'Regions Free Day of Music' to provide an array of free concerts

Back by popular demand, the Nashville Symphony and Regions Financial Corp. will present the  “Regions Free Day of Music” on Saturday, October 6 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

This free event, taking place throughout the Symphony Center from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., will showcase more than 30 performances by a diverse selection of Nashville-based artists and ensembles. 

“Regions FREE Day of Music” will kick off with the Middle Tennessee State University’s marching band, Band of Blue, marching over the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge and making a grand entrance on Symphony Place. Other participants will include the Nashville Symphony, ALIAS, organist Andrew Risinger, The Pat Coil Trio, the Blair Suzuki Students, the MTSU Salsa Band, Belmont Musical Theatre and Bone Therapy, a trombone ensemble made up of local physicians.

“Regions Free Day of Music gives the community an excellent opportunity to explore and celebrate our new concert hall, and in fact, last year more than 16,000 people joined us for this musical open house,” said Alan D. Valentine, president and CEO of the Nashville Symphony.  “Thanks to Regions’ generous contribution, we are able to open our home once again and provide a variety of great music to everyone at no cost.” 

In addition to enjoying the myriad performances, guests are also free to explore the new Symphony Center; shop in the Symphony Store; enjoy a variety of food or drink options; and take the little ones on a tour of the instrument petting zoo.  The Nashville Symphony box office will also offer 20% off discounts on tickets to select concerts.

“We invite everyone to experience this exceptional day of live music featuring a range of acclaimed talent,” said E.W. (Rusty) Stephenson Jr., Tennessee regional president for Regions and Nashville Symphony board member.   “Regions is delighted to partner with the Nashville Symphony to offer free community concerts and share the power of diverse Nashville music selections.”

Passes to the "Regions Free Day of Music" will be issued on-site on October 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m., and each guest will receive one pass upon entering. Guests may stay as long as they like but are asked to return the pass when leaving so that other guests may enter.

Please note that free shuttle buses will be running between Schermerhorn Symphony Center’s "Regions Free Day of Music" and Scarritt-Bennett and Metro Parks’ Celebration of Cultures in Centennial Park, also sponsored by Regions.

National Margarita Day

A lot of us have really picked up an interest in tequila and it's no wonder. Its popularity is soaring in the U.S. and doesn't look like it'll be slowing down any time soon. The only contender would probably be whiskey. Meh, but they have their own day. Now, it's National Margarita Day and we put together some of the best margarita recipes around so you can pick one or maybe even all of them to try.

We have a few surprises in there too. Maybe it's not all about tequila but it certainly has a theme going on. Take a look at some of these great tequila brands and start making some amazing margaritas today!

Keep reading Show less
Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Gender-Inclusive Universities and Student Privacy

For many students, attending university is a profound, often life-changing, transition. It is often the student’s first time living on their own without parental supervision. This lifestyle is also accompanied by a period of self-discovery, of defining and redefining a sense of personal identity largely independent of the influence of family and friends from home.

For students who are members of the LGBTQ+ community, this rite of passage can also be a deeply empowering one. Indeed, attending university may be the student’s first real opportunity to explore their gender identity in a safe, comfortable, and accepting college.

Keep reading Show less

José Cuervo's Reserva de la Familia agave fields

Disclaimer: My trip was provided courtesy of a press trip but all opinions about the trip and events are my own. Please note there are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you make a purchase.

I had the opportunity to visit Mexico for an event José Cuervo was putting on, the unveiling of their premium tequila brand, Reserva de la Familia. The trip was all about tequila, how to drink it properly, how to pair it with food, and of course, visiting various points of interest in Guadalajara while tasting tequila along the way.

Keep reading Show less