Key Dates/Timeline

1957

Demolition of the Bijou

Another theater, the Bijou, was used by African-American audiences prior to desegregation. It was torn down in 1957 to make way for the Municipal Auditorium.

1957

Municipal Auditorium Construction Begins

Construction of Municipal Auditorium

1962

The Outside of the Municipal Auditorium

Auditorium Opens with a Church of Christ Revival (October 7, 1962)

1963

Dick Clark Performs

August 4, 1963

1963

Harlem Magicians game

A souvenir program from the 1963 Harlem Magicians game (now known as the Harlem Globetrotters)

1965

Herman's Hermits (July 29, 1965)

Newspaper photo of Herman's Hermits, caption says "Fantastic Herman's Hermits in Nashville Tonight!"

1967

Country Music Awards

The Country Music Awards was hosted here before they moved onto the Ryman Auditorium.

1972

The Rolling Stones (November 16, 1972)

Advertisement for the Rolling Stones concert. The Rolling Stones concert sells out in seven hours.

1973

Elvis Presley (July 1, 1973)

Elvis Presley in singing in concert

1974

David Bowie

The iconic tour passed through the auditorium as Bowie set out to make history! 

1976-1985

The Charlie Daniels Band "Volunteer Jam"

The Charlie Daniels Band held their concert series at the Auditorium 9 years in a row! Guests included Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Prine, Roy Acuff, Tammy Wynette, Amy Grant, and many more!

1977

Fleetwood Mac with special guest Kenny Loggins (May 21, 1977)

Fleetwood Mac Promotional poster

1978

Grateful Dead (December 16, 1978)

Backstage pass from the Shakedown Street concert

1979

Halloween show featuring Parliament (October 31, 1979)

Advertisement for the 1979 Halloween show featuring Parliament

1981

South Stars Hockey team begins playing at the Auditorium

Hockey puck with the Nashville South Stars logo on it

1983

Kiss (January 30, 1983)

KISS fills the Municipal Auditorium on Superbowl Sunday. Above picture taken from the "Living" section of the Tennessean.

1984

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie comes to the Nashville Municipal Auditorium for the first of his two shows

1994

United States Gymnastics Championships

1994-2001

Professional Bull Riders

The Professional Bull Riders "Bud Light Cup" was hosted at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium from 1994-2001!

1996

Tour of World Figure Skating Champions Broadcast on CBS

2000

Bullnanza (June 2-3, 2000)

After performing to incredibly large crowds, Bullnanza is forced to move to Gaylord Entertainment Center

2000

Longhorn Rodeo

2000

Belmont Basketball

Belmont Basketball moves to Auditorium as a temporary home while the Curb Events Center is being built

2002

Monster Truck Show

Fans of all ages were thrilled to see the monster trucks absolutely crush it at this event! 

2003, 2015, 2020

American Idol Auditions

American Idol found their season two winner "Ruben Studdard" when they held their auditions at the NMA!

2005

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters took on the Nashville Municipal Auditorium as they made their way across the USA!

2005

Weezer

Weezer visited the Nashville Municipal Auditorium during their "Beverly Hills" tour!

2007

TNA Wrestling

TNA hosted their "Slammiversarry" pay-per-view event and wrestlers faced off in music city!

2008

Ohio Valley Conference Basketball

Teams faced off in the historic auditorium after prior appearances in 1989, 1994, 1995, and 1996! The OVC tournament continued to come back from 2011-2017!

2010

Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper

The two iconic rockers performed at the Auditorium for their "Halloween Hootenanny."

2010

Grand Ole Opry with Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood plays at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium for the Grand Ole Opry 

2010-2016

Nashville Rollergirls

The Nashville Rollergirls skated around the floor at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium!

2011

Ke$ha

Ke$ha made her Nashville appearance during her "Get Sleazy" tour. 

2011

Katt Williams

Katt Williams came to the auditorium in 2011 (one of his many performances here)!

2012

Lady A

This popular country trio won "Top Vocal Group" at the ACM's the same year that they played at our Auditorium!

2013

Mary J. Blige

This is just one of many performances for Mary J. Blige at the Municipal Auditorium!

2013

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age performed at the Auditorium before moving onto Ascend Amphitheatre in later years. 

2017

Sting

Sting stopped at the Auditorium for his "57th & 9th" tour. 

2017

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne made his Nashville debut during his "Kloser 2 U" tour.

2018

Slayer

Slayer said goodbye to Nashville on their "Farewell Tour."

2019

Bastille

Bastille kicked off their "Doom Days Tour Pt. 1" in Nashville!

2021

Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti performed at the Auditorium during his "Narcissist" tour. 

2022

CMT Awards

This was the 56th edition of the award show!

2022

All Elite Wrestling

All Elite Wrestling brought their matches to Nashville in November!

2022

Lil Nas X

During his rise to fame, Lil Nas X performed at the auditorium during his "Montero" tour. 

2022

Ric Flair's Last Match

Ric Flair showed off in the last match of his career!

2022

The 1975

The 1975 filled the seats in the Auditorium before moving onto Bridgestone Arena in 2023. 

2022

Alt-J

Alt-J stopped by on their "Dream" tour!

2023

Two Friends

Two Friends performed their set at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on their North American tour!

2023

The Belonging Co. "The Unveiling"

The Belonging Co. Church chose the Auditorium to host their 2023 conference "The Unveiling."