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



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



Cheekwood To Host 1st Annual Family Benefit - Fall For Cheekwood

On Sunday, September 28th, Cheekwood is making philanthropy a family affair with its first all-family benefit, FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD!

From 4 to 7 pm on Sunday evening, families will gather in support of Cheekwood’s mission to make the beauty of fine art and gardens accessible to all. This kid-friendly fundraiser will benefit Cheekwood’s year-round school tour program, giving 9,000 school children from across the Southeast access to the wonder of Cheekwood free of charge.

FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD will be a high-end take on an old-fashioned fall festival, complete with hay rides, lawn games, s’ mores, caramel apples, and a Southern supper. Families will also enjoy a live performance by Nashville’s praised singer-songwriter duo Striking Matches. While the little ones try their hand at butternut squash bowling, parents can sip festive cocktails and enjoy the splendor of Cheekwood’s color garden, transformed into an upscale biergarten for the evening.

FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD is made possible in part by Bass Berry Sims and AT&T, with generous in-kind donations from Music City Tents & Events, The Farm House, Lipman Brothers, The Bang Candy Company, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., Schenk Photography and Batch Nashville.

Family Package tickets are available for $150 for members or $200 for non-members, including up to four children free of charge. An Extended Family Package is also available for $300 to $400 and includes four adults with up to four free children. Single Adult ticket prices range from $75 per Cheekwood member to $100 for non-members and also include admission for up to four children. Additional information on ticket prices and patron levels can be found at

For further inquiries about FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD, families should email or call (615)353-6994. Families are encouraged to purchase tickets early online, as space is limited!


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