Strike an E-chord on an electric guitar, and something magical happens. The amp fills the performance space with sound, and with each growing decibel comes a sense of accomplishment, self-esteem, and power. That's exactly what students feel when they step into one of Youth Empowerment Through Arts & Humanities's programs.
The nonprofit's founders, music instructors, and helpful volunteers all believe that the benefits of music go beyond just learning to play a song. The skills translate to all aspects of life. With that in mind, the musical instructors lead a year-round rock-band program as well as rock camps for kids aged 10–17. The programs provide an alternative to traditional high-school band, incorporate performance opportunities, and allow kids to come up with really cool rock-star names.
Belcourt Taps celebrates the charms and flavors of the South with regular live music, and gourmet twists on comfort classics. The festivities begin before diners even step through the door. Outside, a sprawling patio surrounds the restaurant, lit up at night with warm sconce lighting and candlelight. There, guests can dig into gourmet stuffed burgers and tacos with pulled pork, shrimp, or chicken. Diners can also explore tapas and shareable plates of fried green tomatoes and nachos or dive solo into a barbecue pulled pork sandwich.
Inside, regular live music showcases the talents of singers and songwriters who carry on the Nashville sound. Golden yellow walls brighten the room, adding the feel of a southwestern cantina or a southwestern cantina owned by a pyromaniac, and soft overhead lighting creates the ideal atmosphere for a draft beer.
After a lifetime of conquering comedy and literature, renaissance man Steve Martin along with his crackerjack journeymen The Steep Canyon Rangers brings chart-topping bluegrass to The Woods at Fontanel. Steve Martin’s Grammy Award-winning banjo playing is paired with the smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals, and callused fingers of The Steep Canyon Rangers to promote their new album Rare Bird Alert, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart. The harmonious performance promises the highest-quality bluegrass available without dragging a time machine through an Appalachian hootenanny.
Blistering every seat in the house with his scorching wit, actor, comedian, and author Tracy Morgan brings his inimitable act to the historic Ryman Auditorium for a special night of raucous, adult-only hysterics. Beloved for his roles on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and in numerous films, Morgan serves up an obstreperous stand-up act sure to tickle even the most irascible ribs until they weep with joy. Tier 1 tickets (a $69.50 value) allow audience members to ogle the funnyman from front main-floor seats, including the front sides, as well as the front section of the balcony. Tier 2 seating (a $49.50 value) is further back on the main floor and balcony and also includes front and back seats on the extreme sides of the balcony but still provides a good view of the on-stage action. Every ticket comes with a glossy, limited-edition poster (a $15 value) of Tracy Morgan, a souvenir with the potential to turn a house into a home and a home into a stop on local walking tours.
Dance Theatre of Tennessee trains students in the art of dance and dazzles audiences with world-class performances. "Swan Lake – At 75: A Tribute to Elaine Thomas" honors Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s artistic director, who has served as coach, choreographer, and ballet mistress to prominent companies around the world. Audiences aim their eyes at the stage as guest artists from Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, and The Australian Ballet celebrate Elaine’s career with accolades and ritual burnings of DDR games. The tribute culminates in a spectacular staging of act 2 of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, Swan Lake.
Without transcendent classical music, Nashville's top cultural event would be a polka band performing a 58-minute "Yakety Sax" jam session instead of today's Groupon to the Nashville Symphony. For $30, you get one ticket to see Thibaudet Returns at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Concerts take place on Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. and April 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. All seating is in the $75 orchestra level.