Hit Songwriters and The Bluebird Cafe Raise Funds for Alive’s End-of-Life and Grief Care

Alive & The Bluebird Concert Series Returns in January 2024

Alive’s biggest annual fundraiser kicks off in January with a month-long series of performances by hit singer/songwriters at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. This year’s full line up has yet to be announced. Artists for 2024 include Kent Blazy, Tom Douglas, David Nail, The Warren Brothers, David Hodges, Darrell Scott, Chris DeStefano. and Josh Osborne.

The only nonprofit hospice in Middle Tennessee, Alive provides nearly 1.5 million dollars in charity care each year so no one in our community has to die alone. Proceeds from Alive & The Bluebird are a critical part of the funding for Alive’s community services: grief support, financial assistance for patients when insurance doesn’t cover everything, education for families and professionals, grief camps for kids, and more.

“Over the years, the songwriters who call The Bluebird home generously donate their time and talents to supporting Alive with this series of magical performances in January,” said The Bluebird Cafe’s COO and General Manager Erika Wollam-Nichols. “Many of our Bluebird songwriters, along with their friends and families, have been cared for by Alive and we’re grateful for the chance to participate and give back with this annual fundraiser.”

Alive hosts additional events throughout the year to bring the excitement of The Bluebird to other parts of Middle Tennessee. For those who can’t attend but still want to support Alive, donations can be made online.

“We are immensely grateful to The Bluebird Cafe and the songwriters who donate their talents each year to support our community at the end of life,” said Joseph K. Hampe, COO and interim President/CEO of Alive. “We couldn’t ask for more talent or more compassion! This is a true Nashville experience that people come from all over the country to enjoy.”

See our photo gallery of last year’s series.

Original Artwork for Auction

Local artist Hollie Roy created this year’s original art for Alive & The Bluebird. Her painting will be auctioned off at the series. “Alive was instrumental in bringing my father-in-law home to rest comfortably and peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at the last stages of his battle with cancer,” said Hollie Roy.

Her painting represents our shared local roots and the peace that can come from excellent end-of-life care. “I knew I wanted to represent the beauty of Tennessee, Nashville’s deep roots to music and the lovely souls who allow us to spend quality time with our loved ones at their end-of-life transition,” she said.


Tickets will be available at The Bluebird Cafe website starting December 22.
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About Alive

Alive is the only nonprofit provider of hospice care and end-of-life services in Middle Tennessee. Its mission is to provide loving care for people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families, and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives. This includes in-home and in-patient hospice care, grief support, advance care planning, outreach, support to underserved communities, education about the end of life, financial assistance, a robust volunteer program, and clinician training through the Alive Institute. A pioneer in the “good death” movement, Alive established the third hospice in the nation in 1975. Today, it remains true to its roots as an innovator and leader, helping individuals live fully while approaching death. To learn more or volunteer, visit AliveHospice.org or call 615-327-1085.

About The Bluebird Cafe

Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe is a small but mighty venue where up and coming songwriters and artists build their careers and rise to fame. Over the past 41 years, the tiny room has developed into one of the most significant music venues in the world where all songwriters are welcomed and supported, from novice to established hit-makers. Artists such as Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift have had career moments along with countless hit songwriters whose music is represented on a wide range of charts.

The venue’s “SHHHH” policy establishes it as a listening room where audience members are encouraged to pay attention to the song itself. A typical show at The Bluebird features 3 or 4 songwriters performing “in the round,” a format made famous at the club where the performers take turns playing their original music, sharing the stories behind their songs, accompanying each other instrumentally, and vocally. In addition, The Bluebird’s mission assures that a variety of performance opportunities are in place for rising songwriters to grow and develop their craft; through the weekly Monday Open Mic night, quarterly Bluebird auditions and the up-and-comers’ Sunday Writers Night.

Over 80,000 people visit the venue annually; many of them as a result of seeing the Bluebird on television, in news pieces, The Foo Fighters’ documentary, Sonic Highways; the feature film, The Thing Called Love; or on the ABC hit drama, Nashville. The Bluebird Cafe has been featured in publications such as Southwest Spirit, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone magazine where the club was voted one of the Top 10 Best Clubs in America. Most recently, the venue’s story was featured in the 2019 documentary, BLUEBIRD, available on streaming channels including iTunes and Amazon.

For more information bluebirdcafe.com.

Media contact for Alive:
Email info@alivehospice.org or call Tambry Brechon, Sr. Director of Advancement at 615-346-8386

Media Contact for The Bluebird Cafe:
Liana Alpino liana@bluebirdcafe.com