5 Local Options for Outdoor Summer Music Listening

5 Local Options for Outdoor Summer Music Listening

It’s official: summer in Nashville is finally here! The weather is hot, the sun is shining, and the weekends are full of activity around the city. We’ve already discussed why Nashville is a great city to take your workout outdoors, but you can also take your summertime music listening outdoors! This week’s Adventure Blog introduces you to five great outdoor music experiences:

1. Live on the Green

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard all the excitement for this year’s Live on the Green Music Festival. With an extra stage added this year and over 30 bands performing, there’s never been a better year to get outside and catch some music in Public Square Park. Headlining acts this year include alternative mainstays like Passion Pit, Cold War Kids, and Lord Huron, along with beloved local artists like Ben Folds. The supporting cast is full of great local and national acts including Shakey Graves, Houndmouth, Elle King, and many, many more. Stay tuned in to Lightning 100 as we continue to announce the rest of the lineup over the next several weeks!

Live On The Green Music Festival dates for 2015 are August 20th and 27th, September 3rd, and September 10th-12th.

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With an incredible backdrop and plenty of water to cool off in, there’s no better excuse to grab a beer and spend your summer evenings catching some music outdoors at Live on the Green this year!

2. Musician’s Corner

If four weeks of Live on the Green doesn’t give you your fill of free outdoor music, you can always supplement it with another long-standing concert series here in Nashville: Musician’s Corner! Taking place in Centennial Park on select Saturdays during the summer and fall, Musician’s Corner is another great outdoor concert series that won’t break the bank. The main stage lineup is always great, and the Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage gives you access to some of Nashville’s best local singer-songwriters. Enjoy delicious eats from Nashville’s best food trucks, and quench your thirst at the beer garden. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, picnic, your four-legged best friend and turn your Musician’s Corner experience into something fun for the whole family. With the ongoing renovations to Centennial Park, this series is sure to be even better in the coming years!

Did you already miss the early summer series? No worries, Musician’s Corner will be back this fall starting Saturday, September 5th.

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Free music, a great crowd, and some nice shade trees? You can’t go wrong. (Photo courtesy of Musician’s Corner)

3. Fontanel

One of Nashville’s most beloved venues, the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel is unbeatable when it comes to catching a show outside. Situated north of downtown in the natural amphitheater of White’s Creek Valley and featuring a state-of-the-art sound system, Fontanel provides a cozy wooded setting for you to see a show in the great outdoors without skimping on quality. The venue, located on the former estate of country music legend Barbara Mandrell, also plays host to two miles of trails, meaning you can get in a quick pre-show hike if you’re feeling so inclined. Plan ahead, because show dates are limited and only during the summer, and they often sell out!

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Sunset and a show? Like I said, unbeatable. (Photo courtesy of woodsamphitheater.com)

4. The Ascend Amphitheater

Nashville’s newest outdoor venue (it doesn’t even open for another month), the Ascend Amphitheater is sure to become one of the city’s best concert experiences. Featuring a stacked lineup of shows that runs well into the fall, with acts ranging from My Morning Jacket to Eric Church, there are great concert options for people of all musical tastes. The venue also plays host to a dog park, greenway, and plenty of open space, making it a great place to relax even on non-show days. With a capacity of 6,500 and both seated and lawn tickets available, Ascend will provide a fairly intimate and relaxed environment to catch an outdoor show. We seriously can’t wait for the amphitheater to open up on July 30th!

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The downtown skyline will be the backdrop to the new Ascend Amphitheater, making for a truly Nashville concert experience. (Photo courtesy of Dan Holland and fineartamerica.com)

5. Friday Afternoon Live

Hate getting stuck in traffic trying to get home from work on a Friday afternoon? Love outdoor music, pizza, and happy hour? We’ve got just what you need! Lightning 100 hosts Friday Afternoon Live from 5-8pm every week at Soulshine Pizza in Midtown. Come hang out with us, and you’ll get to take in some of the best local musicians in Nashville… for free! Bonus: Soulshine’s upstairs patio is covered, meaning you can enjoy our Local Artist of the Week outside while staying out of the rain and sun.

Seriously, the options for catching a show outdoors in Nashville are almost endless, so take advantage of some of these great opportunities this summer! Most of these great events are free, so you, and your wallet, won’t regret it.

– Matt (Team Green’s Events Coordinator)

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