Music scene heats up with summer

 

Taj Mahal Trio was the featured artist at the Gospel and Blues Festivals in Centennial Park. His performance is just one of the many concerts that will heat up Nashville this summer.

Taj Mahal Trio was the featured artist at the Gospel and Blues Festivals in Centennial Park. His performance is just one of the many concerts that will heat up Nashville this summer.

It’s summer time for music lovers as evidenced in middle Tennessee by last weekend’s Gospel and Blues Festivals in Centennial Park; next week’s CMA Music Fest in downtown Nashville; and Bonnaroo and the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival the following weekend.

Next week we’ll give you the complete rundown on the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival, but this week we preview the summer music scene for June and July with a focus on some of the major music venues in Music City, USA, e.g., (alphabetically) Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Municipal Auditorium, the Ryman Auditorium, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and TPAC including the War Memorial Auditorium.

Summer music scene highlights

Earth, Wind and Fire plays the Ryman Auditorium, Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 pm. Grammy-award winning band Earth, Wind and Fire’s soulful, funky music has spanned the last four decades, capturing the hearts of a multitude of fans, including many current-day artists who cite Earth, Wind and Fire as musical inspiration. The band has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received a star on the celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other honors. Hits include ‘September,’ ‘That’s The Way of the World,’ ‘Shining Star,’ ‘Let’s Groove’ and many more.

Archer Live! plays the Ryman Auditorium Friday, June 21, at 8 pm. Archer Live! is bringing the animated comedy to life, featuring a moderated panel discussion, a script reading of memorable Archer scenes and an audience question and answer session with cast members and producers. This once-in-lifetime experience is certain to delight fans of the sitcom, which just finished its fourth season on FX. Talent appearances include H. Jon Benjamin as Agent Sterling Archer, Aisha Tyler as Agent Lana Kane, Jessica Walter as Malory Archer, Chris Parnell as Cyril Figgis, Amber Nash as Pam Poovey, Lucky Yates as Krieger, series creator/executive producer Adam Reed as Agent Ray Gillette and executive producer Matt Thompson.

Bob James & David Sanborn play the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 pm. Pianist Bob James and saxophonist David Sanborn are two of the most influential figures in jazz, making history with their hit 1986 collaboration Double Vision. Joined by the legendary drummer Steve Gadd, they’ll play songs from their brand-new follow-up album.

ABBA the Concert plays the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tuesday, July 2, at 7 pm. This musical extravaganza celebrates one of the best-selling groups in the history of music! Featuring original members of the band’s rhythm section, ABBA the Concert will survey their incredible career, with a dynamic vocal quartet singing all your favorite songs, from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘S.O.S.’ to ‘Mamma Mia’—all enhanced by the incredible sound of the Nashville Symphony. This tribute show is so authentic, you’ll swear you’re seeing the real thing.

Chaka Khan plays the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Saturday, July 6, at 8 pm. Dynamic soul queen Chaka Khan will light up the Schermerhorn with her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence. She’ll be joined by the Nashville Symphony for a night full of hits, including her anthem ‘I’m Every Woman’ and the irresistible ‘I Feel for You.’ With an incomparable style blending funk, jazz, rock and soul, this versatile singer, actress, producer and philanthropist has got it all—and she’s never sounded better!

Summer music calendar

June 8–Brandy

War Memorial Auditorium

June 12–Earth, Wind & Fire

Ryman Auditorium

June 15–Freddie Jackson

Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival

June 16–Happy Together Tour

TPAC–Polk Theatre

June 18–Boyz II Men w/NKotB

Bridgestone Arena

June 19–Bob James/David Sanborn

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

June 19–Mary J. Blige/Kem

Municipal Auditorium

June 19–One Direction

Bridgestone Arena

June 21–Archer Live!

Ryman Auditorium

July 2–ABBA the Concert

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

July 6–Chaka Khan

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

July 10–Lil’ Wayne

Bridgestone Arena

July 13–Beyonce

Bridgestone Arena

July 24–The Monkees

Ryman Auditorium