Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Catch A Concert Or A Flick

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

June 27

Nashville – Frist Fridays Concert Series – Nashville-based The Long Players will perform The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” 6 p.m. in the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Turner Courtyard.

June 27-July 1

McNairy – The Wizard of Oz – Follow Dorothy and her friends on an adventure through Oz 7:30 p.m. Friday to Tuesday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Latta Theater of the McNairy County Visitors & Cultural Center.

June 28

Blountville – Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – See dirtbike riders fly through the air and across obstacles to take home top honors 1 p.m. at Muddy Creek Raceway.

Maryville – Learn to Solder – Work on gadgets and a blinking robot with Knox Makers 2-4 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.

Nashville – “Science of Pow!” – Learn how fire can appear out of thin air, explore boxing and martial arts, and the creation of “Elephant Toothpaste” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center.

Nashville – Kelly Williams – Go behind the scenes with artist Kelly Williams as she talks about her solo exhibition “Life Science” 11 a.m. at the David Lusk Gallery Nashville.

Jackson – “A Soul Train Party” – Celebrate “Black Music Month” with a variety of oldies and newbies artists and music, the famous “Soul Train Line,” the Scramble Board and more will be featured 8 p.m. at the National Guard Armory Building.

June 28-29

Nashville – Enjoy a full day of activities like a songwriting session with Tim James, family programs and Steve Gibson autograph signing session11:30 a.m. June 28 and a resonator guitar demonstration by Dave MacKenzie and a film screening of “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” 2 p.m. June 29at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Clarksville – Professional Horseshow Pitching Tour – Competitors try to get as many ringers as possible in the horseshoe tournament to walk away with big cash prizes at Montgomery County’s Civitan Park.

June 29

Chattanooga – Blueberry Festival – Celebrate all things blueberry with homemade pies, eating contests even blueberry beer at the Chattanooga Market.

Memphis – Snap! Summer Music Experience 2014 – Experience the Stax Music Academy grand finale concert for free 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell.

June 30-July 3

Townsend – 2014 Summer Family Programming – Participate in fly fishing, pioneer games, a school day in a church and much more 10 a.m. to noon at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

June 30-July 4

Memphis – Anatomy Academy – Roll up lab coat sleeves and become human body detectives in this entertaining summer camp at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

July 1

Nashville – Authors @ Cheekwood – Author Robert Brandt will read from his work “Natural Nashville: A Guide to the Greenways and Nature Parks,” as well as share stories and describe his writing process 6:30 p.m. in Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art’s Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden.

July 4

Murfreesboro – Friday Night Live Concert Series – The group Entice will perform Motown and modern music 6:30 p.m. on the historic downtown square. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. The event is free.

Jackson – Main Street Live – The King Beez will perform rhythm and blues music 7:30 p.m. in the downtown amphitheatre at the Jackson’s Farmer’s Market.

July 4-6

Jackson – The All American Open House – See the new look around the Old Country Store and experience the new bakery with the antique, junk & yard sale at Casey Jones Village.

July 5

Linden – Music on Main Street – Enjoy the summer night with this outdoor concert series 7:30 p.m. at the Perry County Courthouse Square. The event is free and open to the public.

Nashville – Watch Me Move: Spirited Away – See the movie based on Hayao Miyazaki’s anime masterpiece 10 a.m. at the Belcourt Theatre as part of “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show” on display through Sept. 1 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

July 6

Nashville – Going extinct: DinoTrek – Plan to see the roaring dinosaurs before they leave July 6 at the Nashville Zoo.

July 7-11

Morristown – Swamped! and The Filmmaker – Kids 4-12 can participate in Swamped! a theatre, music and movement summer camp 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rose Center and kids 13-18 can participate in The Filmmaker Camp where students will learn about writing a screenplay, cinematography and video editing 3-8 p.m. at the Rose Center.

July 9

Dover – Taste at the Homeplace – Drop in to see what the ladies are preserving, harvesting or cooking noon at the Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area.

July 10-11

Memphis – 2014 Summer Movie Series – Catch the comedy classic” Clue” 7 p.m. July 10 and the hilarious “Office Space” 7 p.m. July 11 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Nashville – Civil War Junior Ranger Day Camp – Kids nine to 12 years of age can experience life during the Civil War for both Confederate and Union soldiers with military drills, campfire cooking and cannon firing 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Registration is due byJuly 4.

July 11

Nashville – Sonja Porter Hopkins – This high-spirited jazz singer brings her gospel roots 6 p.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Livingston – Live in Livingston Summer Music Series – The Steel Drivers will give a can’t-miss performance 5:30 p.m. on Livingston’s historic downtown square.

July 12

Jonesborough – Movies on Main – Bring a lawn chair and watch the classic “Lion King” 8:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Jonesborough.

Memphis – Elsa and Anna – The sisters from Disney’s new movie hit “Frozen” will perform songs and pose for photo ops 10 a.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. Tickets are $3 for members and $15 for non-members.

Murfreesboro – “The Raiding Winter” – Walk in the footsteps of Nathan Bedford Forest, General Braxton Bragg and President Jefferson Davis as one of Tennessee’s leading novelists Michael R. Bradley, speaks and signs his latest book “The Raiding Winter” 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Oaklands Historic House Museum.

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