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Music & More in Middle Tennessee
What’s in Middle Tennessee? Turns out, this is a lengthy question to answer. There appears to be something for everybody. Sports lover? Check. Music lover? Well, duh. Cultural arts? Yep, got that, too. While its designation as “Music City” is an important one, the moniker represents only one facet of Nashville’s alive-and-thriving pop culture scene.
Jeff Fisher and Vince Young may be out, but the NFL is still alive and kickin’ in Nashvegas with your hometown Tennessee Titans. One needs attend just one home game at LP Field to catch fan fever and to understand why the team holds a 124-home game sell-out streak. Want tickets? Get on the season ticket waiting list here, or wait for individual tickets to hit the market mid-summer. Maybe hockey’s your game? Then hit up the Bridgestone Arena for a Nashville Predators game. Promotions like Military Monday, Daily’s Super Tuesday, and McDonald’s Family Four Pack make attending an affordable option. If America’s Pastime is your sport of choice, take in a Nashville Sounds game at Greer Stadium – where minor league meets major fun.
Music venues abound in Music City. Honkytonks like Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Robert’s Western World and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn line the streets of Broadway and Second Avenue downtown, while local clubs like 3rd and Lindsley, Exit/In, Mercy Lounge, 12th & Porter and others present assorted music types on a nightly basis. Country music institutions like the Grand Ole Opry House and Ryman Auditorium offer a stage for mid-size shows, and of course Bridgestone Arena and LP Field give way to large-scale touring spectacles.
In the past six months alone, Bridgestone Arena hosted Sir Paul McCartney, nine sold-out Garth Brooks shows, a George Strait-Reba McEntire-Lee Ann Womack triple bill, plus Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” tour and the annual CMA Awards, helping the venue rank sixth nationally in attendance, according to industry publication Pollstar. After a January 2011 schedule that included the Monster Jam truck show, WWE Raw and the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus, the venue has a busy month ahead hosting Disturbed and Korn (Feb. 4), Ozzy Osbourne (Feb. 16), Kid Rock (Feb. 18), and Brad Paisley (Feb. 26), in addition to nine Preds games. Other high-profile shows on deck include Rush, Steve Harvey, Sugarland and Lady Gaga all in April, NKOTBSB in June, and two nights of Taylor Swift in September. Similarly, LP Field, which for years played host to Kenny Chesney’s massive touring events, will again be home to CMA Music Festival’s four nights of shows June 9-12.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The Nashville Ballet. The Tennessee Reportory. The Nashville Opera. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Countless more. There is most certainly no shortage of performing arts in Nashville. One highlight includes TPAC’s annual HCA/TriStar Broadway series whose 2010-2011 season includes the just-wrapped “Shrek: The Musical,” plus “Spring Awakening” (Feb. 25-27), “In The Heights” (March 22-27), “Cats” (April 1-3), “Young Frankenstein” (May 10-15), “Les Miserables” (May 17-22) and the return of “The Color Purple” (June 21-26).
Nashville is no laggard when it comes to visual arts, either. On deck at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a photography display by renowned Memphis artist William Eggleston. Displaying Feb. 20-May 29 is Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior, featuring more than 170 paintings, sculptures and objects that illustrate “Hindu art styles as well as an examination of Vishnu-worshipping traditions.” Free options include an architecture tour of the building (Feb. 5 and March 5 at 4:30 PM), and “The Strangeness of the Ordinary” film series in the Museum’s auditorium Fridays at 7:00 PM, featuring upcoming showings of “Drugstore Cowboy” (Feb. 4) and “The Virgin Suicides” (Feb. 11). In addition to over 70 classes in art, dance, drama and music – for both children and adults – The Renaissance Center provides The Tennessee Artisan Market, a retail gallery featuring works by Tennessee artists. Ahead in February is the special theatrical production “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” premiering just before Valentine’s Day, plus the launch of its new, free-to-the-public Artisan Demonstration Workshops. The first demo centers on pottery on Feb. 3. The fiber arts are demonstrated Feb. 17, and the jewelry arts are highlighted March 3.
Music may be central to the heart of Music City, but with a plethora of pop culture availability, it’s clear Nashville has something for everybody – making our city an inviting, engaging and stimulating place to live, work and play.