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The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is a Nashville attraction for residents and visitors who want to enjoy top-notch live music, theater or dance. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, there never seems to be a shortage of talented performers who light up the TPAC stage, and 2017 is no exception.

The TPAC’s calendar is chock full of quality entertainment over the next several months, giving you the perfect opportunity to plan a great night out with a loved one or a group of friends.

Planning your TPAC experience begins with procuring a safe, reliable method of transportation for the evening. Parking around the TPAC leaves much to be desired, and you might not want to hoof it for a few blocks in your evening wear, especially if you’ve just spent the last 2 hours wining and dining.

Signature Transportation of Nashville offers excellent chauffeured car services for any night out in Nashville. Whether you need a standard luxury sedan, a classic limousine or a vehicle for a larger group, Signature can accommodate your needs.

Now, all you have to do is decide which TPAC production you’d like to see. Here of some of our picks from the TPAC’s spring calendar.

1. The Bodyguard

March 21 – March 26, 2017

Andrew Jackson Hall

Based on the 1992 hit film of the same name, “The Bodyguard” tells the story of Secret Service Agent-turned-bodyguard Frank Farmer, who’s hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. The famous film has an equally famous soundtrack used as a score for the musical production. In addition to the smash hit “I Will Always Love You”, it also features the songs “I’m Every Woman”, “Queen of the Night” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. “The Bodyguard” stars Grammy® nominee and R&B singer-songwriter Deborah Cox.

2. The Flaming Lips

March 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

War Memorial Auditorium

The Flaming Lips are one music’s most enduring and unpredictable acts, and you can catch them live on Wednesday, March 29. The band is known for their over-the-top live performances that feature costumes, balloons, video projections, dazzling lighting and, of course, confetti. Frontman Wayne Coyne is also known for his signature bubble, in which he roams across the crowd.

The 18+ show will feature tracks from their latest album, “Oczy Mlody”, as well as old favorites from “The Soft Bulletin” and “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” that stand the test of time. Spring for the VIP package, and you’ll get early admission and access to soundcheck.

3. Carmen

April 6 – April 8, 2017

Andrew Jackson Hall

One of the most performed, revered operas of all time, “Carmen” depicts the downfall of Don José a young, naive soldier in Southern Spain who thinks he has his life planned out — until he meets Carmen, a free-spirited, fiery gypsy girl. Set to the music of famed French composer Georges Bizet, the opera’s evocation of passion and emotion can’t be ignored. In true operatic tradition, “Carmen” is sung in French with projected English translations.

4. Tiempo Libre

April 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

James K. Polk Theater

Trained at Havana’s top music conservatories, Tiempo Libre and made up of seven young Cuban musicians who fled Cuba for freedom and reunited in Miami during their “free time” (“tiempo libre” in Spanish) from recording with other artists to play together. 15 years and three Grammy® nominations later, Tiempo Libre will take to the James K. Polk Theater stage to play some of their most popular tracks, including some from their latest album, “Panamericano”.

5. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour

April 21 – April 23, 2017

Andrew Jackson Hall

Having spent the last two decades captivating audiences around the globe, the international Irish dance sensation is back for their 20th anniversary world tour. There’s nothing as energetic or as exciting as Riverdance — and now it’s coming to Nashville after a sold-out run across Europe and Asia. “Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour” is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.

There you have it: five amazing shows to consider for your next evening outing in Music City. TPAC always has world-class entertainment on the horizon, so keep an eye on their calendar and grab tickets for their next can’t-miss performance.

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