Welcome to our first blog of 2018! Winter has settled in here in the south, and we’ve gotten quite a bit of snow over the past few days! We hope you’re staying safe and warm and enjoying the rare winter wonderland views in Nashville. To give you something to look forward to and plan for in the coming year, our topic today will cover must do music events of 2018 at some of the most famous venues here in Nashville. It’s called Music City for a reason- there aren’t many other places in the world where you will find such a variety and abundance of talented musicians. Whatever your musical preference is, you are nearly guaranteed to find your favorite music here in the heartland of Middle Tennessee. Now, time to break in your pristine new 2018 calendar and start penciling in some of the fantastic music events to follow!
Grand Ole Opry
Rooted in history and touted as “country’s most famous stage,” The Opry is like no other performance space. Each night, official members of the Opry and guest artists across generations and styles of country music come together to put on a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.
Selection of upcoming shows and artists featured: February 13- Trace Adkins and Dustin Lynch, February 20- Chris Janson, February 27- Allison Krauss
Known as “the mother church of country music,” the Ryman is also a highly acclaimed Nashville music venue where many music careers were born and was the original host of the Grand Ole Opry show until it moved to its current venue in the 1970s. It underwent a complete renovation in 1990s and now hosts artists of all musical genres.
Selection of upcoming shows: February 14- Kelsea Ballerini, March 4- MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North, March 11- MGMT, April 13 & 14- The Decemberists, April 25- The Piano Guys, May 11- Dashboard Confessional, May 19 & 20- Margo Price
Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center
This 83-member ensemble led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero performs 170 concerts a year. The Nashville Symphony is an active recording orchestra and has earned 11 Grammy Awards and 24 nominations for its recordings. Plan a classy date night out and enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful contemporary American orchestral music!
Selection of upcoming shows: January 28- Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the Nashville Symphony, February 1-3- Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky Featuring Joyce Yang, February 3- Simply Sinatra with the Nashville Symphony, March 15-18- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, April 12-14- Bach, Mozart & Elgar
Nashville has far too many music venues to mention in one blog post, but below are several others that are Music City favorites and are worth exploring:
Listening Room Café
Marathon Music Works
And speaking of notable upcoming music performances and events in Nashville for 2018…..Nashville Band Room Repair’s own T.J. Herrick is performing weekly as the saxophonist and mandolin player of The Music City Connection, the house band of Huckabee, a live show based right here in Nashville which is hosted by former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee. You can be part of the live audience (for FREE) and enjoy music by T.J. and the rest of the band by clicking here for ticket information! Check out The Music City Connection’s Facebook page for videos, photos, and updates.
Written by Laura Whitlock