Dear Readers of Key Magazine Nashville,
We are closely monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and wanted to update you on the efforts Nashville is taking to protect the health and well-being of our tourists and citizens.
Our advertisers are following the directives of social distancing and so various decisions to cancel and postpone events may be happening on a daily basis. Restaurants, clubs, museums and entertainment venues are taking this one day at a time.
We empathize with those facing these difficult decisions and are here to support in every way we can.
While social distancing is vital to slow the spread of Coronavirus and keep our communities safe, we’ll be here to help you celebrate when this is behind us.
In the meantime, enjoy the nature that Nashville has to offer. Get outside, go for a walk or hike, go for a drive, read historic markers, and explore our beautiful town-and-country city.
All shows are subject to be rescheduled and some venues may be temporarily closed. Please check their websites for most current dates and info.
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! 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
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. 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
Online – Music from the Station Inn
Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. The Station Inn will be broadcasting closed shows, completely available to the public online. All shows will be available free online via the band’s Facebook page, Station Inn TV, Station Inn’s Facebook Page, and other bluegrass partners. Each show will be posted with a fundraiser link for that band to raise money to help them financially survive this quarantine. 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
Wednesday Evenings and Saturday Afternoons – The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey
Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive; Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater, 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) 730-8962. themusicofnashville.com
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
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!” 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
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
Nashville Comedy Festival
Venues include Zanies, The Factory in Franklin, The Ryman, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, War Memorial Auditorium, and The Opry House. The annual festival will feature some of the funniest comedians in the world, including Bill Burr, Heather McMahan, Taylor Tomlinson, Lewis Black, James Gregory, Bobcat Goldthwait, Whitney Cummings, and many more. nashcomedyfest.com
Ring of Fire
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. From the opening chords of vintage country to rockabilly, rock n’ roll, searing ballads and gentle songs of love and deep faith, Ring of Fire packs a score that provides a rich fabric in which to lay down the story of Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire gives the music the spotlight, as a core group of talented actor/musicians celebrate the songs that are such a part of our collective experience. chaffinsbarntheatre.com
Poet’s Corner featuring Henry L. Jones
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
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.
First Friday: 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
First Saturday: 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
First Saturday: 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
Second Saturday: 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
Third Saturday: 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