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. Become a season ticket holder and receive added benefits! See page 2 for upcoming concerts in September, and add Nashville Symphony Orchestra to your playlist on Spotify.

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 3: Dave Barnes; August 5: Americana at the Ryman with Alejandro Escovedo, Hayes Carll and Caroline Spence; August 6: Gordon Lightfoot; August 9-11: Joe Bonamassa; August 12: Americana at the Ryman with Amanda Shires and Caitlin Rose; August 14: Heather Land; August 15: Happy Together Tour; August 17: TOTO; August 19: Americana at the Ryman with Justin Townes Earle and the Band of Heathens; August 22: ACM Honors; August 25: Whitey Morgan; August 26: Hanan Minhaj. Buy tickets at Ryman box office,,, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

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.

Tuesday & Wednesday Mornings – Wishing Chair Puppet Productions Story Time

Nashville Public Library’s Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. 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.

Wednesday Evenings and Saturday Afternoons – The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive. 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) 969-6349.

Thursday Evenings – Speakeasy Swing at Rudys

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Nashville’s only jazz club features 1930s-1940s live music with vintage swing dancing, a New Orleans inspired menu and tipsy cocktails.

Thursday and Friday Evenings – Music at the Frist

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, 6 pm.

Friday and Saturday Evenings – Ray Stevens Show

CabaRay Showroom, 5724 River Road. Ray Stevens and his fabulous A-Team band will take you down memory lane with songs and stories from Ray’s legendary career. Showtime 7:30 pm, dinner seating at 6 pm. Come early to experience the rockin’ Piano Bar with live music from 5 pm until showtime and post show until closing. (615) 327-4630,

Saturday Mornings – Kidsville Story Time

Inside The Parthenon, 2500 West End Avenue. Kids ages 12 and younger will explore a different weekly theme and create a related piece of art. Free, 11–11:45 am.

Saturday Evenings – Bye Bye Liver: The Nashville Drinking Play

Blue Bar and Rack Room, 1911 Broadway. This fast-paced sketch comedy takes a satirical look at the drinking culture every Saturday night. Audience members participate in Would You Rather, Name That Tune, and more.

August 2-4, 8-11, 16-19, 23-25 – Sister Act

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent! Based on the hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg, this Broadway musical has spirit! Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater.

August 2-5 – You’re Still Here

4809 Gallatin Pike. The Theater Bug is a children’s theater company, whose actors happen to be children.

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – The Standard of Magic with Justin Flom

The Standard at the Smith House, 167 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Hidden behind a secret alleyway, you’ll find the entrance to this exclusive 100-seat theater located in Nashville’s oldest brownstone mansion. Once inside, you’ll take part in this uniquely intimate night of magic that will leave you amazed and mystified.

August 3 – Snap on 2&4

The Jazz Cave, 1319 Adams Street. The Nashville Jazz Workshop welcomes pianist and composer Marlene Tachoir and vibraphonist Jerry Tachoir as the Tachoir Duo. Soft drinks and bottled water available. BYOB and snacks. Tickets: $25, High school and college students: $15.

August 3-4 – 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.

August 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 – Sky Bear

Nashville Public Library Children’s Theatre, 615 Church Street. Sky Bear is a Native American folktale about how the Milky Way was formed. This lovely story is told with marionettes created by Wood and Strings Puppet Company. Showtimes 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Ages 5-12, but all are welcome. Limited free parking for 1-1/2 hours in the library’s parking garage.

August 7, 14, 28 – 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.

August 8, 22 – Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

Centennial Park Event Shelter, 2500 West End Avenue. Lunchtime jazz concert series, free to the public. 11:30 am–1:30 pm, Free.

August 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30, 31 – Shakespeare in the Park

Centennial Park Bandshell, 2500 West End Avenue. Shakespeare’s classical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, explores the duality of love in a magical, transformative production that asks: if we are in love are we ever in control? 6 pm: Food and drink vendors, Talking Shakespeare with nightly special guest speakers; 6:30 pm: preshow; 7:30 pm: performance begins. ?$10 suggested donation.

August 10-12, 16-18 – Cry It Out

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. SistaStyle Productions and Three in a Tree Productions present “a comedy with dark edges” by critically acclaimed playwright and television writer Molly Smith Metzler (Orange is the New Black). The story takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America.

August 10-12, 16-19, 23-25 – Newsies

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

August 11, 12, 14-19, 21-26, 28-31 – Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. Star light, star bright, first star we see… wait a minute… little star isn’t in the nighttime sky! Where can it be? It’s up to two stalwart starkeepers to search the galaxy and solve this cosmic cliffhanger in an interactive theatrical experience designed for the youngest of theater goers.

August 11, 12, 17-20, 24- 26 – The Fantasticks

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. This audience favorite and romantic fable of boy meets girl takes us on a mystical journey through love, innocence lost, disenchantment, and finally wisdom, with a lot of laughs along the way. The engaging score includes the songs “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You.”

August 16-19, 23-26, 30-31 – Steel Magnolias

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Dedicated to the presentation of high-quality productions suitable for family audiences at an affordable price, The Larry Keeton Theatre presents thrilling performances and scrumptious dining.

August 17 – 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.

August 17-18, 23-25, 30-31 – The Burnt Part Boys

Street Theatre Company, 6727 Charlotte Pike. This riveting, coming-of-age story is hailed among critics and creatives. Heartwarming and dangerous discoveries comprise every theatrical layer of this adventure. The accompanying acoustic instrumentation provides a richly authentic experience that will resonant in your soul.

August 23 – Poet’s Corner with Kerrie French

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

August 18 – Family Day at OZ Arts

OZ Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. This destination for innovative contemporary art experiences invites you to a hands-on feast for the ages, an opportunity for young people and families to come together, create and enjoy. Collaboratimg with Adventure Science Center, this year’s gathering highlights the stars above and the water below, merging science and art with Nashville-based visual artist Beth Reitmeyer at the colorful helm. Adults and kids alike can anticipate a journey of music, artist-led activities and insight throughout the OZ Arts campus. Adults $25, free for children 12 and under.

August 24, 25 – Songwriters Under the Stars

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. Join us on the gorgeous Swan Lawn featuring the critically-acclaimed show Music City Hit-Makers. Backed by the Music City Symphony, songwriters Wendell Mobley, Lee Thomas Miller and Chris DeSefano will perform their chart-topping hits. Tickets $55.

August 25 – Music in the Meadow

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. Bring food and friends for an evening with “The Voice” finalist, Barrett Baber. Enjoy a hike and meet Owl’s Hill’s non-releasable live owls! Gates open at 5:30 pm, music starts at 7 pm. $100/car (6 people).

August 25 – Bluebird on the Mountain

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive. Picnic dining, an outdoor concert, and the opportunity to stargaze through the grand telescope on one of the tallest hilltops in Nashville. Singer-songwriters Don Henry, Tom Paxton and Jon Vezner will perform under Dyer’s open-air canopy. $135/car (8 people). Gates open at 6 pm.

August 31 – Frankenstein

Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. Pushing the limits of science and morality in his search for love and purpose, Victor Frankenstein unleashes a creation that he cannot control. Based on Mary Shelley’s gothic novel.

August 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 3 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. A $5 unlimited trolley ticket runs all night to take guests from spot to spot.

August 4 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts to the Historic Arcade to Eighth Avenue to Broadway welcome you to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art. Galleries open 6–9 pm, with trolleys making a continuous loop 6–10 pm.

August 4 – 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.

August 11 – 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.

August 25 – 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.