Hopefully, you’re enjoying our coverage of events at the CMA Music Festival. Keep your eyes on our site throughout the weekend to keep up with the stars, concerts and more related to Nashville’s—and the nation’s—premiere country music event.
For this weekend edition, we’re pleased to offer what we think would make for great fun in the part of Nashville where CMA Fest is taking place, along with events in other parts of Music City.
For CMA Fest goers, the City of Hope Softball Game brings some of country music’s biggest stars together to help strike out cancer. This year’s line-up includes the CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, hit makers Love and Theft, ABC’s “Nashville” star Charles Esten, radio host Bobby Bones, along with “American Idol” finalist Lauren Alaina and guitar player and country music vocalist Lindsay Ell just to name a few.
The game will also feature a touching moment when former City of Hope patient Stephen Bess meets the donor that saved his life for the first time! The game will be held at the new First Tennessee Park at 9 a.m., Saturday and tickets are $25.
If fashion is your passion, fancy a look at Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 at the Frist Center. Italian Style displays more than 90 garments and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses, including Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino and Versace, as well as works from the next generation of talent. Increase your fashion sense elsewhere at the main branch of the Williamson County Public Library when Vanderbilt University professor Alex Capps presents “Escape the Ordinary: Fashion through the Decades,” on Friday from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Find out exactly how this local expert agrees with Louis XIV’s observation that “fashion is the mirror of history.”
At the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which will be hosting CMA Fest events, Kenny Rogers: Through the Years end Sunday, while Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash keep rockin’, Alan Jackson keeps it country, and Luke Bryan keeps it interesting in his Dirt Road Diary. Further up Broadway—1912 Broadway, to be exact!—the Local Color Gallery continues to celebrate its 25th
anniversary with an exhibit of paintings by Kim Barrick. (The exhibit closes Saturday). Just across the river, in East Nashville, The Way we Worked, a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, completes its local run in the state on Saturday at Martha O’Bryan Center; guided tours are available between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; admission is free.
To the west, Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape continues at Cheekwood. The exhibit features indoor and outdoor installations, including sculptures produced specifically for Cheekwood’s grounds. Cheekwood and the Frist Center have partnered to bring Plensa’s work to Nashville; in fact, four of the artist’s sculptures are on display at the Frist, so you can view Plensa along with Prada. At Zeitgeist, you may visit the latest exhibits (Jessica Wohl’s “Letting Go” and John Donovan’s “New Personal Best!”) or attend a celebration of the Elephant Sanctuary’s 20th Anniversary Friday at 6:30 p.m. Caitlin O’Connell, whom the Smithsonian called “the elephant whisperer,” will read from and sign her book, Elephant Don.
It’s great fare and good times on all levels at Acme Feed & Seed on First Avenue. Cut footloose at #Basic Friday or save up for Champagne Jam on Sunday. Other Sunday brunch options at The Acme include Charles “Wigg” Walker’s Soul Brunch and Justin Hiltner’s Bluegrass Brunch. Later on Sunday, catch veteran hitmaker Buzz Cason with the Love Notes at The Acme. For Sunday brunch elsewhere, selections include include the ongoing gospel brunch at City Winery, featuring Matthew Schultz this weekend, and the PRIDE Drag Queen Brunch at POP Nashville. For Sunday evening entertainment at TPAC, we suggest Nashville in Harmony’s Rock ‘n’ Rule: A Musical Journey from Stonewall to SCOTUS, featuring classic rock and pop music performed by the 120-voice NIH chorus. The performance takes place in Polk Theater at 7:00 p.m.
For an over-the-rainbow weekend at the Schermerhorn, check out Bugs Bunny Symphony II on Friday and The Wizard of Oz on Saturday and Sunday. Away from downtown on Friday, check out the Red Caboose Friday concert from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in Bellevue, featuring the Jerry Vinett Dixieland Jazz Band. On Saturday, Big Band lovers will enjoy the latest of Centennial Park’s Big Band Dance series. This week’s dance? The Foxtrot, featuring the music of the Moonlighters. If you want to learn how to foxtrot, attend a free 30-minute group lesson at 7:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.; the dance lasts from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. The Red Caboose Park and Centennial Park events are part of the summer concert series offered by Metro Parks.
Grown-ups and kids who want to “come and play where everything’s A-OK” can catch “Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend” at the Bridgestone in one of three performances Saturday. Nearby, Adventure Science Center offers Firefly Fun, the June segment of the center’s Little Lab series, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
It’ll be a great weekend for viewing movies in some favorite spaces: The Belcourt offers Beetlejuice this go-round of free outdoor cinema; the movie begins at dusk. Also playing Saturday: Annie in the Movies on the Range series at Thompson Place (Showtime is 7:30 p.m.) On Friday, cool down with Ice Age, this month’s Zoovie Night feature at the Nashville Zoo (The event lasts from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.). If you prefer live theater, we suggest catching one of Act I’s closing weekend performances of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” at the Darkhorse Theater.