Nashville Live Performance Roundup: Through June 14

As we roll quickly toward summer, more people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 — and more venues across the spectrum in and around Nashville are opening up for limited-capacity audiences. Conditions continue to improve around the country, meaning more musicians are touring again, too. While it’s far from time to declare the pandemic over, you’ve got many more options for shows to see and support. 

If you feel comfortable going out, be aware that the situation won’t be quite the same as it was pre-COVID. Even with Metro ending many pandemic restrictions, many venues will keep special COVID protocols in place, involving things like mask requirements and/or some form of a pod seating scenario — be sure to check venues’ websites and social media or call them up so you’re on the same page. While being aware that changes in pandemic metrics might lead to changes in bookings, consider making your plans much earlier than you used to. Limited capacity means a sold-out show might be for a crowd of 100 people or less, depending on the venue. Related to that, be ready to tip generously; you’re probably going to be served by staffers who haven’t been able to work a regular gig in more than a year.

And if you don’t feel comfortable going out just yet, there are lots of streaming options, too. Below, find our list of one-time shows happening through Monday, June 14, plus notes on area venues that have published new show information and details on recurring events. (Also check out our Summer Guide!) We’ll do our best to keep our list up-to-date, but keep an eye on artists’ and venues’ social media and websites for updates. It’s a great time to visit anyhow, to show your support by buying merch or music — which you can also do via your favorite local record store. Whatever you do, don’t be a jerk.

Upcoming Single Events:

Venue Notes:

Ongoing Events:

  • From April 30-June 18, alt-classical ensemble chatterbird's Virtual Chamber Music Series presents compositions focused on the healing power of music, paired with fundraising opportunities for nonprofits. A new installment streams each Friday at noon via Facebook.
  • Composer and guzheng master Wu Fei adds new performances to her Facebook page on Mondays and Fridays. They serve as sneak peeks of her newsletter-based subscription series Wu Fei's Music Daily, which we crowned Best Music Newsletter in Best of Nashville 2020.
  • Check out the website of contemporary classical ensemble Intersection for periodic new installments of Listen, their 25-part series highlighting female composers.
  • Song Suffragettes, a songwriter showcase that gives a platform to rising women who make country music, hosts a digital edition live from The Listening Room Cafe via YouTube at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
  • Monday Night Jazz brings a variety of players to perform with Stefan Forbus and Fredrick Weathersby at The Local Distro, beginning at 8 p.m.
  • A virtual edition of Honky-Tonk Tuesdays at American Legion Post 82 streams weekly via Facebook.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers an array of online content, including Live at the Hall sessions that stream most Tuesdays at 7 p.m. via YouTube with a follow-up conversation at 8 p.m. on InstagramSee the CMHOF calendar for the schedule of upcoming events.
  • New episodes of Thelma and the Sleaze's Live From My Home series appear most Wednesdays on YouTube.
  • Innovative DJ Pimpdaddysupreme hosts conversations with mashup legends in his Monsters of Mash series, streaming at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays via Twitch.
  • Emma Swift and Robyn Hitchcock perform their Live From Sweet Home Quarantine sessions via StageIt at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Fridays (for the U.K. audience).
  • Roots Radio WMOT-FM 89.5's Finally Friday From Home streams and airs at noon on Fridays. See the station's website for more information about lineup and scheduling.
  • Weather permitting, the original Basement hosts free outdoor shows beginning at 5 p.m. on Fridays. The cast of bands rotates, and the event is called Get Happier Fridays.
  • Renowned jazz pianist Beegie Adair and her trio perform during Happy Hour With Beegie a few Fridays per month. Keep an eye on Adair's YouTube page for updates.
  • Stellar country singer, songwriter and fiddler Joshua Hedley and his band The Hedliners play Friday nights in May at Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge.
  • Songwriting legend Marshall Chapman performs at 3 p.m. most Saturdays from the temporarily shuttered Springwater. In lieu of tips, she's asking viewers to donate to the GoFundMe campaign created for the venue's staff. Watch Facebook for details.
  • Stellar country bandleader Chris Scruggs and his band The Stone Fox Five play a Honky-Tonk Matinee most Saturdays, weather permitting, 4-7 p.m. outside American Legion Post 82 in Inglewood.
  • Todd Snider's The Get Together streams most Sundays at 11 a.m. via The Purple Building's website.
  • Superlative songsmith Mary Gauthier hosts a series of conversations with fellow songwriters called Sundays With Mary, streaming via YouTube and Facebook at 2 p.m. most Sundays.
  • Jerry Pentecost's Country Western Nights returns to Acme Feed and Seed from 7-11 p.m. most Sundays.

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