1. Toto: 40 Trips Around the Sun at Ryman
Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 p
Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Avenue North, Nashville
Toto is celebrating 40 years together with their 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour in support of their new best-of set of the same name that was recently released. Toto actually formed in 1976 but didn’t release their self-titled debut album, which included their first hit, Hold the Line, until 1978. The current lineup of the band includes original members Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro along with Joseph Williams, who first joined in 1986 and has been currently with them since 2010. The tour band also includes Lenny Castro, Shannon Forrest, Warren Ham and Shem Von Schroeck. The current tour is broken down into three sections plus an encore. The first set opens with nine songs before breaking down for a seven-song acoustic set. The band returns for eight more songs in the second half before returning for an encore.
Only a few tickets remain, buy them here.
2. Dolly Week at the Opry
Tuesday, October 8 -Friday, October 12
Grand Ole Opry, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville
Dolly Week 2019 includes five consecutive nights of Dolly-themed Opry shows that include performances by many of Dolly’s friends and artists she has influenced including Bill Anderson, Dierks Bentley, Barry Gibb, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price, Don Schlitz, Jeannie Seely, Hank Williams, Jr. and more. Artists plan to perform a mix of their own hits as well as songs written, popularized, or inspired by the 50-year Opry icon. Dolly will perform on Saturday night but that show is sold out.
Find tickets here.
3. Ian Noe with Jeremy Ivey at Exit/In
Thursday, October 10, 9 p
2208 Elliston Place, Nashville
Ian Noe: Ian Noe draws on the day-to-day life of Eastern Kentucky on his debut album, Between the Country. Recorded in Nashville with production by Dave Cobb, these 10 original songs introduce a number of complicated characters, diverse in their own downfalls but bound together by Noe’s singular voice.
Jeremy Ivey: “I’m riding on a booger in the sneeze of space. That’s my bio,” jokes singer/songwriter Jeremy Ivey. It’s a tongue-in-cheek—albeit oddly fitting—description of the Nashville-based performer, who has operated in the background for years, initially performing in bands like Secret Handshake and country-soul group Buffalo Clover with his wife, celebrated country-rock luminary Margo Price. But now, at 40, Ivey is ready to take a much-deserved step into the spotlight with a debut LP, The Dream and the Dreamer.
Find tickets here.
4. Ruthie Foster at the Franklin Theatre
Friday, October 11, 8 p
Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin
Hailing from the tightly knit musical community of Austin, Texas, award-winning singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster has found herself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, standing on stage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater, and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. Her latest album, Joy Comes Back, described as “some folk, some blues, some soul, some rock, some gospel,” illustrates Ruthie’s genre-spanning talent. Ruthie has been nominated for three Grammys and has won multiple Blues Music and Austin Music Awards, plus the Grand Prix du Disque from Académie Charles-Cros in France.
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5. Dancin in the District
Thursday, October 10, 4 p -10 p
Lawn at Riverfront Park, 100 First Avenue North, Nashville
Longtime Nashville residents know what’s up when it comes to Dancin’ In The District, but anyone who has moved to town in the last decade or so has not yet had the chance to experience the event that arguably led the revitalization of Lower Broadway—bringing tens of thousands of live music fans together on the banks of the Cumberland River. This year’s Dancin’ In The District event is once again taking place at Nashville’s Riverfront Park on October 10th and will continue to be a free, all-ages, pet-friendly event—for all intents and purposes, the Dancin’ that Nashville loved so dearly over the years is back!
Nashville favorites like Daddy’s Dogs, Eighth and Roast, and Ole Smoky Moonshine will be on hand vending food and beverages.The whole event benefits Music Health Alliance, an organization that helps connect professional musicians with the medical and financial solutions they might need. Performances for the evening include Leftover Salmon, Tennessee Music Candy, Alanna Royale, and Space Capone.