Courtyard Concerts

Outdoor concert series at the Main Library

Hosted on Tuesdays in the Main Library’s Robinson Courtyard, the Courtyard Concert series is a free lunchtime concert series that offers an up-close music experience with an eclectic mix of local music, musicians and songwriters.

Every year, the informal come-and-go concerts attract a combined audience of more than 6,000 music fans and invite downtown workers, families and the entire community to hear performances ranging from bluegrass and blues to classical and rock.

Don’t miss our 2018 season: Tuesdays, September 4 – October 9

2018 Courtyard Concert Lineup
11:30 am

September 4 – Steve Pardo Trio
September 11 – Beth Nielson Chapman, Mary Gauthier, Ashley Cleveland
September 18 – Riders in the Sky
September 25 – Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley
October 2 – The Muzik Meisters
October 9 – The WannaBeatles

September 4 – Steve Pardo Trio

The Steve Pardo Trio features inventive melodies and dynamic improvisation, as witnessed on their 2018 jazz release “Hope”. Steve is a highly-regarded virtuoso saxophonist, and resides in Boston where he is a professor at Berklee and MIT. He is also an award-winning video game music composer, as lead composer for Harmonix Music Systems and Skewsound. Joining him are Nashville musicians Jon Estes (Jeff Coffin, John Paul White, Abigail Washburn) on bass and Derrek Phillips (Charlie Hunter, Greg Osby, the McCrary Sisters) on drums.

September 11 – Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mary Gauthier, Ashley Cleveland

Beth Nielsen Chapman is a critically-acclaimed American singer-songwriter. She is a Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member with seven #1 hits for artists such as Faith Hill, and 13 albums of her own.

Mary’s new album Rifles & Rosary Beads made the cut on Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018.

Ashley Cleveland has recorded 9 critically acclaimed albums—3 of which have been on Billboard’s year-end best list—and won three Grammys for Best Rock Gospel Album.

September 18 – Riders In The Sky

For 40 years Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!” Riders in the Sky are the ONLY exclusively Western artists to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two.

September 25 – Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Rob Ickes’ and Trey Hensley’s musical partnership immediately led to a Best Bluegrass Grammy nomination for Before the Sun Goes Down. The release of their 2016 project The Country Blues elevated this unique musical conversation further. The duo honed their skills at the Station Inn with vocal guests like Vince Gill and Carl Jackson, and has also performed around the world. Their Bluegrass numbers sound straight ahead, then they perform something in the vein of the Allman Brothers that is equally authentic, and next comes a powerful Sonny Boy Williamson blues shouter!

October 2 – The Musik Meisters

The Musik Meisters is known for its performance of traditional and modern polkas, waltzes, and other Germanic dance music. They are as authentic as it gets, wearing Tyrolean attire and singing in German, but they have also been known to play a few Big Band numbers! The band’s leader, Karen Yatuzis, who plays the accordion, piano, sings, and yodels, has performed with the Nashville Symphony and under the baton of Leonard Bernstein. She has also sung at Carnegie Hall with the Ithaca College Chorale.

October 9 – The WannaBeatles

The WannaBeatles are celebrating the 50th anniversary of The White Album and Yellow Submarine. Come hear a variety of Beatles favorites as well as a tribute to David Cassidy and hits from 1968. No ordinary tribute band, The WannaBeatles is a high energy group featuring four award-winning musicians with a passion for the songs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Using their multi-instrumental skills to re-create all eras of The Beatles’ song catalog, they offer an alternative to “look alike” acts by using showmanship, comedy and specially created Beatles-inspired material.