The Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival is a 2-day festival in downtown Nashville. This year’s Bridging The Gap Mixer is on 6/16 at 5th Ave S (new place this year). The festival, on 6/17 is again at the Bicentennial Mall from 12-11pm. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. Photo submitted

NASHVILLE, TN — They don’t call it “music city” for nothing. There is no shortage of great music by day or night in Nashville, Tennessee, with some musicians even playing multiple venues in a single evening.

CMA Music Festival takes place June 8-11, attracting country music fans from around the world to soak up four days of live concerts by more than one hundred artists, including free shows in the downtown core.

If country music isn’t your thing, the enormous Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is happening at the same time just down the road in Manchester, Tennessee, hosting 150 musical acts and comedy shows, plus art workshops. Just you and 80,000 friends.

The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) announces the lineup for its 17th Annual Jefferson St. Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, June 17th, held at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall Amphitheater in downtown Nashville.

Headliners of the festival’s main event are Rose Royce, the R&B band with a string of great hits from the 70’s and Shirley Murdock, a soulful singer-songwriter.

“We are excited to present our 17th Annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival,” said Sharon Hurt, president and CEO of J.U.M.P. “This event is designed to bring the community together, through music and honor the rich musical history that Jefferson St. has contributed to the ‘Music City’ brand.”

For free music, options abound: July 4th, the Let Freedom Sing concert, followed by Live on the Green in Public Square Park in August, and the quirky Tomato Art Festival in East Nashville August 11-12th.

It’s a timely year to visit Graceland and “Elvis-Land” in Memphis, as August 16 marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. You’ll want to be in Nashville on August 21st, when this century’s first total solar eclipse sweeps across the country, with Music City directly in its path.

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