NowPlayingNashville.com’s Weekly Newsletter has music, theatre, family fun and more highlights for the seven days ahead in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Subscribe here.
This Week | March 2, 2016
Music | Tedeschi Trucks Band with Brothers Osborne
Ryman Auditorium | Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5
Formed in 2010 with a spirit of adventure that saw Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks shelve their equally successful solo careers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, an 11-piece tour-de-force, has quickly become the vanguard of modern roots music. Driven by Trucks, #16 of the top 100 Guitarists of All Time (Rolling Stone), and Tedeschi, blessed with a voice that passionately delivers a range of powerful R&B belters to gentle ballads, the group enlists dual drummers, two vocalists, a three-piece horn section, bass, and a multi-instrumentalist keyboard player for what is a greater-than-the-sum of-its-parts collective.
Music + Film | Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall Live
Oz Arts Nashville | Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5
Montreal-based scratch DJ and music producer Kid Koala presents a live multimedia adaptation of his graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall. This film noir love story centers around a headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence, smitten with a winsome office drone. Directed by K.K. Barrett (recently Oscar-nominated for Her) the story unfolds via real-time filming and editing of a cast of handheld puppets on more than a dozen miniature stages. Audience members can alternate their attention between the live performance and the close-up projection on a single cinema screen, synchronously accompanied by The Afiara Quartet and Kid Koala performing live sound effects and his original score for piano, strings and turntable.
Music | Blake Shelton
Bridgestone Arena | Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5
Blake Shelton, the reigning five-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and coach of NBC’s hit show The Voice, returns to Music City for his Blake Shelton presented by Gildan tour.
Music | Celtic Woman
TPAC-Andrew Jackson Hall | Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5
Celtic Woman are four sublimely gifted Irish women – three glorious vocalists and a brilliant Celtic violinist – accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skills and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. This unforgettable live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes and magnificent arrangements with superb choreography.
Community | Nashville Lawn and Garden Show
The Fairgrounds Nashville | Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6
The Nashville Lawn and Garden show is Tennessee’s largest and most popular annual gardening event. The centerpiece of the show is The Gardens, breathtaking displays from some of Middle Tennessee’s top landscape and gardening companies. Enjoy the Floral Design Gallery where designs from more than 20 of the region’s top floral designers are on display, and grow your knowledge with the free Lecture Series offered on a variety of topics ranging from beekeeping to edible gardens. The Marketplace has more than 150 vendors and 250 exhibit booths!
Fundraiser | Mad Bash 2016 with ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill
Adventure Science Center | Saturday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.
MAD Bash 2016 is a “mad” science fundraising party featuring imaginative cocktails, tantalizing foods, and an electrifying array of events filled with fire, liquid nitrogen, and robots designed to delight your senses and excite your imagination! Dusty Hill of ZZ Top and Charleen Hill, honorary chairs, and co-chairs Tric Drake, Kelly Mayes, and Amanda Sekulow invite you to join this evening of innovation benefiting the Science Center’s mission to ignite curiosity and inspire the lifelong discovery of science.
Sports | SheBelieves Cup
Nissan Stadium | Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m.
U.S. Soccer hosts the SheBelieves Cup, an elite, four-team international tournament featuring four of the top five ranked women’s national teams in the world. England, France and Germany join the USA in matches held in Tampa, Nashville and Boca Raton. The Nashville matches at Nissan Stadium are USA vs. France at 2 p.m. and England vs. Germany at 4:30 p.m.
Film + Fundraiser | A Finale Affair: NPT’s Downton Abbey Celebration & Screening
Noah Liff Opera Center | Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the end of an era with Nashville Public Television’s A Finale Affair, a party and preview screening of the final episode of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece. The party includes period-themed hors d’oeuvres from Bacon & Caviar Catering, drinks, live music and fun photo opportunities with life-sized Downton Abbey character cutouts. There will also be a Fabu trunk show and a live auction. Auction items include a Viking River Cruises European trip for two. Guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Downton Abbey character. Proceeds benefit NPT.
Music + Fundraiser | Jeffrey Steele and Friends
Franklin Theatre | Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m.
The 9th Annual Jeffrey Steele & Friends concert is an intimate evening hosted by Storme Warren with Chris Janson, LOCASH, Kurtis John, The Shuggah Pies, Kevin Griffin, Russell Dickerson, Mac Davis, Kristian Bush and more. Proceeds benefit the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, helping overlooked and underprivileged youth by motivating them in school and in life. Jeffrey Steele and family created the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund after Steele’s 13-year-old son passed away January 28, 2007 in a tragic accident. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit a local non-profit that shares the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund’s mission of impacting overlooked and at-risk youth in Middle Tennessee.
Theatre | Phantom of the Opera
TPAC-Andrew Jackson Hall | March 9-20
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes to Nashville as part of a brand-new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director, Laurence Connor. The beloved story and thrilling score includes songs “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade.”
Mark Your Calendars: The Big Payback is May 3, 2016
The countdown is on for Middle Tennessee’s largest online giving day, The Big Payback! Last year, more than 14,435 donors came together in a big way to “pay back” nonprofits, schools religious institutions, raising more than $2.65 million for the community in 24 hours. In 2016, let’s show everyone just how generous Middle Tennessee residents are when we support each other.
If you are a representative or member of a Middle Tennessee nonprofit, religious institution or school and have not yet registered to participate, do so now!
How To Play Nashville | On the Blog
Presales, Discounts, Onsales and Giveaways
Discount Tickets + Presale Offers
- Ray Lamontagne at Ascend Amphitheater
- Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang & Jerry Buting at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall
- A Great Big World (Fri, 03/11) Mercy Lounge
- Ra Ra Riot (Sun, 03/13) Exit/In
- Mac Sabbath (Mon, 03/14) Exit/In
- Pentagram (Tue, 03/15) Exit/In
- St. Pabst Day ft. The Weeks w/The Black Cadillacs & That’s My Kid (Thurs, 03/17) Marathon Music Works
- Sam Outlaw w/Whitney Rose (Sat, 03/26) The Hight Watt
- Circle Players presents Children of Eden | The Musical (March 18 – 27) Z. Alexander Looby Theater
Tickets on Sale
- The Kidz Bop Kids at Ryman
- Deftones at Ryman
- The Paul Thorn Band at Franklin Theatre
- Slipknot at Bridgestone Arena
- Ray LaMontagne: The Ouroboros Tour 2016 at Ascend Amphitheater
- Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords at Ascend Amphitheater
- Bullet for My Valentine at War Memorial
- Founten at Andrew Johnson Theater
- Making A Murderer’s Dean Strang & Jerry Buting: A Conversation on Justice at Andrew Jackson Hall
- Vetiver at Mercy Lounge
- B.o.B. with Scotty ATL and London Jae at Mercy Lounge
- Sebastian Bach at Mercy Lounge
- Mayer Hawthorne at Marathon Music Works
- Black Lips at Exit/In
- … and more