Hold on Nashville! Musically speaking, this summer is shaping up to be a hot one. Today it was announced that Nashville's free Thursday concert series at Riverfront Park would be returning.

“Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General” will feature free Thursday evening shows kicking off June 13 and going through August 1 beginning at 5pm on Nashville’s Riverfront Park. The talent lineup will be announced in May.

“The return of the Nashville Dancin’ concert series is great news for Nashville and music fans,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. “The free concerts will be family-friendly and include many top names from a variety of musical genres. Concert-goers will get a chance to enjoy our beautiful riverfront during the shows, which will add energy to our already vibrant downtown."

For over a decade, Dancin’ in the District was a Nashville institution, bringing some of the best live music to downtown Nashville and helping to revitalize lower Broadway. With the city’s growing economy and the current national attention on Music City, “Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General” will be a welcomed addition to the city's entertainment landscape.

Tom Morales, creator of the original series and producer of “Nashville Dancin' presented by Dollar General,” says it was the right time to launch the new and exciting downtown event.

"A generation of Nashvillians grew up with Dancin’, so it's natural that it return. In a lot of ways, it helped foster what Nashville is today," Morales said.

Dancin’ attendees will have free parking at LP Field thanks to the Tennessee Titans. Additionally, Grand Avenue is providing free shuttle service from the stadium to Riverfront Park; however, patrons are encouraged to utilize the pedestrian bridge.

“Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General” is also proud to announce its commitment to the following charities for the event: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and The Pencil Foundation. “Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General” will announce a text to donate campaign in the coming month.

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Schermerhorn Announces Summer Shows

Schermerhorn Symphony Center announces four new additions to its concert calendar for summertime entertainment. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m., available at NashvilleSymphony.org, at the Schermerhorn box office or by phone at 615.687.6400.

Gordon Lightfoot

Monday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Canada’s most legendary singer-songwriter makes a rare stop in Nashville as part of his “50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour.” He’ll tap into his vast catalogue of hits, including unforgettable tunes like “Sundown” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” and he’ll share behind-the-scenes stories from his extraordinary career.

Concert presented without orchestra.

ABBA the Concert

with the Nashville Symphony

Tuesday, July 2, at 7 p.m.

If you love ABBA, you don’t want to miss this musical extravaganza celebrating one of the best-selling groups in the history of music! Featuring original members of the band’s rhythm section, ABBA the Concert will survey their incredible career, from “Dancing Queen” to “S.O.S.” to “Mamma Mia,” all enhanced by the incredible sound of the Nashville Symphony. This tribute show is so authentic, you’ll swear you’re seeing the real thing!

Chaka Khan with the Nashville Symphony

Saturday, July 6, at 8 p.m.

Dynamic soul queen Chaka Khan will light up the Schermerhorn with her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence. She’ll be joined by the Nashville Symphony for a night full of hits, including her anthem “I’m Every Woman” and the irresistible “I Feel for You.” With an incomparable style blending funk, jazz, rock and soul, this versatile singer, actress, producer and philanthropist has got it all, and she’s never sounded better!

Huey Lewis & the News

Sunday, August 25, at 7:30 p.m.

One of the biggest bands of the 1980s are back and celebrating the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Sports. Huey Lewis & the News will perform their biggest hits — including “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “I Want a New Drug,” “If This Is It” and much more — along with a few surprises. Get ready for a night packed with special memories and unforgettable tunes!

Concert presented without orchestra.

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