June 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: June 7: Branford Marsalis Quartet. June 14: Richard Marx. June 15: Cirque Musica: Heroes and Villains (at Ascend Amphitheater). June 20, 21: Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. June 22: The Music of Queen with Brody Dolyniuk (at Ascend Amphitheater). June 27, 28: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. June 29: “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Strings Attached Tour. The Nashville Symphony will also perform a series of free outdoor community concerts at area parks in June. 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.

June 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: June 1: Old Crow Medicine Show with Molly Tuttle; June 2: Rodrigo Y Gabriela Mettavolution Tour; June 3: Darius & Friends; June 4: Stars for Second Harvest with Craig Wiseman; June 5: Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam; June 8: Opry Country Classics; June 9: WU-Tang Clan 36 Chambers 25th Anniversary Celebration; June 14: The Adventure Zone; June 15: My Brother, My Brother and Me; June 16: Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder Cash & Cooder on Cash: The Music of Johnny Cash; June 20: Billy Strings and Steep Canyon Rangers; June 22: Kenny G; June 25: Jill Scott; June 27: Leftover Salmon with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. 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.

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.

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.

Thursday and Friday Evenings – Music at the Frist

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, 6 pm. June performances will include American jazz and bossa nova by Sam Frazee and Hiptet; acoustic century-old Brazilian music by Choro Nashville; contemporary blues by Tim Gartland; mandolin master Mike Compton; jazz vocalist Sonja Hopkins.

June 1 – Opera on the Mountain

Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive. Join us for a BYOB&P (and picnic) evening of songs and stargazing with Nashville Opera. This family friendly outdoor concert is the perfect Saturday night combination of great music and good company. Tickets available online at

June 1, 2 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Jamison Theater, The Factory at Franklin. Blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future, Joseph finds himself the center of a comedic tale of family, betrayal, and service to a hilariously Elvis-like Pharaoh. A timeless Old Testament tale that spans country-western, calypso, bubble-gum pop, and rock and roll musical genres.

June 1, 2 – The Addams Family

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street. This original story is performed by the talented youth of Act Too Players. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

June 1-3 – Nashville Ballet presents Season Special: Carmina Burana

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Symphony Chorus and Blair Children’s Chorus, choreography by Paul Vasterling, music by Carl Orff. Experience Carmina Burana as never before in this multimedia sensation featuring updated choreography from the Nashville Ballet and an original film that will bring this bawdy medieval text vividly to life. With its epic score for full orchestra, adult chorus and children’s chorus, Carmina Burana is a feast for the senses, and this is your chance to witness the debut of Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony’s exciting new production. Tickets must be purchased through the Nashville Symphony. Call the box office at 615-687-6400 or,

June 1, 2, 6-8 – Violent Delights

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by ACT 1 (Artists’ Cooperative Theatre), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing theatrical gems, both classic and modern, to Nashville audiences. Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm; Sunday matinees 2:30 pm. Thursday shows are pay-what-you-can; students (college and high school) free on Sundays.

June 1, 2, 6-9, 13-15 – Big Fish

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

June 1, 2, 6-9, 13-16 – A Chorus Line

Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. A stunning musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition while exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies. The show features one powerhouse number after another.

June 4, 11, 25 – 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.

June 6 – Nashville House Concerts

War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Avenue North. This unique Nashville experience each month is in a make-shift living room, featuring a diverse blend of talent from chart-topping artists, music legends, rising stars and accomplished songwriters. Tickets $30; 7 pm.

June 6-8, 13-17, 20-22 – God’s Favorite

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100.Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater. Successful Long Island businessman Joe Benjamin is a modern-day ‘Job’ with a demanding wife, ungrateful children, and wise-cracking household employees. The jokes and Tests of Faith fly fast and furious as Neil Simon spins a contemporary morality tale like no other in this hilarious comedy.

June 10, 12, 15, 19, 20, 26, 29 – 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.

June 13-16, 20-23, 27-29 – The Wizard of Oz

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Bring your own wine, and enjoy scrumptious dining and thrilling performances suitable for family audiences. Dinner seating one hour prior to start of show.

June 15 – Meet Me at the Zoo: Heroes and Heroines

Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike. From superheroes to princesses, you’re sure to find your favorite heroes, protagonists, or fanciful characters wandering Zoo grounds. Guests are encouraged to dress as a superhero or wear their finest royal attire and attend with their everyday heroes. The fun will last 10–3 pm and end in a grand finale parade. Members free; non-members included with day-of admission.

June 21 – 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.

June 21-23, 27-29 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Street Theatre Company, 6727 Charlotte Pike. This groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation. It tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch.”

June 22 – An Evening with Rumi

Scarritt Bennett Center, Vanderbilt University. This is an interactive community gathering of Rumi poetry accompanied by live music with Massood Taj & friends. 7–9 pm

June 25-30 – Fiddler on the Roof

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. This heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, life, love, and laughter features a talented cast, lavish orchestra, and stunning movement and dance.

June 27 – Poet’s Corner Featuring Barbara Young

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

June 28 – Music in the Meadow

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. Bring food and friends for an evening with Cam Pierce Band. Enjoy a hike and meet Owl’s Hill’s non-releasable live owls! Gates open at 5:30 pm.

June 30 – SIng-a-Long-a Sound of Music

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street Franklin. Join Nashville Opera and sing along to one of the most popular musicals of all time. The lyrics will be right on the screen! Come early, get your goody bag of props, and warm up with a real Nashville Opera singer! We’ll also have a costume contest, so channel your inner Julie Andrews and join in the fun!

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.

June 1 – 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.

June 1 – 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.

June 7 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

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

June 8 – 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.

June 22 – 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.