Bluebird on the Mountain Concerts

It all started in 2004 with, ‘Wouldn’t this be a wonderful place to have a concert?” Standing on the plaza in front of the incredible 1953 observatory nestled within a verdant forest, one easily senses how special this place is for relaxing beneath the stars and listening to talented musicians.


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Concerts Under the Stars

concerts under the stars

Relax on the Lawn

On one of the tallest hilltops in Nashville, the concerts are scheduled around glorious sunsets on the portico of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food, and drink and relax on the observatory’s front lawn to enjoy a fabulous evening of sunset, music, and stars. Our concert season runs from May - October.

Cap the Night with Celestial Wonders

After the performance, when the stars begin to shine, the historic Seyfert telescope is opened for visitors to cap their night with views of celestial wonders. Thanks to Amy Kurland and Erika Wollam-Nichols of Bluebird Cafe fame, we produce a series of in-the-round style events that enchant and entertain guests with unforgettable songs and stories.

Concert Dates

  • May 18


    Jim Beavers

    Tony Lane

    Barry Dean

  • Jun 29

    8–10 PM

    Jamie Floyd

    Trannie Anderson

    Parker Welling

  • Jul 27

    8–10 PM

    Jenn Schott

    Ryan Beaver


  • Aug 17

    8–10 PM

    Ashley Gorley

    Hunter Phelps


  • Sep 21

    7–9 PM



  • Oct 12

    7–9 PM 


  • Oct 19

    7–9 PM


  • Ticket/Event Details

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    Your ticket purchase helps support Dyer Observatory’s public outreach efforts. Thank you!


    If you purchased your ticket through Eventbrite, please have your PRINTED ticket handy to show at the gate and provide the name of the ticket buyer.

    • Each ticket admits one vehicle with up to 8 people in the vehicle. The ticket price covers everyone in your car. We have very limited parking with only room for one parking space for each ticket. Also, we cannot match individuals to group tickets if they arrive separately. Everyone entering on your ticket must arrive in the same single vehicle. You may not arrive at different times.
    • We cannot allow attendees to walk or use rideshares. Cars coming to the top of the hill to drop people off and leave present a safety hazard for there isn’t room to safely turn around with all the traffic and guests unloading their cars.
    • Vanderbilt Police have asked us to remind everyone to please stay in your vehicle until it is parked–for safety reasons.
    • RV’s are not allowed unless special permission has been granted prior to arrival.
    • Come early to picnic, enjoy the grounds, enter raffles, and enjoy sponsor samples.
    • Please note that Dyer is a forested park-like setting surrounded by Radnor Lake State Park. Bug spray, a blanket or tarp on grass, and avoidance of plants on the perimeter of the yard is highly recommended to avoid tick and other insect bites.
    • You are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, low tables, coolers, food, and beverages–both soft and spiritous. We do not provide seating.
    • No pets are allowed anywhere on the property (including vehicles), but service animals are welcome.
    • A Vanderbilt medic and Vanderbilt police will be on site.
    • As this is Vanderbilt University property, smoking and firearms are not allowed.
    • You and members of your group understand that VU may take photos that include you for social media or other uses, and that VU cannot protect you from being photographed by others.
    • The concerts are RAIN OR SHINE. However, we may postpone a concert due to dangerous weather conditions and a rain date will be announced. Often, it will be the next day (Sunday), but please check our website for updates. More info is in the WEATHER section below.
  • Weather Policies

    If the weather forecast appears threatening, please check Dyer Observatory’s main page. We will make the announcement of any concert changes as early as possible, but ALWAYS check before coming up. You may need to refresh your web browser to see updates.

    Should dangerous weather occur during a concert, public notification at the event will occur when lightning strikes are 12 miles away. The event will be suspended when lightning strikes are within 6 miles of Dyer Observatory. At that time, please evacuate to your vehicle or inside the observatory. The event will continue when the 6-mile perimeter has been lightning-free for 30 minutes. If tornadic activity or high winds are threatening, the concert will be canceled.

    Your safety is our priority. We appreciate your cooperation should the unexpected occur.

    If Postponement Occurs 

    You will be notified of the new date as soon as it is set. Please check emails, your spam folder, and our website. If you are a single concert ticket holder (not season ticket), you will have the option of transferring your ticket to the new date or getting a refund.

Ticketing Contact

  • Alexandra Rockafellar

    Alexandra Rockafellar

    Outreach and Communications Coordinator