Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Music And Art Galore

Friday, January 10, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.


Memphis – “On the Edge” – Bladesmith Andrew Meers showcases his work that ranges from fantasy weaponry to hones Damascus blades through March 25 at the Metal Museum.

Jan. 11

Knoxville – Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct – Fans from around the world can enjoy more laughs with American ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his sidekicks, including Walter the Grumpy Retiree 5 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

Jan. 12

Nashville – “30 Americans” and Ana Marie Tavares: Deviating Utopias” Closing – Snag a last chance to see these two exhibitions before they depart the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Murfreesboro – “Wedding Dresses through the Decades” – This award-winning exhibit, featuring wedding dresses from the 1800s through present day, returns for another run until March 2 in Maney Hall of Oaklands Historic House Museum. Tickets are $5.

Jan. 16

Memphis – “Sing His Praises” – Enjoy this gospel concert featuring the Miracle Temple Choir, The Barnes Family, and more 7 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Jan. 16-18

Nashville – Roberta Flack – One of America’s greatest songstresses, known for her hits “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” and “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” Roberta Flack will perform with the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Jan. 17

Nashville – Wisewater – Kate Lee Gurnow will play Americana music on her violin and will be joined by Andrew Buckner on guitar and vocals and Forrest O’Connor on mandolin and vocals at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Jan. 18

Jackson – “Spirit of America” – Listen to traditional tunes by Copeland and Dvorak performed by The Jackson Symphony 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Tickets are $25.

Crossville – “The Dixie Swim Club” – See the story of five women unfold in this hilarious and touching comedy through March. 21 at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

Memphis – Staxtacular – The Soulsville Foundation and the Memphis Grizzlies team up for the annual auction that benefits the children of the Stax Music Academy 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Jan. 19

Nashville – “Let Freedom Sing!: A Musical Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” – The Nashville Symphony will present its 21st annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 7 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Baxter – Wine, Shine & Stein Tour – Join DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards for a tour of the winery, Short Mountain Distillery, and Calfkiller Brewery 9 a.m. beginning at DelMonaco Winery. Tickets are $35. Advance reservations are required. For reservations, call DelMonaco at 931-858-1177.

Jan. 20

Memphis – “Ignite the Dream: MLK Day Event” – Make crafts and decorating squares of hope to be added to the peace quilt; enjoy the largest balloon release and local artists 10 a.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Nashville – Cheekwood Summer Camp – Registration for summer camp June 2 to Aug. 1 that will include drawing, painting, gardening, bugs, and much more will open to the general public for ages 1-18 years old at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Jan. 23

Chattanooga – “From the Top” – Celebrate performances and stories of young classical musicians as the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra performs before the taping of the show for NPR 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre.

Jan. 24

Memphis – “Sid the Science Kid” – Children will love solving the mysteries and wonders of science and the world around them 6:30 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre. Tickets range from $15-$20.

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