PERFORMING ARTS

 

June at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Concerts this month: June 1-3: Copland’s Third featuring Fanfare for the Common Man with the Nashville Symphony; June 9: Boney James; June 11: Jonny Lang with Guthrie Brown; June 13: Ann Wilson of Heart, presented without orchestra; June 16: Movies at the Schermerhorn: DreamWorks Animation in Concert with the Nashville Symphony; June 19: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers; June 23: Johnny Mathis – The Voice of Romance 2017 with the Nashville Symphony; June 24: Symphony Under the Stars at Ascend Amphitheater: The Music of Led Zeppelin with the Nashville Symphony; June 30: Movies at the Schermerhorn: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in concert with the Nashville Symphony. The Nashville Symphony will also perform Symphony Under the Stars Community Concerts, a series of free outdoor community concerts at area parks on June 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 27 and 28. For 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, or go to nashvillesymphony.org.

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: Opry Country Classics; June 2, 3: Four Voices: Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers; June 4: Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit; June 5: Darius Rucker and Friends; June 6: O’Charley’s presents Stars for Second Harvest; June 7: Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam; June 9: Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band; June 17: DanTDM; June 22: Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman featuring Vince Gill; June 24: Punch Brothers; June 29: Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman featuring Earls of Leicester. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Thursdays and Fridays – Music at the Frist

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, Thursdays and Fridays at 6 pm. fristcenter.org

June 1 – The Odd Couple

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. The Darkhorse is host to a variety of theater groups who perform new works, classical theater, live music, dance and multimedia shows. Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple is presented by The Girl Has No Name. darkhorsetheater.com

June 1-3 – Emergence

Nashville Ballet Studio A, 3630 Redmon Street.Emergence offers a first glimpse into the creative works of some of today’s most fearless artists. An experimental lab in the black-box theater setting of Nashville Ballet’s intimate studio, choreographers and musicians boldly create without inhibition to showcase the beginning of raw, unfiltered works. Watch new art unfold before you, then hear from the artists themselves about what inspired their works. nashvilleballet.com

June 1-4, 9, 10 – Legally Blonde

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. This delightful musical follows the transformation story of sorority girl Elle Woods, who enrolls in Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. After discovering the law can be used to help others, she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal to use her newfound skills defending a workout queen in a murder trial. The show opened on Broadway in 2007, was nominated for several Tony awards, and has since been performed all around the world. pull-tight.com

June 2, 3 – Pat Coil

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Pianist, synthesist, organist, composer, studio musician, artist, producer, arranger, musical director and educator Pat Coil will be joined by drummer Josh Hunt and bassist Jim Ferguson for 2 evenings of live jazz at Nashville’s newest jazz club, located in the Gulch. Cover: $8, Showtime: 8 pm. rudysjazzroom.com

June 2-4, 8-11, 15-18 – Saturday Night Fever

Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. This musical adaptation of the ’70s classic film is the story of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. The score to Saturday Night Fever includes many disco-era hits by the Bee Gees. circleplayers.net

June 3, 10, 17, 24 – 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. Tickets: $12. 21 or over. byebyeliver.com/nashville

June 4, 11, 18, 25 – 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.” The evening entertainment begins at 8 pm. (615) 255-3307. stationinn.com

June 6, 13, 27 – 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 are $20 and the show begins at 7 pm. doyleanddebbie.com

June 7, 14, 21 – Music City Roots

The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road. Jim Lauderdale hosts Wednesday night’s weekly, two-hour live radio show, showcasing Nashville’s rich music scene, from country to Americana. $15 reserved seats; $10 general admission; free for 5 and under. musiccityroots.com

June 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-30 – Sister Act

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. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; Thursday and Sunday matinees. dinnertheatre.com

June 9-11, 15-18, 22-25 – Pippin

Holy Trinity Community Church, 6727 Charlotte Pike. Get ready for a new vision of Stephen Shcwartz’s greatest Broadway hit – before Wicked, that is. Pippin tells the story of a young man looking for meaning in life. Along the way he tries war, sex, politics, and domestic life. Meanwhile, The Players are striving to show us a more nefarious story with Pippin as the main attraction. ?streettheatrecompany.org

June 9-11, 15-18, 22-24 – Reefer Madness, The Musical

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. Now in its twenty-seventh season, ACT 1 has performed productions of more than a hundred of the world’s greatest plays. Performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. Tickets: $15. High school and younger students free of charge for Thursday evening performances and Sunday matinees. darkhorsetheater.com, ?tickets.act1online.com

June 11 – 2017 – Tony Awards Viewing Party

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Celebrate the hottest shows on Broadway at a special viewing party for the 71st Tony Awards, and watch the 2017 awards ceremony broadcast on the big screen. Grab a comfortable seat, or mix and mingle, and see how your predictions line up with the night’s big winners. We’ll provide the food, door prizes, and a cash bar to make this a fun and exciting way to enjoy Broadway’s biggest night with your fellow theatre lovers. Doors open at 6:30 pm for 7 pm program. General admission, seating is not guaranteed. tpac.org

June 15-18, 22-25, 29-July 1 – Mary Poppins

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the practically perfect nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” 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. Thursday–Saturday shows start at 7 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Dinner seating is one hour prior to start of show. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

June 24 – Music in the Meadow

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. Bring food and friends for an evening with Femke Weidama, Latin Grammy Winner, producer and composer. Enjoy a hike and meet Owl’s Hill’s non-releasable live owls! Gates open at 5:30 pm, music starts at 7 pm. $20/person, $75/car owlshill.org

June 30 – The Long Players Perform Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. The Long Players are Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), Steve Allen (20/20), Steve Ebe (Human Radio), and Brad Jones (record producer), plus a stellar rotating roster of Nashville’s exceptional vocalists and musicians. Named the Long Players for playing front-to-back renditions of classic albums, each performance is true to the original recording. The band will pay tribute to beloved American rock icons Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, in celebration of the 40th anniversary year of their debut album. fristcenter.org

June 13-18 – Dixie’s Tupperware Party

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Not Your Mother’s Tupperware Party! Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway, the UK and Australia by storm! Join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good old-fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became a member of the illustrious “#1 Tupperware Seller in the World” Club, as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products! Adult content. tpac.org

June 15 – FALL Dance & Mary Mooney Art

OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. OZ Arts is Nashville’s destination for innovative contemporary art experiences. FALL (Nashville’s first aerial contemporary dance company), presents a new work examining overcoming obstacles and personal limits. Mary Mooney, Nashville-based visual artist and self-taught jewelry designer, will paint a number of large, museum-grade acrylic “canvases” in, around and throughout the performance. Bao Down Food Truck & Oliver’s Icebox will be on-site. oznashville.com

June 22 – Poet’s Corner

Scarritt Bennett Center. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by this month’s featured local poet, Karissa Sorrel. scarrittbennett.org

June 27-30 – Something Rotten!

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. From the director of Aladdin and the co-director of The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! tpac.org

July at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Downtown Nashville. Ticket packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Concerts this month: July 2: Mark O’Connor with the O’Connor Band and the Nashville Symphony; July 6-7: LA LA LAND In Concert with the Nashville Symphony; July 8: Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions with the Nashville Symphony at Ascend Amphitheate. Presented without orchestra: July 13: The O’Jays; July 16: KC & The Sunshine Band; July 21: Air Supply. For 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, or go to nashvillesymphony.org.

July 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: July 6: Soggy Bottom Boys (Bluegrass Nights); July 7: Yonder Mountain String Band; July 9: Jill Scott; July 10: Dancing With the Stars (at the Opry House); July 13: Dailey & Vincent (Bluegrass Nights); July 14: David Blaine; July 16: Sam’s Place: Music for the Spirit (Hosted by Steven Curtis Chapman); July 19: Ted Nugent with Tom Fuller Band; July 20: Infamous Stringdusters (Bluegrass Nights); July 21: Steve Earle & The Dukes; July 22: The Moody Blues; July 27: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Bluegrass Nights); July 28-30: Little Big Town at the Mother Church; July 31: Foster the People. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Thursdays and Fridays 1 – Music at the Frist

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, Thursdays and Fridays at 6 pm. fristcenter.org

July 1 – Mary Poppins

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. Jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 when Mary Poppins arrives at the doorstep of the Banks family to care for young Jane and Michael. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the practically perfect nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it”. 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. Thursday–Saturday shows start at 7 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Dinner seating is one hour prior to start of show. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

July 1, 2 – Something Rotten!

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. From the director of Aladdin and the co-director of The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! tpac.org

July 1, 2, 6-9, 13-16,20-23 – Sister Act

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. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; Thursday and Sunday matinees. dinnertheatre.com

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 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. Tickets: $12. 21 or over. byebyeliver.com/nashville

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 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.” The evening entertainment begins at 8 pm. (615) 255-3307. stationinn.com

July 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 25, 26 – Story Time with Wishing Chair Productions

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 at Story Time, every Tuesday and Wednesday. Who knows who will show up in the Puppet House? Presented in the Children’s Theatre on the Main Library’s 2nd floor. 30 minutes, showtimes 9:30 am, 10:30, 11:30 am.

July 6-8 – Water’s Edge

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. KB Productions brings provocative, hard hitting, and relevant works to the Nashville theater scene. In Water’s Edge, sometimes finding peace means facing your darkness. Performances Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday at 5 pm. Free parking. kb-productions.org, darkhorsetheater.com

July 7, 15, 22, 29 – Tales At Twilight

Cumberland Park, 592 South First Street.The performance series for children held on Friday evenings 7–8 pm in July, weather permitting. Parents relax and enjoy one of the best views of downtown Nashville, while the kids are thoroughly entertained. July 7: Hands On With Zig (around the world musical journey); July 15: Lanny Smith & The Earthman Project; July 22: The Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck; July 29: Bill Crosby and the Bahama Llama Band. nashville.gov

July 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 are $20 and the show begins at 7 pm. doyleanddebbie.com

July 12, 19, 26 – Music City Roots

The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road. Jim Lauderdale hosts Wednesday night’s weekly, two-hour live radio show, showcasing Nashville’s rich music scene, from country to Americana. $15 reserved seats; $10 general admission; free for 5 and under. musiccityroots.com

July 14, 15, 21, 22 – The Frog Prince

Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. Wishing Chair Productions’ fun, musical, ?marionette performance, with original songs by Brian Hull and Sarah Hart, tells the story of a lonely frog, a spoiled princess and a golden ball. This entertaining show features the Tom Tichenor Marionettes. 30 minutes, showtimes 10:30 and 11:30 am.

July 14-15  – A Dance Concert

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by Husted Dance. darkhorsetheater.com

July 15 – Minton Sparks with Caroling Herring

City Winery, 609 Lafayette Street. Decorated poet, playwright, and author Minton Sparks tells the hilarious, humble, and heartbreaking tales of characters over earnest finger-picking and gospel piano. citywinery.com/nashville

July 15 – Music City Improv

Third Coast Comedy Club, Marathon Village 1310 Clinton Avenue. This high octane show from Nashville’s longest running improv troupe features a variety of short and long-form scenes, as well as live and video sketch comedy. Every show is unique, so come often and have a blast with us for less than the price of a movie. Tickets: $12/advance, $15/at the door.

musiccityimprov.com

July 22 – 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 Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne will perform under Dyer’s open-air canopy. A $135 “carload ticket” allows you to bring up to 8 people in your car. Gates open at 6 pm. dyer.vanderbilt.edu

July 23 – Rodeo and Juliet

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin. 6:30 pm. This intimate and fun evening of American Roots music celebrates favorite timeless classics, blended with original songs and features Grammy level guest artists, songwriters and musicians, along with their Nashville A-team band. Your hosts Chris and Jan Harris (aka Rodeo and Juliet) are 40 year veterans of the Nashville/Franklin Music Industry. $20 for Cabaret seating, $15 for Orchestra and Balcony. franklintheatre.com

July 28 – Frist Friday with ELEL

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway. Seductive hooks and layers of sparkly instrumentation have propelled this seven-piece indie pop ensemble from Nashville into the national spotlight in recent years. Artist Beth Reitmeyer will install her luminous geodes around the stage. Videographer Zack Hall will set up a station of found footage and a MIDI keyboard for visitors to experiment with the software he uses to create music videos. John Warren will screen some of his 16 mm films and answer questions. fristcenter.org

July 27 – Poet’s Corner

Scarritt Bennett Center. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by this month’s featured local poet and spoken word artist, Joseph Powell. scarrittbennett.org

July 29 – Music in the Meadow

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. Bring food and friends for an evening with Femke Weidama, Latin Grammy winner, producer and composer. Enjoy a hike and meet Owl’s Hill’s non-releasable live owls! Gates open at 5:30 pm, music starts at 7 pm. $20/person, $75/car owlshill.org

July 30 – Carnton Sunset Concert Series

Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin. Resurrection – a Journey Tribute will play on these historic grounds that serve as a unique venue for friends and families. Gates open at 5 pm, music from 6-8 pm. Tickets: $10/advance, $12/gate adults; $5 children (6-15). Food and drinks are available for purchase or bring your own (including alcohol). boft.org