The Sporting Life: Sweet Sounds of Summer Edition

During these dog days of summer, it’s nice to enjoy live music in the evenings, especially at my favorite venue, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Check out these fantastic four opportunities, two in the coming next few days to relive memories of fun sounds from the U.K. in the 1960s and 1980s without an orchestra, and two later this summer with powerful vocal stylings of American rock and soul music with our magnificent Nashville Symphony.

Culture Club

Culture Club

Culture Club
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m. With their flamboyant style and instantly memorable songs, Culture Club were one of the biggest bands of the ’80s, earning a string of nine Top 10 hits. Back together again, Boy George and the original lineup return to Nashville for the first time in two decades to perform hits including: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Church of the Poison Mind, Time (Clock of the Heart), Karma Chameleon, I’ll Tumble 4 Ya, Miss Me Blind. Concert presented without orchestra.

1964

1964

Relive the British Invasion at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with 1964: The Tribute Band
Friday, August 5, 2016, 8:00 p.m. After a sellout performance at the Schermerhorn last summer, the world’s most authentic Beatles tribute returns. Relive all of your favorite hits, including “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Eight Days a Week,” “I Feel Fine,” “All My Loving,” and so many more, as this one-of-a-kind concert experience re-creates an early-’60s performance by the Fab Four, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter. Presented without orchestra. Plan ahead; get your tickets now before they sell out for these two early fall shows

Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men with the Nashville Symphony
Sunday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. NOTE: This show is at ASCEND AMPHITHEATER.
Nashville Symphony, Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Motownphilly’s Back Again – One Night Only — Boyz II Men reteam with your Nashville Symphony for a magical night of music under the stars. Enjoy mega-hits including “Motownphilly,” “End of the Road,” “On Bended Knee,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye,” along with some of Motown’s greatest hits.

Peter Cetera with the Nashville Symphony
Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. On sale to the public July 22.
With his instantly recognizable voice, Peter Cetera put his stamp on countless hits by the group Chicago, along with his own string of solo smashes. Joined by your Nashville Symphony, Arnie Roth, conducting, he’ll sing some of best songs ever to hit the radio airwaves: Feelin’ Stronger Every Day, If You Leave Me Now, You’re the Inspiration, The Next Time I Fall, One Good Woman, and Glory of Love.

For tickets, call (615) 687-6400. For more info, visit the website www.nashvillesymphony.org.

Artist Lineups for the Kinfolks 11th Annual Nashville Soul Food Festival
Al Menah Shriners Centre, 1354 Brick Church Pike, Nashville, TN 37207
Friday, July 29 – Doors at 8 pm for the Soul Food Comedy Jam with Alonzo “Hamburger” Jones, Mike Bonner, Tyler Craig, and the music of Slave. Tix are $15 General Admission; $25 Reserved Seating.

Saturday, July 30 – Gates open at 2pm, Showtime 4pm for the 11th Annual Nashville Soul Food Festival with Betty Wright, Confunkshun, Genuwine, Jagged Edge, and Tank. Tix $35, General Admission; $45, Preferred Viewing; and $65, VIP Table Seating.

Get tickets and more info at www.ilovesoulfood.com or www.extremetix.com.