Looking Forward To The First Ascend Amphitheater Season

Dated: 06/15/2015

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by TJ Anderson

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Since Starwood was bulldozed in 2007, Nashville hasn’t had a proper amphitheater, and that likely helped us miss out on some good summer shows. That all changes this summer, though, when Ascend Amphitheater kicks off its first season right on the riverfront, at 310 1st Avenue South.

Ascend’s first shows, with big-ticket country name Eric Church on July 30 and 31, have already sold out, as has August 4’s show with jam-band titans Phish. But there’s a big crop of other shows with remaining seats coming up through the fall, and Ascend just added some new dates that are worth eyeing:

August 6: Lightning 100 presents My Morning Jacket with Moon Taxi 

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(Tickets on sale June 19

September 27: Janet Jackson

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(Tickets on sale June 22)

October 9: Florence and The Machine

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(Tickets on sale June 19)  

Florence and My Morning Jacket have been here in recent years (both just played Bonnaroo, for starters), but Ms. Jackson hasn’t toured in four years, and correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the last time she came to Nashville way back in 2001, at Bridgestone Arena (then-dubbed Gaylord Entertainment Center)?

It’s looking like a pretty impressive debut season for the Amphitheater, during an incredible time for growth in Nashville. There’s been a good amount of (pretty understandable) focus on the bad that’s been coming with that — like our nearly Atlantafying traffic, for instance — but having a place like Ascend for outdoor entertainment again underlines the good coming with that growth.

While we’re waiting for Ascend Amphitheater’s doors to open, here are a few of my picks for can’t-miss shows that still have tickets available:

August 8: Steely Dan with Elvis Costello

Any recording engineer in this town will tell you that Steely Dan is a high-water mark for studio work, but have you ever seen Elvis Costello live? Throughout all of his musical changes, his live shows have remained stunners, whether he was flexing musical muscle with the Imposters or going more low-key solo. He’s back with the Imposters for this tour, so this is a show you absolutely want to show up early for.

August 28: Old Crow Medicine Show

Recent Grammy winners Old Crow Medicine Show are Nashville guys, and impeccable musicians — nearly 20 years of playing together doesn’t hurt there. Even if you don’t generally feel moved by string-band/folk sounds, seeing Old Crow live will likely change that. 

September 23: Daryl Hall & John Oates

Hall’s been busy in recent years with his hugely popular Live From Daryl's House series on Palladia, but anyone raised on pop radio from the ‘80s through the Yacht Rock resurgence know the massive power of a Hall & Oates hook.

October 11: Jackson Browne

In a songwriting town, you don’t really need to call out the prowess of master craftsman Jackson Browne. But just in case: Listen to “These Days,” one of his best — and a remarkable example of the art of marrying words and music.

Anyone else particularly amped up for the Ascend Amphitheater’s opening? Other shows on the lineup that you’re particularly drawn to? Drop your thoughts on our Facebook page!

Top photo credit: Ascend Amphitheater on Facebook
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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