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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 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.

Important Notes about the 2016 Bluebird on the Mountain Concert Series:

  • 2016 SEASON TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!. A limited number of individual concert tickets go on sale at  Ticketmaster on the first day of the prior month.  For example, a limited number of individual tickets for the July 25 concert will go on sale June 1.
  • Because the concerts are outside events, there is the possibility of severe weather cancellations.   Concerts are held rain or shine unless there is severe weather – the determination to cancel a concert will be made by 3:00pm on the concert date and posted on the Dyer Observatory homepage No exchange, no refunds, no re-entry.  A rain date will be set aside in case of a concert cancellation.
  • The Seyfert Telescope is located on the second floor of the observatory. There are twenty steps leading to the second floor.
  • For the safety of all observatory guests, close-toed footwear is highly recommended.
  • Vehicles larger than a standard-size school bus will not fit through the gate. No RVs are allowed.
  • Please adhere to the Bluebird Cafe’s “Shhhhh” Policy – We encourage talking before the show, between sets and after the show but ask that during the performances, to keep talking as low as possible.
  • Vanderbilt University is a smoke-free campus, including Dyer Observatory. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings on campus and on the grounds with the exception of designated outdoor smoking areas.
  • Pets are not allowed.

The 2016 Bluebird on the Mountain concert dates are as follow:

  • May 14 – Start time 8 PM.  Performers are Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, and Lee Thomas Miller.
  • June 25 – Start time 8 PM. Performers are the Bluebird Cafe’s Own Fab Four – Tony Arata, Jellyroll Johnson, J. Fred Knobloch, and Thom Schulyer.
  • July 23 – Start time 8 PM.  Performers are JT Harding, Alyssa Bonagura, and Jon Nite.
  • August 20 – Cancelled due to rain – rescheduled for September 10th.
  • September 10 – Start time 7PM.  Performers are Mark Irwin, Tommy Lee James, and Gordie Sampson.  Note that this is the rain date for the September 10th concert.
  • September 17 – Start time 7 PM. Performers are Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Don Schlitz with special guest, Jellyroll Johnson.
  • October 1 – Start time 7 PM.  Performers are Kent Blazy, Bob DiPiero, and Leslie Satcher.

Thanks to Amy Kurland and Erika Wollam-Nichols of the 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 2016, we celebrate our 13th cooperative Bluebird concert season in May and continue monthly through October.  Tickets for these concerts are sold through Ticketmaster. 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 BlazyCrystal Bowersox
Gary BurrShawn Camp
Chuck Cannon
Kim CarnesLionel Cartwright
Craig CarothersBrandy Clark
Dana Cooper
Peter Cooper
Commodore Steel Drum Band with Mat Britain
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Marshall Chapman
Ashley Cleveland
Judy CollinsBarry Dean
Roxie Dean
Bob DiPiero
Tom Douglas
Dave Ellingson
Danny Flowers
Jeff Hanna
Don Henry
Joe Henry
James House
Marcus Hummon
John Jarvis
S. Kirk Johnson (Jelly Roll)
Jude Johnstone
Tom Kimmel

J. Fred Knobloch
Luke Laird
Tim Lauer
David Lee
Sonny LeMaire
Bill Lloyd
Shane McAnnallyLori McKennaClay Mills
Wendell MobleyAnnie Mosher
Tony Mullins
Tim Nichols
Gary Nicholson
Billy Panda
Gretchen Peters Grace PettisPierce Pettis
Jim Photoglo
Hugh PrestwoodJon Randall
Mike Reid
Kim Richey
Annie Roboff
Karyn Rochelle
Rivers RutherfordLeslie Satcher
Don Schlitz
Thom Schuyler
David SchnauferMark Selby
Jason SellersAllen Shamblin
Victoria ShawTia Sillers
Karen StaleyJack TempchinGeorge Teren
Neil Thrasher
Tricia Walker
Kenny White
Lari White
Little Texas

With a big, giant THANK YOU to everyone of them!