Bluebird on the Mountain Concerts
JUNE 24, 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT
It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through 2020. This year has been an incredibly trying time for everyone on so many levels, and we sincerely hope that all of you have been able to take care of yourselves and loved ones. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory remains closed to the public as of this writing, but we hope the pandemic conditions will change, allowing us to have some visitors to our hilltop in the near future. We at Dyer Observatory especially miss our large Bluebird on the Mountain family visiting us each month.
Due to the uncertainties of the pandemic, your feedback, and after much deliberation with our colleagues at VU and VUMC, we unfortunately have to cancel our 2020 Bluebird on the Mountain concert season. We are extremely disappointed that we had to make this call, for the series has been a cherished highlight of our calendar for nearly two decades; however, the safety and concerns of our patrons, staff, and volunteers are paramount.
As for your 2020 season passes, there are three options from which to choose:
- You may opt to have your season pass rolled over to become a 2021 season pass at no additional charge. When 2021 season passes become available, you will be contacted on how to obtain your pass.
- You may donate the price of this year’s pass and be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase a new pass next year at the same price. We will be honest, the proceeds of this concert series are crucial to support the mission of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory so we may continue our work serving the community. In addition to our profound thanks, you will be guaranteed a reservation to buy a 2021 Bluebird on the Mountain concert series season pass. When 2021 season passes become available, you will receive an email with information of how to easily purchase your new pass. Donors will receive a donation receipt in January for tax purposes.
- You may request a refund of the ticket price and attempt to purchase a season pass in the future should you wish to return. All refunds will be issued after July 1st.
Please email us (use the email button in the right column) by July 15, 2020, with a decision concerning your 2020 season pass. If we do not receive a response by then, we will automatically roll over the pass to the 2021 season (Option 1).
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory and the Bluebird Café sincerely appreciate your continued support of the Bluebird on the Mountain programming. We are hopeful that 2021 will bring a return to normalcy and allow us to continue the tradition of vibrant music, talented artists, and incredible atmosphere at the Bluebird on the Mountain series.
Stay safe, and we will see you soon!
Billy, erika, Alex, Helen, and Nathan
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.
Individual concert tickets are available on the first day of the month prior to the show date at noon (i.e. the Oct 6 concert tickets become available Sept 1 at noon.) Concerts take place May through early October. Please note that tickets sell out quickly. A ticket is for a carload with up to 8 guests. You may reach our ticketing page here.
Buying 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!
Please have your PRINTED ticket handy to show at the gate and provide the name of the ticket buyer.
- 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 a 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.
If the weather forecast appears threatening, please check Dyer Observatory’s main page www.dyer.vanderbilt.edu, 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 cancelled.
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 options 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.
Because we are in a natural area surrounded by Radnor Lake State Park, we urge you to use insect and tick repellent when attending events.
ALL INQUIRIES AND CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
|S. Kirk Johnson (Jelly Roll)
J. Fred Knobloch
A big, giant THANK YOU to every one of them!