PERFORMING ARTS

August at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Ticket packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Season ticket holders receive added benefits! Concerts this month (presented without orchestra): August 11: Relive your favorite Beatles hits with 1964 “The Tribute”, as this one-of-a-kind concert experience re-creates an early-’60s performance by the Fab Four, complete with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter. August 16: Join powerhouse couple vocalists Stephanie Mills & Will Downing for an evening of stunning ballads and sophisticated, soul-stirring hits. August 18: Experience all the fun of The Wiggles! Check the website for locations and dates. For concert tickets, call the box office at (615) 687-6400 between 10 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday or 10 am and 2 pm Saturday. nashvillesymphony.org

August at the Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Avenue North. This stellar venue is a six-time winner of Pollstar’s Concert Theatre of the Year award and 2012, 2010 and 2008 Academy of Country Music’s Venue of the Year. This month’s outstanding lineup: August 1: Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder; August 4: Alice Cooper & Halestorm Live at the Opry House; August 6: Slash; August 7 & 8: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band; August 11: Herbie Hancock; August 16: Melissa Etheridge; August 17: Bryan Ferry; August 18: Getty Music Presents The Nashville Hymn Sing! Live at the Opry House; August 19: Brittany Howard; August 21: ACM Honors; August 22: Common; August 23, 24, 25: Widespread Panic; August 29, 30, 31: The Raconteurs and more! Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Sunday Afternoons – Jazz Sundays

Tennessee Brew Works, 809 Ewing Avenue. Enjoy live jazz every Sunday from 2–6 pm. tnbrew.com

Sunday Evenings – Bluegrass Jam

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. Free admission on Sunday evening at Nashville’s premiere listening room for bluegrass and roots music. “Cold beer, hot pickin’ and friends you won’t meet until you get here.” Showtime 8 pm. stationinn.com

Mondays and Select Thursdays – Tribute To The King 1953–1977

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive. On Mondays and select Thursdays, Celebrating our 20th season, over 1,100 shows! This high-energy, live musical biography starring John Beardsley features all six eras of the King’s career, including over 30 songs and five costume changes, and has thrilled audiences of all ages from New York to Russia. The legend lives on in Nashville’s first and only continuously running show paying tribute to the King in Music City, where he recorded over 300 songs. “A great show, very authentic! I look forward to seeing it again,” raved DJ Fontana, Elvis’s longtime drummer. Audiences continue to give standing ovations at every show. A must-see show while in Nashville. To order tickets, please call us directly (615) 758-0098. Seating at 6:30 pm. Showtime is 7 pm. Box office opens at 10 am, day of show. Plenty of free parking! thenashvilleking.com

Monday Evenings – Champagne & Fried Chicken

Liberty Common, 207 1st Avenue South. The Gypsy Hombres will perform French jazz from 6–9 pm to accompany a special meal from Nashville’s own French Brasserie. Half-priced baskets of fried chicken alongside incredible specials on Champagne and sparkling wine will be made available. liberty-common.com

Tuesday & Wednesday Mornings – Wishing Chair Puppet Productions Story Time

Nashville Public Library’s Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. Enjoy enchanting productions, free of charge. Meet the Professor, Library Pete, and Mary Mary as they sing, juggle and read books. Puppet friends Tommy Dog, Cedric the Dragon, J.J. the Lamb, Spanish Fox, and Jimmy Giraffe make frequent appearances. 30 minutes, showtimes 9:30 am, 10:30, 11:30 am. For ages 6 and under. Limited free parking for 1-1/2 hours in the library’s parking garage. nashvillepubliclibrary.org

Tuesday Evenings – Acoustic Pickin’ Party

Centennial Black Box Theater, 211 27th Avenue North. Bring an acoustic instrument and join the circle, 7–9 pm. All styles of music, including originals. Great for developing chops, and learning new tunes. Bring a couple tunes you’d like to play and an open mind. Ages 12–up. nashville.gov

Every Thursday – Jazz on the Ave

Minerva Avenue, 1002 Buchanan Street. A weekly live music soirée hosted by saxophonist Joe Johnson, featuring some of Nashville’s best musicians, bands and vocalists. minervaavenue.com

Thursday and Saturday Mornings – Storytime at the TN State Museum

TN State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. For children 3 to 6 years old, Storytime in the Children’s Gallery will include a book reading and craft or other activities. Free, 10:30–11 am (except for holidays). tnmuseum.org

Thursday and Friday Evenings – Music at the Frist

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, 6 pm. fristcenter.org

Nightly – Live Music at Rudy’s

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Nashville’s only jazz club features live music, a New Orleans inspired menu, local brews, and tipsy cocktails. rudysjazzroom.com

August 1-4 – Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Lipscomb University Theatre. Star light, star bright, first star we see… wait a minute… Little Star isn’t in the nighttime sky! It’s up to two stalwart starkeepers to search the galaxy and solve this cosmic mystery. nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

August 1-4 – Showmance

Presented by The Theater Bug at 4809 Gallatin Pike, New Life Baptist Church. This original musical gives you a quirky back stage tour into the life of a theater kid. Charlotte and Henry, two teens who face bullying and intimidation, take you on their journey into finding where they belong. thetheaterbug.org

August 2-3 – Sideshow Fringe Festival

Presented by Actor’s Bridge at various locations. Nashville’s progressive performing arts event features theater and related live presentations with a special emphasis on original and innovative forms and formats. Dance, music, puppetry, aerial arts, juggling, poetry, and more is showcased in a multi-venue setting with special free outdoor events and family friendly offerings. actorsbridge.org

August 2-4, 6-11 – Matilda The Musical

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl. This musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
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August 2-4, 8-11, 15-17 – The Miracle Worker

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. A life-threatening illness has left young Helen Keller deaf and blind to the world around her.Twenty-year-old governess Annie Sullivan summons disciplined determination and persistence to open up the world for Helen and teach her that everything has meaning. pull-tight.com

August 3, 7, 8, 12, 14, 17, 21, 22, 28 – The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive; The Nashville Palace, 2611 McGavock Pike. Join the incredible cast and band in a historical 60 year ride through some of Nashville’s biggest hits, and the stories behind them! From Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George & Tammy, Conway & Loretta, Kenny & Dolly, through Wynonna, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, this show brings exciting entertainment unlike any other. Performed by hot up-and-coming artists who are backed by a fantastic first-call Nashville band, they will bring you to your feet! Tickets available online, day of show or call (615) 730-8962. themusicofnashville.com

August 5 – Nashville Jazz Machine Reunion Concert

City Winery, 609 Lafayette Street. Nashville Jazz Orchestra presents Nashville’s original premier jazz ensemble at a special reunion concert. Some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians are coming from Los Angeles, New York City, Florida and Nashville to reunite in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

August 6, 13, 27 – The Doyle and Debbie Show

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. This hilarious love letter to the country music community and its stars is hysterical, and the music is finely-crafted. The two stars, Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton, have the acting and singing chops to carry it all off beautifully. Tickets: $20, 7 pm. doyleanddebbie.com

August 8-10, 15-18, 22-24 – Southern Fried Nuptials

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces – if they don’t kill each other first. Matriarch Dorothy has to contend with sudden widowhood, but she’s also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey’s snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. chaffinsbarntheatre.com

August 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 – Hansel and Gretel

Nashville Public Library’s Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. The classic Brothers Grimm tale Hansel and Gretel is told with the charming Peeko Puppets and our Danke puppet! Danke is a handmade wooden marionette given to the library by the Magdeburg Puppentheater in Germany. nashvillepubliclibrary.org

August 9-11, 15-18, 22-25 – Into The Woods

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. A red cape, a strand of golden hair, a golden shoe, and a white cow. It’s these four items that send a baker and his barren wife ‘Into the Woods’ on a magical journey to reverse an evil spell in this magical tale of love and adventure! circleplayers.net

August 10-18, 20-25, 27-31 – The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout… but what happened next? Follow two green thumbed gardeners as they learn patience and perseverance from a determined eight-legged hero. nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

August 15-18, 22-25, 29-31 – Summer Shakespeare

One C1ty, 8 City Boulevard. This series will feature two of Shakespeare’s plays. A classical comedy, The Tempest, explores the duality of love. The dramatic story of Pericles, a tale of love, loss and redemption. 5:45 pm: Food and drink vendors; 6 pm: Talking Shakespeare with nightly special guest speakers, preshow; 7 pm: performance begins. $10 suggested donation. nashvilleshakes.org

August 16-18, 22-25, 29-31 – Mamma Mia

Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. Follow the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father through the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, propelling this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship into an unforgettable show. studiotenn.com

August 16 – Music City Improv

Third Coast Comedy Club, Marathon Village, 1310 Clinton Avenue. This high octane show from Nashville’s longest running improv troupe features live and video sketch comedy. Shows are considered PG-13 and are a mix of short form and long form. musiccityimprov.com

August 17 – Family Day 2019

OZ Arts, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. Experience a wide variety of diverse, Nashville-based drum, dance, and music ensembles, as well as breathtaking special guest artists. In addition to thrilling performances, children and parents can engage with a host of inventive technology and science-based activities that explore how we are connected across the globe. All ages. oznashville.com

August 22 – Poet’s Corner Featuring Jeff Hardin

Scarritt Bennett Center, Vanderbilt University. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. Free, open to the public. scarrittbennett.org

August 23-24, 29-31 – Be More Chill

Street Theatre Company, 6727 Charlotte Pike. Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. streettheatrecompany.org

August 24 – Bluebird on the Mountain Concerts

Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive. Atop the highest hilltops in Nashville, guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food, and drink and relax on the Observatory’s front lawn to enjoy a fabulous evening of sunset, music, and stars. After the performance guests are invited to view the sky through the observatory’s telescope. vanderbilt.edu

August 30 – Zoovie Night Smallfoot

Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike. Join us for a fun family night under the stars! Zoovie Nights include games, inflatables, music, and after-hours access to the carousel and zip line!* When the sun goes down the evening’s feature film will play on a large inflatable screen, so pack a blanket and head to the Zoo! Members free; non-members included with day-of admission, or $6 per person after 6 pm. *additional fees apply. nashvillezoo.org

Art Crawls

Spend your evening at an art crawl! Area galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring many genres of artwork. Some venues present live music, and many serve complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres. These monthly gatherings are an opportunity to meet the artists, buy and support their work.

August 2 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. franklinartscene.com

August 3 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues welcome you to galleries open 6–9 pm, with trolleys making a continuous loop 6–10 pm. nashvilledowntown.com/play

August 3 – Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

Minutes from downtown, Wedgewood/Houston is rich with art and music culture. Check out groundbreaking art from the artist run spaces on Chestnut Street to the commercial galleries on Hagan Street along with popups, beginning at 6 pm. am-wh.com

August 10 – East Side Art Stumble

East Nashville. Galleries, businesses, and studios stretch across the neighborhoods of East Nashville and Inglewood. Saturday event from 6-9, rain or shine. eastsideartstumble.com

August 24 – Jefferson Street Art Crawl

The crawl happens up and down Jefferson, starting at the Garden Brunch Cafe near Rosa Parks and ending at One Drop Ink Tattoo at Jefferson and 28th. The monthly event engages community and highlights art along this historic art corridor as well as the North Nashville Community. facebook.com/jsactn