Nashville will be dressed in red TOMORROW, October 9. That’s right, the Omni Nashville Hotel, Hilton Nashville Downtown, Adventure Science Center, Public Courthouse, John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, and Korean Veterans Boulevard Bridge will be all lit up in red. Why? For the Light the Night Walk! This is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s evening walk and fundraising event to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. The event will take place at Nissan Stadium and there’s still time to register if you have not done so already. Also, after the walk there will be the 2nd Annual Light The Late Night Concert at 3rd and Lindsley which will feature Charles Esten. Join their effort and register at: lightthenight.org. And if you wish to purchase tickets to the concert go to: ticketweb.com.
What’s better than 20 musical acts performing on 4 stages playing everything from classical to rock? How about 20 musical acts performing 4 stages playing everything from classical to rock FOR FREE! Yep, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center is offering its annual Free Day of Music on October 10. Perfect for anyone looking to experience what makes Nashville so great. Also, they will have a Kid Zone featuring an instrument petting zoo, crafts, photo booth, and special guests. Doors open at 10:30am with the music lasting from 11am to 9pm. Best be there!
If you need any more information go to: nashvillesymphony.org.
The full schedule for Free Day of Music:
Laura Turner Concert Hall
Noon-1 p.m. – Nashville Symphony
1:45-2:30 p.m. – Organ Recital with Andrew Risinger
3:15-4 p.m. – Brass Band of Nashville (British Style Brass)
4:45-5:30 p.m. – Inversion (Vocal Ensemble)
6:15-7 p.m. – Nashville Philharmonic
7:45-9 p.m. – Youth Orchestra Festival featuring Curb Youth Symphony and Williamson County Youth Orchestra
One Symphony Place
11-11:45 a.m. – Belmont University Percussion Ensemble
1-1:30 p.m. – Mariachi Internacional de Nashville
1:30-2 p.m. – Metro Arts Commission Pop-up Performance, featuring William Moon
2:30-3:15 p.m. – The Danville Train (Traditional Country/Bluegrass)
4-4:45 p.m. – Kyshona Armstrong (R&B/Neo-Soul)
5:30-6:15 p.m. – Jake Leg Stompers (Jazz/Blues Jug Band)
7-7:45 p.m. – Revolfusion (Latin Fusion)
11-11:45 a.m. – Mr. Steve the Music Man (Kids’ Music)
1:45-2:30 p.m. – Upasana Performing Arts (North Indian Classical Music and Dance)
3:15-4 p.m. – Bentley Caldwell (Soul /Singer-Songwriter)
4:45-5:30 p.m. – Zach Vinson (Pop/Rock)
6:15-7:15 p.m. – Mary Jennings (Pop/Electronica)
1-4:00 p.m. –All Hands on the Harp (The Harp School Instrument Demonstration)
5:30-6:15 p.m. –Intersection (Contemporary Music Ensemble)
Curb Family Music Education Hall
11-11:45 a.m. – The Harp School Harpistry 188 Ensemble
1-1:45 p.m. – Meet the Conductors with Vinay Parameswaran and Kelly Corcoran
2:30-3:15 p.m. – Nashville Symphony Chorus
4-4:45 p.m. – Chinese Arts Alliance (Traditional Chinese)
5:30-6:15 p.m. – Suzuki Students (String Ensemble)
7-7:45 p.m. – Bitner Finest Ales-Live Jazz
Today’s the day! At 2pm, Nashville inducts Miranda Lambert, Johnny Cash, Steve Cropper, and E.W. “Bud” Wendell into Music City Walk of Fame. The ceremony is FREE to all. So, tell all your friends and get to Music City Walk of Fame Park to see these much deserved artists be honored forever in Music City!
For more information about the ceremony go to: visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
Less than 24 hours left! Will you be here when Nashville honors Miranda Lambert, Johnny Cash, Steve Cropper, and E.W. “Bud” Wendell by inducting them to Music City Walk of Fame? Because you should. It’s FREE to all, starts at at 2pm at Walk of Fame Park, and we hope to see all of your beautiful faces there! For now, go ahead and read all about future inductee E.W. “Bud” Wendell with the brief bio below.
For more information about the ceremony head on over to: visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
Wendell began his career with the National Life and Accident Insurance Company (then the parent company of WSM and the Opry) in 1950 as a door-to-door insurance salesman in Hamilton, Ohio. After several transfers, he moved to the home office in Nashville in 1962. He was named manager of the Grand Ole Opry in April 1968.
Wendell became vice president of WSM and general manager of the Grand Ole Opry and Opryland theme park in 1974, just as the Opry was being moved from the aging Ryman Auditorium to its present location near the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. He became president and CEO of WSM in 1978 and chairman in 1980. The Gaylord company acquired National Life’s entertainment interests in 1983, and Wendell was named president and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment in 1991.
Under Wendell’s leadership, Gaylord launched The Nashville Network (TNN) in 1983, acquired Country Music Television (CMT) in 1991, launched CMT Europe in 1992, extended CMT’s reach into Latin America and Asia, expanded the Opryland Hotel into Nashville’s largest convention facility, and established the Opryland Music Group (which acquired the massive Acuff-Rose publishing catalog). In addition, Wendell oversaw Gaylord’s renovation of the Ryman Auditorium and the opening of the Wildhorse Saloon dance club, which helped revive a declining downtown Nashville.
In 2014, the Nashville hospitality industry honored Wendell’s career by creating the first-ever major hospitality industry award in his name. The award is given at the industry’s annual celebration and recognizes an individual outside of the hospitality industry who has contributed above and beyond to the overall success of tourism and convention business in Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean was the first recipient.
Only two days left! On Tuesday, October 6, at 2pm Nashville honors greatness by inducting Steve Cropper into Music City Walk of Fame along with Miranda Lambert, Johnny Cash, and E.W. “Bud” Wendell. And you need to be here! To get you in the mood read below to discover the amazing story behind Steve Cropper. Then, tell all your friends and make sure to be at Music City Walk of Fame Park for this momentous occasion.
For information about the ceremony go to: visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
Steve Cropper made his musical debut on American Bandstand in 1961. Thus the legend began.
Just one year later, along with Booker T & the MG’s, Cropper wrote the #1 smash hit “Green Onions.” In the years to follow he co-wrote some of music’s biggest classics such as “Knock On Wood,” “Midnight Hour,” “634-5789,” and in 1967 the legendary “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” with friend Otis Redding, establishing Cropper as a songwriting genius.
Producing soon became second nature as “The Colonel” turned out timeless tracks by such renowned artists as Wilson Pickett, Tower of Power, John Mellencamp, Jose Feliciano, Poco, John Prine and Otis Redding. Cropper’s exemplary guitar work can be heard on the albums of Rod Stewart, Peter Frampton, Art Garfunkle, Booker T and the MG’s, Ringo Starr and Wynonna to name a few. He has toured with such greats as Neil Young and Jimmy Buffett.
In the late 70s, Steve began his now famous work as an original of the Blues Brothers Band, appearing in both major motion pictures and numerous TV shows. He continues traveling with them today as well as touring with many different artists. Cropper has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Undoubtedly, Steve Cropper has successfully covered his bases as songwriter/producer/guitarist. And lucky for us all – the legend continues.
Not too much longer, friends! This Tuesday, October 6, at 2pm we induct Johnny Cash to Music City Walk of Fame. So exciting! Until Tuesday arrives go ahead and catch up on the the amazing story of Johnny Cash be reading the brief bio below. Then, make the plans to be at Music City Walk of Fame Park next Tuesday! It’s FREE and open to all.
For more information about the ceremony go to: visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
Beginning with his mid-1950s recordings for Sun Records, John R. “Johnny” Cash has established an international profile as an ambassador of American roots music. He overcame personal demons to reach superstar status in the late 1960s and continued to hew his own path musically into the twenty-first century. With extensive hit recordings on the country and pop charts—both singles and albums—he extended the scope of country music and helped broaden its audience through his exploration of many themes and types of songs.
Early hit singles included “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” (1959) and “Ring of Fire” (1963). He married June Carter (of the Carter Sisters), with whom he recorded several hit duets, on March 1, 1968. Cash was voted the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year for 1969.
Later in his career, Cash signed to the American label and, working with producer Rick Rubin, he released the widely acclaimed American Recordings (1994), an album consisting of Cash’s voice accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. For American Recordings, Cash received the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. His 1996 American album Unchained featured a similarly eclectic mix of material, but with Cash backed by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and other guest performers. It was awarded a Grammy for Best Country Album of the Year.
It is time. Time for the weekend. Time for your Nashville weekend. See below for a list of weekend happenings, a Nashville Restaurant, and upcoming concerts. Then, check out what will occur the following week.
(Events arranged in alphabetical order.)
24th Annual AIDS Walk and 5K Run
The 24th Annual AIDS Walk and 5K Run will take place at Public Square Park rain or shine! Registration starts at 10am with the walk and 5K to beginning at 11am. nashvilleaidswalk.com
Music City celebrates October with Artober. A full month of arts everywhere. It is one of the single largest celebrations of arts and culture in the South. To see a list of happenings during this amazing time in Music City go to: visitmusiccity.com/artober.
Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston
Art enthusiasts will love to take part in Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston. The event takes place every first Saturday of every month featuring a ton of galleries that display new groundbreaking art plus live music. visitmusiccity.com/saturdayartcrawl
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival
Centennial Park will be host to the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival on October 3. A free event that provides the experience of learning and discovering different nationalities from all over the world in Music City. There will be a variety of dance, musical performances, and so much more. celebratenashville.org
Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate
Children will love to witness Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate! taking place October 1st through the 4th at Bridgestone Arena. bridgestonearena.com
East Side Social
The Features, Alanna Royale, The Future, and more will headline the East Side Social at East Park on October 3. The music event begins at 12pm and lasts until 10pm. Get tickets and more information.
Fall Fest at Green Door Gourmet
Live music, kids activities, food trucks, and more can be enjoyed during Fall Fest occurring, October 4, at Green Door Gourmet. greendoorgourmet.com
Fall Fest @ The Hermitage
The annual Fall Fest @ The Hermitage takes places October 3rd through the 4th. The event showcases art from local & regional artists with live music and family fun activities. visitmusiccity.com/fallhermitage
First Saturday Art Crawl
Step inside Music City’s art world with First Saturday Art Crawl. The first Saturday of every month, from 6-9pm, art galleries around Nashville offer free admission to view their latest exhibits. visitmusiccity.com/saturdayartcrawl
Grand Ole Opry 90th Birthday Bash
The Grand Ole Opry is celebrating its 90th birthday, from October 2nd through the 3rd, and doing it with style. They will have a weekend full of Opry Shows from Little Big Town, Oak Ridge Boys, and more. Plus, Opry Plaza Parties (that are free), backstage tours, and other fun things families & friends will love. visitmusiccity.com/oprybirthday
International Black Film Festival
The International Black Film Festival of Nashville will take place October 1st through the 4th at Meharry Medical College. Each day offers movies to see from some of the best in the industry. ibffevents.com
Nashville Brew Festival
On October 3, you may enjoy over 50 breweries, food trucks, music, and more on the field of First Tennessee Park during the Nashville Brew Festival. nashvillebrewfestival.com
Studio A 50th Anniversary Open House
From 11am to 5pm enjoy live music, food trucks, and memorabilia on display from Chet Akins during Studio A 50th Anniversary celebration occurring on October 3. There will even be some special guests, too, including Ben Folds and Steve Cropper. Find more information.
Tennessee Craft Week
Nashville will celebrate Tennessee Craft Week in multiple locations from October 2nd until the 11th. For a full list of events guests may attend go to: tennesseecraft.org.
You’ve heard of William Shakespeare, you’ve probable seen some of his work live, but have you ever seen it with Zombies? Well you can. Just head to Zombie Shakespeare at NECAT Network, on October 3, to witness this amazing one of a kind event. necatnetwork.org
Fifty First Kitchen and Bar
Have you been by the new Fifty First Kitchen and Bar inside the Nations neighborhood? It’s located inside a refurbished comforting home. They serve a seasonal menu that features rustic Italian cuisine. And this weekend they will begin serving brunch on October 4. Meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to try a new place and their new menu. Check it out and make sure to let us know what you think on Twitter: twitter.com/365Nashville.
Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Ascend Amphitheater – October 2
Death Grips @ Marathon Music Works – October 2
MUTEMATH @ The Basement East – October 2
Fistikuffs, Super Shaker, and D. James & The Goods @ The Basement – October 2
The Lees of Memory @ Exit/In – October 2
Ray Wylie Hubbard with Brandy Zdan @ 3rd and Lindsley – October 2
Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – October 2-3
Grand Ole Opry 90th Birthday Bash Weekend @ Grand Ole Opry House – October 2-3
Bob Mould @ City Winery Nashville – October 3
Gabe Dixon with The Silent War @ 3rd and Lindsley – October 3
Jakalope Brewery Company presents Brewed in the USA/ Spruce Beersteen @ The Basement East – October 3
Soundstamp presents The Tip, Mesmer Tea, The Breathe In, Breathe Out, and more @ The Basment – October 3
Raging Fire @ Exit/In – October 3
Brandie Carlile @ Ryman Auditorium – October 3
Beach House @ Ryman Auditorium – October 4
Saul Williams: An Evening of Spoken Word @ Exit/In – October 4
Kodaline @ 3rd and Lindsley – October 4
Swear and Shake with Tumbleweed Wanderers @ The Basement – October 4
Emily West @ City Winery Nashville – October 4
The House That Music Built @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – October 4
The Sunday Post sponsored by Tennessee Brew Works presents Spaceface, New Wave Rebellion, and more @ The Basement East – October 4
Yet another weekend filled with plenty to do. Hope you have the best of times. And don’t forget to attend these awesome events in the coming weeks (see below). Some of which we might even write about.
Chef’s Night Out: Jonathan Waxman & Marcus Samuelsson @ Adele’s – October 6
Beer & Hymns @ Mercy Lounge – October 8
Noteably Nashville @ Throughout Nashville – October 8-12
Light the Night Walk @ Nissan Stadium – October 9
New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer & Film @ East Park – October 9
Nashville Oktoberfest @ Germantown – October 9-11
Kyle Abraham: When the Wolves Came In @ OZ Arts Nashville – October 8-9
Nashville Opera presents Turandot @ TPAC – October 8-10
Nashville Repertory Theatre presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead @ TPAC – October 8-31
Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word @ War Memorial Auditorium – October 9-11
Bacon and Barrel @ Nashville Farmers’ Market – October 10
Last Comic Standing @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – October 12
Comedy for a Cause ft. Jeff Foxworthy @ Rocketown – Octoeber 12
Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again @ TPAC – October 13
Until next time!