Home to famed live-performance venues like the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Café, Nashville has long been a mecca for aspiring singers and songwriters, as well as a destination for concert lovers and music aficionados. But COVID-19 has hit the city’s music scene hard, shuttering performance venues and leaving many local musicians without work. A new virtual concert series aims to change that tune.
From September 14 through the end of October, Music City Bandwidth will host 30 virtual concerts, in turn supporting 15 independent live-music venues and providing work for around 120 Nashville-based musicians who represent a variety of genres.
The virtual concert series includes performances by artists like soul singer Devon Gilfillian and country-rock-and-roll band Teddy and the Rougher Riders, from venues like The Basement, The Bluebird Café, and Exit/In. (Find the full lineup here.) Shows air at 7 p.m. Central Time, and viewers are encouraged to donate to a relief fund for local venues and musicians while they watch. You can also buy Music City Bandwidth T-shirts; 100% of the T-shirt proceeds go to Nashville’s independent music venues.