October 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! Concerts this month: Oct. 1: On the Trail of Big Cats with Wildlife Photographer Steve Winter (without orchestra); Oct. 4-7: One of the most beautiful and beloved of all concertos, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto; Oct. 11, 12: Haydn’s London Symphony; Oct. 19: Jazz, original tunes, improvisations and distinctive takes on well-known songs from Jon Batiste: Solo, the soulful bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; Oct. 21: Hanson String Theory; Oct. 25, 26: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert with the Nashville Symphony performing the score live; Oct. 27: The entire community is invited for Free Day of Music, a full day of free performances, featuring everything from classical and jazz to rock and country, starting with a concert by the Nashville Symphony; Oct. 28: “The Funniest Man in America” James Gregory (without orchestra); Oct. 29: Canadian vocal supergroup The Tenors: Fan Favorites Tour; Oct. 30: Come in costume for Halloween Movie Night: The Phantom of the Opera, the ultimate night of chills and thrills when we screen the 1925 silent movie classic, accompanied by the breathtaking, seat-shaking sound of the Schermerhorn’s Martin Foundation Concert Organ.

October 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: Oct. 2: Here Come the Mummies; Oct. 3: Shakey Graves: The Tour X9 Tour with The Wild Reeds; Oct. 4, 11, 18: Opry Country Classics with a different lineup each night including Craig Morgan, Mickey Guyton, Ricky Skaggs, Carly Pearce, Craig Campbell, and more!; Oct. 5: John Prine with Hiss Golden Messenger; Oct. 6: John Prine with Shovels and Rope; Oct. 7: Goo Goo Dolls; Oct. 8: Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary; Oct. 9: Simple Minds; Oct. 10: Brett Young; Oct. 12, 13: Jim Gaffigan The Fixer Upper Tour; Oct. 14: For King & Country; Oct. 15: Chvrches with Lo Moon; Oct. 16, 17: Ween with The S#*! Creek Boys; Oct. 19, 20, 21: Ben Rector with The Band Camino; Oct. 22-24, 26-28: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with a different guest each night including Molly Tuttle, Jeff the Brotherhood, Bully, Amanda Shires, Diarrhea Planet, and Melanie Faye; Oct. 29: Boz Scaggs; Oct. 30: Young the Giant with Lights. 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. 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.

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.

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

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive. Take a historical 60 year ride through some of Nashville’s biggest hits, and the stories behind them! 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. (more info on page 27, see Back Cover)

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. Every Saturday from 11–11:45 am, ages 12 and younger will explore a different theme and create a related piece of art.

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.

October 2, 9 – Courtyard Concerts

Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. Bring lunch and enjoy a free, live outdoor concert, rain or shine. 11:45 am–1 pm,

October 2, 9, 23, 30 – 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.

October 3-7, 11-13, 17-20, 25-27 – Newsies

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, this rousing tale of a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies” is inspired by a true story and contains a timeless message for the whole family. Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater.

October 4 – Nashville House Concerts

War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Avenue North. This unique Nashville experience is hosted by Sirius XM radio personality Storme Warren, and features a diverse blend of talent from chart-topping artists, music legends, rising stars, accomplished songwriters, and more. Every show promises musical performances, imaginative interviews, and unpredictable fun.

October 4, 6 – La Traviata

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. In the decadent scene of the Paris underground, worldly courtesan Violetta Valery finds true love for the first time with the young, romantic Alfredo Germont. But when she attempts to escape the life that has been slowly killing her, she finds her world just won’t let her go. Verdi brings to life the bittersweet human quest for love and redemption with signature style and masterful musical power. Based on the play La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas, this opera is a fan-favorite. Featuring the Nashville Opera Orchestra, and sung in Italian with projected English titles.

October 5-7 – Tuck Everlasting

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. After adventuring beyond her white picket fence, “good girl” Winnie Foster meets the energetic teenager Jesse Tuck, who leads her on an unexpected, magical journey. Based on the best-selling novel by Natalie Babbitt, this heartfelt Broadway musical is full of soaring melodies and mischief.

October 5-7, 11-14, 18-20 – Lend Me A Tenor

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. For a stimulating evening full of mistaken identities, romantic complications, and slamming doors, it doesn’t get much better than this favorite classic comedy. Opening in 1986 on the West End and in 1989 on Broadway, the show garnered nine Tony nominations and won two. A world-famous tenor appearing for one night only as Otello is accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. A staff member gets into costume to take his place, and the fun begins.

October 5-7, 11-14, 18-21 – HAIR

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Celebrating the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory with an energetic rock beat. HAIR explores ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

October 6 – 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 Thom Schuyler, J. Fred Knobloch, Tony Arata and Jellyroll Johnson will perform under Dyer’s open-air canopy. $135/car (8 people). Gates open at 6 pm. dyer.

October 11, 13 – What I Want to Say But Never Will

The Black Box Theater, Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center. Theater trailblazer Dr. Thomas Edward Poag established the TSU theater program in 1939, presenting a varied repertoire of theatrical productions featuring TSU students, faculty, and professional guest artists. Oct. 11 at 7 pm, Oct 13. at 3 pm.

October 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31 – A Doll’s House, Part 2

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Who says puppet shows are just for kids? Join the Rep on a musical tour through Avenue Q, where humans and puppets alike confront the everyday challenges of adult life: falling in love, finding your purpose, and fighting the urge to stay in your apartment forever. Packed with irreverent numbers such as “It Sucks to Be Me,” this musical will have you crying with laughter, nodding in agreement, and wondering just when you started to care so much about the personal lives of puppets.

October 11-14, 18-21, 25-27 – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. The theater presents thrilling performances for family audiences and scrumptious dining at an affordable price.

October 18-20 – Nashville Ballet presents Seven Deadly Sins

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Back by popular demand, Christopher Stuart’s exhilarating collaboration with Nashville singer-songwriter collective Ten Out of Tenn exposes the most sinister side of society as the protagonist confronts his demons in a performance that will haunt viewers long after the curtain falls. Ten Out of Tenn artist lineup includes Butterfly Boucher, Trent Dabbs, Gabe Dixon, Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones, Erin McCarley, k.s. Rhoads, Amy Stroup. Challenging the viewer’s perceptions of ballet, Jennifer Archibald’s Superstitions blends the precision, technicality and athleticism of tradition with contemporary dance styles as Christina Spinei’s composition mirrors the convergence of past and present. Recommended for ages middle school and up for adult themes

October 19 – 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.

October 19, 20 – A Dark & Stormy Night with Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane. Sit in the ornate 19th-century parlor of Tulip Grove Mansion and hear one of the Jacksonian Era’s premiere writers, Edgar Allan Poe, regale his audience with dramatic readings both humorous and terrifying. Following the program, Mr. Poe will be available to mingle with guests and discuss his life and writings while guests enjoy wine in the front hall. Featuring renowned New England literary historian Mr. Rob Velella, this is a unique performance not to be missed!

October 20 – Jazzmania 2018

Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin. The legendary Jeff Hamilton Trio headlines the Jazz Party of the Year with great live jazz from some of the city’s finest musicians. Vocalist and Nashville favorite Dara Tucker and her band will also perform. Tickets are $200, and all proceeds go to support the operation of the Jazz Workshop, including classes, performances, and community outreach activities for youth, seniors, and the entire community.

October 25 – Poet’s Corner with Jenny Sadre-Orafai

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

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.

October 5 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

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

October 6 – 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.

October 6 – 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.

October 13 – 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.

October 27 – 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.