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 2019 season: Tuesdays, September 3 – October 8
2019 Courtyard Concert Lineup
September 3 – Early Music City
September 10 – Rod McGaha
September 17 – Riders in the Sky
September 24 – Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert
October 1 – MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble
October 8 – The WannaBeatles
Early Music City
September 3, 2019
Take a journey back in time to the music of Henry VIII, J.S. Bach, and old time fiddlers. Hear this music as it might have originally sounded, played by faculty members from Belmont, TSU, and Nashville State Community College—with special guest Grammy-winning songwriter and fiddler Tammy Rogers King.
September 10, 2019
Trumpet player Rod McGaha is a potent combination of virtuosity and unfettered artistic passion. Jazz legend Clark Terry once said, “When I first heard Trees (Rod), I got that same feeling I got when I first heard Wynton (Marsalis). Some musicians just have that thing!” A native of Chicago, Rod entered the jazz scene as a young prodigy and has since played with everyone from legendary Max Roach and Grammy award-winning bassist Victor Wooten to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Riders In The Sky
September 17, 2019
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.
Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert
September 24, 2019
Kieran Kane is called “the Godfather of Americana music” because of his seminal work in The O’Kanes and Kane Welch Kaplin, and as co-founder of Dead Reckoning Records. Alan Jackson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and many more have recorded his songs. With the acclaimed roots band Uncle Earl, Rayna Gellert helped lead the new revival of American string-band music. She has toured and recorded with Scott Miller, Abigail Washburn, Robin Hitchcock, and Toubab Krewe.
MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble
October 1, 2019
Step into Asia on a musical journey to the land of silk and jade. Led by Mei Han, Director of the MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture and an internationally renowned zheng virtuoso, the MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble performs a concert of ancient and modern Chinese compositions. Their exotic music and enticing stories soothe the soul and stimulate the imagination.
October 8, 2019
The WannaBeatles, “Where FAB meets FUN!” Don’t miss this lively performance of Beatles’ favorites and a special presentation of hits from 1969.