Nashville Downtown Details

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Events This Week

B-Cycle Demonstration


Grab a sneak peek at Nashville’s new bike-share program, Nashville B-cycle. This demonstration will give members of the public the chance to test ride a B-cycle and learn more about the automated kiosk system. The city is expanding its bike-share system to include 200 bikes available at 20 automated kiosks throughout the urban core. This will be a fee-based system designed for short trips. Complement your lunch hour on Friday with lunch from any one of the Farmers' Market amazing restaurants (over 12 to choose from).


Collectors Art Night

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 5:30 PM - 8 PM

Art talks on the 5th Avenue of the Arts hosted by Paul Polycarpou, editor of Nashville Arts Magazine. Cocktails will be served at 5:30 pm. At 6 pm, Tinney Contemporary will start the evening with gallery director Sarah Wilson discussing "The New Real" which includes works by six artists. At 6:45 pm, painter Sam Dunson will discuss his work at The Rymer Gallery. The Arts Company will round out the evening with a collectors' tour of Harry Underwood's new painting series at 7:15 pm. This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP. Free valet parking and complimentary wine, refreshments, and cupcakes will be available with registration.


Rise 'n Shine Biscuit Baking Class

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn the art of classic Southern biscuit baking with 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. Learn how to make sausage, bacon, and tomato gravies along with classic Southern biscuit recipes. Enjoy samples during class. Register online.


Predators' Open House


An open house from 10 am to 1 pm featuring the team's popular used equipment sale, an open skate on Bridgestone Arena ice (bring your own skates), a pro shop sidewalk sale, and locker room tours. Saturday marks the day individual tickets go on sale for the 2012-2013 season. The Predators are also participating in "Tax Free Weekend" from 10 am on Saturday, August 4 to 5 pm on Sunday, August 5. Fans may purchase Predators ticket plans, select single game tickets, premium seating inventory and tickets to select Bridgestone Arena events at a 9.25% discount. Tickets should be purchased by calling 615-770-7800 or through Also, Friday is Preds Pride Day and everyone is encouraged to wear Predators' gold.


First Saturday Art Crawl


Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings every month. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. Free shuttles provide transportation among the galleries from 6 pm to 10 pm (galleries close at 9 pm). See this month's shuttle map and gallery listing. Participating galleries include:

Andy Anh Ha
63 Arcade.
668-7598. 6 - 9 pm. Free.
The Arts Company
215 5th Avenue North. 254-2040. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

BelArt Gallery
56 Arcade. 397-2347. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

Blend Studio
79 Arcade. 554-1340. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information. Their final show!

75 Arcade.
6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

The Ha Factory
238 5th Avenue North. 718-930-3905. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

Lisa Mergen Wearable Art
58 Arcade. 254-9209. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

O Gallery
42 Arcade. 416-2537. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Picture This Creative Framing
44 Arcade. 889-5640. 6 - 9 pm. Free.

The Rymer Gallery
233 5th Avenue North. 752-6030. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Studio 69
69 Arcade. 479-5133. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Sweeney Art Gallery
83 Arcade.
6 - 9 pm. Free.

Tennessee Art League
808 Broadway. 736-5000. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Tinney Contemporary
237 5th Avenue North. 255-7816. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Twist Art Gallery
73 Arcade. 888-535-5286. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

UltraViolet Gallery
59 Arcade. 521-2632. 6 - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.


Additional downtown businesses open especially for the crawl include Karma Boutique and CoLab Nashville. Karma (302 Church Street) will offer 30 percent off clothing, free drinks and munchies, and tunes by a DJ during the crawl. The store will be open until 10 pm and will feature works by several local artists. CoLab, located directly across 4th Avenue from The Arcade, will be open from 6 pm to 9 pm and will offer free wine and a coffee bar. Plus, artwork featuring three local artists will be on display.


Songwriters in the Park


Songwriters in the Park features live performances by local songwriters including Jay Craik, Craig Jackson, Landis Frier, Golden State Refugees, and Crash Like This. Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the live music! Dogs are welcome, too. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. These events will continue through September on the first Saturday of each month to coincide with the First Saturday Art Crawl.


Black 13 Tattoo's Birthday Party


Black 13 Tattoo Parlor celebrates four years of business in Nashville. Live music by Five Knives, Hillbilly Casino, Street Corner Symphony, and Birdcloud.


Country to the Core Market


This weekly farmers' market held in Bank of America Plaza (located between the Bank of America building and the Doubletree Hotel) features locally grown produce, pastured eggs, hand-crafted cheeses, baked goods, prepared foods, salsa, grass-fed meat, and more. Farm fresh produce that will be available on Tuesday, August 7 includes pears, apples, figs, melon, and cucumbers. Plus, Izzy's Ice will be onsite. This event is organized by Good Food for Good People and is part of their Edible Community Project.

Outside the Gallery Panel Discussion


Join the Arts & Business Councill of Greater Nashville for drinks and a special panel conversation presented in conjunction with the ZieherSmith pop-up gallery. Panelists include Andrea S. Zieher of ZieherSmith Gallery, Guy Kopsumbut of PictaView, Nashville artist Patrick DeGuira, and Scott Zieher of ZieherSmith Gallery. RSVP to Click here for information about this pop-up gallery.



Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville

Jon Byrd & Byrds Auto Parts at Station Inn Wednesday, August 1

Rick Trace at Silver Dollar Saloon Wednesday, August 1

Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Thursday, August 2

Autograph Signing with Eric Benet at The Bridge Lounge Thursday, August 2

Rachael Johnson at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, August 2

Dusty Hundley at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, August 2

Old Soul Radio for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, August 2

James Patrick Morgan at Two Old Hippies Thursday, August 2

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band at Station Inn Thursday, August 2

Hate Cancer Music Benefit for the American Cancer Society at Mercy Lounge Thursday, August 2

The Otherside at Big Shotz Friday, August 3

Rachael Johnson at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, August 3

Dusty Hundley at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, August 3

Chris Weaver Band at Sambuca Friday, August 3

Jason Westley at Whiskey Bent Saloon Friday, August 3

Rob Snyder at Bootleggers Inn Friday, August 3

Ty Gazoo at Silver Dollar Saloon Friday, August 3

Collectors Art Night at 5th Avenue of the Arts Friday, August 3

B-Cycle Demonstration at Nashville Farmers' Market Friday, August 3

Miss Jackie Wilson at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Saturday, August 4

Super T and the Tyrone Smith Revue at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, August 4

First Saturday Art Crawl Saturday, August 4

Stretta at Dick's Last Resort Saturday, August 4

Impression-a-Bull Photography Exhibition at UltraViolet Gallery & Photography Saturday, August 4

David Peterson & 1946 at Station Inn Saturday, August 4

Rise 'n Shine Biscuit Baking Class at Nashville Farmers' Market Saturday, August 4

Black 13 Tattoo's Birthday Party at Mercy Lounge Saturday, August 4

Matt McAtee & The Eventuals at Sambuca Saturday, August 4

Songwriter Session: Karyn Rochelle at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, August 4

Jackson Moore at Bootleggers Inn Saturday, August 4

Nashville Predators' Open House at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, August 4

Jason Westley at Silver Dollar Saloon Saturday, August 4

Songwriters in the Park at Church Street Park Saturday, August 4

Tim Waters and the $5 Cheeseburgers at Big Shotz Sunday, August 5

Phil Vaught at Wildhorse Saloon Sunday, August 5

Jimmy Charles at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Sunday, August 5

Dry the River with By Lightning! at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, August 5

Kids' Open Mic at Two Old Hippies Sunday, August 5

Bluegrass Jam at Station Inn Sunday, August 5

Patton James & The Synchromatics at Sambuca Sunday, August 5

Mandolin Demonstration: Bob Grant at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, August 5

Brandon Harris at Whiskey Bent Saloon Sunday, August 5

Plexnation at Bootleggers Inn Sunday, August 5

Danni Cee and Revolution at Big Shotz Monday, August 6

Phil Vaught at Wildhorse Saloon Monday, August 6

Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground at Bridgestone Arena Monday, August 6

Brother Love at Sambuca Monday, August 6

Matt Delrossi at Whiskey Bent Saloon Monday, August 6

Elio and Hank Sinatra Band at Bootleggers Inn Monday, August 6

Country to the Core Market at Bank of America Plaza Tuesday, August 7

The Wiggles at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, August 7

Randy Moore at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, August 7

The Tim Loftin Benefit Concert at 3rd and Lindsley Tuesday, August 7

Dallas Starke at Sambuca Tuesday, August 7

Charlene Marie at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, August 8

Rachel Rodriguez at Sambuca Wednesday, August 8

July Michaels and Destin Bennett at Whiskey Bent Saloon Wednesday, August 8

Larry Frick at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, August 9

Eric Gales at Mercy Lounge Thursday, August 9

Minnie Murphy at Sambuca Thursday, August 9

Autograph Signing: Richard Sterban at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, August 9

Holland Marie at Whiskey Bent Saloon Thursday, August 9

Snacks for Snacks at Aerial Friday, August 10

The Otherside at Big Shotz Friday, August 10

The Steeldrivers at Station Inn Friday, August 10

Lauren Mears, Karima Taalbi at Casablanca Coffee Friday, August 10

Angelica at Sambuca Friday, August 10

David Langley at Casablanca Coffee Saturday, August 11

Laura Vida at Sambuca Saturday, August 11

Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, August 11

Mike Scott at Whiskey Bent Saloon Saturday, August 11

American Idol Live! at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, August 12

Jimmy Charles at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Sunday, August 12

Sixpence None the Richer at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, August 12

12 Stones at Hard Rock Cafe Monday, August 13

Teri Reid at Sambuca Monday, August 13

CityThink Film Series: The Weight of the Nation at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, August 14

Sebadoh at Mercy Lounge Tuesday, August 14

San Rafael at Sambuca Tuesday, August 14

Jim Gaffigan at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Wednesday, August 15

Singer Songwriter's Night with Jim Callahan & Friends at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, August 15

Meghan Shanley at Sambuca Wednesday, August 15

Click here to see a complete calendar of all events happening in downtown Nashville!

Modeling Opportunity

The Nashville Downtown Partnership needs "models" to pose in photos on Friday, August 3. You do not have to be a professional model. We are seeking people who enjoy having their photo taken. This is a volunteer opportunity and is unpaid. If you are available this Friday, August 3 and would like to participate, please email Andrea. Time slots and details about the day will be sent to you.


Call for Artists!

The Metro Nashville Arts Commission is soliciting artists to design, fabricate and install artwork(s) inspired by the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville on 5th Avenue (Avenue of the Arts) before October 2013. The project budget allocates $75,000 for one artwork or multiple, related artworks. The public art project is open to professional artists and artist teams.

Convention Update

Large groups and events that are downtown August 1 - 15, 2012 include Brother International Corp. (265, July 31 - August 2), Purina Mills (900, August 6 - 8), National Brotherhood of Cyclists, Inc. (500, August 8 - 11), and National Eligibility Workers Association (350, August 12 - 15). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions:



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