Events This Week
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, SHOW TIMES VARY BY DATE
LOCATION: TPAC - TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER $20 - $50
Riffing on the flip side of the story that Lorraine Hansberry told in A Raisin in the Sun, in Act One a white neighborhood in 1959 Chicago grapples with the news that a black family is about to move in. Fast-forward to 2009 for Act Two, and a white family wants to move into the same house which is now in a neighborhood of very different demographics. Jokes fly and hidden agendas unfold as two vastly different generations of characters tip-toe the delicate dance of social politics, pitting race against real estate at the crux of two seminal points in the history of a neighborhood.
Join Modern Trousseau Nashville to celebrate this world-wide event. The bridal boutique will join editors, stars, models, fashionistas, and designers as they flood stores in cities across the country and around the world for the 4th annual Fashion's Night Out. Sketch the wedding dress of your dreams and Modern Trousseau will share the finished designs on their website where viewers will be able to vote. The winner will see her design come to life in an upcoming bridal collection. Brides-to-be are invited to shop the latest Modern Trousseau collection in support of Mercy Ministries. 10% from every retail purchase during this event will go to benefit this organization.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 6 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE; VIP: $45
Enjoy live music outside in Public Square, located in front of the Metro Courthouse. This fourth annual concert series brings local and national artists to the stage. Blankets, folding chairs, strollers, and water bottles are welcome at this free six-week concert series. Jon Cleary, Moon Taxi, and Dr. John will perform at the first concert of the series. $3 parking available in the Metro Courthouse parking garage located directly below the park. Free bicycle parking. VIP tickets available for $45 (or $270 for a season pass). Tickets include beer, wine, soft drinks, water, food, and an incredible view of the stage.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 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. This upscale consumer show features unique and new products, plus daily seminars.
The season opener for the Nashville Symphony's 2012-13 season. Giancarlo Guerrero will lead 450 musicians and singers in one of the most monumental pieces of music ever written, Gustav Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand. If you can't make it Friday night, go to the Sunday night performance. Also, check out the newly revamped Arpeggio for dinner before the show!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6 PM - 2 AM
LOCATION: SILVER DOLLAR SALOON FREE
After party for PBR's Jack Daniel's Invitational riders and fans. Two nights of live music, Jack Daniel's drink specials, and special appearances by the Jack Honey and Pabst Blue Ribbon girls. Performances by Hoot Gibson and friends, Michael Scott, Biff Kapow, and the female country rock duo Smoke 'n Guns.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, REGISTRATION AT 8:30 AM, WALK BEGINS AT 10 AM
LOCATION: BICENTENNIAL MALL
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event. This walk for Autism Speaks Tennessee raises funds for vital research. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S and autism affects 1 in 88 children, teens and adults. Click here to register in advance. The walk route is approximately one mile.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
A semiannual event sponsored by Nashville Originals, Restaurant Week is a great way to enjoy Nashville's unique local dining establishments. Participating downtown restaurants include Flyte World Dining and Wine, Provence Breads & Cafe, Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant, and Watermark. These restaurants will feature special prices and menus throughout the week.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 11:45 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE
The library's hit music series continues. Bring a lunch to the library courtyard and enjoy free music by top acts in many genres every Tuesday through October 9. Riders in the Sky, America's Favorite Cowboys, will perform on September 11.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 11 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA FREE TO ATTEND
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, homemade jams, fresh baked bread, homemade granola, grass-fed meat, and more. Farm fresh produce that will be available on Tuesday, September 11 includes fall squash, apples, field peas and more. This event is organized by Good Food for Good People and is part of their Edible Community Project. This weekly farmers' market will continue every Tuesday through October 30.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 11:30 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE
As part of its effort to help combat the obesity epidemic in our community, the Nashville Civic Design Center, in partnership with the Tennessee Obesity Task Force, the Nashville Healthcare Council, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Office of Mayor Karl Dean/Metro Nashville, are hosting screenings of the four-part HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation. The final film in the series is Part 4: Challenges.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
The Boy Wonder Band at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, September 5
Smithfield at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Wednesday, September 5
Transcend the Fallen at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, September 5
The Whigs at Mercy Lounge Thursday, September 6
Anchor Thieves Record Release at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Thursday, September 6
Clybourne Park at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, September 6 - Saturday, September 22
The Secret Sisters at War Memorial Auditorium Thursday, September 6
Fashion's Night Out: Nashville at Modern Trousseau Nashville Thursday, September 6
Music at the Frist: Jazz Vocalist and Pianist Diane Marino at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, September 6
Jami Grooms at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, September 6
Live on the Green: Dr. John at Public Square Thursday, September 6
Home Decorating & Remodeling Show at Nashville Convention Center Friday, September 7 - Sunday, September 9
PBR's Jack Daniel's Invitational at Bridgestone Arena Friday, September 7 - Saturday, September 8
10 Pound Bisquit at Dick's Last Resort Friday, September 7
Mahler's Eighth - Symphony of a Thousand at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, September 7
Kathy Mattea at Station Inn Friday, September 7
The Jack Daniel's Invitational After Party at Silver Dollar Saloon Friday, September 7 - Saturday, September 8
Grace Bernicker at Two Old Hippies Friday, September 7
4th Annual Rock the Walk for Autism Speaks at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, September 7
Gas House at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, September 7
South Street Players at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, September 7
The Likely Culprits at Station Inn Saturday, September 8
The Long Players at Mercy Lounge Saturday, September 8
Says You! at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, September 8 - Sunday, September 9
Meghan Saletta & Grace Bernicker at Casablanca Coffee Saturday, September 8
Los Tigres Del Norte at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, September 8
The Midnight Riders Allman Brothers Revue with The Bicho Bros Santana Experience at 3rd and Lindsley Saturday, September 8
Holland Marie at Wildhorse Saloon Saturday, September 8
Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Bicentennial Mall Saturday, September 8
Mahler's Eighth - Symphony of a Thousand at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Sunday, September 9
The Dean Martinis at Sambuca Sunday, September 9
Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots at LP Field Sunday, September 9
Nashville Originals' Restaurant Week Monday, September 10 - Sunday, September 16
Ron Eckerman Book Signing at Two Old Hippies Monday, September 10
JR Garritt at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Monday, September 10
Nathan Christopher at Hard Rock Cafe Monday, September 10
Concerts in the Courtyard: Riders in the Sky at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 11
Chris Isaak & Band at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tuesday, September 11
The Doyle and Debbie Show at Station Inn Tuesday, September 11
Brian Ashley Jones at Sambuca Tuesday, September 11
Josh Helms at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, September 11
Whitey Johnson's Bluesy at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Tuesday, September 11
Stacy Mitchhart at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Tuesday, September 11
Crystal Chandler at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Tuesday, September 11
Ironcore Resistance at Hard Rock Cafe Tuesday, September 11
Country to the Core Market at Bank of America Plaza Tuesday, September 11
CityThink Film Series: The Weight of the Nation at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, September 12
Americana Music Festival: Kasey Chamber & Shane Nicholson at Station Inn Wednesday, September 12
Americana Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, September 12
Eric Von at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Wednesday, September 12
The Boy Wonder Band at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, September 12
Innocence Shattered:The Legacy of Educator Sexual Misconduct at Nashville Public Library Thursday, September 13
Boyz II Men at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, September 13 - Saturday, September 15
Americana Music Festival: Punch Brothers at Mercy Lounge Thursday, September 13
Live on the Green: The Wallflowers at Public Square Thursday, September 13
Jump Start Your Heart at Dick's Last Resort Friday, September 14
Les Kerr & The Bayou Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, September 14
Metric at Ryman Auditorium Friday, September 14
The Boomers at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, September 14
Fred Mollin and Friends at Hard Rock Cafe Friday, September 14
Larry Frick at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, September 14
Purplestride Nashville 2012 at Hilton Park Saturday, September 15
Nashville Rollergirls vs. Quad Skate Terrors at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, September 15
Kelly Clarkson & The Fray at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, September 15
Wine on the River Official After Party at Silver Dollar Saloon Saturday, September 15
10th Annual Wine on the River at Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge Saturday, September 15
Josh Helms at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Saturday, September 15
Jason Matthews & Phil Barton at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, September 15
Jazz on the Cumberland at Cumberland Park Sunday, September 16
Bluegrass Jam at Station Inn Sunday, September 16
Patton James & The Synchromatics at Sambuca Sunday, September 16
Washed Out at Mercy Lounge Sunday, September 16
Ryan McGarvey at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Sunday, September 16
Petey's Preds Party at Bridgestone Arena Monday, September 17
Al Green at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Monday, September 17
Ben Folds Five at Ryman Auditorium Monday, September 17
Troubadour Society Launch Event at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Tuesday, September 18
Concerts in the Courtyard: Sara Sant'Ambrogio at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 18
Grizzly Bear at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, September 18
Mark Newton and Steve Thomas at Hard Rock Cafe Tuesday, September 18
Lyndsey Highlander at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Wednesday, September 19
Vintage Blue at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, September 19
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.
Whether you are a full, half or partial Nashville Predators season ticketholder, we have a 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)!
Large groups and events that are downtown September 5 - 19, 2012 include EPIC Pharmacies, Inc. (250, September 6 - 8), Home Decorating & Remodeling Show (5,000, September 7 - 9), International Public Management Association for Human Resources (700, September 8 - 12), Americana Music Festival & Conference (3,000, September 12 - 15), National Association of Broadcasters (350, September 12 - 15), and Healthy Living Expo (3,500, September 15). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.