Tennessee Tourism Round Up: The Summer Of Music

Friday, July 14, 2017 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism events include the Neddy Jacobs Days Craft & Music Fest in Lebanon, Opry legend Jesse McReynolds at Bluegrass Underground in McMinnville and EDM and alt-rock Nebulosity Music & Arts Festival in Atwood. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.

com/calendar.

Ongoing

Knoxville – Hola Hora Latina, the exhibition by Moises Ponce, features his “Arte 504” collection on display through July 28 at Casa HoLa.

Nashville – Nashville Ballet celebrates 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker early with Christmas in July, a special $5 off ticket discount with promo code XMASJULY. Nashville’s Nutcracker plays Dec. 2-23 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall.

Nashville – For every beer sold, $1 is donated to Tennessee State Parks July 23 and July 30 at Tennessee Brew Works’ Taproom.

July 14-15

Lebanon – The Neddy Jacobs Days Craft & Music Fest is a two-day event full of artisan vendors and Americana music to set the scene noon to 8 p.m. CT Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CTSaturday at Fiddlers Grove in the James E. Ward Ag Center.

July 14-16

Murfreesboro – The 50th annual Murfreesboro Antique Show attracts some of the finest antique dealers across the U.S. at the Middle TN Convention Center.

July 14-22

Kingsport – Fun Fest has live concerts, children’s activities and hot air balloons for this family-friendly festival.

July 14-23

Dandridge – Encore Theatrical Company presents the musical masterpiece Ragtime, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow 8 p.m. ET July 14-15, 21-22 and 2 p.m. ET July 16 and July 23 at the Jefferson County High School Performing Arts Center.

Gatlinburg – Summer Craftman’s Fair was voted one of the Southeast’s “Most Popular Events” as it hosts artisans and craftsmen from all over the U.S. with more than 200 booths.

July 15

McMinnville – Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys, a country music and Opry legend, headlines the upcoming Bluegrass Underground show with openers The Farmer & Adele 1 p.m. CT in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns.

Paris – Kentucky Lake Water Fun Run is held on the Kentucky Lake every third week of July. Players travel to area resorts, getting a card stamped. Poker hands are played with a chance to win.

July 15-16

Blountville – The 33rd annual Kawasaki Team Green Tennessee State Motocross Championship brings some of the best motocross competitors together at Muddy Creek Raceway.

July 16

Chattanooga – Chattanooga’s artistic community is highlighted at the Local Artist Festival, boasting 50 or more artists, craftsmen, photographers and other mediums of artistry 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at the First Tennessee Pavilion.

Nashville – KC & The Sunshine Band presents the party event of the summer with hits including Get Down Tonight, Keep It Comin’ Love and Boogie Shoes among others 7:30 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

July 18

Dover – Get a taste of unique 19th century local food during Taste of the South 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm at Land Between the Lakes.

Murfreesboro – Freebirds World Burrito opens its first Tennessee location and is giving away free burritos for a year to the first 25 guests in line on opening day at 2222 Medical Center Parkway.

July 18-24

Nashville – Dine around Music City for the Nashville Scene Burger Week where burgers are $5 at participating locations: burgerweek.nashvillescene.com.

July 19

Knoxville – Kacey Chambers is an Australian singer-songwriter brings the U.S. leg of her international tour in support of her 11th album, Dragonfly, 8 p.m. ET to the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre.

Nashville – Whiskey Wednesdays with Jack Daniel’s continues its offering of the free whiskey tasting series 5 p.m. CT in the Union Station Hotel’s lobby.

Nashville – AFI and Circa Survive team up to play an unforgettable show with special guest, Citizen 7:30 p.m. CT at War Memorial Auditorium.

July 20

Goodlettsville – Music on Main summer series continues with DB Chase and the Moonshine Outlaws 6:30-8 p.m. CT in Goodlettsville City Hall Park.

Jonesborough – History Happy Hour continues with ETSU History Department Chair and Professor Colin Baxter who speaks about the life of James Baxter Bean 6:30 p.m. ET at the Chester Inn State Historic Site & Museum. The event includes free refreshments.

Nashville – Mandolinist Mike Compton, Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Association Award winner, performs 6-8 p.m. CT in the Frist Center Cafe at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

July 20-22

Gallatin – Across the Lines | A New Play with Music takes place 7:30 p.m. CT July 20-21 with performances 2 p.m. CT and 7:30 p.m. CT July 22 at CenterStage.

July 20-23

Atwood – The Nebulosity Music & Arts Festival features bands like Levitation Jones, Waker, and Sirius Colors, a mix of EDM and alt-rock beginning noon CT Thursday through noon CTSunday at Clay Farm.

July 21

Nashville – Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, singers of Air Supply, bring their talented harmonies 8 p.m. CT to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Townsend – Embark on the Behind the Scenes Tour of Cades Cove with Mike Meldrum, retired national park ranger, to see parts of Cades Cove most visitors never experience 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, departing from the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.

July 21-22

Franklin – Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Fiddlers Jamboree invites the public to bring a blanket or lawn chair to experience bluegrass acts from across the region in downtown Franklin.

July 22

Eagleville – The Watermelon Festival features a splash zone, Bubble Blast Pool, inflatable waterslides, seed spitting, melon toss and a watermelon eating contest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Lucky Ladd Farm.

Hendersonville – Songwriters Night features local artists 5-9 p.m. at Historic Rock Castle.

Lenoir City – Discover Life in America hosts its second BioBlitz of the summer in coordination with Tennessee Valley Authority that includes interactive activities surrounding nature 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET at Hall Bend Trail at the Tellico Reservoir. The event is free and family friendly.

Lewisburg – Enjoy live music by The Bird & The Bear & Friends Birthday Celebration 6 p.m. CT at Pickers Creek Winery.  

Union City – Jupiter: The King of the Planets is a fun, educational event about the solar system, part of the Family Education Series 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT in the ATA Room at Discovery Park of America.

July 26-29

Lawrenceburg – James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival celebrates the birthplace of Southern gospel music, Lawrenceburg, at the Historic Crockett Theatre.



New Art Gallery Opening In Historic Rugby

A new art gallery is open in the historic Board of Aid to Land Ownership in Historic Rugby. “The Gallery At Rugby,” a new venture by artist and longtime area resident Freeman Davenport, opened on June 1. It features works from area artists for sale, and on display in monthly themed shows. Ms. Davenport has for years offered instruction to other artists through workshops ... (click for more)

Hot Rod Power Tour 2018 Rolls Into Chattanooga On Sunday

The 24th annual Hot Rod Power Tour rolls through the heartland of hot rod culture. It is more than just a traveling car show – it is the largest hot rod road trip in the world. The seven-day, seven-city, 1,300-mile journey is expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators,  June 9-15 . The tour kicks off in Bowling Green, Ky., then heads ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Teen Charged In 2016 Murder Of Marion County Toddler

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Chattanooga teenager, who is charged with the abuse and murder of a South Pittsburg toddler. At the request of 12th District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor, on September 19, 2016, TBI Special Agents joined investigators with the South Pittsburg Police Department ... (click for more)

Former County Mayor, Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey Dies

Former County Mayor and Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey has died after a recent illness. Mr. Ramsey held a number of top government posts after leaving his strawberry farm at Harrison and going into politics. He was a major factor in the development of the Enterprise South Industrial Park and landing Volkswagen as its main tenant. He served in the state legislature and was ... (click for more)

Remembering Claude Ramsey

Chattanooga and Hamilton County has lost one of the best men that has ever held any office anywhere at anytime. Claude Ramsey a simple man who believed anything could be accomplished if you worked hard and treated people good. I remember meeting Claude at age 20 after moving to the big city after growing up in rural Rhea County. I was working at Turner Funeral Home and Claude ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Participation Trophies

You may remember several years back when James Harrison, a linebacker for the Steelers at the time, came home to discover his two sons, who were then ages 8 and 6, had received “participation trophies” on a sports team. Harrison, who earned his way into the NFL (he was not drafted out of Kent State yet played in five Pro Bowls), promptly loaded his sons and the bogus trophies in ... (click for more)