Upcoming Occurrences:

  • July 28, 2017 – 6:00 pm
  • August 25, 2017 – 6:00 pm

Frist Fridays 2017

The 15th season of the Frist Center's outdoor summer concert series Frist Fridays kicks off on Friday, June 30. The all-ages concerts take place on the final Fridays of June, July, and August from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., rain or shine. Join us for a fun evening of outstanding music in the Center’s Turner Courtyard with food specials and a cash bar and participate in artist-led experiences in the galleries.

This year, guests will have the special opportunity to participate in gallery and studio programs led by artists featured in the exhibitions State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Extrasensory, Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee, and Vadis Turner: Tempest.


June 30, 2017
The Long Players Perform Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Recently hailed as “Nashville’s leading masters of tributary prowess” by the Nashville Scene, the Long Players play front-to-back renditions of classic albums as conceptual works of art. For this performance, they will pay tribute to beloved American rock icons Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, celebrating the 40th anniversary year of their debut album. The Long Players are Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), Steve Allen (20/20), Steve Ebe (Human Radio), and Brad Jones (record producer). The band pulls from Nashville’s exceptional music community for their stellar roster of guest artists, truly and tastefully honoring the album art form.

In the galleries, artists Vanessa German (State of the Art), John Powers (State of the Art), and Vadis Turner (Tempest) will lead programs, including an interactive spoken-word performance by German, a soundscape experience created by Powers, and Turner’s “Artist’s Eye” tour of works on view at the Frist Center.

Schedule for Artist-Led Experiences
Vadis Turner: Artist's Eye Tour; 6:30–7:00 p.m. & 7:15–7:45 p.m.; Gordon CAP Gallery
John Powers: Soundscape Experience; 6:30–7:00 p.m. & 7:15–7:45 p.m.; Ingram Gallery
Vanessa German: Spoken-Word Performance; 6:30–7:00 p.m. & 7:15–7:45 p.m.; Ingram Gallery


July 28, 2017

Seductive hooks and layers of sparkly instrumentation have propelled this seven-piece indie pop ensemble from Nashville into the national spotlight in recent years, including an appearance in Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 feature film Don’t Think Twice. Their debut album, Geode, often exuberantly joyful and danceable, is distinct for its contemplative moments.

For this Frist Friday performance, artist Beth Reitmeyer, a frequent ELEL collaborator—and also a recent teaching artist for the Frist Center’s Extrasensory project—will install her luminous geodes around the stage. Zack Hall, whose video work is featured in Pattern Recognition, will set up a station of found footage and a MIDI keyboard for visitors to experiment with the software he uses to create music videos. John Warren, whose work is also featured in Pattern Recognition, will screen some of his 16 mm films and answer questions.

August 25, 2017
Nikki Lane

Presented in Partnership with Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

With her 2017 LP Highway Queen, Nikki Lane continues to refine her own irresistible brand of audacious country–rock. Over the course of three albums and non-stop touring, Lane and her band have won over fans and critics with barroom band swagger and lyrics that are simultaneously brash and perceptive. Her songs, while vintage and twangy in DNA, are utterly of this moment in spirit and attitude.

In the galleries, artists McLean Fahnestock (Pattern Recognition) and Massood Taj (Extrasensory) will offer interactive experiences. Using indigenous instruments from around the world, Taj will guide guests in the creation of a layered soundscape inspired by works of art on view. Fahnestock will engage visitors in explanations of memory, family legacies, and the creative process.

Admission (tickets are purchased on site on the night of the event)
Frist Center members and visitors 18 and younger: FREE
General adult admission: $12.00
Seniors and college students with ID: $9.00
Military: $7.00  

Planning to come to all three Frist Fridays event and want to come back to see our contemporary exhibitions this summer? Consider purchasing a Frist Summer Pass



The Frist Café will feature the following selection of snack foods during Frist Fridays:
Buffalo Chicken Wings $5
Pork BBQ Sliders $5
Nachos (with condiments) $3
Arugula Salad (with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, and cilantro-lime vinaigrette) $3
Hummus (with pita chips, carrots, and celery) $5

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