News & Information
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, NOON - 6 PM
ELEVEN DOWNTOWN CONDO AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS
Gather home decor ideas, see amazing views, shop for condos and apartments, and get an idea of what it's like to live in downtown Nashville! Over twenty individual units on display at eleven downtown residential buildings. An assortment of private residences, model units, rental and purchase units, plus rooftop decks will be on display during the self-guided tour. The home tour website features general tour information, free parking info, and more. When you purchase your ticket, you will receive a tour map to help you plan your route. Come down early and make a day of it downtown! Several businesses are offering special promotions the day of the home tour. Purchase tickets ($10) in advance or on the day of the tour at the main ticket sales location at The Arts Company or at Encore.
Events This Week
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 - SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 7 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE BALLROOM
Nashville Ballroom kicks off National Dance Week with a robust weekend including the Nashville Swing Dance Foundation’s Swing and Lindy Hop Dance on Friday night, April 20 and Sentir El Ritmo’s Salsa Social on Saturday, April 21. Group dance classes are open to the public and begin at 7 pm each night, Monday through Friday. Wednesday and Thursday are beginner nights and no partner is necessary. Dance Week festivities conclude with a Vintage Dance on Friday, April 27.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: JOE NATURAL'S
Wear green on Friday, April 20 and receive a 10% discount at the restaurant in celebration of Earth Day (April 22).
The Nashville Predators host the Detroit Red Wings for game five of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs! The puck drops at 7 pm, but festivities begin at 4 pm with a party in the plaza featuring live music, games and more. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online, by calling 615-770-PUCK or visiting the Bridgestone Arena box office. Also, Friday is a Preds Pride Day - so wear your Preds gear and colors all day on Friday. Go Preds!
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 4 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD $35 IN ADVANCE; $40 AT THE DOOR
The Nashville Junior Chamber's 13th Annual Ragin' Cajun Crawfish Boil will take place on the East Bank Greenway in front of LP Field! This crawfish boil features New Orleans-style food, all you can drink beer (till it's gone), and 3,000 lbs. of fresh crawfish. Event benefits Musicians on Call and Nashville Junior Chamber charities.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 4 PM - 6 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET $35 ADULTS; $15 CHILDREN
Learn the art of classic Southern biscuit baking with local biscuit expert Maryann Byrd. She will teach you the recipes and tricks she has learned while documenting the best biscuit makers in the South in her film and book, The Biscuit Dive Guide. Recipes in this class include the Magic biscuit, a sweet potato biscuit, butter crisp, and a country ham & cheddar. Enjoy samples during class. Register online.
A fundraiser to help construct a rooftop organic vegetable garden. Enjoy the view of Nashville's skyline, live music, and hors d'oeuvres. This garden will help provide fresh, healthy snacks for the children at McKendree's daycare and fresh produce for McKendree's community kitchen, which serves Nashville's homeless, indigent and displaced veterans. Click here to purchase tickets.
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: WILDHORSE SALOON $15
Seven corporate bands will rock out at this 4th annual event by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. Each band will perform two songs before a panel of music industry judges. Winners will be announced at the end of the competition and will receive cash awards to donate to the arts organization of their choice. The first place winner will perform at the 2012 CMA Festival! Tickets available online or at the door.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Transit Now Nashville's Transit Week through Sunday, April 22
RAW Nashville at Mercy Lounge Thursday, April 19
Minnie Murphy at Sambuca Thursday, April 19
Opry Country Classics at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, April 19
Ronnie Dennis at Casablanca Coffee Friday, April 20
Stanley Cup Playoffs Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena Friday, April 20
The Steeldrivers at Station Inn Friday, April 20
Chris Weaver at Sambuca Friday, April 20
Ginger Sands & The Leafy Greens at Two Old Hippies Friday, April 20
National Dance Week at Nashville Ballroom at Nashville Ballroom Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 29
Aziz Ansari at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, April 20
Earth Day Discount at Joe Natural's Friday, April 20
The Temptations at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, April 21
13th Annual Ragin' Cajun Crawfish Boil at LP Field Saturday, April 21
Ricky Ray at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, April 21
Steve Lester Band at Two Old Hippies Saturday, April 21
Mayer West Band at Benchmark Saturday, April 21
Southern Biscuit Baking Class Farmers' Market at Nashville Farmers' Market Saturday, April 21
The Breedy Girls Celebrate Earth Day at Miss Jeanne's Dinner Theatre Saturday, April 21
A Prairie Home Companion at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, April 21
Jeanne Robertson at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, April 21
Downtown Home Tour Sunday, April 22
Bluegrass Jam at Station Inn Sunday, April 22
Fiddle and Clogging Demonstration: The Huntley Sisters at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, April 22
Rachel Pearl at Sambuca Sunday, April 22
Raising the Roof at McKendree United Methodist Church Sunday, April 22
Kids Open Mic at Two Old Hippies Sunday, April 22
Music City Corporate Band Challenge Finals at Wildhorse Saloon Monday, April 23
The Time Jumpers at Station Inn Monday, April 23
The Brit Stokes Band at Benchmark Monday, April 23
Peter Moon Band at Sambuca Monday, April 23
The Canyon Riders at Two Old Hippies Monday, April 23
The Disappointments at Benchmark Tuesday, April 24
The Kahndeli Express at Sambuca Tuesday, April 24
Tim O'Brien with Todd Burge at Station Inn Wednesday, April 25
The Sessions at Sambuca Wednesday, April 25
Singer-Songwriter's Night with Tom Shinness at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, April 25
Fight Night 2012 at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, April 25
Great Futures Gala at Renaissance Nashville Hotel Thursday, April 26
The Breedy Bunch Wedding Mystery at Miss Jeanne's Dinner Theatre Thursday, April 26
Heath Haynes & The High Dollar Band at Sambuca Thursday, April 26
Call for Volunteers: St. Jude Country Music Marathon and 1/2 Marathon Thursday, April 26 - Saturday, April 28
Opry Country Classics at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, April 26
C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, April 27 - Saturday, April 28
Van Halen at Bridgestone Arena Friday, April 27
Sam Lewis with Kenny Vaughan at Two Old Hippies Friday, April 27
The Diggy Band at Two Old Hippies Saturday, April 28
Country Music Marathon Saturday, April 28
Country Music Marathon Post Race Concert: Rodney Atkins and Gloriana at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, April 28
Mayer West Band at Benchmark Saturday, April 28
A Prairie Home Companion at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, April 28
The Dean Martinis at Sambuca Sunday, April 29
Kids Open Mic at Two Old Hippies Sunday, April 29
Tedeschi Trucks Band with Moon Taxi at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, April 29
The Time Jumpers at Station Inn Monday, April 30
Up 'n Comers Night featuring Metro Nashville Public Schools Talent Showcase at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Monday, April 30
Dallas Starke at Sambuca Monday, April 30
Nightlife and Live Music Options
Downtown Music City boasts over 35 live music venues, plus additional nightlife options including bars and nightclubs. Plan your next night out by using our online guide. Click here to see a full list of the downtown clubs, bars and live music venues.
Interstate Closures: I-24
The downtown portion of I-24 will be closed this weekend from Friday at 9 pm to Monday at 5 am (April 20 - 23). Check out all of the closure maps and alternative route suggestions online. These closures will continue on weekends through August 31, 2012, excepting a few weekends due to major events at LP Field. please plan accordingly!
Large groups and events that are downtown April 18 - May 2, 2012 include Aclara Software (600, April 15 - 21), Tennessee Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors (April 19, 300), St. Jude Country Music Marathon and 1/2 Marathon (30,000, April 27 - 28), American Wood Protection Association (350, April 28 - May 1), National Association of Home Builders (600, April 29 - May 1), and National Business Aviation Association (400, April 30 - May 2). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.