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Here’s your Tennessee summer soundtrack

Bonnaroo, CMA Fest and Riverbend, three of the most popular music festivals in the US may be over but Tennessee’s summer of music plays on all across the state. Continue your summer of song with these Tennessee music festivals and events.


Enjoy great live music, food and ice cold beverages at the free, outdoor Nightfall Concert Series through Aug. 30 in Miller Plaza in downtown Chattanooga. Local artists open the show at 7 p.m. and headlining acts begin at 8 p.m. Get there early to score free parking beginning at 6 p.m. at Warehouse Row. Once you park, do some window shopping then head on over to Nightfall. The show goes on rain or shine so if bad weather is in the forecast, grab your poncho or umbrella. Artists like the Wheeler Brothers, Smooth Dialects, Lou Wamp & Swing Shift, Function and Cody James Harris are just some of the artists lined up for the rest of the series.

Nightfall Concert Series, Chattanooga, provided by Downtown Partnership

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz at Jazz on the Square 8-10 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 27 on Market Square in Knoxville. The concert is free and features a core of musicians which include Vance Thompson, Greg Tardy, Keith and Kenneth Brown and Clint Mullican. They are joined by a range of musicians like Jamel Mitchell and others. It’s a perfect time to forget the week’s stresses for a while as you cruise through the night, listening to the sounds of trumpets, saxophones and keyboards during balmy summer nights.


Fill your ears with a broad spectrum of music featuring young musicians from around the world at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival happening until July 21 in the Guerry Auditorium at Sewanee: The University of the South. Over 150 musicians join teachers, guest artists and performers to create a musical community. The festival, now in its 56th year, is dedicated to educating talented young musicians through a professional concert series. Tickets are $12.


Michael Franti and Spearhead, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Moon Taxi, Delta Saints are just some of the artists lined up to play the highly-anticipated Live on the Green 2013 festival every Thursday evening Aug. 8-Sept. 12 at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville. It’s a free musical experience as a celebration of Nashville’s passion for music and community. You can purchase VIP tickets for $55 which includes complimentary finger foods, beverages, exclusive stage access, access to private restrooms, unlimited access to the VIP Lightning Lounge Tent and shaded lounging and viewing areas with open seating, and a whole lot more. The evening’s festivities begin around 5 p.m. and end at 11 p.m.


Arguably one of the best annual events in Memphis, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival takes place 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 on Main Street in downtown Memphis. The free event highlights local bands, chefs and other experts in regional activities. All Memphis culture is represented and celebrated during this event. The colorful festival is filled with gospel, blues, folk, jug bands, rock and rap with workshops throughout the day. Founded in 1972, the festival seeks to protect the music, culture, arts and rhythms of the South. With art, music and food, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival is one not to be missed.


Celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll during Elvis Week Aug. 10-17 at Graceland in Memphis. A plethora of events to honor Elvis include a reunion of people who were close to Elvis; Elvis Bingo and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Listen to music performed by Andy Childs, Terry Mike Jeffrey, the Memphis Jones Band, Brad Birkedahl and The Burnin’ Love Band, the EAS Band and Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill, former members of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet. You won’t want to miss special appearances by Bill Baize, Ronnie Milsap, Mother Dolores Hart, T.G. Sheppard, Millie Kirkham and more. Be sure to take part in the very special candlelight vigil, where fans pay honor to Elvis, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Graceland’s gates.

Which Tennessee summer concerts are you planning to attend? Let me know in the comments below!

Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of...Read on

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