The Bluebird Cafe and Alive Raise Funds for Hospice Patients for 30th Year in a Row
Published on December 16, 2022
This Year’s Annual Concert Series Presented by Amazon
Nashville, TN (December 16, 2022) For three decades, The Bluebird Cafe and hit songwriters have come together in January to support Alive, the only nonprofit hospice in Middle Tennessee. This year’s 30th Anniversary lineup of Alive & The Bluebird includes Tom Douglas, Kathy Mattea, Brett Young, Liz Rose, Chris DeStefano, and The Warren Brothers with more star songwriters being added daily.
Alive provides approximately $1.5 million dollars of care each year. Proceeds from the Alive & The Bluebird concert series support Alive’s services for the entire community, including grief support, financial assistance for patients when insurance doesn’t cover everything, education for families and professionals, grief camps for kids, and more. This year’s Signature Sponsor is Amazon.
“January is a special month here at The Bluebird where the songwriting community comes together to support Alive and the phenomenal services they provide,” said The Bluebird Cafe’s COO and General Manager Erika Wollam-Nichols. “Their mission to care for those at the end of life, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, is such a blessing to the community, and we’re honored to support them year after year. It’s incredible to feel the warmth that overtakes our tiny room, nightly, during January; a beautiful representation of the gratitude that we all feel for the work that Alive does.”
“Amazon values opportunities to support programs that have a lasting, positive impact,” said Courtney Ross, Senior Manager, Community Engagement. “We’re proud to sponsor this longtime Nashville tradition that we know means so much to our community.”
Performances take place throughout January at The Bluebird Cafe. Additional events will be held later in the year at Amy Grant’s Hidden Trace Farm and Green Door Gourmet. Tickets for the Alive & The Bluebird series can be purchased at bluebirdcafe.com. Please check there for on sale dates and times. Some shows will offer advanced ticketing and will go on sale as early as December 23 at 8 AM CT.
Learn more about the Alive & The Bluebird concert series and sponsorship opportunities at: https://www.alivehospice.org/news-events/annual-events/alive-bluebird/
“We look forward to this special event each year and the opportunity it provides us to connect with the Nashville music community,” said Kimberly Goessele, Alive’s President/CEO. “It is also an important fundraiser for us. Every ticket helps support a family when they need it most.”
Alive & The Bluebird Art
Each year, a local artist creates the designs for our series. This year’s art was designed by The Bluebird Cafe’s COO and General Manager Erika Wollam-Nichols.
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, financial assistance, a comprehensive volunteer program, and professional 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 Adapt to Life Limiting Illnesses Very Effectively (ALIVE). To learn more or volunteer, visit AliveHospice.org or call 615-675-9578.
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 40 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.
A typical show at The Bluebird features three or four 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. The venue’s “SHHHH” policy establishes it as a listening room where audience members are encouraged to pay attention to the song itself – and since it accommodates only 90 people per show, the demand is high, and the room sells out in minutes.
Over 80,000 people visit the venue annually; many of them from 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.
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