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January-March concert cheat sheet

From big names like Drake to local artists like Molly Grace, see what shows Music City has to offer from now until Spring Break.
Lexie Perez
A graphic depicting a bulletin board with concert flyers on it. (Hustler Multimedia/Lexie Perez)

It’s no secret that the weeks of the spring semester between its start and Spring Break can be a bleak time. The freshness of new classes and a new year only lasts for so long; to keep yourself looking forward to something, you can never go wrong with a concert. From classical to rap, there’s something for everyone this winter.

Aerosmith, Jan. 10

Over 50 years after its formation, the rock band Aerosmith is embarking on its “Peace Out” farewell tour. The band, led by frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, has been making a name for itself in music since long before many students were born. The band’s music is an iconic part of American rock, and their farewell tour, which has the band performing at Bridgestone Arena, will be the last time to see Aerosmith live, making it a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Noah Reid, Jan. 19

Best known for his acting work in the iconic sitcom “Schitt’s Creek,” Noah Reid has a successful music career as well. After a run in 2023, he extended his “Everything’s Fine” tour into January 2024, making a stop at Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville. He’ll be playing tunes from his third album, “Adjustments,” as well as songs from his previous works.

Tool, Jan. 23

Any metalheads on campus should take advantage of Tool making a stop in Nashville this winter and go see their show at Bridgestone Arena. The rock group is known for its outstanding and experimental live performances, as well as its tendency to take time to produce new music live, meaning that a show is the perfect way for fans of the band to keep themselves satisfied.

Drake, Feb. 7-8

Drake fans have been waiting for the rapper to perform in Nashville on his “It’s All a Blur” tour for quite some time. The show was originally scheduled for Jun. 2023 before being postponed to two dates in October; however, the shows were postponed again to Feb. 2024, with many fans hoping this is the last change of date for the artist’s appearance at Bridgestone Arena. Instead of original special guest 21 Savage, Drake will now have rapper J. Cole with him.

LANY, Feb. 16

LANY, which got its start in Nashville in 2014, takes on a more indie pop sound than the country music environment it was born in. Now, LANY makes its way to the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on its “A Beautiful Blur” tour. The group has previously toured with and opened for performers such as Halsey, Troye Sivan and John Mayer in previous years. 

Yo-Yo Ma, Feb. 27

Yo-Yo Ma fans can get their fix of arguably one of the biggest names in classical music when he performs at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center this February. The award-winning cellist has been rising in the music industry since his child prodigy days, and he continues to share his skill with audiences around the world, including right here in Nashville. Both devoted fans of Ma and first-time audience members who think the cello is just a really big violin can all find enjoyment in his upcoming performance.

Molly Grace, Feb. 27

Nashville’s own Molly Grace will be gracing the stage of Exit/In toward the end of February. The up-and-coming starlet brings her “Lovesick” tour to Nashville following the release of her second EP by the same name. Molly Grace had a feature on “Little One,” the sophomore EP of Vanderbilt senior Amelia Day that was released in Nov. 2023. Her incredible stage presence and strong pop-funk sound make for a show that you don’t want to miss.

Jon Batiste, Feb. 28

The highly-awarded artist and composer is embarking on his first headlining tour, and fans will be pleased that one of Batiste’s stops is at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Batiste is known for his contributions to several areas of the music industry, from movie soundtracks, collaborations with artists such as Lana Del Rey to his own soul and R&B inspired music. He recently won Album of the Year at the 2022 Grammys for his album “We Are,” and his latest album “World Music Radio” is up for the same award at the 2024 Grammys.

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and Ricky Martin, Feb. 28

Some of the biggest names in Latin music are bringing their “Trilogy Tour” to Nashville this winter. The tour, which had its first leg in 2023, promises a party full of the stars’ biggest hits that is sure to get fans on their feet and dancing. The three stars will bring their supershow to Bridgestone Arena, where Pitbull has made several appearances before.

Olivia Rodrigo, March 9

Ever since her rise to pop stardom following her debut album “SOUR” and her most recent album “GUTS” that defeats the sophomore slump allegations, Olivia Rodrigo’s tour has been highly anticipated. Previously performing at the Opry on her “SOUR” tour, Rodrigo takes the stage at Bridgestone Arena for her “GUTS” world tour stop in Nashville. The star will be supported by fellow pop performer Chappell Roan, making for a night full of fans spilling their guts as they shout along to every song.

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About the Contributors
Chloe Whalen
Chloe Whalen, Deputy Life Editor
Chloe Whalen (‘27) is from Herscher, Ill., and is studying communication of science and technology in the College of Arts and Science. In her spare time, she enjoys running, listening to multiple genres of music and podcasts and doing jigsaw puzzles. She can be reached at [email protected].
Lexie Perez
Lexie Perez, Graphics Director
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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