This week at the Ryman, July 23-27, 2012

This Tuesday, July 24,  The Cupcake Collection will be parked outside the Ryman Auditorium collecting school supplies and selling cupcakes. The Cupcake Bus will be here starting at 11:00 am and all school supplies donations are welcome. Find out more on their website.

Thursday is the final night in the Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman season, and it closes out with Ricky Skaggs. 2012 marks the 53rd year since Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin, and this fourteen-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label, the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart.


Prior to the concert, the Ryman will host a special exhibit of Skaggs’s photography. An avid photographer, Skaggs recently hosted his third exhibit in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Skaggs captures sweeping landscapes and the reality of small town America on his Nikkon D3 using Nikkor lenses. Prints from the exhibit will also be available for sale. It’s fitting that Skaggs’s first photography exhibit in Nashville will be at the Ryman given his long and storied history with the Nashville icon. Skaggs will be available to sign artwork and additional merchandise items for fans approximately fifteen minutes after the end of the concert. Artwork and merchandise will be displayed in the upper area of the Ryman starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are only $26.50 and are available here.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by Pucketts “Pickin’ on the Plaza” featuring A Step Ahead from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The free plaza show takes place just outside the main entrance near the statue of Captain Tom G. Ryman. Pucketts Grocery’s food turck, Trolley Parton, will also be on the plaza starting at 5:00 p.m.

On Friday , July 27 at 10:00 a.m., tickets go on sale for Ben Folds Five, who will play the Ryman on Monday, September 17 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available here. Ben Folds Five began as an alternative rock trio from North Carolina in 1993, quickly gaining huge success in the alternative, indie, and pop music scenes. The band is most noted for the hit single “Brick” from the 1997 album “Whatever and Ever Amen.” Unfortunately, the group disbanded in October of 2000 under amicable circumstances. However, in the summer of 2011, the original members of Ben Folds Five (Ben Folds, Darren Jessee, Robert Sledge) got back together to record three new songs for a career retrospective 3-CD set released in October of last year. The group enjoyed recording together again so much that they decided to record a full new album at Ben’s Nashville studio earlier this year. On June 28th 2012, Ben announced at a performance that the record was finished. This fall, the original Ben Folds Five will embark on a worldwide tour for the first time since the summer of 2000. Enter to win the Hatch Show Print here.

Rock legends, Crosby Stills and Nash will perform on the Ryman stage this Friday, July 27, at 8:00 p.m. More than four decades since CSN first harmonized in Laurel Canyon, and played their first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have also been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, with the honor recognizing both CSN as a group, and each member as individual solo artists. CSN will be donating $1 from each ticket sold on the U.S. Summer Tour to charity. In addition, special benefit seats will be available for purchase through The Guacamole Fund. VIP packages are also available at Tickets are still available here. You can also enter to win an exclusive Hatch Show Print created for the Crosby, Stills and Nash show here.

On Sunday, July 29, Creed comes to the Ryman Auditorium to perform the band’s first two albums, “My Own Prison” and “Human Clay” in their entirety. This year marks the 15th anniversary of “My Own Prison,” the band’s debut album released in 1997 that has sold over 6 million copies. The follow-up, 1999’s “Human Clay,” has been certified Diamond for sales in excess of 11 million copies. Since their formation in 1995, Tallahassee natives Scott Stapp (vocals), Mark Tremonti (guitar), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums), better known as Creed, have gone on to be one of the most successful bands in rock history; selling close to thirty-five million albums and millions of concert tickets. The songwriting team of Stapp and Tremonti are considered one of the most prolific in rock history. The band was voted Favorite Group in 2003 on the People’s Choice Awards and has won numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and others including the Grammy Award for best Rock Song in 2001 for “With Arms Wide Open.” You can get tickets to the show here and enter for a chance to win a limited edition Hatch Show Print by clicking here.


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