PERFORMING ARTS

March 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: March 6, 7: Appalachian Spring. March 8: Ruben Studdard Sings Luther Vandross*. March 12-14: Take a trip to the Emerald Isle at this musical extravaganza, Celtic Journey. March14: Race across America with Rico the Roughrider in The Gold Rush: An American Musical Adventure. March 15: Jonny Lang with special guests The Gary Douglas Band*. March 19-21: Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. March 22: Kool & The Gang showcase their trademark blend of soul, funk, jazz, rock and pop*. March 24: Be there as this transcendent artist Judy Collins takes you through gorgeous renditions of standards from the American Songbook. March 26-28: Come early and get ready to dance the night away at Disco Fever. (*Presented without the Nashville Symphony.) 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

March 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: March 1: Josh Gates; March 2: Collective Soul; March 3: George Thorogood; March 5, 12, 19, 26 : Opry Country Classics; March 6: Ruston Kelly; March 7: Bob Weir; March 8: Fisk Jubilee Singers with Ledisi; March 11: Scotty McCreery; March 14: Coin; March 18: Ben Rector; March 20 Nathaniel Rateliff; March 21: Brian Regan; March 22: Sidewalk Prophets; March 25: Jammin’ to Beat the Blues featuring CAM; March 27: The Cadillac Three; March 28: Dashboard Confessional; March 29: Alan Parsons Live Project. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

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

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

Tuesday Evenings – Ultimate Comedy Open Mic Night

The East Room, 2412 Gallatin Avenue. Come see comedians try new material. Get there before 8 pm and you can throw your name in the hat to try your own funny jokes. It’s great for a fun date, and its free! Featuring house band The Grey Grays and hosted by favorite grump Brad Edwards. Each comic gets 4 minutes. Limit 25 comics. Showtime is 8:30–10:30 pm. theeastroomnashville.com

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 Friday Evenings – Music at the Frist

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. Enjoy a free early evening of music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, 6 pm. fristartmuseum.org

Fridays and Saturdays – Illusions The Drag Queen Show

115 2nd Avenue North. Come see this amazing Nashville drag queen show and laugh until you cry all night long while being amazed by the stellar performances in tribute to some of your old-time favorite classics as well as the latest pop favorites. Perfect for parties, couples night out, guys night out, ladies night out or even moms night out. Age 21+ event. illusionsthedragqueenshow.com

March 1 – Noir Filmfest: Black & White Bash

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon Street. Nashville’s opera house has invited some of Tennessee’s most innovative filmmakers to create three-minute black-and-white films inspired by John Hoomes’ new noir staging of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Come see the finalists’ entries, meet the creators, and celebrate the winners. Find your favorite black and white outfit and enjoy killer cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets: $25 per person. nashvilleopera.org

March 5-7 – Josh Blue

Zanies Comedy Night Club, 2025 8th Avenue South. Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Josh debuted a one-hour special on Showtime, Sticky Change, where he tells stories about everything from being a white African-American, to dealing with cabbies who think he’ll pay in sticky change. zanies.com

March 1, 5-8 – Oddly Puddle

The Theater Bug at 4809 Gallatin Pike, New Life Baptist Church. This is a story of a non-verbal child with special needs, finding his voice in a world that doesn’t always make sense. Oddly Puddle is from inner space, it’s a lot like outer space, except you can only tell he’s different on the inside. While the audience is able to hear Oddly’s thoughts, the characters in his life cannot. Through Oddly’s journey we hope to promote advocacy and empathy for children with special needs who can comprehend far more than they can communicate. thetheaterbug.org

March 1, 5-8, 12-15 – Natural Shocks

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Presented by Tennessee Women’s Theater Project. Inspired by the words of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, this story bursts to life when we meet Angela, who’s waiting out an approaching storm in her basement. She brims over with quirks, stories, and confessions. As the real danger grows imminent, she reveals a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America into sharp focus. Showtimes at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm. twtp.org

March 3, 10, 24, 31 – 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

March 5-7 – Plata Quemada (Burnt Money)

OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. Breathtaking stagecraft and multimedia innovation, cutting-edge ensemble TeatroCinema pulls out all the stops to deliver a heart-pounding noir tale of bandits, betrayals, and blowouts. Their groundbreaking visual storytelling intertwines live-action performances with eye-popping video and animation, creating a hyper-stylized graphic novel that comes to life before your eyes. This thrilling new work is based on an infamous 1965 bank heist in Argentina. ozartsnashville.org

March 6, 7, 8 – 2020 Elevate

Shamblin Theatre, 3901 Granny White Pike. Foundation Dance Theatre, in conjunction with invited professional choreographers and theater dance classes present an exciting performance featuring all styles of dance including jazz, ballet, tap, theater, modern and more. FDT company members include Lipscomb University students with a strong dance background and a passion for telling stories through movement. lipscomb.edu

March 7 – Diary of a Wombat

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. This is the story of Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia, who is bored with her daily routine. She goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence humans are quite easily trained! Based on the multi-award winning picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, the performance features stunning puppetry, a live cello score and a brilliant set design in Monkey Baa’s signature style. tpac.org

March 7 – Cherry Bomb: An Improvised Musical

Third Coast Comedy Club, 1310 Clinton Street. The cast of talented improvisers and musicians will create a unique, never-before-seen musical right before your very eyes, never to be seen again. Come on out, let the music flow through you, and enjoy the magic that is Cherry Bomb! thirdcoastcomedy.club

March 15 – Little Red’s Most Unusual Day

Belle Meade Plantation, 110 Leake Avenue. This free public performance from Nashville Opera is a retelling of Red Riding Hood. Our hero is Forest Ranger Dudley who sings about caring for his beloved woodsy environment to the tune of The Barber of Seville’s famous “Largo al factotum!” It’s a story you know set to some of opera’s most famous tunes, complete with colorful sets and costumes and our Mary Ragland Emerging Artists. Showtimes: Saturday at 10 am and 11:30 am; Sunday at 2 pm. nashvilleopera.org

March 11 – Comedy Out the Yazoo

Zanies Comedy Night Club, 2025 8th Avenue South. This fantastic comedy show is a display of the BEST comedic talent in the greater Nashville area. Each comic will do 8-10 minutes of stand up to prove why he or she should take home a case of Yazoo beer! This show is not about winning though; it’s about showing the audience what Nashville comedy has to offer. These are comics that are working hard every week to keep audiences laughing. zanies.com

March 13-14 – Colorado: A New Musical!

Vanderbilt University, Sarratt Cinema, 2301 Vanderbilt Place. Iceberg Theatre Company is proud to present the newest student-written hit musical to debut on Vanderbilt’s campus by Bryce Palmer and Daniel Meza. This heartfelt show follows the story of Lora Silver, a young woman who drops out of college to search for life outside the classroom walls.

March 13-21, 26-29 – The Andrews Brothers

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. When the Andrews Sisters are in jeopardy of cancellation failing to appear shortly before curtain, three earnest stagehands are determined to go on with the show! This show is filled to the brim with 30 songs made famous by The Andrews Sisters and other top artists of the era, including the showstoppers “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” “Three Little Sisters,” and “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.” chaffinsbarntheatre.com

March 13-15, 19-21 – Keely and Du

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Keely awakens to find herself being held captive in a makeshift prison. Her only main source of human contact is Du (her assigned caregiver) and Walter (the leader of an extremist pro-life organization). They have kidnapped Keely in order to stop her from ending her unwanted pregnancy, the product of her ex-husband, Cole. Throughout their ordeal Keely and Du form a bond that seemingly overcomes the brutality that is the reality of their relationship. This play puts a human face to one of the most controversial and important debates of our time and examines the bonds between two women from opposite sides of the discussion. Tickets are $15. act1nashville.com

March 14 – Ron White

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White, who first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, has long since established himself as a star in his own right. tpac.org

March 19-22 – Nashville Elvis Festival

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street. This premier Elvis event is unlike any other, celebrating the music and legacy of the King of Rock & Roll. Fans from around the world will gather in Middle Tennessee for celebrity appearances, live music events and Elvis tribute artists from around the world. franklintheatre.com

March 20 – 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

March 20-22, 26-29 – A Raisin in the Sun

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. The plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family – son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans – buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. circleplayers.net

March 24-28 – Tin Pan South

Various Venues throughout Music City. Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival is the world’s largest all-songwriter festival. experience the songs and stories about their favorite hits straight from the incredibly talented songwriters that penned them. Over the 5 days, 10 venues host two shows a night, bringing together over 400 songwriters for an experience like no other. Passes for multiple performances available. Tickets are available at the door for each show. tinpansouth.com

March 26 – Poet’s Corner featuring Christina Stoddard

Scarritt Bennett Center, Vanderbilt University. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. Over the years, various themes have surfaced: religious and faith based; emotions including love, hate, hurt, frustration, etc; personal reflections and observations of life; nature; resistance to the “isms” of society. Enjoy an evening hearing good poetry. Free, open to the public. scarrittbennett.org

March 26-29 – The Aretha Legacy

Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. With hit after hit from an immense repertoire of music, The Studio Tenn Legacy Series brings you an eclectic variety of best-selling music and medleys from the industry’s most beloved artists! We can’t wait to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, this year as we celebrate the season’s unforgettable women! studiotenn.com

March 26 – 72 Steps

Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN. Presented by Nashville Ballet. Commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Nashville and their Perfect 36 Supporters, Gina Patterson’s 72 Steps takes an empowering and celebratory look at the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the vital role Tennessee played in it. Patterson’s work transports classrooms and audiences to the early 1900s as camps in favor and opposition of suffrage frantically battle for support in the days leading up to the Tennessee legislature’s history-making vote. Depicting a fight that began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 and spanned over 72 years, this ballet transcends time in a rallying call to action designed to create dialogue surrounding the past and modern-day barriers to a unified and equitable society. nashvilleballet.com

March 26-29 – Mary Poppins

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Mary Poppins flies into the home of the Banks family where young Jane and Michael are in need of both affection and discipline. With the help of Bert and a colorful cast of London characters, Mary Poppins uses magic, adventure, and a spoonful of sugar to teach the entire Banks family to love each other and their supercalifragilisticexpialidocious lives. With new music and classics from the film, this musical adaptation of Disney’s masterpiece is practically perfect in every way! tpac.org

March 27-29 – The Real Inspector Hound

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. A comic spoof of the whodunits popularized by Agatha Christie, this play blends a secluded English country manor house, ominous radio reports of a criminal on the loose, suspicious visitors, a relative with a shady past, a dead body, and fourth walls broken down left, right, and center to create a riotous evening of immense proportions. pull-tight.com

March 29 – Family Day at the Ballet

Nashville Ballet Studio A, 3630 Redmon Street. At Nashville Ballet, every day is full of magic! Family Day at the Ballet invites the entire family to spend an engaging afternoon in Nashville Ballet’s extraordinary world. Interactive movement activities give little ones a chance to show off their moves, while arts and crafts allow kiddos to unleash their creative side. Performances of Carnival of the Animals can be seen at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm, and families are encouraged to come before their ticketed performance to enjoy the festivities. nashvilleballet.com

March 30 – Tribute To The King 1953–1977

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive. 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

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.

March 6 – 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

March 7 – 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

March 7 – WEHO Art Crawl

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

March 14 – 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

March 21 – 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