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Music City Fall Concert Preview

Fall isn’t just about the colors, even though this is probably my favorite time of year in Middle Tennessee. As the leaves turn and the nights get cooler and the full moon rises, our ears become a little more attuned to the music in the air. Choruses of tree frogs and crickets encourage us to linger, slow down our busy pace and listen.

Music City lives true to its name, and pours out a generous smorgasbord of music to satisfy every taste. Let’s take a tour through the fall concert line-up to help you catch some great entertainment.

Bridgestone Arena

In the heart of downtown Nashville, the large multi-purpose Bridgestone Arena switches from being the ice rink home of the NHL Predators, to hosting major concerts and special events.

Disney on Ice is bringing a World of Fantasy October 4-7. Four family-favorite Disney stories will come alive in a series of icecapades and dazzling skating. On November 3 the taping of CMA Country Christmas wraps up CMA Awards Week, when country music’s biggest stars celebrate the holidays with a musical extravanganza.

Ryman Auditorium

A short walk from the Bridgestone is the Ryman Auditorium, which began life as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892, before becoming home to the Grand Ole Opry in 1943. Today the Grand Ole Opry has a new abode next to the Opryland Hotel, and the Ryman’s hallowed halls host concerts for both legendary and contemporary artists, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, who will perform on October 5. Indie darlings The Shins, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and country badboy Jamey Johnson also rock the Ryman this October.

You can join patrons downing beers and sipping on pre-concert glasses of wine before passing through gothic archways into the auditorium that once reverberated with the passionate preaching of Rev. Sam Jones. As you settle into long wooden pews worn smooth with time, your experience may touch on the spiritual. Every performance reverberates in the perfect acoustics of  this Nashville icon known as the Mother Church of Country Music. Come November, the Grand Ole Opry moves back to the Ryman for the winter season.

Grand Ole Opry House

The internationally reknowned Grand Ole Opry  radio show moved from the historic Ryman to its opulent new venue in 1974. An impressive stream of country music legends, new stars and superstars fill the line-up each week in the show that has become a must-see for all visitors to Nashville. In any week you may hear Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Josh Turner and many others.

The Grand Ole Opry celebrates its 87th birthday October 5-7 with star-studded shows and birthday excitement in the Opry Plaza.

Gaylord Opryland is offering special weekend packages. During the holiday season beginning mid November the Grand Ole Opry returns to the Ryman while the world famous Rockettes perform at the Opry House.

Nashville Municipal Auditorium

The dome-shaped auditorium hosts a mixture of activities. On October 20 you can sway to the toe-tapping music of John Michael Montgomery in concert. November 3 the venue transforms into a Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival, where live music is the backdrop to a day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’ and barbecue eatin’.

Riverfront Park

Possibly Nashville’s favorite outdoor entertainment venue, Riverfront Park on the banks of the Cumberland River is the site of dozens of concerts throughout the year, many taking place from a floating stage. Dierks Bentley brings his Miles and Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert to Nashville on October 14 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center The neo-classical designed Schermerhorn, one of America’s finest concert halls with brilliant acoustics, is home to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Explore the energy of Beethoven’s Fifth in The Sounds of Enlightenment October 4-6. Michael W. Smith will join with the Nashville Symphony October 25-27 for an inspiring night of music, performing some of his best known pop songs and a selection from his recent orchestral album.

November 8-10 the symphony will celebrate a magical evening of music and movie clips from Disney’s best known films. Dine at Arpeggio, the Schermerhorn’s elegant restaurant, for an unforgettable pre-concert gourmet experience to complete a perfect evening.

Please share stories about your favorite fall music concert!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on



    Claude Reese

    It sounds like it will be worth atrip to Middle Tennessee. I attended the Opry about 50 yeas ago and it was wonderful.I was amazed at the way they handled the commercials and all the technical matters. It was also fun to watch all the things going on while the performers were acting. Like Roy Acuff standing his bow on his chin while he walked around. Others were telling jojes and laughing, but that part did not go out on the radio Keep us informed

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