A moonlit serenade at Two Rivers Mansion

Two Rivers Mansion is a historic antebellum home built in 1859 and is located in Nashville, TN. The mansion inspires awe upon driving up to it. The beautiful architectural history still resonates to this day. In the summer, Two Rivers Mansion hosts a Summer Concert Series once a month, during the months of June through September. July 20, 2013 the stage was set for music when swing was king. The entertainers for the evening were The Moonlighters Big Band. The music started at 7:30 and guests were allowed to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a good ‘ole fashioned picnic basket. There was a dance floor set up upon the grass for anyone that got the “jitterbug.” Everyone between the ages of four and 70 danced through the evening on the lawn of the gorgeous, Italianate-style mansion and summertime air. It felt as though we were living in the time when this was the normal weekend entertainment. The band was sprinkled upon the wrap-around back porch. The guests were entertained by songs such as “Girl from Ipanema,” and “Moonlight Serenade.” As the night closed in, the lights strung around the porch illuminated the Moonlighters Big Band and casted a romantic glow. My husband and I are not regular dancers but we did have to jump up and sway to the lovely “Moonlight Serenade.”

The mansion was a beautiful backdrop to a crisp, summer evening. The band was perfect and really did make it feel as though we had stepped back to the time when this was the popular music of the day. We did not tour the mansion as it wasn’t open during the concert. However, we’ll definitely be back and there will be a write-up on this historic home in the future.

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