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Bluebird on the Mountain Concerts

UPDATE:  As of August 2, 2021, Vanderbilt University policy requires that ALL visitors, whether fully vaccinated or not, be masked in order to enter a university building, including Dyer Observatory.

This season’s schedule:

June 26                 gates 6PM, show 8PM

July 17                  gates 6PM, show 8PM  POSTPONED TO OCT 9

August 14             gates 6PM, show 8PM

September 11      gates 5PM, show 7PM:   Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins

September 25      gates 5PM, show 7PM:  Tony Arata, J. Fred Knobloch, Thom Schuyler, Jelly Roll Johnson

October 2             gates 5PM, show 7PM:  Victoria Banks, Phil Barton, Emily Shackleton

October 9             gates 5PM, show 7PM:  Jamie Floyd, Kalie Shorr, Lauren Weintraub  (RAIN DATE FOR JULY 17)

(CLICK HERE for our ticketing page)

Individual concert tickets go on sale before each event. Visit our ticketing page for sale dates and times. BE AWARE THESE TICKETS OFTEN SELL OUT AS SOON AS THEY GO ON SALE. Log onto the site before sale time to avoid disappointment.

TICKET Buying tips: Eventbrite recommends that you be sure your computer cache isn’t clogged and use Google Chrome. CLICK HERE for a few more tips.

The event listing will say “Not Yet On Sale” until the tickets go live. Due to the very high volume of people trying to get tickets simultaneously, Eventbrite will likely list the tickets as “unavailable” immediately after release. We recommend that patrons keep trying by continually refreshing their browser windows. When all tickets have been purchased, Eventbrite will then display “Sold Out.”

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



Vanderbilt University and Dyer Observatory are committed to everyone’s safety and welfare.  As of August 2, 2021, Vanderbilt University policy requires that ALL visitors, whether fully vaccinated or not, be masked in order to enter a university building, including Dyer Observatory.

You may find the most updated info at the following link:



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. If you rolled over your ticket from the canceled season, please provide the name of the ticket buyer when you enter.

  • Our car passes are just that – one car with up to 8 people per 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 each ticket must do so in the same single vehicle.
  • 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.
  • 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.



If the weather forecast appears threatening, please check Dyer Observatory’s main page, our Facebook page @dyerobservers, or our Twitter @dyerobservers. We will make the announcement of any concert changes as early as possible, but do 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.


Courtesy of our beverage sponsor Jack Daniel’s, we’ll have a drink sample in the tent out back. Please have a photo ID showing you are 21 or over to try a sample.

Note that sampling will end once the concert starts.



Warm wishes,

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 1950s building with the giant dome (which houses the Seyfert Telescope) and looking out at the surrounding oak and hickory forest, one can easily get a sense of how special this place would be for listening to talented musicians. On one of the tallest hilltops in Nashville, the concerts are scheduled around glorious sunsets on the portico of the 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. After the performance, when the stars begin to shine, the 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 are producing a series of in-the-round style events that have been absolutely wonderful. The performers have included the top songwriters in Nashville.  In 2019, we celebrate our 16th cooperative Bluebird concert season in May and continue monthly through October.  We encourage carloads of people to attend by purchasing a “carload ticket.” Bring up to eight people in your car. No RVs, please.

Some of the performers at our music events

Jessi Alexander

Al Anderson

Tony Arata

Greg Barnhill

Billy Adair and The Establishment

Blair School Tuba Ensemble

Blair Brass Quintet

Marc Beeson

Dave Berg

Matraca Berg

Kent Blazy,

Crystal Bowersox

Gary Burr

Shawn Camp

Chuck Cannon

Kim Carnes,

Lionel Cartwright

Craig Carothers,

Brandy Clark

Dana Cooper

Peter Cooper

Commodore Steel Drum Band with Mat Britain

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Marshall Chapman

Ashley Cleveland

Judy Collins,

Barry Dean

Roxie Dean

Bob DiPiero

Tom Douglas

Dave Ellingson

Danny Flowers

Jeff Hanna

Don Henry

Joe Henry

James House

Marcus Hummon

John Jarvis

Jack Tempchin

George Teren

Neil Thrasher

Tricia Walker


S. Kirk Johnson (Jelly Roll)

Jude Johnstone

Tom Kimmel

J. Fred Knobloch

Luke Laird

Tim Lauer

David Lee

Sonny LeMaire

Bill Lloyd

Shane McAnnally

Lori McKenna

Clay Mills

Wendell Mobley

Annie Mosher

Tony Mullins

Tim Nichols

Gary Nicholson

Billy Panda

Gretchen Peters

Grace Pettis

Pierce Pettis

Jim Photoglo

Hugh Prestwood

Jon Randall

Mike Reid

Kim Richey

Annie Roboff

Karyn Rochelle

Rivers Rutherford

Leslie Satcher

Don Schlitz

Thom Schuyler

David Schnaufer

Mark Selby

Jason Sellers

Allen Shamblin

Victoria Shaw

Tia Sillers

Karen Staley

Kenny White

Lari White

Little Texas

A big, giant THANK YOU to every one of them!

Photos by Alex. Rockafellar