|The dog days of summer are drawing nearer to a close and with that come a bevy of music shows in the midstate area.
In Murfreesboro, Main St. Live has booked some stellar shows for their fall calendar that should keep the town on the map.
With that being said, Wick-It The Instigator returns Sunday, Sept. 9, to Murfreesboro, while soul man Space Capone comes to town Thursday, Sep. 13.
Other acts slated for this fall include Lord T & Eloise on Thursday, Sep. 27, and David Allen Coe on Saturday, Nov. 3, but the “can’t miss” performance will be Nashville’s Moon Taxi on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The group had a breakout show at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester this summer and is also playing several other festivals this year, including a show at Live on the Green next month.
Take note of other venues in town too such as Bunganut Pig, who sneaked in a show from Neil Diamond tribute artist Denny Diamond last month. Their calendar is booked for the next couple of months with artists such as CJ Vaughn and Uncle Don Clark.
Heading across the county line, Nashville is stacked with festivals and shows over the next three to four months.
The Americana Music Association kicks off their weekend of showcases with an awards show Wednesday, Sep. 12. Look for performers such as John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell, Sam Bush, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Buddy Miller and many more across several venues in the city.
On the same note, Next Big Nashville’s SoundLand will be an all-new experience this year as it will be a one-day event Saturday, Oct. 6, at The Lawn at Riverfront Park. My Morning Jacket will headline the festival, with other performances from Young the Giant, Divine Fits and JD McPherson.
Before SoundLand hits the riverfront, Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival will take place at the same site from Friday, Sep. 21, through Saturday, Sept. 22. Confirmed acts for this experience include Gregg Allman, Amos Lee, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Lumineers and of course performances from Zac Brown Band each night.
For fans of free live music, then the best option will be Live on the Green this year. In its fourth year, the series went all out this year and landed Nawlins’ Dr. John for the first show in September.
Other nightly headliners include Alabama Shakes, The Wallflowers, North Mississippi Allstars, Trampled by Turtles and Here Come the Mummies.
The concert series takes place each Thursday night beginning Thursday, Sep. 6, through Thursday, Oct. 11, at Public Square Park in Nashville.
The staples such as the Ryman Auditorium, Cannery Ballroom, Mercy Lounge, Exit/In and the newest venue, Marathon Music Works, all have great talent booked over the next few months.
Though there are many options to choose, some of the highlights include Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne, Grace Potter and Grizzly Bear at the Ryman Auditorium.
Exit/In will host a Halloween show from Unknown Hinson, and the Japandroids are also set to play the historic venue in November.
Between Cannery Ballroom, Mercy Lounge and The High Watt, there is no doubt you will have your hands full this season.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, James McMurtry, The Walkmen, Grouplove and The Features will all be top picks across these venues.
Marathon Music Works has been one of the hottest venues since it’s opening last fall. Located in the Marathon Village neighborhood in Nashville, its warehouse style will hold around a crowd of 1,500 people, making it a great size to be friendly and still capture high-profile touring acts.
Beach House, Passion Pit, Crystal Castles, Big Gigantic and Ryan Bingham are all some of the acts that lead up to a New Year’s Eve party with Del McCoury Band and Keller Williams.
This time of year is always an exciting one and rivals the spring and early summer with the city festivals and extensive calendars.
The aforementioned performers are only a sampling of the shows on the radar for this fall, so check venue websites to keep up to date for more additions and ticket information.