Tennessee Craft MAAP Apprenticeship Program - Now Accepting 2014-2015 Applications

Tennessee Craft (formerly TACA), in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission, is offering an opportunity for emerging makers to learn traditional and contemporary craft skills from master-level craftsmen.

Now entering its sixth year, the 2014-2015 Master Artist/Apprentice Program opens the door for emerging artists to take their craft to the next level using relevant and alternative educational experiences. During a six month, one-on-one mentorship, designed by the master and apprentice, MAAP ensures that the skills and knowledge needed to continue our state’s craft heritage live on.

Applications, to be completed together by master and artist, are available until October 31, 2014. After this date a jury panel will select program participants. Each apprentice is invited to find his or her master-level artist by searching our artist directory by medium, name and geographic location.

Apprenticeships will last from December 1 through June 15 with a final exhibit to be held at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery.

“Passing down this knowledge will ensure that craft is a continued part of our community,” Teri Alea, executive director of Tennessee Craft said. “Learning these skills allows artists to move to the next step in their career,” she said, “and ultimately we are helping more artists see craft as a viable career path.”

Interested artists are encouraged to review the guidelines and application available on the Tennessee Craft website, www.tennesseecraft.org/programs/maap.

“The MAAP Apprenticeship program was a wonderful experience and pivotal moment in my growth as an artist. The guidance and mentorship I received will always be a building block in my journey as an artist,” Courtney Adair Johnson, previous MAAP apprentice said.



Nashville Symphony Announces Free Day of Music Festivities

Nashville Symphony Announces Free Day of Music Festivities
Ninth Annual Event Features More Than 20 Performers on Four Stages

The Nashville Symphony has released the schedule and details for its ninth annual Free Day of Music, which will showcase more than 20 different acts performing everything from classical and jazz to rock and bluegrass at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Saturday, September 27.

Performances will run from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. on stages in four locations – Laura Turner Concert Hall, One Symphony Place, the Courtyard Stage and the Curb Family Music Education Hall – giving audiences the chance to hear a wide array of music both indoors and outside free of charge.

“This annual tradition is at the heart of the Nashville Symphony’s mission of delivering outstanding music to everyone in Middle Tennessee,” said Alan Valentine, Symphony president and CEO, who will be performing at Free Day of Music himself as a member of the groups Tyme and Loge Box 1. “We are thrilled to be able to give back to our community, which has shown this organization such tremendous support over the years.”

The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony headlines the event, performing works by Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and more during a concert at noon in Laura Turner Concert Hall. Immediately afterward, Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran will host a “Meet the Conductors” Q&A session for the public in Curb Family Music Education Hall. Also taking place in Laura Turner Concert Hall at 1:45 p.m. will be an organ recital featuring organist Andrew Risinger playing the Symphony’s massive Martin Foundation Concert Organ, which has 3,568 pipes.

The rest of the Free Day of Music lineup features a variety of music styles and a diverse assortment of performers from throughout Middle Tennessee. The full schedule is as follows:

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. – Nashville Community Concert Band

4:45-5:30 p.m. – Tennessee Valley Winds

6:15-7 p.m. – Nashville Philharmonic

7:45-9 p.m. – Youth Orchestra Festival feat. Curb Youth Symphony and Williamson County Youth Orchestra

One Symphony Place

11-11:45 a.m. – Marcus Wanner Jazz Quartet

1-1:45 p.m. – Tyme

2:30-3:15 p.m. – To be announced

4-4:45 p.m. – Molly Cherryholmes

5:30-6:15 p.m. – Cumberland Collective

7-7:45 p.m. – Music City Swing

Courtyard Stage

11-11:45 a.m. – Traditional Persian music with Farzin Dehghan

1:45-2:30 p.m. – To be announced

3:15-4 p.m. – Belmont University Songwriters

4:45-5:30 p.m. – Loge Box 1 (Nashville Symphony staff band), featuring Brother Slade

6:15-7:45 p.m. – Music City Unsigned featuring Matt Brown, Jeffery James, Sandra McCracken and Holley Maher

Curb Family Music Education Hall

11-11:45 a.m. – Franklin Chamber Society

1-1:45 p.m. – Meet the Conductors with Giancarlo Guerrero and Vinay Parameswaran

2:30-3:15 p.m. – MTSA Suzuki Players

4-4:45 p.m. – Nashville Symphony Chamber Chorus

5:30-6:15 p.m. – The MC4 Quartet and Members of the Music City Barbershop Chorus

7-7:45 p.m. – The MET Singers

In addition to the musical performers, there will be a Kids’ Zone from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Balcony Lobby, featuring the popular Instrument Petting Zoo and a host of other interactive, family-friendly activities.



Americana Music Association Announces13th Annual Honors & Awards Performers

The Americana Music Association revealed an initial presenter and performer lineup for its 13th annual Honors & Awards show today. As anticipated, the list reflects Americana’s “spirit of eclecticism” (New York Times) through its diverse production and curation.

In addition to previously announced performances by Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jimenez, Taj Mahal and Jackson Browne, the tastemaker event will feature Buddy Miller, Cassandra Wilson, Flaco Jimenez, Hard Working Americans, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Parker Millsap, Patty Griffin, Robert Ellis, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Sarah Jarosz, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sturgill Simpson, The Devil Makes Three, The McCrary Sisters, The Milk Carton Kids and Valerie June with presentations by Amy Ray, Carlene Carter, Elizabeth Cook, Emmylou Harris, JD Souther, Joe Henry, John Paul White, Josh Ritter, Keb' Mo', Rhett Miller, Shovels & Rope, Todd Snider and Vince Gill.

The 13th Annual Honors & Awards Show, held at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, September 17, will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale and feature a house band led by Buddy Miller that includes Don Was, Joachim Cooder, Tim Lauer, The McCrary Sisters and legend Ry Cooder.

Broadcast live with SiriusXM "Outlaw Country" and online via NPR's Folk Alley, and edited for television for PBS that will air November 22 in the Austin City Limits time slot, the Americana Honors & Awards, for the first time, will also air on Australia's CMC (Country Music Channel).

The show kicks off the 15th Annual Festival and Conference that runs Wednesday, September 17 through Sunday, September 21. The conference will deliver a range of panels, networking and seminars while the “finely-tuned festival” (Travel + Leisure) hosts a record 175 artist showcases across 11 Music City venues, including The Avett Brothers at Riverfront Park Saturday, September 20th.

For a full list of performers, panels, and ticket and registration information, please visit americanamusic.org.



Professional Bull Riders Family Event Set at Nashville Bass Pro Shops

Professional Bull Riders family event to be hosted at Nashville Bass Pro Shops

The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) and Bass Pro Shops are bringing family fun to the Nashville Bass Pro Shops store located at 323 Opry Mills Drive in Nashville, Tennessee.

Professional Bull Riders family event at Bass Pro Shops Nashville store. The event will be held Sept. 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature free family activities including:

• Mechanical bull rides for all ages
• Free fishing seminar
• PBR rider autograph signings

Kids can enjoy free, fun activities throughout the event, too, including stick bull riding, bull roping, and mechanical bull rides. PBR riders will be signing autographs from noon to 1 p.m. Plus, don't miss the fishing seminar hosted by PBR announcer and fishing enthusiast Clint Adkins from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Activities and appearances are subject to change.

Visit the Nashville, Tenn., store or Bass Pro Shops website for the latest Bass Pro Shops’ Professional Bull Riding news.



2014 Grand Ole Opry Line-Up - August 29th & 30th

Friday, August 29

7:00 - 7:30
Boot Barn
Jeannie Seely - host
Jimmy Wayne
Jesse McReynolds

7:30 – 8:00
Dollar General
Connie Smith - host
The Henningsens
Mary Gauthier


8:15 – 8:45
Cracker Barrel
Bill Anderson - host
The Whites
Kathy Mattea

8:45 – 9:15
Riders In The Sky - host
Mark Wills
Alison Krauss

Saturday, August 30

7:00 - 7:30
Fiddler's Inn
Jim Ed Brown - host
w/ Helen Cornelius
Mark Wills

7:30 – 8:00
Dollar General
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers - host
Chaley Rose
Jean Shepard
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press


8:15 – 8:45
Johnny Cash Museum
Bill Anderson - host
John Conlee
The Steeldrivers
Opry Square Dancers

8:45 – 9:15
Lorrie Morgan - host
Charles Esten
Alison Krauss


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