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New honky tonk: Bootleggers Inn!
207 Broadway. 615-457-3983. Bootleggers Inn features two floors of "bootlegging," live music, moonshine, whiskey barrels, Mason jars, and more. Hours are Mon - Sun, noon - 2:30 am.
Events This Week
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: ENCORE FREE
Join Team Green for their October Mixer at Encore Condominiums. Enter for chances to win prizes, such as VIP passes to the Live On the Green Halloween Finale on October 13 and tickets to Mat Kearney (Oct 20 at the Cannery Ballroom) and the Avett Brothers (Oct 28 at the Bridgestone Arena). Food and drinks will be available, as well as complimentary valet parking.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $32 - $145
The Nashville Predators host the Phoenix Coyotes on opening night of the 2011-2012 season! The puck drops at 7 pm and festivities begin at 4 pm with a gold carpet event. Nashville Predators players, coaches and broadcasters will walk the gold carpet alongside select season ticketholders. A plaza party will follow the carpet walk and will feature live music, a drumline, snow blowers, concessions, inflatable games, photo opportunities, GNASH, the Preds dancers and more. In addition, all fans attending the game will receive a free opening night shirt courtesy of Nissan. Limited tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 615-770-PUCK or visiting the Bridgestone Arena box office.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 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. The weather should be perfect! Blankets, folding chairs, strollers, and water bottles are welcomed. This is the final show of this year's series.
6 pm - RhythMystik Tribal Percussion
6:45 pm - Eastern Block
7:45 pm - H-Beam
9 pm - Here Come the Mummies
$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.
Also, Lightning Lunch in the Public Square from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Thursday featuring the Labor of Love mobile food truck and free samples from Dr. Pepper.
Giuseppe Verdi's glamorous and heartfelt portrait of a courtesan forced to give up the man of her dreams in this tale of love and selfless sacrifice. The score features poignant preludes, inspired ensembles, and marvelously crafted duets. Featuring the Nashville Symphony. La Traviata is the third most popular opera in the world. In addition to Thursday's performance, the Opera will perform La Traviata on Saturday.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 6:30 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: THE HERMITAGE HOTEL $250
A unique evening of stories and songs featuring Mary Steenburgen and friends. Steenburgen will perform with Shawn Camp, Kim Carnes, Trent Dabbs, Kat Danson, Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Audrey Dean Kelley, Luke Laird, and Lori McKenna. Cocktail reception at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7:30 pm. All proceeds benefit The Oxford American.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL $15 AT THE DOOR, $13.50 IN ADVANCE, $5 STUDENTS
Carol Williams, San Diego Civic Organist, presents her atypical organ extravaganza on the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at Christ Church Cathedral as part of the Sacred Space for the City Arts Series. Carol's humorous personality and her keen appreciation of what people want to hear results in a well-rounded portrait of the concert organ. Williams performs music from the great classical composers, famous Hollywood and Broadway hits, and her own compositions.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, FRIDAY, NOON - 6 PM; SATURDAY, 9 AM - 6 PM; AND SUNDAY, NOON - 5 PM
LOCATION: WAR MEMORIAL PLAZA FREE
Now in its 23rd year, the Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that provides book-loving guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite authors. Plus, food, a children’s stage, live music, a café stage, author readings, book signings and much more! Award-winning authors headlining the festival include Walter Mosley, Andrea Davis Pinkney, T.A. Barron, Chris Bohjalian, Pseudonymous Bosch, Charles Frazier, Tom Perrotta and Nashville’s own Ann Patchett. Click here for the full schedule of authors and activities. Hours are Friday, noon - 6 pm; Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm; and Sunday, noon - 5 pm.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 8 PM
LOCATION: NATIONAL UNDERGROUND FREE
The National Underground Nashville is the first off-shoot of the popular New York City club owned by artists and brothers Gavin and Joey DeGraw. The venue combines the best in local and national original roots, rock, and country music along with a full menu—including a burger that was named one of the best in New York City. The official Grand Opening celebration is this Saturday featuring performances by Hilary Williams, The Cold Stares, Joey DeGraw, and the Eric Jon Band.
Actor and comedian Sinbad arrived on the comedy scene with a "hit 'em in the face" style of comedy that has kept audiences laughing over the past two decades. He freely admits that he doesn't know any jokes except for the ones his dad told him "back in the day." The basis of his humor comes from everyone he's met, everything he's seen, and everything he's done.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 6 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: THE BRIDGE LOUNGE FREE
In 2008, Matthew Mayfield released his debut EP, The Fire. The launch sparked the release of seven additional EP's over the next two years. Mayfield will perform a free, intimate concert in the Renaissance Hotel's The Bridge Lounge.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 5 PM
LOCATION: VELOCITY IN THE GULCH REGISTRATION: $35 IN ADVANCE; $40 RACE DAY
The seventh annual Halloween in Tthe Gulch: 5K and 10K run and block party. Participants can run in their best costumes during this 5K/10K and have a chance to win top prizes for the best costume. After the finish line, enjoy Michelob Ultra beer, creepy cocktails, and Monster Energy Drinks. The block party is located at 600 11th Avenue South. PLEASE NOTE: Road closures associated with this event! Click here to view the course map.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1 PM - 5 PM
LOCATION: CHURCH STREET PARK FREE
Friends of Church Street Park present Songwriters in the Park featuring live performances by local songwriters including Don Gallardo, Laura McGhee, Jabe Beyer, Dave Phenice, Golden State Refugees, Allen Thompson, Aaron Beavers, and Zach Broocke. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the live music! Dogs are welcome, too.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, NOON - 7 PM
LOCATION: HOOTERS FREE
Nashville's 1st Annual Big Wheel Championship will be held on Church Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. The race will begin at 2 pm. Gates open at noon. Beer and food will be served. This event benefits Toys for Tots and attendees are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for donation. Sponsored by Yazoo, Hooters, Beer Sellar, Riverfront Tavern and Central Parking.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 4 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: BOMBSHELL CREATIVE FREE
This event aims to empower women to love who they are, embrace their real, raw beauty and lead an extraordinary, fulfilling life. Attendees will experience complimentary skin and brow consultations and hand massages. Attendees will also be able to enter drawings for great prizes.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: RYMAN AUDITORIUM $35 - $50
Singer/songwriter Craig Wiseman and a cast of star musicians host a night of music to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Includes performances by Craig Wiseman, Dave Barnes, Dallas Davidson, and many more!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7 PM
LOCATION: WATERMARK $140
The restaurant Nashville Scene readers voted as "Best Restaurant With a View" will soon be the best restaurant with a view of celebrity chefs. Watermark will host the first Nashville stop on the Celebrity Chef Tour. Chef Louis Osteen will host this event and will be joined by chefs Michael Sullivan, Alex Seidel, Donald Link and Bob Waggoner. The six-course meal will be matched with wine pairings.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
All My Sons at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Saturday, October 15
The Ordeal of Dr. Trifulgus at Nashville Public Library Friday, October 7 - Saturday, October 15
The Civil Wars at Cannery Ballroom Wednesday, October 12
Americana Music Festival: Marshall Chapman at Station Inn Wednesday, October 12
Michael Martin Murphy & The Rio Grand Band at Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, October 12
Sleepless Truckers at Second Fiddle Wednesday, October 12
CJ Vaughn at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, October 12
Team Green October Mixer at Encore Wednesday, October 12
Kris Bell at National Underground Thursday, October 13
Opening Night: Nashville Predators vs. Phoenix Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, October 13
Will Hoge with Romantica & Lera Lynn at Mercy Lounge Thursday, October 13
Americana Honors & Awards at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 13
69th Annual Al Menah Temple Shrine Circus at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16
Live on the Green at Public Square Park Thursday, October 13
Americana Music Festival: JD Souther at Station Inn Thursday, October 13
Nashville Opera presents La Traviata at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, October 13
Panel Discussion: Land of 1,000 Dances at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, October 13
David Tanner & Honky Tonk-Orama at Robert's Western World Thursday, October 13
Laura Vida at Sambuca Thursday, October 13
Aaron Cox and John Henry Copen at Casablanca Coffee Thursday, October 13
Craig Boyd at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, October 13
Mary Steenburgen & Friends at The Hermitage Hotel Friday, October 14
Sonny Rollins at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, October 14
Casting Crowns at Bridgestone Arena Friday, October 14
North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom Friday, October 14
Americana Music Festival: The Packway Handle Band at Station Inn Friday, October 14
Carol Williams Organ Extravaganza at Christ Church Cathedral Friday, October 14
Bucktown Kickback & Willie Guy at Listening Room Cafe Friday, October 14
Jesse Lee & Brazilbilly at Robert's Western World Friday, October 14
The Jompson Brothers at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, October 14
Ace of Blues at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, October 14
Beats Antique at 12th & Porter Friday, October 14
Lightning Malcolm at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, October 14
Southern Festival of Books at War Memorial Plaza Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16
Nashville Predators vs. New Jersey Devils at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, October 15
National Underground Grand Opening featuring Joey DeGraw at National Underground Saturday, October 15
Americana Music Festival: Sierra Hull & Highway 111 at Station Inn Saturday, October 15
Nashville Opera presents La Traviata at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, October 15
Sinbad at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, October 15
Far Cry at Second Fiddle Saturday, October 15
Todd Sansom at Legends Corner Saturday, October 15
Songwriter Session: Jim Lauderdale at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, October 15
RLife LIVE Presents Matthew Mayfield at The Bridge Lounge Saturday, October 15
Community Cinema - Women, War and Peace Series at Nashville Public Library Saturday, October 15
Kathie Baillie and The Boys at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, October 15
Lovedrug at 12th & Porter Saturday, October 15
Halloween in the Gulch at Velocity in the Gulch Saturday, October 15
Songwriters in the Park at Church Street Park Saturday, October 15
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart with Twin Sister at Mercy Lounge Sunday, October 16
PinkFest 2011 at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday, October 16
The Shawn and Hobby Band at Second Fiddle Sunday, October 16
Urban Soul Cafe and Soul Lounge at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Sunday, October 16
Manda Rose and The Ghost Ballerinas at The Rutledge Sunday, October 16
1st Annual Big Wheel Championship Race at Hooters Sunday, October 16
Aiden's Audience at 12th & Porter Sunday, October 16
Mike Vance at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Sunday, October 16
The Goo Goo Dolls at Ryman Auditorium Monday, October 17
Nick and Amanda Duo at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Monday, October 17
Squeeze Rock, The Clone, and Brian McSweeney at Hard Rock Cafe Monday, October 17
Randy Nations at The Stage on Broadway Monday, October 17
Lorna Flowers, Tiffany, and Bridgette Tatum at Listening Room Cafe Monday, October 17
Black Unicorn Cabaret at The Rutledge Monday, October 17
Knuffle Bunny at Nashville Children's Theatre Monday, October 17
Bombshell Beauty Bash at Bombshell Creative Monday, October 17
Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes at Robert's Western World Monday, October 17
The Khandalhi Express Featuring Travis Mann at Sambuca Tuesday, October 18
Stars for Second Harvest: Craig Wiseman and Friends at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, October 18
Celebrity Chef Tour at Watermark Tuesday, October 18
Adam Hood at 3rd and Lindsley Tuesday, October 18
Aretha Franklin at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, October 19
Johnny Teschko at The Stage on Broadway Wednesday, October 19
Christopher Cross at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, October 20 - Saturday, October 22
Mat Kearney at Cannery Ballroom Thursday, October 20
The District's 25th Annual Progressive Party at Hotel Indigo Thursday, October 20
The Black Lillies at Station Inn Thursday, October 20
Opry Country Classics at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 20
The August with The Clones at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, October 20
Yacht Rock Revue at Mercy Lounge Friday, October 21
Shaquille O'Neal's All Star Comedy Jam at Ryman Auditorium Friday, October 21
Pete Sallis at Listening Room Cafe Friday, October 21
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Nashville Public Library Friday, October 21 - Saturday, October 29
Crazy Face at Sambuca Friday, October 21
Beaker Street Blues Band at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, October 21
Haunted Museum at Tennessee State Museum Saturday, October 22
Deer Tick with Virgin Forest at Mercy Lounge Saturday, October 22
Aaron Tippin & The Wright Kids at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, October 22
Peter Frampton at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, October 22
Lewis Copeland at The Stage on Broadway Saturday, October 22
Hands On Creativity at Plaza Artist Materials and Picture Framing Saturday, October 22 - Sunday, October 23
Writers Night at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, October 22
The BB King All Stars featuring Natasha Young at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Saturday, October 22
Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans at LP Field Sunday, October 23
Jackopierce with Anderson East at The Rutledge Sunday, October 23
Titans Ultimate VIP Tailgate at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday, October 23
Film Screening: Nashville Now featuring Hank Williams, Jr. at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, October 23
Clean and Safe Request Form
If you notice something amiss while walking downtown, please let us know about it! Report graffiti that needs to be removed, public sidewalks that need pressure washing, weeds, trash and other unsightly items! Use this form to send a request directly to our Clean and Safe Team manager. NOTE: these services are only available in the CBID and the GBID (maps of these areas are provided on the form page).
Get Fit Downtown
Did you know that downtown Nashville has nine fitness centers? Browse our online map to find an option convenient for you. Choose from traditional gyms, yoga studios, dance studios, and personal training options.
Large groups and events that are downtown October 12 - 26 include Marsh Berry & Company Inc. (250, October 11 - 14), Americana Music Festival and Conference (3,000, October 12 - 15), International Smart Tan Network (3,000, October 14 - 16), Academy Sports (320, October 14 - 16), Healthland (600, October 17 - 20) Association of Millwork Distributors (500, October 23 -26), and Christian Country Music Association (500, October 24 - 28). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.