Opry at the Ryman

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This weekend you can hear some exceptional country artists at the Ryman auditorium right off of Broadway in downtown Nashville. A few artists performing this weekend are Vince Gill, Stoney LaRue, Lauren Alaina, John Conlee, Riders in the Sky, Jean Shepard and more.

Typically, you would be catching these singers at the Grand Ole Opry, but Christmas festivities have caused a change in the venue. Both auditoriums being very historical to Nashville, the Opry chose to present their performances at the Ryman for the winter.

I recently went to the Ryman for my very first time, and I was in awe. The auditorium has a feel that isn’t like most concert halls, you can sense the appreciation for genuine music once you step inside the doors. The Ryman has a reputation that makes the artists that are fortunate enough to sing on their stage feel that, “(Performing on this stage) is a dream come true!” – Trisha Yearwood. Others have said, “If it could speak, it could be a textbook for American musical history.” – Dr. Charles K. Wolfe, Historian

Nashville is proud of their nickname “music city.” When visiting the city, taking advantage of the spectacular music is a must. Visiting venues like the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium to hear artists is an experience that helps you appreciate the history of Nashville. This city truly loves music, so much the city is making a documentary about The Story of Nashville and how it became the most vibrant music scene in America.

This weekend is just one opportunity for you to take advantage of a “must-do” while in Nashville. Even if you aren’t a country music fan, if you appreciate good music at all you will enjoy all music played at the Ryman Auditorium.

How do you see the “love of music” played out in the city of Nashville?

 

Listen to live music at Two Old Hippies

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If you are familiar with Nashville in the least bit, you’ve probably heard of the store downtown in the Gulch that is focused around sharing the spirit of peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll, Two Old Hippies. This is not only a place loved by locals, it’s a hot spot for many country stars. Whether you’re going to check out the urban clothes or premium acoustic instruments or to catch a glimpse of a celebrity, this is a store that has a lot more to offer than just retail therapy.

Tim and Molly, founders of the store, state that they are “hippies at heart.” Both growing up in the ’60s, they lived in a time where seeking peace and harmony was important. On their story of the store they explain, “…beyond material things, Two Old Hippies is an outlet for the values and beliefs that two ‘born’ hippies acquired long ago. Seek peace and harmony for all living things. Inspire community. ‘Be True’ to ourselves. And share in the spirit of Peace, Love & Rock N’ Roll.” Naturally, music is a huge aspect to this business, so Two Old Hippies goes as far as putting a stage in the store and showing live music five times a week.

All weekend, Two Old Hippies will be providing live music as entertainment. If shopping isn’t for you, stop by and just listen to some upcoming artists. On Friday there will be Brandi Roe Writers Round, with Jessie Smith & Eryn McHugh, performing at 6 p.m. If you don’t have any plans this weekend, free live music at Two Old Hippies is definitely a place you should check out.

What do you think about a store that offers live music while you shop?

Check out the American Horror Story Halloween Costume Party

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Nashville is one of the most spectacular cities for finding things to do on the weekends. This upcoming weekend is one that most people enjoy having an event to attend because it’s Halloween! Friday night at Agenda on Ninth Avenue S. near the Gulch in downtown Nashville, 101.1 The Beat, Robert Higgins and Nashville Medical and Dental students will be hosting an American Horror Story costume party.

Everyone is crazy about the popular TV series American Horror Story. The series focuses on different characters and locations that come off as creepy and thrilling. Location’s in the shows include haunted houses, insane asylums, witch covens and freak shows. The television show’s info states that the show, “…is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.” Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times calls it “a big ol’ brooding, baffling, ridiculous, and occasionally compelling mess of a show,” and David Hiltbrand of the Philadelphia Inquirer warns viewers that “AHS Asylum crosses a line for television… It goes beyond dark all the way to clerical black, the scourge of all light.” Whether you are a fan of the show or not, you have to admit it sounds like a great theme for a Halloween party.

At the party, DJ Crisis and DJ C-Lo will be mixing tunes while Black Rob will be hosting the event. There will be a $500 prize for the winner of the costume contest, so you’ll need to make sure you attend rocking your getup. If you want to get your tickets in advance or reserve tables, you can reserve them for as low as $10. This will be the largest Halloween party in Nashville, so if you won’t be trick-or-treating late Friday night, you should stop by downtown and check out the best party of the season.

Have you ever been to a Halloween party in Nashville? If so, where did you go?

 

 

The Nashville Repertory Theatre shows Sweeney Todd

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Going to haunted houses and watching horror movies are popular ways people get in the Halloween spirit, but the Nashville Repertory Theatre has provided an alternative to these typical October traditions. Throughout October, the theatre will be showing the musical thriller Sweeney Todd

Many people may know the story Sweeney Todd based off of the popular movie starring Johnny Depp. The story is about an angry man that goes back to London with an evil plan to seek revenge. He had been wronged by a judge that went after his wife. With every right to be upset, Sweeney Todd lets his anger get the best of him. By luring victims into his friend’s bakery, he goes on a murderous rampage that satisfies his lust of vengeance to the ones who have wronged him in the past. The movie is a true thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Nashville Repertory Theatre has been highly praised for its production of Sweeney Todd. Cara Richardson, from BroadwayWorld.com, stated that it was “Possibly one of the best performances I’ve seen all year…”. Nicki Sneed, from Belmont Vision, also stated that “Nashville Repertory Theatre’s season opener stunned audiences with a dazzling performance that promises a year of strong, awe-inspiring theatre.”

This play is a suspenseful and eerie story that is perfect to watch just in time for Halloween. Try changing up your typical Halloween plans; maybe you’ll make seeing spooky plays a new tradition.

What are some of your traditions for Halloween?

Listening to stories at Tenx9

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The Douglas Corner Café in Nashville hosts an important event in Nashville’s community once a month. Locals gather at the café to listen to monthly community storytelling. The event, Tenx9, does not consist of poetry or short story readings; Tenx9 is about real people sharing their real stories.

Each month, nine people share real stories within 10 minutes that all revolve around a monthly theme. Examples of past themes are Nashville, the first time and when I was a kid. The storytellers take a leap of faith each month to welcome the listeners to enter these past moments of their lives, and the experience connects the community members with one another.

Most people don’t appreciate the art of storytelling or realize how important stories are to our daily lives. The talent expressed through this event will amaze you regarding how entertaining and important listening and telling stories can be. Tenx9 is an event that will leave you feeling a connection with the storyteller, will leave you touched or will leave you crying with laughter.

Do you agree that storytelling is an important factor to everyday life?

The next Tenx9 event is October 20th, 2014 and the theme is Fear.

 

Loosen your lederhosen!

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Germantown is a historic and popular neighborhood in Nashville. Many people fail to realize that Germantown was established by the influx of German immigrants in the mid-19th century that fled to this area. Every October since 1980, Germantown holds an annual Oktoberfest to celebrate the warm community of Germantown, while also honoring its German traditions.

This year Oktoberfest is a three-day event that consists of authentic German food, popular Nashville restaurants and food trucks, live music, German brew, craft vendors, a 5k run and more. Many people claim that they will drive hours to attend this event. This weekend in Germantown gather many people that are looking to have a good time. Best of all, the event is family-friendly and free!

To keep yourself updated on ways to win VIP tickets to Oktoberfest and upcoming performer announcements, you can follow Oktoberfest on Twitter and Facebook.

When looking for something to do for a weekend in Nashville, this is an event to take advantage of. Oktoberfest is a combination of good music and food; what more could you ask for?

Elle Woods is making an appearance in Franklin, Tennessee

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The Boiler Room Theatre in downtown Franklin has spent weeks preparing for this weekend. Most ABC Family watchers and Reece Witherspoon fans are familiar with the popular movie Legally Blonde, but some of these fans may not realize the movie has transformed into a musical play.

This hit musical is one that is sure to keep any audience well-entertained. With a perfect combination of witty and light-hearted scenes, the skillful actors and actresses in Legally Blonde: The Musical create a show that leaves you wanting more.

If you do decide to make an appearance at the play, make sure to pack roses to toss at a current Lipscomb University student, Scott Wilson. Scott is a freshman attending Lipscomb that stars as Kyle in the musical. He’s received reviews claiming he “works the crowds for laughs” and is “hilarious.”

The Boiler Room Theatre is currently under renovation, so the performances are being held at the historic Franklin Theatre the first weekend in October. If you’re in Nashville for the weekend, taking the short drive to Franklin to check out this amazing play would definitely be worth your time.

 

Go watch your favorite books

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4836036577_7e9a763f2b_zYou may go to the public library all the time if you enjoy reading, but Music City’s public library isn’t the typical reading room. In September, the Nashville Public Library shows “banned movies” all throughout the library’s different locations in Tennessee.

The movies they show are all books that have been targeted for being controversial or inappropriate. The Nashville Public Library claims that showing the movies calls attention to the harms of censorship. Society’s censorship cases on books have escalated, which prohibits teachers from teaching rich literature and diverse texts. The libraries believe that censoring books because of racial slurs or explicit content hinders the possibilities to understand literature.

Some of the movies it is showing are: Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Color Purple and James and the Giant Peach. The library believes these works are significant pieces of literature that people should familiarize themselves with.

What’s the best part about this event? It’s free. All of the movies the library shows are entertaining and favorites of many. Even if you don’t like to read, you may enjoy taking advantage of this fun event at the library.

 

Jazz it up a little

Music

There’s no denying that Music City is the best place to catch a live music performance on every other downtown block on just about any night. The only trick is finding the best music in town. Most people come to Nashville thinking that country music dominates all music venues in the area however, the director of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Jim Williamson, makes sure that isn’t the case.

Nas15south-sarasotahville has plenty of restaurants that feature jazz music every now and then, but Jim Williamson wanted to create a real jazz destination. Williamson found a fitting venue downtown in the Gulch called The Cave and hosts all of the jazz performances there, calling the event Jazz in the Gulch.

The Gulchthe-gulch-284x200 is an area in downtown Nashville that has developed into a very urban part of the city that features many unique retail shops, restaurants and entertainment. It’s my favorite place to go when I’m downtown. It’s such an updated area that it makes you feel like you’re in a place so much bigger than Nashville.

Right now The Cave holds Jazz in the Gulch every Sunday-Wednesday until the end of this month. Most music venues in Nashville have a honky-tonk feel that can be fun, but not formal. This environment creates a place where tourists or locals can go to enjoy an intimate setting while listening to wonderful live music.

If you have some free time this month or will be in the area, go check out this cheap and fun event happening right in the heart of downtown Nashville. Even if you aren’t into jazz, go listen to some of the mellow music and “Let the blues open the door to your soul.”

 

 

 

 

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival hosts Shakespeare in the Park

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To go, or not to go: that is the question.

Since 1998, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival has been producing Shakespeare in the Park to help raise awareness for Greek literature and the arts. The plays are performed at Centennial Park, which holds Nashville’s very own Parthenon — how fitting.

As You Like It is the name of this summer’s series of plays. The setting is in “Hooverville” during the Great Depression. The irony of the play is truly what makes it so entertaining. By performing in Greek style, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival creates a play that is set in such a dismal time period yet translates it into a humorous and entertaining performance that keeps its audience coming back every summer.

Not everyone is a fan of Greek literature, and some people may even say it takes a certain person to appreciate it. This festival held every summer creates an event that everyone enjoys. Each performance begins with a pre-show entertainment act that usually consists of a local band, while food vendors are also set up so you can enjoy dinner along with the show.

This weekend at the Centennial Park Bandshell, the last summer performances will be performed. Food and drink vendors arrive at 6 p.m., the pre-show entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. and As You Like It will begin at 7:30 each night.

So if you have no plans for this weekend in Nashville, you should definitely check out the plays being performed downtown. To go, or not to go? Admission is free and the entertainment is magnificent, go and enjoy Shakespeare in the Park.