Events This Week
Join Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala as he leads a tour linking Art Deco automotive design of the interwar period to related aspects of architecture, fashion, and design. Scala will discuss the reasons for the popularity of the style known for its classical elegance, luxurious materials, mannered forms, and a merger of primitivism and machine-age aesthetics.
This puppet show is a musical chronicle of the history of country music and how Nashville became known world-wide as Music City. Explore the early days of bluegrass and gospel recordings, the birth of the Grand Ole Opry, and the present-day. The show incorporates marionettes, rod puppetry, and shadow/animation puppetry. Plus, a powerful music-driven soundtrack and very little dialog. The show promises to be an unforgettable event as two distinctly Nashville traditions are combined: country music and puppetry from the Nashville Public Library. This event is part of the International Puppet Festival.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 5 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK FREE
Free concerts return to Riverfront Park this summer! Nashville Dancin' presented by Dollar General brings local and national artists to the stage for this concert series hosted by Strome Warren. Riverfront Park's grassy slopes provide natural stadium seating for all to enjoy the live music. Plus, a variety of local food trucks will be on-site. Gates open at 5 pm and the music begins at 6 pm. Free parking available in LP Field's parking Lot R, plus free shuttle service from this surface lot to Riverfront Park! The line-up for Thursday, June 20 includes Shooter Jennings, Royal Southern Brotherhood, McCrary Sisters, Raelyn Nelson, and Britt Ronstadt.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 5:30 PM
LOCATION: CUMBERLAND PARK FREE
Come enjoy one of Nashville's best public spaces with the Nashville Civic Design Center. Attendees will meet at the amphitheater and lawn, but are encouraged to explore the entire play area! Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy the spectacular views of the river and downtown. Children and dogs are welcome. Chris Koster with Metro Parks will be on hand to talk about the design features of park.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 - SUNDAY, JUNE 23, SHOW TIMES VARY BY DATE
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY MOST EVENTS ARE FREE
This festival features performances by puppet troupes from around the world, jugglers and puppetry workshops. The Puppet Parade begins at 9 am in front of the Main Library on Saturday, June 22 and includes live music, puppets, puppeteers, a float and more. The schedule of shows provides a variety of entertainment for every age. Tickets are free, but limited. For guaranteed seating, attendees may reserve tickets in advance online or by phone for certain shows for $2.50 per ticket. Events and live music in Church Street Park, the library's courtyard, and the children's area are completely free and non-ticketed. Tickets for special evening events at other downtown locations, like String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry (Thursday, June 20) and Martinis and Marionettes (Saturday, June 22) can be purchased in advance online or by phone. NOTE: road closures associated with this event! Capitol Boulevard will be closed between Church and Union from 9 am on Thursday, June 20 to 5 pm on Sunday, June 23. Church Street will be closed from 8:30 am to 5 pm on Friday, June 21; Saturday, June 22; and Sunday, June 23.
Enjoy shopping, wine from the cash bar, live music, artisan booths, kids' activities, and much more at this monthly event. Night Market has returned to NFM for the 2013 season and will be on the third Friday of each month. Most Market House restaurants and shops will be open. Vendors in the farm sheds will sell local produce, meat, cheese, plants, and more! Plus, live music, beer and wine available for purchase, and treats from the Grow Local Kitchen.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 5 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK ADULTS: $45 IN ADVANCE, $50 AT THE GATE; $10 FOR KIDS AGES 3-12 AND FREE FOR THOSE UNDER THREE
The 11th annual Taste of Music City is Nashville's largest food and drink festival. Enjoy food, wine, and beer from over 50 restaurant and beverage sponsors. Plus, live music on the main stage. Tickets to this event include all food and beverages.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 10 AM - NOON
LOCATION: MUSIC CITY CENTER FREE
Join Mayor Karl Dean, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, Metro departments and other community groups at the Music City Center to kick off the Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge! Similar to the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge, this is an opportunity to evaluate how green, healthy and involved your neighborhood or community group already is, learn how to improve, and earn points for both as you compete with other neighborhoods. There will be prizes for first place in each category.
The puppet parade will commemorate 75 years of puppetry in Davidson County. Puppeteers and puppets, musicians, drummers, stilt walkers, unicyclists, vintage cars, a float and more will travel down Church Street and through the Arts District. The parade's Grand Marshal will be Mayor Karl Dean. Click here for the route map. The WannaBeatles will cap off the parade with a performance on the Church Street Park music stage. NOTE: road closures associated with this event! Church Street from Capitol Boulevard to 5th Avenue N., 5th Avenue N. from Church to Union, Union from 5th to Capitol Boulevard, and Capitol Boulevard from Union to Church will be closed from 9 am to 9:30 am on Saturday, June 22. These closures are noted on this map.
In a "cabaret" presentation distinctly adult in its sophistication and artistry, internationally acclaimed marionette artist Phillip Huber will be in full view of the audience as he controls compelling characters through a variety vignettes revealing humor, pathos, drama and grace. Figures of cloth and wood come to life while they mimic classic vaudeville turns, acts styled after the finest worldwide circus tradition, instrumentalists, portraits of celebrities, and witty contemporary performers. Each marionette's personality is developed through detailed, highly refined characterizations and carefully choreographed interplay between puppeteer and puppet. Pre-show reception begins at 7 pm. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 8 PM
LOCATION: 12TH & PORTER $12 IN ADVANCE, $15 AT THE DOOR
Contestants will battle to be crowned Air Guitar King or Queen. Contestants will perform for one minute and are judged on a combination of technical merit and stage presence. All guitars must be invisible, and the jury is a panel of independent judges that are hand picked by U.S. Air Guitar. The competition will be hosted by Miss Tennessee, Brenna Mader. The winner of this regional contest will receive a paid trip to compete in the semi-finals in Washington D.C.! This event is a fundraiser for Notes for Notes.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, START TIMES VARY BASED ON RUN
LOCATION: LP FIELD $20 - $90
Teams of two run together through a 3 to 4.5 mile off-road course, completing eight to ten military-style obstacles along the way. Some of the obstacle challenges will require teamwork, so buddies must stay together at all times. At the end of the race, both racers crawl through the infamous Mud Pit. They cross the finish line together as official “Muddy Buddies!” Additional options include the Muddy Buddy Bike and Run and the Mini Buddy Run for kids ages four to eleven. Online registration is closed, but registration is available at the event. Note: road closures associated with this event! Click here for a map of the impacted streets. These roads will be closed on Saturday, June 22 from 4 am to 1:30 pm.
Syndicated radio personality, Michael Lasser, will present the stories behind some of the most famous songs of the Civil War. He will tell stories about the songwriters who wrote these great songs, their impact on the population, and how they reflected the changing view of war among Americans of both sides.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 8:15 AM - 4 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA
Be part of the audience for CMT's new Hot 20 Countdown. Two segments: 8:15 am to noon and 12:30 pm to 4 pm. Sign up to come to either segment or both. Ages 18 and up only.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 11 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: REGIONS CENTER
The Country to the Core Market continues at its new home downtown at the corner of 4th and Union. Produce selections available at the June 25 market include fresh sweet corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, blueberries, blackberries, and apples. Plus, baked goods, pastured eggs, hand-crafted cheeses, homemade jams, fresh baked bread, homemade granola, homemade corn taco chips, grass-fed meat, 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 29.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
One Direction at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, June 19
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Wednesday, June 19
Daniella Mason with The Inlaws and Emily Reid at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, June 19
Grey Goose & Nashville Lifestyles Cocktail Hour at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, June 20
Nashville Entrepreneur Center Public Grand Opening at Nashville Entrepreneur Center Thursday, June 20
Vince Gill at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, June 20
Queensryche at War Memorial Auditorium Thursday, June 20
Spoken Word Poetry Workshops at Nashville Public Library Thursday, June 20
David Tanner & Honky Tonk-Orama at Robert's Western World Thursday, June 20
United Way "Stuff the Bus" Concert at The Listening Room Cafe Thursday, June 20
Archer Live at Ryman Auditorium Friday, June 21
Seth Costner at Sambuca Friday, June 21
Biff Kapow at Silver Dollar Saloon Friday, June 21
Elmo Makes Music at Bridgestone Arena Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23
Billy Yates & Friends at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, June 21
Tchaikovsky Extravaganza at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, June 21
Radio Romance at Legends Corner Friday, June 21
Patrice Pike and Jen Foster at The Listening Room Cafe Friday, June 21
Chonda Pierce at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, June 22
Puppet Parade at Nashville Public Library Saturday, June 22
Martinis & Marionettes at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, June 22
Glenn Jones at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Saturday, June 22
John Karl at The Stage on Broadway Saturday, June 22
Ross Copperman at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, June 22
Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, and Alejandro Escovedo at War Memorial Auditorium Saturday, June 22
The Dean Martinis at Sambuca Sunday, June 23
Craig Wayne Boyd at Wildhorse Saloon Monday, June 24
Aubryn at National Underground Monday, June 24
Radio Romance at The Stage on Broadway Monday, June 24
Clint May Band at Second Fiddle Monday, June 24
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, June 25
Josh Helms at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, June 25
Food Truck Tuesdays at First Baptist Nashville Tuesday, June 25
The Music City Doughboys at Station Inn Tuesday, June 25
The Herchel Bailey Band at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Wednesday, June 26
Cirque du Soleil: Quidam at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, June 26 - Sunday, June 30
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Wednesday, June 26
Erin Enderlin at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Wednesday, June 26
Working with Polymer Clay with Susan Eaddy at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, June 26
Matt and Jutt at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, June 27
Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Thursday, June 27
Nashville Dancin': Delta Rae at Riverfront Park Thursday, June 27
David Tanner & Honky Tonk-Orama at Robert's Western World Thursday, June 27
Guthrie Brown at Two Old Hippies Friday, June 28
Art-Making in the Lobby: Garbage Galore at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, June 28
Gregg Allman at Ryman Auditorium Friday, June 28
WFSK's 40th Anniversary Celebration featuring Euge Groove at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Friday, June 28
Lucero "Texas & Tennessee" EP Release at Mercy Lounge Friday, June 28 - Saturday, June 29
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, June 28
Earls of Leicester at Station Inn Friday, June 28
Every Mother's Nightmare at The Rutledge Friday, June 28
Blue Star Museums: The Frist
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. This free opportunity runs through Labor Day 2013. More information can be found on this website.
Need Stress Relief?
Downtown has eleven businesses that offer massage and/or chiropractic therapy. Make an appointment soon at one of their convenient locations.
Large groups and events that are downtown June 19 - July 3, 2013 include Electronic Security Expo (4,000, June 17 - 21), Lifepoint Hospitals (325, June 23 - 25), and the Academy of General Dentistry (4,000, June 27 - 30). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.