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March’s concert cheat sheet

Spring is approaching, and with it, many new and exciting artists are coming to Nashville.
Lexie Perez
Graphic depicting several music-related items with the words “March concert cheat sheet.” (Hustler Multimedia/Lexie Perez)

As the weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, spring feels like music to our ears. If you’re looking for some live music to jam out to this March, we’ve arranged a curated concert cheat sheet just for you. 

Carrie Underwood, March 1

Starting the month off strong, the highest-certified female country artist of all time, Carrie Underwood, will be performing her “Denim & Rhinestones” album at Bridgestone Arena. Catch countless hits, like “Before He Cheats,” and enjoy a night fully immersed in the country-music mecca that is Nashville.

Ari Lennox, March 2

R&B singer Ari Lennox was the first female artist signed to Dreamville Records, J. Cole’s record label. She’s known for her vulnerable and soulful voice and two studio albums: “Shea Butter Baby” and “Age/Sex/Location.” This month, she will perform her sophomore album at Marathon Music Works, bringing in hits about maneuvering her dating life, like “Pressure” and “Hoodie.”

Inhaler, March 10 

Inhaler is an Irish alt-rock band that released their first album in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown. The band has opened for the Arctic Monkeys, played at Lollapalooza and released their second album, “Cuts & Bruises” on Feb. 17. Led by Eli Hewson, U2 frontman Bono’s son, Inhaler has worked tirelessly to make a mark on the alt-rock scene this past year by moving beyond simple comparisons to U2 and developing their identity as a unique and up-and-coming band. As they perform their new album, Inhaler brings upbeat and gritty hits that are sure to rock the floors of the Brooklyn Bowl.

Samia, March 11

Indie pop artist and Nashville-transplant Samia released her second album “Honey” on Jan. 27. The album explores melancholic feelings of dissociation while also featuring upbeat moments on tracks like “Mad at Me.” Opener Tommy Lefroy creates a powerhouse duo with an EP “Flight Risk,” which touches on themes of youth and stumbling in love. With Samia and Tommy Lefroy, you’re sure to have an enchanting night at the Brooklyn Bowl.

Gracie Abrams, March 21

If you aren’t a Gracie Abrams fan already, it’s time to face reality: 23-year-old Abrams is taking over the music industry with her thoughtful songwriting and confessional choruses. She’s known for songs like “I miss you, I’m sorry” and “21,” and is sure to play songs from her Feb. 24 album release, “Good Riddance” (my favorite is “Difficult”). Consider her concert at Marathon Music Works a precursor for when she comes to Nashville to open for Taylor Swift in the Eras Tour. 

John Mayer, March 24

Speaking of Taylor Swift, John Mayer is coming to Nashville to perform his “Solo Tour” with opener Joy Oladokun. Mayer has won seven Grammy Awards for hits like “Your Body Is a Wonderland” and “Gravity.” In 2021, he released his album “Sob Rock,” a soft rock album paying homage to his childhood in the ’80s. At Bridgestone Arena, Mayer is sure to get the crowd swaying along to every word. 

Ben Rector, March 29

Head to the Ryman to see Ben Rector’s “Old Friends Acoustic Tour” with Stephen Day and Jordy Searcy. Rector will be performing his most recent album, “The Joy of Music,” alongside his classic hits like “Brand New.” At this iconic venue, you will get to see the three artists and friends playing their folk and pop sounds in the acoustics of one of the most celebrated locations in modern music.  

Lewis Capaldi, March 30

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi is known for his chart-breaking tracks and love-sick ballads like “Someone You Loved” and “Hold Me While You Wait.” Catch his show at the Opry House and hear new songs from his album “Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent,” which is set to release on May 19. 

Party101 with Matt Bennett, March 30

Looking for a chance to relive your childhood? Matt Bennett, aka Robbie Shapiro in “Victorious,” is headed to the Brooklyn Bowl to DJ a party night. Dance along with your friends to classic Disney and Nickelodeon hits like “Best Friend’s Brother” and “Freak the Freak Out.”

Kane Brown, March 31

Multi-platinum country-pop artist Kane Brown is headed to Bridgestone Arena to perform his first solo headlining arena show. Brown was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is known for his hits like “Thank God” and “What Ifs.” At his “Drunk or Dreaming” tour, he’ll be playing songs from his recent album “Different Man” alongside special guests Dustin Lynch and LOCASH. 

Joshua Bassett, March 31

Actor and singer Joshua Bassett is known for his leading role in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and his EPs “Sad Songs In A Hotel Room” and “Crisis / Secret / Set Me Free.” He was raised in a musical family and grew up performing in countless community theatre productions before starring in the Disney+ show and signing with Warner Records. See him at Marathon Music Works performing “The Complicated Tour” and dance along to his hits “Smoke Slow” and “would you love me now?”

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About the Contributors
Claire Gatlin
Claire Gatlin, Former Life Editor
Claire Gatlin ('24) is a student in Peabody College studying human and organizational development and political science. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, reading and rollerblading. You can reach her at [email protected].
Lexie Perez
Lexie Perez, Graphics Editor
Lexie Perez (‘26) is from Northern Virginia and is majoring in climate studies and human and organizational development and minoring in business in the College of Arts and Science. She enjoys listening to 70s and 80s pop music, doing the daily Wordle and rooting for the Nashville Predators and Cincinnati Bengals. She can be reached at [email protected].
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