Summer isn't quite here yet, but the time certainly feels right for dancin' in the street. Er, park. Dansepark? We told you recently that Dancin' in the District will be making a comeback as Nashville Dancin' June 13 through Aug. 1 Cream Cap'n D. Patrick Rodgers tells us we'll have the full lineup for you on May 16. However, lineups have been announced for several other annual free outdoor concert series, two of which are set to kick off this weekend.
First, you've got the summer edition of Musicians' Corner, held every Saturday afternoon at Centennial Park from May 4 to June 29. The organizers look forward to making this quite a hang, with a wide range of food trucks, a beer garden, and an activity center for the kiddos in addition to two concert stages. The second stage will feature acoustic acts and songwriters, while the main stage boasts groups like elder soul statesman Charles Walker and his Dynamites, who kick the whole thing off this Saturday with help from The Fairfield Four and more; take a gander at contributor Jewly Hight's Critic's Pick on the season opener:
After putting on a well-attended downtown festival for Metro’s 50th anniversary, the city’s getting into the spring season of its free weekly Centennial Park series, Musician’s Corner. A couple of this week’s headliners are considered Nashville treasures: The Dynamites with Charles Walker (beloved not only by vinyl collectors, but by everyone who gets off on flashy, classic, horn-heated soul music) and the down-home a cappella gospel quartet The Fairfield Four (revered by everyone with a sense of gospel history, some of whom were doubtlessly introduced to it by the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack). Then there’s blue-eyed soul-pop songwriter Andrew Ripp, along with a well-stocked acoustic stage featuring Rouse Cousins, Levi Weaver, Taylor Brashears and Pony Boy. First, though, comes the parade of local food trucks and the beer garden. —JEWLY HIGHT
Other bills to look forward to include The Delta Saints (playing May 18), Alanna Royale (May 25) and the season closer on June 29, with Webb Wilder, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Brooke Waggoner and Ruby Amanfu. The June 22 show will be supplanted by the Nashville stop on New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat, details TBA. The music runs from 2-5 p.m., but pre-show hangout and happy hour specials in the beer garden begin at noon. Peep the whole schedule here.
Over the river and through the woods, the annual East Side Hoot(enanny) was all set to get underway this Saturday at East Park (600 Woodland St.), with a stacked bill featuring roots master and BR-549er Chuck Mead. However, we received word that the show has been cancelled due to impending inclement weather. When the weather wizards permit, the show will run from 4-10 p.m., every Saturday through June 15, with the exception of June 1. Other Cream faves on subsequent bills include Magnolia Sons on May 25 and Space Capone rounding the whole thing out on June 15. Peep all the details over at the Hoot's homepage.
Last but certainly not least is the hoppin' happenin' on the West Side, Dragon Music Sundays at Fannie Mae Dees park, aka Dragon Park, in Hillsboro (2400 Blakemore Ave.). This year, the fest gets rolling May 19 with David Olney and the Aristocrats, and continues through June 23 with appearances by William Tyler (June 2) and Webb Wilder (June 16). Scuttlebutt is the music will commence at 4 p.m., but keep an eye on the DMS Facebook page for updates.