MUSIC FESTIVALS AND AWARDS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN NASHVILLE THIS FALL
Festivals and Award Shows Showcase Diversity of Music in Music City
will be here before you know it, and that means one thing in Music
festivals, and lots of them! Music City will live up to its
name as headliners, up-and-comers and everything in between will take to
the stage to show off the many genres of music Nashville has to offer.
Whether your beat is rock, classical, bluegrass or country, there is
truly something for everyone.
Since there are so many venues across the city, make it easy on yourself or easy to find by yourself. Download the free Nashville Live Music app, the first ever city-wide live music guide. Created to help visitors and locals locate live music venues throughout Music City, the app allows users to search for music by area of town or venue name, and will tell you exactly who’s playing at each venue. There is also a map function that shows you where the venues are as well as an augmented reality feature that uses your phone’s camera to show the live music venue options located nearest to you.
Saturday afternoons September 1- October 27
The fall season of Musicians Corner will take place in Centennial Park from 3-6 p.m. and will feature over 60 free multi-genre musical performances including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Bush, Karen Elson, Jeremy Lister, a Nashville Symphony quartet, and more. This free event also includes Kidsville, an outdoor destination where parents can bring their little ones to enjoy fun and activities such as arts & crafts, games, entertainment, music education and more!
Live On The Green
Thursday nights September 6- October 11
Live On The Green is a free six-week concert series held every Thursday evening from September 6th to October 11th in Public Square Plaza adjacent to Nashville's Metropolitan Courthouse. Now in its fourth year, the successful concert series highlights local artists as well as national acts representing some of the best talent Music City has to offer. Confirmed performers include Alabama Shakes, The Wallflowers, Trampled By Turtles, North Mississippi Allstars and more.
Americana Music Festival and Conference
The 13th Annual Americana Festival includes four nights of 100 live performances at five music venues in and around downtown Nashville. Days are filled with seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. The event’s kick-off is the Americana Honors and Awards ceremony on September 12th at the Ryman Auditorium. Featured artists include Sam Bush, Delta Rae, Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, McCrary Sisters, Buddy Miller & Lee Ann Womack and many more!
Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival
After the monumental success of last year’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Charleston, SC, Zac Brown Band & friends are expanding their ultimate sensory experience to Nashville. The festival will descend on Music City's The Lawn at Riverfront Park on Friday and Saturday, September 21-22nd. The festival brings together some of ZBB’s favorite musicians, craft vendors and artists and mouth-watering food and beverage delights. Performances include Zac Brown Band, Gregg Allman, Amos Lee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Alan Jackson, Jerry Douglas, David Gray and more.
International Bluegrass Music Association “The World of Bluegrass”
The “World of Bluegrass” is a week long celebration of all things bluegrass. The week starts off with the IBMA Business Conference, Sept. 24-27, followed by the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on September 27th at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Finally the Bluegrass Fan Fest, Sept. 28-30, will feature more than 60 performances on three stages by the industry’s top acts. Performances by The Del Mccoury Band, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Grascals, Jim Lauderdale, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and many more!
Next Big Nashville presents SoundLand
Now in its seventh year, Music City’s annual musical event will be a one-day outdoor extravaganza full of music, art, food, and more. SoundLand will happen at The Lawn at Riverfront Park this year, the beautiful green space along the Cumberland River. While the music and fun will all be in a single location for the first time, you won’t miss a beat…or a band. Be sure to also enjoy the local crafts, poster artists and food trucks. Line-up includes My Morning Jacket, Young the Giant, Divine Fits, JD McPherson, and many more.
Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony
The Music City Walk of Fame is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City. Inductees are announced and honored at a special ceremony with a permanent platinum-and-granite, star-and-guitar sidewalk marker. Ceremony to take place at 2 p.m. on November 3; inductees will be announced at a later date.
Past inducted honorees include the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Keith Urban, Jimi Hendrix, Kris Kristofferson, Reba McEntire, Roy Orbison, The Crickets, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Michael W. Smith, Little Richard and more. This event is free to the public.
46th Annual CMA Awards
See the 46th Annual CMA Awards live from Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville on November 1st. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host “Country Music’s Biggest Night” which will include performances by the genre’s top acts.
Ticket packages for the CMA Awards are available through the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau and include tickets to the awards show, hotel accommodations and a Music City gift. For more information, visit www.visitmusiccity.com.
Other Headlining Acts Coming This Fall:
9/17 Ben Folds Five
9/28 Martina McBride
9/12 & 9/13 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
10/5 Mary Chapin Carpenter
10/28 Bonnie Raitt
11/5 Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
9/15 Kelly Clarkson and The Fray
9/23 Carrie Underwood
10/19 Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town & Eli Young Band
9/13 Boyz II Men
9/17 Al Green
10/25 Michael W. Smith
Marathon Music Works
9/17 Passion Pit
9/27 Boys Like Girls / All-American Rejects
11/8 Citizen Cope
11/9 Joshua Radin / A Fine Frenzy
The Promise of Nashville, where the music is inspired, created, recorded and performed, is to provide the ultimate musical entertainment experience, celebrated throughout our diverse cultural and entertainment offerings, and presented in an authentic, unique, friendly and unpretentious atmosphere.