Music Review: Amy Grant and Vince Gill spread the Christmas cheer with the Nashville Symphony this weekend

Amy Grant has long been one of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s best friends. As a young Christian-pop singer, Grant came to the NSO’s rescue 20 years ago, staging an important benefit concert to help steer the orchestra out of bankruptcy. This weekend, Grant is helping the symphony yet again. On Thursday night, Grant and her […]

Ray Price: For the Good Times…For All Times

“Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over.” That line from the lover’s lament, “For The Good Times,” which Ray Price took to No. 1 on the country charts and No. 11 on the pop charts in 1970, is appropriate after the 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member – regarded by many as country’s […]

Time is running out …

The deadline to contribute to our end-of-the-year Indiegogo fundraiser was December 31 but has now been extended through New Year’s Day. We need your help, dear reader, to sustain ArtsNash. All funds raised will go to pay writers and staff – one of our board members has generously agreed to pay all of our administrative […]

TV Review: Denyce Graves headlines this year’s joyous ‘Christmas at Belmont’

Few college music programs offer their students the chance to perform on national television. At Belmont University, this opportunity is practically a given. For the past 11 years, the university’s school of music has presented its Christmas at Belmont holiday show to a national audience on PBS. This year’s glistening Christmas special, taped in November […]

Music Review: Nashville in Harmony brings its inclusive brand of holiday cheer to the Ryman

A fierce winter storm raged outside the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night, but inside the hall, all was calm, all was bright. That, at least, was the premise of “Sugar Plums,” Nashville in Harmony’s terrific holiday show. Nashville’s premier GLBT chorus staged Thursday’s concert as a kind of old-timey radio program. An onstage radio host […]

Music Preview: Nashville in Harmony celebrates 10 sensational years of music and community

Most music groups exist for the sole purpose of promoting their own musical styles – jazz, rock, country, classical, whatever. For Nashville in Harmony, music is almost an incidental byproduct. “Our mission is foremost to build community,” says Don Schlosser, Nashville in Harmony’s music director. “Music is simply the means we use to create social […]

Breaking News: Beloved Tennessean Journalist Clara Hieronymus is Dead

Clara Hieronymus, whose prose on arts graced the pages of The Tennessean for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Savannah, Tenn., according to her daughter-in-law Martha Hieronymus. “She went peacefully at home around 9:05 p.m.,” Martha Hieronymus tells ArtsNash. Per a 1982 agreement her remains have been donated to Vanderbilt University Medical Center; there are […]

Breaking News: ArtsNash Gains Tax-Exempt Status From IRS

It’s official: ArtsNash is now tax exempt. On Monday, the Nashville-based nonprofit arts journalism company received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating it has been approved for tax exemption under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. What does that mean? Among other things, it means contributions to ArtsNash like those […]

Nashville artists will perform a benefit concert for the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund

Dance Theatre of Tennessee artistic director Christopher Mohnani grew up in the Philippines, so naturally he was concerned when he first heard about Typhoon Haiyan bearing down on the country. “The Philippines get hit by about 20 typhoons a year, so people are used to them,” says Mohnani, who was on the phone earlier this […]

‘Nashville 2.0’ Headlines Night of Music City Sounds on NPT

“We were doing it for a long time,” says Emmylou Harris as she performs Americana music onstage with Rodney Crowell in NASHVILLE 2.0: The Rise of Americana that airs today in Nashville at 8 p.m. on NPT (available over-the-air on 8.1, on Comcast Channel 1008 and Charter Cable channel 708) as part of the PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL. “We just didn’t know what […]

Philip Glass, Peter Brook, Wayne McGregor Headline 1st OZ Season

Renowned composer Philip Glass, Peter Brook’s theater troupe and Wayne McGregor’s dance company are among those visiting OZ Nashville during its inaugural season, OZ leaders announced today at a ribbon-cutting launch party attended by a capacity crowd. Their first series of performances, which will run Feb. 13 – June 21, will introduce audiences to OZ’s flexible and […]

‘JFK 50’ is Musical Tribute to Slain President and His Vision

Half-century dream fulfilled by retired professor, Kennedy admirer Dan Jewell’s stark, acoustic-guitar-accompanied dream — born in a time of national trauma and personal confusion and loss — percolated 50 years, unfinished but never forgotten. Perhaps his own advancing years – he’s 73 now – convinced him it was time to finish the task sparked when bullets […]

Pictorial: Truly a Wonderful World of Arts Awaits at OZ

A word that comes quickly to mind when viewing the incredible artistic showcase of OZ Nashville is passion. The Ozgener family’s passion for this community and the arts infuses every part of the impressive complex that sits next to John C. Tune Airport. “It is our family’s gift to the city of Nashville,” says Founder Cano […]

Music Review: O’Jays sing in perfect harmony at the Schermerhorn

On Sunday night, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center was transformed into an old time soul arena, thanks to the famed O’Jays. The trio, members of both the Rock ‘N’ Roll and Vocal Group Halls of Fame, demonstrated a cohesion, energy and charisma that thrilled a crowd of predominantly older folks, many of whom began clapping after […]

Local Producer Sees “Country Christmas” with Dolly Parton Hit TV

When folks watch A Country Christmas Story on Lifetime today (at 7 p. m. Central, Channels 42 and 1305 on Comcast, 25 and 738 on Charter; repeated at 11 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Sunday as well as 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15) they’ll see the on-screen efforts of music legend Dolly […]

Music Review: Michael McDonald, ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ in Nashville

Threatening weather that included gusting winds, rain and thunderstorms, coupled with the fact it was Halloween night, probably had an impact on attendance for the opening performance of Michael McDonald’s three-night residency at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. But those who made it – including several who filtered in throughout the first set – saw a champion […]

Artober Nashville Celebration Provides Wide Range of Experiences

Happily the calendar is turning once again to Artober Nashville. It is, to quote the folks at the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, “for every Nashvillian to experience the arts where they live, work and play and includes everything from visual and performing arts, to music, crafts, film, pop-ups, and more.” In its third year, Artober Nashville has grown […]

Music Review: More gala glitz, this time from Al Jarreau

Versatility and excellence have been the hallmarks of vocalist Al Jarreau’s appeal and success since he broke out of the supper club/cabaret/nightclub underground and into the mainstream ranks during the mid-70s. Jarreau consistently demonstrated during an exhaustive, two-set show Sunday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center that an orchestral background neither threatens nor overwhelms his […]

Music Review: El Movimiento, bringing Latin jazz to the people

“Those are the rules – No cell phones. Please dance. That’s all.” It was the only introduction needed for Nashville’s only Latin jazz band, El Movimiento.  Taking the Nashville Jazz Workshop stage Saturday night to a full house, it was clear that no one would be on their cell phone during this performance anyway.  Founding […]

Sideshow Fringe Festival 2013 Begins Creative Cornucopia Today

The third edition of Nashville’s annual progressive performing arts event begins today. The Sideshow Fringe Festival which runs through Sunday has a full slate of innovative arts programming as it expands from its Belmont/Hillsboro neighborhood base to encompass venues in East Nashville and West Nashville as well. Venues include The East Room, Belmont’s Black Box Theatre, […]