Nashville Downtown Details

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    

News & Information

Interstate 40 Closures This Weekend
TDOT's Fast Fix 8 continues this weekend. I-40 will be closed from the I-40/I-65 split west of downtown to the I-40 split south of downtown. Jo Johnston Avenue will be closed from 11th Avenue to 16th Avenue. Closures begin Friday. July 31 at 8 pm and end Monday, August 3 at 6 am. Detours and more info can be found on the Fast Fix 8 website. NOTE: the Demonbreun exit will be closed during this stretch of time. Use the 2nd Ave/4th Ave exit to access downtown from I-40.
 

New park and music venue: Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater!
Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater opens tomorrow! Join Mayor Karl Dean for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ascend Amphitheater in Riverfront Park on Thursday, July 30 at 11 am. Plus, the public is invited to a Community Open House on Sunday, August 2 to celebrate the grand opening. The much-anticipated dog park will open on Sunday, August 2, as well. Click here for a list of upcoming Ascend Amphitheater shows. NOTE: Check out this parking information for Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater.

 

Events This Week


Sugar Rush

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: CANNERY BALLROOM $25

Get your sugary sweet fix at Nashville Scene's Sugar Rush. It's a candy-coated competition at Cannery Ballroom that pits local confectioners, creameries, cupcake makers and other curers of cravings against one another for the title of Nashville's sweetheart. Tickets include one drink ticket, all the sweets you can eat and a chance to vote for your favorites. The winner will qualify to compete in the 2015 World Food Championships. 21+ event.

 

Riffs on the Rails

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 7 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: UNION STATION HOTEL FREE

Union Station Hotel will present its first ever Riffs on the Rails Songwriter Session on Thursday, July 30. Get up close and personal with local songwriters in the hotel lobby to hear the stories behind their songs. The night will have two rounds. The One of the Guys Round begins at 7 pm and will feature Matt Bell, Jesse Taylor and Justin Owens. The Next Women of Country Round begins at 8 pm and will feature Apryl Evans, Dakota Leigh, Savannah Chestnut and Jennifer Jordan.

 

Summer Brew

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 7 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: SOUTHERNAIRE MARKET $80

Join Southernaire Market for its third Salon Series, Summer Brew. Enjoy a six-course dinner with beer pairings prepared by The Southern Steak & Oyster's Chef de Cuisine Paul Brantley and TomKats' Executive Chef Matt Farley. Click here to view the full menu.

 

3rd Annual Old Hickory Fun Run

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 7 PM
LOCATION: THE DISTRICT FREE

The Old Hickory Fun Run is a powerboat sporting event and boat display. The event begins on Friday, July 31 at 7 pm with a free and open-to-the-public street party. Powerboat and luxury automobiles will be on full display for the public to talk to drivers and learn about the vehicles. A variety of vendors will be on hand offering discounts and freebies. The party continues on Saturday, August 1 outside of downtown with nearly 100 powerboats traveling along Old Hickory Lake from Sam's Cove at Blue Turtle Bay Marina. Please note: road closure associated with this event. Broadway (1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue) will be closed from 6 pm until 11 pm on Friday, July 31.

 

Collectors Art Night

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 5:30 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: 5TH AVENUE OF THE ARTS FREE

Art talks on 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 a conversation with José Betancourt about his recent work "Cuba: Reconstructing Memories/New Work." At 6:45 pm, explore “Nature’s Wildest Moments” with National Geographic photographer Barrett Hedges at The Rymer Gallery. The Arts Company will complete the evening at 7:30 pm with Kentucky-based folk artist and former Kentucky Wildcat basketball champion LaVon Williams. Free valet parking and complimentary refreshments. This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

 

​Frist Fridays: The Long Players perform David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS FRIST MEMBERS: FREE; NON-MEMBERS: $12

Now in its 13th year, this popular summer series takes place on the final Friday of June, July and August. Attendees are invited to enjoy an evening of live music, light snacks and beverages as well as the diverse exhibits on view in the Frist Center’s galleries. On Friday, July 31, The Long Players will perform David Bowie’s 1972 album "Ziggy Stardust" with a bonus set of the style icon's fashionable hits. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Frist Fridays take place rain or shine.

 

Nashville Symphony Chorus Auditions

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, SATURDAY: 10 AM - 1 PM; SUNDAY: 1 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER FREE

The Nashville Symphony Chorus will hold its next round of auditions in August for singers interested in joining the ensemble. Auditions will be held at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2.

 

Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey & Bourbon Festival

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 1 PM - 5 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $45 - $70

The Nashville Predators Foundation’s inaugural Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival. Hot Shots will bring together Middle Tennessee’s best hot chicken restaurants and bourbon and whiskey from both locally and nationally known distilleries for a fun afternoon in support of the Nashville Predators Foundation. In addition to enjoying unlimited bourbon and whiskey tastings and more than twelve full servings of hot chicken, guests will enjoy appearances by Nashville Predators personalities and Preds mascot, Gnash. Plus, live music. Tickets include a voucher for an Upper Bowl ticket to a 2015-2016 Monday through Thursday Predators home game in September or October (excluding opening night).

 

10th Annual Soul Food Festival

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, GATES OPEN AT 3 PM; MUSIC BEGINS AT 5 PM
LOCATION: NISSAN STADIUM $35 - $68

The 10th annual Soul Food Festival will feature music by Monica, Cameo, The Ohio Players, Dru Hill, Avery Sunshine and Kool Moe Dee. Gates open at 3 pm and music starts at 5 pm. Soul food and beverages will be sold at the festival. The festival also includes a Comedy Jam on Friday, July 31 and a Sunday Serenade on Sunday, August 2.

 

First Saturday Art Crawl

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: 5TH AVENUE OF THE ARTS FREE

Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings every month. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. See this month's gallery map. Enjoy live music on the performance platforms along 5th Avenue North by 12 Angry Men and Kent Burnside Trio. Plus, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Puckett's Trolley will be on-site. Two Gray Line Art Crawl Downtown Trolleys will circulate the route from 6 pm - 10 pm. Shuttle service is free. Please note: road closure associated with this event. The southbound lane on 5th Avenue North (Church Street to Union Street) will be closed beginning as early as 5 pm and ending as late as 9 pm on Saturday, August 1. Participating galleries in this month's crawl include:
 

40AU
69 Arcade. 615-266-4028. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

5th Avenue of the Arts Community Corridor Exhibition at Country Music Hall of Fame
222 5th Avenue South. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

ALT/Art
219 5th Avenue North. 818-430-7779. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Andy Anh Ha Gallery
83 Arcade. 615-668-7598. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Art at Music City Marketplace
501 Broadway (inside Bridgestone Arena Tower). 615-259-4747. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

The Arts Company
215 Avenue North. 615-254-2040. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

BelArt Gallery
56 Arcade. 615-397-2347. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Blend Studio
79 Arcade. 615-852-7009. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

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

Corvidae Collective
11 Arcade. 615-251-1609. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Craig Brabson Fine Art Photography
64A Arcade. 615-308-7751. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Downtown Presbyterian Church's Browsing Room Gallery
154 5th Avenue North. 615-254-7584. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Erabellum Artisan Co-Op
61 & 63 Arcade. 615-601-1568. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Gallery 44
44 Arcade. 615-398-0146. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Hannah Lane Gallery
64 Arcade. 225-315-0221. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery
224 5th Avenue South. 615-577-7711. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

L Gallery
73 Arcade. 615-567-3702. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Nostos Gallery
58 Arcade. 615-495-1120. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

O Gallery
42 Arcade. 615-416-2537. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

OPEN
57 Arcade. 615-966-6282. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

The Rymer Gallery
233 5th Avenue North. 615-752-6030. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Studio 66
66 Arcade. 615-498-3320. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

Tennessee Art League
219 5th Avenue North. 615-736-5000. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Tinney Contemporary
237 5th Avenue North. 615-255-7816. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

UltraViolet Gallery
59 Arcade. 615-521-2632. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

Unconventional Gallery at Music City Center
201 5th Avenue South. 615-401-1400. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free. Click here for exhibit information.

WAG
77 Arcade. 615-383-4848. 6 pm - 9 pm. Free.

 

Rhinestone Wedding Chapel Open House

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 6 PM - 9 PM
LOCATION: RHINESTONE WEDDING CHAPEL FREE

Rhinestone Wedding Chapel is celebrating its new boutique and gift shop addition at an open house during the First Saturday Art Crawl. From 6 pm - 8 pm, author and musician Chris Gantry will sign copies of his book, "Gypsy Dreamers in the Alley." Gantry will perform live following the signing. Plus, enjoy complimentary refreshments. The boutique and gift shop will sell books, apparel, and novelties and small home decor.

 

Art Crawl After Party

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: PRINTERS ALLEY $10

The first Saturday of each month, Printers Alley will transform into its own gallery—complete with local artwork exhibits plus a live paint show inside Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar (cover charge at Bourbon Street is $10). This event will continue on the first Saturday of each month through October 3, 2015. Check it out while downtown for the First Saturday Art Crawl!

 

Emmett Machinists vs. Nashville Maroons: Vintage Base Ball

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, NOON AND 2:30 PM
LOCATION: BICENTENNIAL MALL FREE

This match of vintage base ball (it was two words in the 1860s) has been organized by the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball. Players will use the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s - 1880s. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are welcome at this event. Two games on Sunday, August 2: noon and 2:30 pm.

 

Ascend Amphitheater Community Open House

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 1 PM - 5 PM
LOCATION: ASCEND AMPHITHEATER FREE

Celebrate the grand opening of Ascend Amphitheater at this free Community Open House. The event will include live local music and DJs on the amphitheater stage from 2 pm - 5 pm and limited backstage access. Concession stands will be open to purchase food and drinks. Plus, family-friendly activities at Riverfront Park including fitness demonstrations, docent-guided tours, container garden demonstrations, educational booths and more. Also, the much-anticipated dog park officially opens on Sunday, August 2. Open House attendees are encouraged to bring school supplies to donate to LP Pencil Box. Free parking provided at Nissan Stadium

 

Perfect Wedding Guide

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, NOON - 4 PM
LOCATION: MUSIC CITY CENTER $10 IN ADVANCE; $15 AT THE DOOR

Perfect Wedding Guide is a one-day ultimate planning experience for couples. The event includes more than 75 of Nashville's most experienced and respected wedding professionals, fashion shows featuring the latest wedding trends, grand prizes including catering, DJ packages and all-inclusive honeymoon packages, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cake samples and desserts, and much more.

 

2nd Annual Benevolences Bazaar

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 12:30 PM - 2 PM
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FREE

Join the Downtown Presbyterian Church for its second annual Benevolences Bazaar. Meet with fifteen nonprofits that make the city a better place, from advocating for affordable housing to helping women recover from drug addiction. You’ll have the opportunity to walk around, ask questions, cool off with some iced tea and lemonade, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres.

 

Salon@615: Paula McLain

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 6:15 PM - 8 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE

New York Times best-selling author Paula McLain is well known for writing "The Paris Wife," a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage. McLain will visit the Nashville Public Library to speak about her latest book, "Circling the Sun," which is about the remarkable Beryl Markham. A book signing will follow.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville

Nashville Sounds vs. Iowa Cubs at First Tennessee Park through Friday, July 31

Leftover Cuties at City Winery Wednesday, July 29

Songwriters 4 Songwriters: Jamey Johnson & Friends at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, July 29

Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Wednesday, July 29

Holland Marie at Wildhorse Saloon Wednesday, July 29

Trapped Above Ground at Acme Feed & Seed Wednesday, July 29

The New Schematics at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, July 29

All Night Train at Station Inn Wednesday, July 29

Nathan Belt & The Buckles at Robert's Western World Thursday, July 30

WYA Thursdays at Agenda Thursday, July 30

Les Richardson Band at Barlines Thursday, July 30

An Evening with Justin and the Cosmics at City Winery Thursday, July 30

Educational Fair at Nashville Public Library Thursday, July 30

State Champs at Rocketown Thursday, July 30

Cindy Shelton at Sambuca Thursday, July 30

The Regulars at Tin Roof Broadway Thursday, July 30

Ascend Amphitheater Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Ascend Amphitheater Thursday, July 30

Von Strantz at Two Old Hippies Thursday, July 30

Pamela Ward at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Thursday, July 30

Forest Fire Gospel Choir at Mercy Lounge Thursday, July 30

Screaming Names at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Thursday, July 30

Eric Church at Ascend Amphitheater Thursday, July 30 - Friday, July 31

Painting Class: Choose Your Own Colors Guitar at Sips 'n Strokes Thursday, July 30

Dusty Hundley Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, July 30

The Matte Gray Band at Second Fiddle Thursday, July 30

Outcry Tour at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, July 30

An Intimate Evening with Shirley MacLaine at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, July 30

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, July 30

Curator's Tour: Italian Style: Fashion since 1945 at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, July 30

NPL Teens Dreams at Nashville Public Library Thursday, July 30

John Carter Cash at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, July 30

Stacy Mitchhart at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Thursday, July 30

Duggar Band at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, July 30

Music City Toppers at Acme Feed & Seed Thursday, July 30

Wes Cook Band at Legends Corner Thursday, July 30

Johnny T at The Stage on Broadway Thursday, July 30

Cumberland Collective at Station Inn Thursday, July 30

Welcome to Nashville Showcase at Silver Dollar Saloon Thursday, July 30

Bobby McClendon at Whiskey Bent Saloon Thursday, July 30

Blues Connection at Bootleggers Inn Thursday, July 30

B.B. King All-Stars at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Thursday, July 30

Mood Ring at Sambuca Friday, July 31

The Brazilbilly Boys at Robert's Western World Friday, July 31

Brandon Giles at Hard Rock Cafe Friday, July 31

Dusty Hundley Band at Barlines Friday, July 31

Yacht Rock Revue at City Winery Friday, July 31

Painting Class: Martinis or Music at Sips 'n Strokes Friday, July 31

The Other Side at Tin Roof Broadway Friday, July 31

Phoenix Drive at Two Old Hippies Friday, July 31

On Call at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, July 31

Tim Akers & The Smoking Section at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, July 31

Kim Logan at Mercy Lounge Friday, July 31

Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple at Ryman Auditorium Friday, July 31 - Saturday, August 1

America's National Teenager Pageant at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2

Harpeth Hill Band at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, July 31

Brandon Holder Band at Second Fiddle Friday, July 31

An Evening with The Monkees at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, July 31

Shania Twain at Bridgestone Arena Friday, July 31

Creative Zone: Make a Honky-Tonk Hanky at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, July 31

Current Events Discussion Group at Nashville Public Library Friday, July 31

Crystal Shawanda at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar Friday, July 31

The New Nashville & Duggar Band at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, July 31

John Carter Cash at Acme Feed & Seed Friday, July 31

Grant Garland Band at B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant Friday, July 31

Landon Lingerfelt at Bootleggers Inn Friday, July 31

Jesse Cain at Whiskey Bent Saloon Friday, July 31

Justine Blazer at Silver Dollar Saloon Friday, July 31

Roland White Band & Alan Munde at Station Inn Friday, July 31

Martin McDaniel Band at The Stage on Broadway Friday, July 31

Cort Carpenter at Legends Corner Friday, July 31

Shakespeare Allowed at Nashville Public Library Saturday, August 1

Architecture Tour at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, August 1

Nashville Rollergirls vs. Demolition City Roller Derby at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Saturday, August 1

Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire at Ascend Amphitheater Saturday, August 1

Deep Purple at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, August 2

Signing Story Time at Nashville Public Library Monday, August 3

Phish at Ascend Amphitheater Tuesday, August 4

Jill Scott at Ascend Amphitheater Wednesday, August 5

A Concert for Hope at 3rd and Lindsley Wednesday, August 5

SCORE Counseling at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, August 5

Nashville Sounds vs. Memphis Redbirds at First Tennessee Park Wednesday, August 5 - Friday, August 7

Ink-N-Iron Festival Thursday, August 6 - Sunday, August 9

Killer Thrillers Book Club: The Girl with a Clock for a Heart at Nashville Public Library Thursday, August 6

Art-Making in the Lobby: You've Got Mail at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Thursday, August 6

My Morning Jacket & Moon Taxi at Ascend Amphitheater Thursday, August 6

Alice in Chains at Ryman Auditorium Friday, August 7 - Saturday, August 8

Nashville Salutes Friday, August 7 - Saturday, August 8

Current Events Discussion Group at Nashville Public Library Friday, August 7

Music at the Frist: Sonja Porter Hopkins at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, August 7

1964 "The Tribute" at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, August 7

Medal of Honor Town Hall Meeting at First Baptist Nashville Friday, August 7

Happy Together 2015 at War Memorial Auditorium Friday, August 7

Counting Crows & Citizen Cope at Ascend Amphitheater Friday, August 7

Steely Dan & Elvis Costello at Ascend Amphitheater Saturday, August 8

UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, August 8

An Art Deco Affair at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Saturday, August 8

Healing, Health & Arts at Nashville Public Library Saturday, August 8

Nashville Sounds vs. Memphis Redbirds at First Tennessee Park Saturday, August 8 - Sunday, August 9

The Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson at Ascend Amphitheater Sunday, August 9

Six Ways to Sunday at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge Sunday, August 9

Lunchtime Meditation for Stress Relief at Nashville Public Library Monday, August 10

Courtyard Concerts: Riders in the Sky at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, August 11

Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam 40th Anniversary at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, August 12

MTA/RTA nMotion 2015 Strategic Plan Public Meeting at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, August 12

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

Election Day

The Metropolitan General Election for Davidson County is Thursday, August 6. Early voting is available through Saturday, August 1 at the Davidson County Election Commission (700 2nd Avenue South) and additional locations. Be sure to vote in this important election for our city!

Clean and Safe Request Form

If you notice something amiss while walking downtown, let us know! 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. Please note: these services are only available in the CBID and the GBID (maps of these areas are provided on the form page).

Convention Update

Large groups and events (500+ attendees) that are downtown July 29 - August 12, 2015 include Independent Jewelers Organization (1,500, July 24 - 30), Perfect Wedding Guide (1,000, July 30 - August 2), Teach for America (1,800, July 31 - August 2), Southeast Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (600, August 2 - 5), North American Mission Board (10,000, August 2 - 4), Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (1,250, August 6 - 8), Ink-n-Iron Festival (5,000, August 7 - 9), National Network of Embroidery Professionals (2,000, August 7 - 8), and Global Awakening (11,000, August 10 - 14). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions.

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