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Tin Pan South
Tin Pan South celebrates the songwriters who create the music we love. Photograph by Jon Erickson/BlueShoe Nashville.

Music City News & Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Concerts & Events

Be sure to call ahead and confirm dates, times, location, and admission fees--events may change without notification.

April 2 -6, 2013: Tin Pan South.
Produced by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Tin Pan South is celebrating its 21st year. Staking its claim as the world’s largest all-songwriter festival, in 2012 it showcased close to 350 songwriters in 92 shows. Over 9,000 music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hit songs they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed. See the full schedule of this 5-day Festival here.

May 4 - June 29, 2013, 12:00 - 5:00 pm: 2013 Musician's Corner at Centennial Park
FREE music in the park on Saturday afternoons. The Musicians Corner Spring Season kicks off on Saturday, May 4 and takes place every Saturday through June 29. Spring line up will be announced on April 1.

Hours: 12 - 2 PM: Pre-show festivities with Kidsville activities, food trucks, beer garden, and Soundcheck lunch

2-5 PM: Live music, Kidsville, food trucks, beer garden, and Dog of the Day

June 6 - 9, 2013: CMA Music Festival
The granddaddy of them all when it comes to Country Music events.

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Auditorium
Performances by famous bluegrass musicians in the historic Ryman Auditorium. All concerts begin at 7:30 pm. The Ryman is located downtown at 116 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219. For ticket information, please call 615-889-3060.

June 20: Vince Gill
June 27: Artist to be announced
July 4: Artist to be announced
July 11: Artist to be announced
July 18: Artist to be announced
July 25: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

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Pickin' on the Plaza: 2013 schedule has not yet been announced. In the past, this series of free performances kicked off each Bluegrass Night at the Ryman. A top regional bluegrass band would perform on the Ryman Auditorium outdoor plaza prior to the Bluegrass Night performance at the Ryman at 7:30 pm. All Pickin' on the Plaza performances began at 6 pm and were free and open to the public. The Ryman is located downtown at 116 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219.

Percy Warner Full Moon Pickin' Party

full moon pickin partyThese family-friendly concerts are an annual summer tradition for Nashvillians and feature Middle Tennessee bluegrass musicians strumming and singing under the light of a full moon. Pickers form circles under the trees and around the grounds performing and jamming while several headliners are featured on stage. Beverages are included with the tickets and food can be purchased on site. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets, as seating is limited. Leashed dogs are welcome to come along too.

Full moon pickin' parties are held 7 to 11 pm on the Friday evening closest to the full moon. Gates open at 6:45 p.m.

Dates for 2013 summer parties:

May 24, 2013
June 21, 2013
July 19, 2013
August 23, 2013
September 20, 2013
October 18, 2013

Where: The Equestrian Barn at Percy Warner Park, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37221
Cost: Tickets are cheaper if ordered prior to the event. Please visit the Friends of Warner website for


Free Music at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Performances, unless otherwise noted, begin at 6 pm in the Frist's Cafe (free and open to the public). For more information and to confirm dates and times of performances, please visit Frist Center for the Visual Arts or call 615-744-3998.

March 28, 2013: The Providence Consort (Recorders and Keyboard)

March 29, 2013: The Contrarian Ensemble

April 4, 2013: Jazz Guitarist Stephen D. Anderson

April 5, 2013: Trent Baren

April 11, 2013: Jazz Guitarist John Richards

April 18, 2013: Singer/songwriter Ryan Coleman


April 19, 2013: Serenatta

April 26, 2013: Meltzer Parsons Guitar Duo

April 28, 2013: Jazz on the Move: Music of Wes Montgomery, featuring Geary Moore [3:00 p.m. in the Auditorium]. The Nashville Jazz Workshop and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts announce the seventh season of the popular jazz performance and education series, Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history.  Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz.

The programs take place on a series of Sunday afternoons. All performances are at 3:00 pm in the auditorium at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, Tenn. This year's series is again presented with generous support from the Frist Foundation. Performances in the series are free and open to the public.

Those attending Jazz on the Move will be able to visit the Frist's exhibits free of charge, and will also receive discounted parking. Seating is first come, first seated. 

May 2, 2013: Jazz Vocalist Lindsay George

May 3, 2013: Tantsova Grupa

May 12, 2013: Jazz on the Move: John Coltrane's Blue Train, featuring Don Aliquo [3:00 p.m. in the Auditorium]. The Nashville Jazz Workshop and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts announce the seventh season of the popular jazz performance and education series, Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history.  Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz. Those attending Jazz on the Move will be able to visit the Frist's exhibits free of charge, and will also receive discounted parking. Seating is first come, first seated.

 

 

Musical Venues

Ryman Auditorium
Originally a church, the historic auditorium is still considered by many music aficionadoes as a holy place--for music. 116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219. 615-889-3060.
January to Feb. 25, 2006, the Ryman Auditorium is home to the Grand Ole Opry.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Named in honor of the late Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn who led the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony for 22 years, opened in September of 2006 and is home to the critically acclaimed Nashville Symphony.

The Grand Ole Opry
Every Friday and Saturday evening year-round.
615-889-3060 for more information. 2802 Opryland Drive Nashville,TN 37214. (Performances take place at the Ryman Auditorium during the winter). You can see the line-up for each week's shows at the Grand Ole Opry's web site.

Country Music Hall of Fame
222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203. 615-416-2001.

Sommet Center
501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
615.770.2000

TPAC: (Tennessee Performing Arts Center)
505 Deaderick Street 615-782-4000

More Concert Theatres:

Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue, 383-9140.

Langford Auditorium :
Vanderbilt University Garland Avenue (off West End Ave.)
615-322-2471

Mercy Lounge / Cannery Ballroom
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN 37203
Ph: 615-251-3020

Nashville Municipal Auditorium:
417 Fourth Avenue, North
615-862-6390

Riverfront Park:
(downtown Nashville on First Avenue overlooking the Cumberland River).

The Rutledge
410 4th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone (615) 782-6858

Texas Troubadour Theatre:
2416 Opryland Drive
615-885-0028

Clubs:

Other Local Music Links:

ASCAP Nashville

Nashville Songwriters Association

 


 

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