Oblivion Myth at 12th & Porter Thursday, September 8
Aaron Long, Stacy Lantz, and Josh Pantana at The Rutledge Thursday, September 8
Rachael Johnson at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, September 8
Tunesmithing at Casablanca Coffee Thursday, September 8
Live on the Green at Public Square Park Thursday, September 8
Celebrate Grandparents' Day with a Mystery at Miss Jeanne's Dinner Theatre Thursday, September 8
Petey's Preds Party at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, September 8
Katie Quick at Listening Room Cafe Thursday, September 8
Kassie Jordan at The Stage on Broadway Thursday, September 8
Season Opening Celebration with Yo-Yo Ma at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, September 9
Over The Edge at Nashville City Center Friday, September 9
JJ Williamson at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Friday, September 9
The Script with Hot Chelle Rae at Ryman Auditorium Friday, September 9
Girls and Boys Nashville at Cannery Ballroom Friday, September 9
A Tribute to Journey at The Rutledge Friday, September 9
28th Annual Home Decorating and Remodeling Show at Nashville Convention Center Friday, September 9 - Sunday, September 11
Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp at Downtown Presbyterian Church Friday, September 9
Nashville Rollergirls vs. Naptown Tornado Sirens at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, September 10
The ConSoulers at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, September 10
John Hiatt and Big Head Todd & The Monsters at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, September 10
Kids Club: Patchwork Puzzles at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, September 10
Nashville Ballroom Grand Opening at Nashville Ballroom Saturday, September 10
Songwriter Session: Jay Knowles at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, September 10
Colleen's Birthday Bash featuring Loves Tragedy at The Rutledge Saturday, September 10
Les Richardson at Wildhorse Saloon Saturday, September 10
Smashville Text Scavenger Hunt at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, September 10
Encore! 2011 at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, September 10
Casey Benefield at Listening Room Cafe Saturday, September 10
Far Cry at Second Fiddle Saturday, September 10
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, September 11
9/11 Benefit and The Listening Room Birthday Bash at Listening Room Cafe Sunday, September 11
Film Screening: Bill Monroe on Austin City Limits at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, September 11
7" Vinyl Sundays Hosted by Feeka at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Sunday, September 11
Second Sundays at Virago Sunday, September 11
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Ryman Auditorium Monday, September 12
Pro of Pros Music Jam at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Monday, September 12
Randy Nations at The Stage on Broadway Monday, September 12
Elio Giordono at Second Fiddle Monday, September 12
Tapping of Oktoberfest at Big River Grille & Brewing Works Monday, September 12
Concerts in the Courtyard: Riders in the Sky at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 13
Journey with Foreigner and Night Ranger at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, September 13
The Fray at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, September 13
The Kahndeli Express at Sambuca Tuesday, September 13
Ana Sia at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, September 14
Louisiana Night at Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, September 14
Brother Love at Sambuca Wednesday, September 14
Cookin' Out Country with Mark Wills at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday, September 14
Gwen Sebastain at Wildhorse Saloon Wednesday, September 14
New Faces in Philanthropy at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, September 14
Lunch & Learn at Dolce Vita Hair Salon Wednesday, September 14
Wynonna at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, September 15 - Saturday, September 17
Dinner on the Bridge at Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge Thursday, September 15
The Raconteurs at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, September 15
Emerson Sky at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, September 15
Music for a Change Presents: Nashville Love at 12th & Porter Thursday, September 15
Live on the Green at Public Square Park Thursday, September 15
Shawn Mullins with Alice Peacock and Danny Myrick at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, September 16
Taylor Swift at Bridgestone Arena Friday, September 16
Conexion Americas Hispanic Heritage Fiesta & Awards Ceremony at Cannery Ballroom Friday, September 16
Celebrity Casino Night at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Friday, September 16
Art After Hours at Terrazzo Friday, September 16 - Saturday, September 17
Walk2Reach at Bicentennial Mall Saturday, September 17
Taylor Swift at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, September 17
Elio & the Hank Sinatra Band at Sambuca Saturday, September 17
Miss Jackie Wilson at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Saturday, September 17
Zachapalooza 4: Benefit for Betty Brown at The Rutledge Saturday, September 17
Damon Williams at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Saturday, September 17
The Cold Stares, Stagolee, and The Future at Hard Rock Cafe Saturday, September 17
Artful Tales: Mexican Folk Tale at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Sunday, September 18
Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens at LP Field Sunday, September 18
Cherrelle at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Sunday, September 18
Barefoot Renegades at The Stage on Broadway Sunday, September 18
The Shawn and Hobby Band at Second Fiddle Sunday, September 18
Great Nashville Duck Race at Riverfront Park Monday, September 19
Randy Nations at The Stage on Broadway Monday, September 19
Concerts in the Courtyard: Bearfoot at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 20
Stars for Stripes Benefit: "Have you Forgotten?" at The Palm Tuesday, September 20
See Something Amiss?
Notice a broken tree limb, news rack in disarray, graffiti, trash in the street or anything else that needs attention downtown? Use this helpful PDF with phone numbers listing the Metro and local agencies that can fix these problems.
Thirsty? Happy Hour Options
Fall is coming and it is the perfect time to grab a drink on a downtown patio after work! There are tons of happy hours to choose from each day in downtown Nashville. Check out our complete list of happy hour offerings and head to one of these restaurants or bars soon!
Large groups and events that are downtown September 7 - 21 include The Endocrine Society (400, September 6 - 11), Home Decorating and Remodeling Show (5,000, September 9 - 11), Optimum Solutions (250, September 13 - 15), Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (250, September 18 - 20), and Soundland (1,000, September 20 - 25). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.