Events This Week
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, CONCERT START TIMES VARY BY DAY AND VENUE
Next Big Nashville presents SoundLand. Four days and nights of music, art, food and fun. SoundLand features concerts, music business workshops, outdoor stages, an arts village and more interactive fun. Participating downtown live music venues include 12th & Porter, Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom, War Memorial Auditorium, Station Inn, MAI, and an outdoor stage located at the intersection of 12th and Porter.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, THURSDAY: 7 PM; FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 8 PM
LOCATION: SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER $44 - $114
Béla Fleck, Copland, Tchaikovsky — who could want more? Fleck will debut his brand-new Concerto for Banjo, a stunning showcase for his genre-melding style. This piece is perfectly matched with Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, which celebrates the American spirit with music of breathtaking beauty and directness. Also on the program, Tchaikovsky’s larger-than-life Fourth Symphony.
"Singing Down the Pain: The Civil War," in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, will be a moving and memorable night. Performances by Buddy Greene, Odessa Settles, the Most Oustanding Horeb Mountain Boys, the Tokens Radio Players, and host Lee C. Camp.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 6 PM - 10 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 22:
6 pm - Moon Taxi
7:30 pm - The Dirty Guv'nahs
9 pm - Robert Randolph & The Family Band
$3 parking available in the Metro Courthouse parking garage located directly below the park. Free bicycle parking.
VIP tickets available for $45. Tickets include beer, soft drinks, water, food, and an incredible view of the stage.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 7 AM
LOCATION: COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM FREE FOR SPECTATORS; $95 FOR MARATHON RUNNERS
This second annual Women's Half Marathon starts and finishes in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and tours the best of Nashville throughout the race. The weekend begins with a two-day Health and Fitness Expo (Thursday, September 22 - Friday, September 23) at the Nashville Convention Center. The expo is open to the public and features women-specific apparel, merchandise, and book signings by running celebrities. Plus, packet pick-up for registered runners including race number, timing tag and a goodie bag. Registration for the half marathon and 5K is available during the expo but is not an option on race day.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 10 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK
The annual Nashville AIDS Walk raises money and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Festivities include a concert featuring Kimberley Locke, a community and business fair, and children's activities. The Walk is approximately 3.1 miles long, and takes 45 minutes to one hour to complete. Kids and pets are welcome. Water is provided for all registered walkers. Registration begins at 10 am and the walk/run begins at 11 am.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 3 PM - 7 PM
LOCATION: SHELBY STREET PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE $50 IN ADVANCE; $60 DAY OF THE EVENT
Unique atmosphere for wine novices and connoisseurs alike. A "world tour" of hundreds of wine, beer and spirit samples from ten different regions around the world. Food vendors will also serve food from these ten regions. Live music by the Nashville Symphony Quartet, San Rafael Band, The Roneaway Duo, and Teri Reid. 15% of the proceeds will go to benefit Hands On Nashville.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1 PM, 2:30 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE
Based on the book Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, this unique, advanced level ballet utilizes an actual historical event to promote a much deeper understanding of the use of ballet. With contemporary choreography, drama, and an exceptionally unique musical score.
Blast!, winner of the 2001 Tony Award for "Best Special Theatrical Event" and the 2001 Emmy award for "Best Choreography," is comprised of 35 brass, percussion and visual performers brought together in a unique explosion of music and theatre. Born on athletic fields across the nation, Blast! is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry. According to Bruce McCabe of the Boston Globe: "Blast! is an exuberant 15-number show that doesn't falter while bridging the categories of classical, blues, jazz, rock 'n roll, and techno-pop music. Blast! stands, blows, pounds, marches, and whirls with panache. It sent a full house into repeated bursts of cheering and applause".
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 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. The WannaBeatles perform on Tuesday, September 27.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, NOON - 2 PM
LOCATION: RYMAN AUDITORIUM FREE
In celebration of Bill Monroe's 100th birthday and to kick off IBMA's World of Bluegrass week in Nashville, The Del McCoury Band & Friends will perform a special outdoor concert. Refreshments will be available through Ryman concessions. PLEASE NOTE: this concert is OUTSIDE on the grounds of the Ryman Auditorium and will not be held inside. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating.
Save the Dates: Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
Work in downtown Nashville? Join the fun during Employee Appreciation Week! Featuring many events including corporate tug-of-war, Nashville's largest coffee break (free coffee!), Farmers' Market Friday and much more. Click here for the full schedule of events. Mark the dates in your calendar and plan to attend these events.
Please Note: Road Closures
The Women's Half Marathon on Saturday, September 24 will close many roads between 6 am and 11:30 am. Click here for a PDF of all of the road closures and plan ahead!
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Chad Randall and Shawn Carnes Present: Familiar Faces Night at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, September 21
Alien Ant Farm at 12th & Porter Wednesday, September 21
The Stacy Mitchhart Band at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Wednesday, September 21
Burning Las Vegas at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, September 21
Next Big Nashville Presents: SoundLand Wednesday, September 21 - Saturday, September 24
Blind 10 and The Calvary at The Rutledge Wednesday, September 21
Béla Fleck’s Banjo Concerto at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, September 22 - Saturday, September 24
Dusty Hundley at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, September 22
Singing Down the Pain: The Civil War at Downtown Presbyterian Church Thursday, September 22
Foster The People, CULTS, and Reptar at 12th & Porter Thursday, September 22
If Birds Could Fly at Listening Room Cafe Thursday, September 22
Martin McDaniel Band at Legends Corner Thursday, September 22
Live on the Green at Public Square Park Thursday, September 22
David Tanner & Honky Tonk-Orama at Robert's Western World Thursday, September 22
Soundland: Ghostland Observatory with Cherub at Cannery Ballroom Thursday, September 22
Soundland: Bonobo with Ziggurat & Treekeeper at Mercy Lounge Thursday, September 22
Black Market Research with Nault at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, September 22
Fridays Al Fresco at Virago Friday, September 23
ARTini: A Divine Light at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, September 23
Mingo Fishtrap at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, September 23
Nashville Metal Bands 1 Year Anniversary at The Rutledge Friday, September 23
Frankie Beverly and Maze with KCI & JoJo at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Friday, September 23
Devious Angels at Listening Room Cafe Friday, September 23
Sam Hayes at Legends Corner Friday, September 23
Ace of Blues at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, September 23
Jesse Lee & Brazilbilly at Robert's Western World Friday, September 23
Women's Half Marathon & 5K at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, September 24
Nashville Predators vs. Winnepeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, September 24
The Music of the Isley Brothers at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Saturday, September 24
AIDS Walk at Bicentennial Mall Saturday, September 24
Love Come Alive: A Festival of Music for the Culture of Life at Rocketown Saturday, September 24
Lewis Copeland at The Stage on Broadway Saturday, September 24
Far Cry at Second Fiddle Saturday, September 24
Wine on the River at Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge Saturday, September 24
Bernie Nelson, Don Poythress, and Dave Gibson at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, September 24
Super T and The Tyrone Smith Revue at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, September 24
Nashville Ballet: Anne Frank at Nashville Public Library Saturday, September 24
Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, September 25
Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos at LP Field Sunday, September 25
Film Screening: Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, September 25
Gang Gang Dance at Mercy Lounge Monday, September 26
The Aunt Kizzy Boyz at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Monday, September 26
World of Bluegrass Concert Series at Hard Rock Cafe Monday, September 26
Kassie Jordan at Legends Corner Monday, September 26
Blast! at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Tuesday, September 27
Concerts in the Courtyard: The WannaBeatles at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 27
The Doyle and Debbie Show at Station Inn Tuesday, September 27
They Might Be Giants at Cannery Ballroom Tuesday, September 27
Chadwick Stokes with The White Buffalo at 12th & Porter Tuesday, September 27
Kevin Key at Second Fiddle Tuesday, September 27
Harry Fontana at Robert's Western World Tuesday, September 27
Del McCoury Band & Friends at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, September 27
Blast! at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Wednesday, September 28
Nashville Predators vs. Washington Capitals at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, September 28
Ben Graves at Sambuca Wednesday, September 28
Concert: Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday, September 28
Cookin' Out Country with Restless Heart at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday, September 28
Leukemia Benefit with Craig Campbell at Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, September 28
Hanson at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, September 29
IBMA Awards at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, September 29
Archnemesis and PlayLow at 12th & Porter Thursday, September 29
Live on the Green at Public Square Park Thursday, September 29
Larry Carlton at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, September 30
Blast! at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, September 30
C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, September 30
Fridays Al Fresco at Virago Friday, September 30
"Weird Al" Yankovic at Ryman Auditorium Friday, September 30
Larry Cordle & LST at Station Inn Friday, September 30
McKenzies Mill at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, September 30
The Long Players perform Pink Floyd at Mercy Lounge Friday, September 30
First Saturday Art Crawl Saturday, October 1
Nashville Beer Festival at Riverfront Park Saturday, October 1
C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, October 1
Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, October 1
Wilco with Nick Lowe at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, October 1
Marc Broussard at Cannery Ballroom Saturday, October 1
Wilco with Nick Lowe at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, October 2
Downtown Employee Appreciation Week Monday, October 3 - Friday, October 7
k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang at Ryman Auditorium Monday, October 3
Concerts in the Courtyard: Jason D. Williams at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, October 4
Dusty Hundley at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Wednesday, October 5
Arctic Monkeys at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, October 5
Preds or Titans Fan?
Whether you are a full, half or partial Nashville Predators season ticketholder, we have the parking package for you! Park at the Library Garage for only $4/game. Your garage access card will be pre-programmed for the games included in your ticket package. It is hard to beat the price and convenience of this parking deal! Let's go, Predators (the first pre-season home game is Saturday, September 24)! There is also a parking package for Titans season ticketholders. Park in the Metro Courthouse Garage with this fantastic deal - only $10 a game!
Explore The Gulch!
One of downtown's sub-neighborhoods, The Gulch is a great place for a night on the town, a day of shopping, and a fantastic place to live. Check out all that The Gulch has to offer on this website!
Large groups and events that are downtown September 21 - October 5 include SoundLand (1,000, September 20 - 25), Women's Half Marathon (5,000, September 24), International Bluegrass Music Association (24,000, September 25 - October 2), Gas Machinery Research Council (1,100, October 1 - 6), International Entertainment Buyers Association (500, October 1 - 5), and Advisors Excel (250, October 4 - 7). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.