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Downtown Employee Appreciation Week! Do you work in downtown Nashville? Join us during Employee Appreciation Week (Monday, September 10 - Friday, September 14) for events scheduled each day! Activities include Get Your Sweet Treat, Fresh and Local at the Nashville Farmers' Market, Fall in Love with Your Tub Tuesday, Nashville's Largest Coffee Break, Create Your Own Downtown Tote, Corporate Tug-of-War (register a team today), Adult Recess and much more. Click here for the FULL schedule of events. Plus, check out this list of merchants and other businesses who are offering special discounts and freebies during the week.
New restaurant and bar: Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink!
301 Broadway. This new honky tonk at the corner of 3rd and Broadway is having a grand opening celebration on Monday, September 10 with a street concert by the bar's owner, Luke Bryan. Hours of operation for this new bar and restaurant are Monday - Friday, 11 am - 3 am and Saturday - Sunday, 10 am - 3 am.
Events This Week
Nashville House Concerts, a live music and variety show at the historic War Memorial Auditorium, returns for a second 10-show season starting Thursday, September 6 at 7 pm. This series will continue the first Thursday of every month through June 2019. Storme Warren, a 25-year veteran of the Nashville music industry who hosts the morning show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s "The Highway" will return as host of Nashville House Concerts, inviting a variety of special guests to drop by the intimate, living room set, catch up on what’s new, and perform select songs. Guest artists on September 6 are Shelly Fairchild, Chris Roberts, Thompson Square, Freddy Jones Band and Abe Stoklasa.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, NOON - 1 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE CITY CENTER FREE
Music with a Mission is a free, weekly concert hosted by Alliance Partners LLC HSP on Nashville City Center's outdoor plaza. Every Thursday, downtown employees, residents and visitors are invited to enjoy live music from up-and-coming local artists. Also, food for sale from a variety of local vendors each week. Anthony Snape will perform on September 6. Anthony is an Australian artist who has toured internationally and frequently collaborated with guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. Anthony co-wrote and recorded the Sydney 2000 Olympic games theme song for the official National Radio Network.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 7 PM - 11 PM
LOCATION: L27 ROOFTOP LOUNGE FREE
Located on the rooftop of The Westin Nashville, L27 is hosting a live music concert series, 27 Live, to occur the first Thursday of the month from May through October. Featuring one DJ and one musical artist performing at each event, the evening will begin at 7 pm. The series is free to the public, but space is limited. Alanna Royale will perform on Thursday, September 6.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 3 PM - 7 PM
LOCATION: RIVERFRONT PARK $25 - $85
Head to Riverfront Park on Saturday, September 8 from 3 pm - 7 pm for the 16th Annual Wine on the River to sample wines from different regions around the globe. Sample wine, beer, and spirits at this event. Restaurants featuring culturally themed menus will have food available for purchase. Wine On the River is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be given. NOTE: Wine on the River Nashville will be held in a new venue this year, Riverfront Park.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 10 AM - 5 PM
LOCATION: FRIST ART MUSEUM $30 MEMBERS; $40 NON-MEMBERS; $20 STUDENTS AND UNIVERSITY FACULTY
The Frist Art Museum will hold a symposium to coincide with the major exhibition Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century. During this all-day event, artists Ghada Amer, Ali Banisadr, and Matthew Ritchie (an essayist for the catalogue as well as a participating artist) will discuss their work and the larger themes of the exhibition. Catalogue contributor Media Farzin, a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York, will add her thoughts on contemporary history paintings on view in the exhibition. Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala will moderate the sessions.
Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony return from their summer hiatus on Saturday, September 8, to kick off the 2018/19 season with the Bernstein Centennial Opening Night, a one-night-only performance that will honor one of America’s most influential and revered composers. The concert is part of a nationwide, yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. As part of the opening festivities, a bronze bust of Guerrero by California artist Alicia Ponzio will be unveiled in the Schermerhorn’s Main Lobby prior to the performance. The pre-concert sculpture unveiling promises to add a unique element to the Nashville Symphony’s opening night, introducing another distinctive feature to the Schermerhorn’s architecture and design. The bust was commissioned by Nashville Symphony patrons Dr. Zeljko and Tanya Radic specifically for the Schermerhorn.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 10 AM - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: EAST BANK LANDING FREE FOR SPECTATORS
The Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival combines the excitement of racing with the beauty and spectacle of Nashville's diverse culture. In Chinese tradition, the dragon is a symbol of health and prosperity, and dragon boat racing inspires health and fitness among participants as well as spectators. The races begin at 11 am and four teams will compete in a 250-meter race approximately every 10 minutes. One team will be crowned the Grand Champion during the awards ceremony at 4:30 pm. Want to volunteer for the 12th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival? There are three shifts available between 8:15 am and 5 pm with a multitude of volunteer activities. Sign up here if you're interested.
Star light, star bright, first star we see... wait a minute... little star isn’t in the nighttime sky! Where can it be? It’s up to two stalwart starkeepers to search the galaxy and solve this cosmic cliffhanger in an interactive, immersive theatrical experience especially designed for the youngest of theatre goers.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 5 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $100
Petey's Preds Party accompanies the Brent Peterson Golf Classic and is an evening at Bridgestone Arena that features a stand-up comedian, rare hockey items up for auction and delicious food. The eighth annual Petey's Preds Party includes a performance by stand-up comedian Joe List. In 2015, List was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing and had his own half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 6:30 PM
LOCATION: LOWER BROADWAY FREE
Luke Bryan will play a free street concert — Luke's 32 Bridge Party on Broadway — in front of his new Lower Broadway restaurant and bar, Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink on Monday, September 10. The concert, which will include Bryan's full setlist, is part of the grand opening festivities for his restaurant and bar. The event starts at 6:30 pm.
Please note: road closures associated with this event.
- Broadway (2nd Avenue to 3rd Avenue) will be closed at 2 am on Monday, September 10 and will reopen by 2 am on Tuesday, September 11
- Broadway (3rd Avenue to 4th Avenue) will be closed at 1 pm on Monday, September 10 and will reopen by 2 am on Tuesday, September 11
- 3rd Avenue (Commerce to Demonbreun) will be closed at 5:30 pm on Monday, September 10 and will reopen by 11:59 pm on Monday, September 10
- 4th Avenue (Commerce to Demonbreun) will be closed at 6 pm on Monday, September 10 and will reopen by 11:30 pm on Monday, September 10
- Broadway (4th Avenue - 5th Avenue) will be closed at 6 pm on Monday, September 10 and will reopen by 11:30 pm on Monday, September 10
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1 PM - 7 PM
LOCATION: ROCKETOWN FREE
Holiday Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown Convention Center, a full-service hotel scheduled to open in SoBro later this fall, is hosting a job fair on Monday, September 10. The job fair will be at the Rocketown complex in the White Annex Building, 522 5th Avenue South. Seventy-five positions are available including front desk, housekeeping, engineering, servers, bartenders, hosts, culinary team, dishwashers and bar backs. Plus, banquet and meeting professionals. Interested applicants may register for the job fair on Eventbrite. If unable to attend on September 10, individuals can also stop by the office at 600 4th Ave S to apply in person.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 11:45 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE
The Library's hit music series is back for another season! Bring a lunch to the courtyard and enjoy free music by top acts in many genres on Tuesdays through October 9. Tuesday, September 11 features performances by Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mary Gauthier and Ashley Cleveland.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM
LOCATION: FRIST ART MUSEUM $5
Join teaching artist Dee Kimbrell at one of these locations to create an artwork on domestic violence awareness. Participate in an open discussion with a YWCA domestic violence educator, followed by art-making with Kimbrell.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: NISSAN STADIUM $50 - $360
The United States men's national soccer team represents the U.S. in international soccer against Mexico on Tuesday, September 11. The matchup will take place in the first FIFA international window after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It’s the first time this legendary rivalry will make a stop in Nashville.
Members of The IAFF Local 140, Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann, Mayor David Briley and other leaders will gather to honor first responders killed on September 11, 2001. On that tragic day in 2001 our country lost 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 8 Emergency Medical Technicians as they responded to the attacks on the World Trade Centers. This is the 11th year IAFF Local 140 has commemorated the lives lost on September 11 at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, located on the 3rd Avenue South side of the center. During the ceremony, the IAFF Local 140 Honor Guard will present the colors, and they will read the names of Nashville Fire Department personnel who have passed away since last September. Mayor David Briley will join Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann and IAFF Local 140 President Mark Young to lay a wreath at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial. The memorial is open to the public.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
The 19th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 11-16, gathering thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world. Each year, AMERICANAFEST® brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for six days of music and education. The conference portion features numerous panels, seminars, exclusive day time performances, and much more, proudly providing Nashville's most educational music industry forum. Downtown venues include 12th & Porter, 3rd and Lindsley, Acme Feed & Seed, Bobby Hotel, Cannery Ballroom, City Winery, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, High Watt at Mercy Lounge, Mercy Lounge, Nashville Underground, Ryman Auditorium, Second Fiddle, Station Inn, Third Man Records, Union Station Hotel, and The Westin Nashville. A $75 wristband grants access to all of the venues every night of the festival (wristbands do not guarantee entry if venue is at capacity). Click here for a full festival lineup and more information.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Nashville Scene Taco Week through Sunday, September 9
Hotel Nashville at City Winery Thursday, September 6
The Jayhawks at Mercy Lounge Thursday, September 6
Leif Shires at Sambuca Thursday, September 6
Nashville House Concerts at War Memorial Auditorium Thursday, September 6
Music with a Mission at Nashville City Center Thursday, September 6
Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, September 6
Jon Byrd at Station Inn Thursday, September 6
The New Nashville & Sarabeth at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, September 6
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at Nashville Children's Theatre Thursday, September 6
Spoken Word Poetry Workshop at Nashville Public Library Thursday, September 6
Music City Mariachi presents “México en el Corazón” at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, September 6
One-Day Educator Workshop: We Shall Overcome at Frist Art Museum Thursday, September 6
27 Live at L27 Rooftop Lounge at L27 Rooftop Lounge Thursday, September 6
The Robert's Honky Tonk-O-Rama featuring Hazel Jones at Robert's Western World Friday, September 7
Jackson Bruck & The Dukes Of Hume at Mercy Lounge Friday, September 7
Matt McAtee & The Eventuals at Sambuca Friday, September 7
Nashville Beginner Sushi at Jackalope Brewing Company Friday, September 7
Music in the Cafe: Bassoonery at Frist Art Museum Friday, September 7
Matte Gray Band at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, September 7
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at Nashville Children's Theatre Friday, September 7
Jason Aldean at Bridgestone Arena Friday, September 7
Live Music Fridays at Nashville Public Library Friday, September 7
Paramore: Art + Friends at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Friday, September 7
Lucero at Ryman Auditorium Friday, September 7
JW Roy and his Band at Two Old Hippies Saturday, September 8
Chelsea Cutler: Sleeping with Roses Tour at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Saturday, September 8
Wine on the River at Riverfront Park Saturday, September 8
Symposium: Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century at Frist Art Museum Saturday, September 8
Sculpture Unveiling and Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, September 8
12th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival at East Bank Landing Saturday, September 8
Bernstein Centennial Opening Night at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, September 8
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, September 8
Barrett Baber at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Saturday, September 8
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at Nashville Children's Theatre Saturday, September 8
Taking Control Of Your Diabetes Conference and Health Fair at Music City Center Saturday, September 8
Studio NPL Open Lab at Nashville Public Library Saturday, September 8
Songwriter Session: Larry Gatlin at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, September 8
Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, September 9
Don Kelley & Friends at Robert's Western World Sunday, September 9
Alicia Witt at City Winery Sunday, September 9
Symphony Under the Stars featuring Beethoven's Emperor & Respighi's Pines of Rome at Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater Sunday, September 9
American Idol Live at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, September 9
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star at Nashville Children's Theatre Sunday, September 9
Petey's Preds Party at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, September 9
Luke's 32 Bridge Party on Broadway at Lower Broadway Monday, September 10
Jake Durkin Duo at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Monday, September 10
Ben Graves at Sambuca Monday, September 10
Ought at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Monday, September 10
Nashville’s Own at City Winery Monday, September 10
Pub Quiz at The Pub Nashville Monday, September 10
Hospitality Job Fair at Rocketown Monday, September 10
The Cut - Grimey's DJ Night at L.A. Jackson Monday, September 10
Mary Sue Englund at Sambuca Tuesday, September 11
My One & Only at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, September 11
Courtyard Concerts: Singer-Songwriter Session at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 11
ARTlabs on Domestic Violence Awareness at Frist Art Museum Tuesday, September 11
USMNT vs. Mexico at Nissan Stadium Tuesday, September 11
IAFF Local 140 9/11 Memorial at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tuesday, September 11
Americana Music Festival Tuesday, September 11 - Sunday, September 16
Sloan at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Tuesday, September 11
AmericanaFest 2018 at City Winery Tuesday, September 11
School of Rock at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Tuesday, September 11
Anime Ramen Series at Otaku Ramen Tuesday, September 11
The Versatility of the Timpani at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tuesday, September 11
Fall Out Boy at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, September 11
Story Time with Wishing Chair Productions at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 11
AmericanaFest 2018 at City Winery Wednesday, September 12
Wine Down Wednesday at The Pub Nashville Wednesday, September 12
Ginger Cowgirl at Two Old Hippies at Two Old Hippies Wednesday, September 12
Story Time with Wishing Chair Productions at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, September 12
Interview: Robert Earl Keen at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday, September 12
Wild Wednesday's at Pour House at Pour House Nashville: Burgers, Bourbon and Brews Wednesday, September 12
School of Rock at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Wednesday, September 12
Michael & Black at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, September 13
ARTlabs on Domestic Violence Awareness at Frist Art Museum Thursday, September 13
AmericanaFest 2018 at City Winery Thursday, September 13
School of Rock at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, September 13
Disney On Ice at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, September 13
Spoken Word Poetry Workshop at Nashville Public Library Thursday, September 13
Opry Country Classics at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, September 13
Ax Plays Brahms at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, September 13
Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, September 13
AmericanaFest 2018 at City Winery Friday, September 14
The Robert's Honky Tonk-O-Rama featuring Hazel Jones at Robert's Western World Friday, September 14
Ax Plays Brahms at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, September 14
School of Rock at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Friday, September 14
Disney On Ice at Bridgestone Arena Friday, September 14
Old Crow Medicine Show at Ryman Auditorium Friday, September 14
Live Music Fridays at Nashville Public Library Friday, September 14
Book Talk: Country Music USA with Bill C. Malone at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, September 14
Johnny Marr at Cannery Ballroom Saturday, September 15
AmericanaFest 2018 at City Winery Saturday, September 15
The Robert's Honky Tonk-O-Rama featuring Sarah Gayle Meech at Robert's Western World Saturday, September 15
Ax Plays Brahms at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, September 15
Loverboy at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, September 15
Studio NPL Open Lab at Nashville Public Library Saturday, September 15
School of Rock at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, September 15
Whiskey Cash & Roses at Wildhorse Saloon Saturday, September 15
Songwriter Session: Ray Benson at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, September 15
Disney On Ice at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, September 15
Cody Jinks at Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater Saturday, September 15
LVL UP at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Sunday, September 16
AmericanaFest 2018 at City Winery Sunday, September 16
Don Kelley & Friends at Robert's Western World Sunday, September 16
Chris Isaak at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Sunday, September 16
K.D. Lang at Ryman Auditorium Sunday, September 16
Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium Sunday, September 16
Creative Zone: Embellished Instruments at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, September 16
School of Rock at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Sunday, September 16
Woofstock 2018 featuring Emmylou Harris, Jamey Johnson & More at Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater Sunday, September 16
Disney On Ice at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, September 16
Mandy & Zack at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Monday, September 17
Dallas Starke at Sambuca Monday, September 17
Loud Jamz at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Monday, September 17
Pub Quiz at The Pub Nashville Monday, September 17
Senior Mondays at Frist Art Museum Monday, September 17
J. Cole at Bridgestone Arena Monday, September 17
Phil Vaught at Wildhorse Saloon Monday, September 17
Old Dominion & Friends at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, September 18
City Winery Riesling Tasting at City Winery Tuesday, September 18
Lucy Spraggan at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Tuesday, September 18
My One & Only at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Tuesday, September 18
Story Time with Wishing Chair Productions at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, September 18
Drake at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, September 18
Nashville SC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies at First Tennessee Park Tuesday, September 18
Phil Vaught at Wildhorse Saloon Tuesday, September 18
Wine Down Wednesday at The Pub Nashville Wednesday, September 19
Nashville Songwriter Awards at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, September 19
Story Time with Wishing Chair Productions at Nashville Public Library Wednesday, September 19
15th Artist-In-Residence: Miranda Lambert at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday, September 19
Wild Wednesday's at Pour House at Pour House Nashville: Burgers, Bourbon and Brews Wednesday, September 19
Mimicking Birds at High Watt at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, September 19
Nashville Art Walk
Create your own custom walking tour of downtown Nashville! Our Nashville Art Walk features over 80 downtown destinations. Curate the tour to one that features places of interest to you: architecture, art, history, music, government and more. A map with distance information and the estimated route time will be generated after you make your selections.
Best Ride on Two Wheels
Get your heart pumping with Nashville B-cycle! There are over 275 bright red bikes located at 36 B-stations around Nashville. The $5 access pass includes an unlimited number of rides that are 60 minutes or less during a 24 hour period. The 7-day pass is only $10 and an annual membership is $50. TIP: keep all rides under 60 minutes to avoid overage fees. B-cycle has a responsive website and an app.
Large groups and events (500+) that are downtown September 5 - 19, 2018 are Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (600, September 3 - 7), Railway Supply Institute (700, September 8 - 11), Getty Music, LLC (6,500, September 10 - 11), BWI Companies, Inc. (1,800, September 10 - 12), Americana Music Association (1,700, September 11 - 16), National Association of Broadcasters (500, September 11 - 15), Flatiron Health (500, September 13 - 16) and Access Intelligence (1,500, September 17 - 19). For more information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click this link for a complete listing of Nashville conventions.