Can’t afford to make it to the Americana Music Festival and Conference, being held October 12-15 at Nashville’s Downtown Sheraton and in various music venues around the city. Not to worry! The Americana Music Association today announced what they’re calling an “opportunity to dip your toes into the genre’s waters” with a number of free and low cost events around Nashville during the week of the festival.
Here are some of the events on offer from the Americana Music Association:
Wednesday, October 12
- Steve Forbert- Live at the Tinney Gallery- 5:30-7:30 Songwriting legend Steve Forbert will perform and exhibit some of his photographs.
- Music City Roots: Live From the Loveless Cafe- 7:00-9:30 at the Loveless Cafe. The weekly Music City Roots program will celebrate its second birthday with performances by Grayson Capps, The Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival, The Wilders and Mic Harrison and Scott Miller of the V-roys. Entrance is free with a Americanafest laminate or wristband and $10 for the general public.
Thursday, October 13
- Land of 1000 Dances: The Groundbreaking Sounds of Muscle Shoals- 12:00-1:30 at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The legendary music of Muscle Shoals is celebrated at this star packed Country Music Hall of Fame event. Guest Speakers include: David Briggs, Rick Hall, Norbert Putnam, Donnie Fritts, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham and Jimmy Johnson. This event is free with a museum entrance and is free to Americanafest laminate holders.
Friday, October 14
- Live Sirius XM Outlaw Country broadcast with Mojo Nixon- 5:30-7:30 at Sirius XM Tower, Bridgestone Arena. Americana Music icon Mojo Nixon hosts his Sirius XM broadcast live with appearances from Kenny Vaughan, North Mississippi Allstars, and Bottle Rockets.
Saturday, October 15
- Americanarama- 10:00-8:00 at Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music- This day long Americana festival within a festival is an Americanafest favorite. With music hand picked by Grimey’s staff, this is the ultimate party to cap off Americanafest weekend. This event is free to all.
- Performance by the 1861 Project- 2:30 PM at Legislative Plaza- Presented in conjunction with the Southern Festival of Books, this event features some of Nashville’s best talent setting Civil War stories to new songs.
- Musician’s Corner- 3:00-6:00 at Centennial Park- This free weekly concert will feature performances by Nanci Griffith, Ben Sollee, and “I Love”- A Tribute to Tom T. Hall.