What’s Going on in Nashville….July

I’ve been away for a while but I wanted to pick up with Nashville happenings for the month of July. Feel free to leave a comment if I’ve left anything out! 🙂

ART:

First Saturday Art Crawl

Saturday, July 2…Visit Downtown Nashville from 6pm-9pm as many galleries will open their doors for a free viewing. This event is held the first Saturday of each month.

 

Music:

U2 360 Tour

Saturday, July 2…25th Avenue @ Jess Neely Drive On Vanderbilt University Camp, Nashville, TN 37240. U2 is returning to Nashville after 29 years for a sold out show at Vandy. Apparently the show sold out in October!!!

Blue Grass Jam

Sunday, July 3…Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South in downtown Nashville, tN 37203 / The Station Inn has been part of the fabric of the Nashville entertainment scene for more than 36 years and is Nashville’s (and some say “the world’s”) most popular bluegrass club. Sunday nights = Bluegrass Jam! Bluegrass and Roots Music… you’ll find the best of it right here at the Station Inn and you won’t want to miss a note. All shows are first come, first served. Smoke free. Time: 9pm. More info: 615.255.3307.

Natasha Bedingfield

Sunday, July 10…Exit/In, 2208 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203 / Natasha Bedingfield presented by Freschetta and 107.5 “The River” w/ Kate Voegele and Andy Grammer / Originally from New Zealand, Natasha Bedingfield grew up in southeast London, where she and her siblings were raised around music. Leaving university to sign with BMG, Natasha immediately started working on her first record. Buoyed by advance singles like “These Words” and “Single,” Unwritten debuted at number one on the British charts. The golden reception for Bedingfield’s rhythmic pop sound netted her platinum record sales and numerous BRIT awards. It also set up her assault on the American pop charts, which began in July 2005 with Unwritten’s domestic release. In 2007 the single “I Wanna Have Your Babies” announced the coming of her sophomore effort, N.B. That album, however, was never released in the U.S. Instead, a reworked version — half of N.B. plus six new songs — found its way onto American shores as Pocketful of Sunshine in early 2008. Bedingfield’s third studio album, Strip Me, featuring production from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, was released in December. This is an 18+ only event. Tickets, call 615-321-3340.

McGuiness Girls’ Songwriters Night

Monday, July 11…Dan McGuinness, 1538 Demonbreun Street, Nashville, TN 37203 / McGuinness Girls Night is a girls singer songwriter night every Monday night at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub on Music Row. Terri Jo Box hosts and books the show and has since it started in May of 2004. It’s one of the few” hoppin spots” to be on a Monday night in Nashville. You might hear some Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Pop, Folk and even some Latin music from time to time. On top of providing great entertainment, the event has been used as an outlet to raise money for some worthy causes such as Breast Cancer, Hurricane relief, house fires victims and families in need. Come have a cold Irish beer and some fish ‘n chips with us and hang! Time: 7:30pm. More info: 615-252-1991.

Birth of the Originals Jamfest

Wednesday, July 13…12th & Porter, 114 12th Ave N in downtown Nashville, TN / 2L’s On a Cloud, Big Fella, and Plane Clothes & Co. present the first BOTO Jamfest featuring music from Def Jam’s Layne Harper, Memphis artist Skewby, Atlanta band Quita Dream, New Orleans duo Plane Jane, and Nashville’s own Stix Izza, Sam & Tre, Classic Williams, and Ziggurat. This event benefits Natalia Smith, 3, who is battling Wilm’s Tumor. For more information, visit http://mim.io/9b7431.

Concert to Benefit the Trauma Survivors Network at Vanderbilt

 Saturday, July 16…3rd & Lindsley, 818 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37210 / Concert To Benefit The Trauma Survivors Network at Vanderbilt Sandra McCracken and Derek Webb w/ Handsome and Gretyl – 7:00pm. This is an 18+ only event. More info TBA. For more info, call 615.259.9891.

 

Festivals and Other Events:

Music City 4th of July Weekend

July 2-4…If there’s one thing Nashville knows how to do, it’s throw a party. Head down to Riverfront Park for a day filled with entertainment and family fun and an evening of incredible fireworks dancing in the night sky to the rhythm of the Nashville Symphony. Hailed as one of the best fireworks displays in the nation, this annual event attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year. This year, we’re making it an all-weekend event at Riverfront Park. So, come early. Stay late. Celebrate all weekend. Saturday, July 2: National 9/11 Flag Display located at the Hilton Nashville Downtown in the Ballroom. Times TBD. Anyone can come see the display for free or Sponsor a Stitch. With a donation of $5, you can sponsor a stitch in The National 9/11 Flag and help restore the Flag to its full glory….or…Add a loved one to The National 9/11 Flag Honor Roll with a $10 donation. Sunday, July 3: A Prelude to the 4th – Claim your spot at Riverfront Park for a free concert from Port Chuck and The Dirty Guv’Nahs at 6pm! Monday, July 4: Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! The big day – the 4th of July, offers family fun, food, drinks, free concerts and the biggest & brightest fireworks shows in the South! Gates open at noon. Music on the First Stage starts at 1:30pm with Ayla Brown, The Willis Clan and The Cleverlys. The Main Stage entertainment begins at 7pm with the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony, Street Corner Symphony (finalists from ABC’s “The Sing-Off”) and Darius Rucker. Fireworks begin with the Nashville Symphony at approximately 9:30pm. Get a good seat! For more information, please call Call 800-657-6910.  

Big Band Dances at Centennial Park

Saturday, July 9…Come celebrate Metro Parks’ 28th annual summer of Big Band Dances! Big Band dancing and listening to live music will be held every Saturday from June 4 through August 27 at the Band Shelter in Centennial Park. There will be free ballroom dance lessons sponsored by Dance World from 7 until 7:30pm and again from 8:30pm until 8:50pm. Live music is from 7:30pm until 10pm. The Centennial CafĂ© will have food and beverages for sale. People of all ages are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or quilts to sit on the lawn. Parking is available along Park Plaza and in the Park. This event is part of the Metro Parks 2011 Free Summer Concert schedule. For more information, please call 615.862.8424.

Kathy Griffin Live

Thursday, July 21…Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), Andrew Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37219 / America’s favorite celebrity dirt-dishing comedienne returns to Nashville for a performance at TPAC’s Jackson Hall on July 21 at 8:00 p.m. The two-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author and Grammy nominee starred in her first HBO special over a decade ago, played Brooke Shields’ sharp-tongued colleague on “Suddenly Susan,” and last summer wrapped up the final season of her acclaimed Bravo reality show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.” She recently won rave reviews for her Broadway show, “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony,” featuring two hours of hilarious Hollywood gossip and stand-up commentary on blunders of the rich and famous

Mafiaoza’s 10th Annual Music City Brewer’s Festival

Saturday, July 30…Walk of Fame Park (on the lawn of the Hilton Hotel downtown), Nashville, TN / The 10th Annual brew tasting event features a wide variety of brews from local, regional, national, and international brewpubs and raise awareness for Second Harvest Food Bank. Admission: Session A: 12N – 4PM – $35 (plus tax) and Session B: 6PM – 10PM – $45 (plus tax). 15% of net ticket sales benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. For more information, visit www.musiccitybrewersfest.com

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