Nashville Mandolin Ensemble
Get in the holiday spirit: If you live in Nashville, please promise me you’ll attend at least one of the following two concerts. If you don’t, you might as well live in a town where your neighbors aren’t folks like these artists.
Tonight, Wendesday, December 8, at 7 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral, “Nashville Unlimited” Christmas Benefit Concert: A concert to benefit Room In The Inn, a non profit, multi-denominational program that houses the homeless during the winter months. The concerts will be hosted by bassist/ producer Dave Pomeroy and singer/songwriter Don Henry, who will also perform. Confirmed musical guests for the concert include Maura O’Connell, Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Ashley Cleveland, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Pat McLaughlin, Lorianna, Pat Bergeson (what? no website? but he does have a guitar named after him), and Andy Leftwich (who my assistant — and I have no reason to doubt her — claims went to high school with her). There will be other guests and this annual concert always has special “mystery guests.” Admission is free, with a suggested minimum donation of $10. (Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway, a block away from the Vanderbilt campus oops, wrong cathedral.)
Tomorrow, Thursday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m., Frist Center: The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble performs a free concert at the Frist Center. The concert will last about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Did I mention the concert is free? If you’ve never heard the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, go. It’s a rather amazing experience.
Bonus suggestion: If you need help for deciding what to do Friday or Saturday night, I have two words (and they aren’t Coyote Ugly, that’s Mr. Roboto’s beat): Station Inn. A huge “Bill Monroe Appreciation” weekend there.