Nashville is used to being a music industry leader, but when it comes to reinvigorating a live music scene hit hard by the pandemic, there’s no strategic plan in place. That’s forcing venues and musicians to make tough decisions.
The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers have spent more than a century making a name for themselves as a talented music group. So, it wasn’t a surprise when they won their first Grammy award in March.
The music festival dropped its 2021 lineup Wednesday, and it turns out, Lizzo will be center stage after all. The R&B phenomenon was named the first female headliner of Bonnaroo last year, before the pandemic brought things to a full stop.
The pandemic is the latest reason the long-awaited National Museum of African American Music is delaying its opening in downtown Nashville. But in the meantime, the museum has been working on a shareable curriculum that is suddenly arriving at just the right time.
Last year, a Curious Nashville reader noticed an unusual sign on the side of the road. Like many of the most intriguing questions we receive, answering it demanded a visit to the site. WPLN News contributor Tasha Lemley took up the search.
There are more paintings than furniture in Omari Booker’s studio in Nashville. His works are bursting with color, illuminating images of family and Black men. One painting, “The Black Bird,” captures his time in prison.
The Nashville Symphony is canceling its upcoming season and furloughing staff and musicians after a tough year caused by the coronavirus. The move will suspend concerts and event activity until July 31, 2021, and furlough 79 musicians at the start of this July.
Live music has been back in Nashville for a week, and pandemic-related rules are already evolving.
The state of Tennessee is now allowing restaurants and retail businesses to increase capacity, so long as social-distancing recommendations can still be met.
Nashville musicians are still wondering when it’ll be safe to take the stage in front of a live audience again. Local leaders began easing “Safer at Home” restrictions on Monday, but it may be months before singers and performance venues are included in the reopening plans.