Nashville Concert Calendar

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Jul
5
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Laura Reed with Justin Forrest @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jul 5 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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South African born, Nashville and NC based singer/songwriter Laura Reed has become a global success story with her seductive, signature vocal style, her thought-provoking lyricism, and powerhouse live presence; But the insightful artist feels like she’s truly arrived with the release of her acclaimed, aptly titled solo debut album, The Awakening.

Journeying to Nashville to make the pivotal album, she credits the connective creative energy of Music City and a close working relationship with the album’s producer, two- time Grammy winner, Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, John Legend, Robert Randolph) with instilling the necessary focus to turn such personal stories into universally themed gems that resonate with the listener from start to finish.

Laura’s magnetic versatility shines through on The Awakening, with gems like the empowering “Struggle,” or the upbeat “Wake Up,” which has been featured on VH1’s hit show ‘Hollywood Exes’ and the Alicia Keys indie film endeavor ‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.’ The Nashville based radio station, Lightning 100 has also added “Wake Up” to rotation. The unsparing ‘Wolves’ also reflects Laura’s ‘World Music’ roots, where her almost indiscernible Latin scat flows seamlessly into a neo-soul-themed cautionary lyric about staying true to one’s self.

Best known, previously, as the front woman of the south eastern/jam-based funk band Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, she tabled the funk/Reggae-informed shadings for a more intimate but accessible exploration on The Awakening.

Laura’s savvy musical chops and years of working-band experience also served her in crafting the cornerstone album of her career. She has been joined by some stellar singers and musicians on multiple past projects, including George Clinton, Killer Mike, Karl Denson, Robert Randolph, The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown and Jewel. She’s also shared stages with a star-studded list of artists including Mali Music, India.Arie, Miguel, Daley, Valerie June and Anthony Hamilton, among others. She was recently invited to perform at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden to sing the National Anthem, wowing fans with the breadth of her astonishing vocal command and range.

In December 2014, Laura opted to release The Awakening on her very own label entitled “FIVE FOOT GIANT RECORDS”. The year also saw Laura receive the NIMA (Nashville Independent Music Association) Award for “BEST R&B SOLO ARTIST 2014″ and an endorsement from Lee Oskar Harmonicas.

Drawing comparisons to seminal female vocalists such as Lauryn Hill, India.Arie, and Amy Winehouse, she is proud of how only the strongest musical efforts won the day in making The Awakening. “It’s funny, for making a solo album – I really did check my ego at the door,” she admits. “I’m a singer who is never shy about her opinions. What’s great about Nashville is everyone has a unique idea about each song. The ideas that stuck were the best ideas, and that comes through on every song on the album.”

 

Jul
8
Wed
Imagine Dragons @ Bridgestone Arena
Jul 8 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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General Public Onsale starts on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM CS

Jul
10
Fri
Train – Picasso At the Wheel Tour 2015 @ Bridgestone Arena
Jul 10 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Train has successfully traveled the nearly-unnavigable path of a contemporary, hit-making rock band while keeping their heads. The climb to the top began in San Francisco in 1994. The original 5-member band tenaciously built a loyal following, leading up to their own self-titled debut album, released by Columbia in 1998.  The tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia” gave them their first unlikely radio hit, with 2001’s Drops Of Jupiter garnering multi-platinum status thanks to the double-Grammy winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40.  In their typical ‘you-gotta’-nail-it-down-motherfucker’ style, the quixotic song snared the Best Rock Song trophy by beating out Coldplay and two U2 songs.

The group won another Grammy in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the #1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010, from their multi-platinum album Save Me, San Francisco.  Their most recent album, 2012’s California 37 launched the hit “Drive By,” which reached the Top 10 in 13 countries.  They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including 3 Grammy Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors. Additionally, Train’s award-winning Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. has recently released their 6th varietal, ‘Bulletproof Picasso’ sauvignon blanc. Proceeds from the wine support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Jul
12
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: JD & The Straight Shot @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jul 12 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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The continued evolution of JD & The Straight Shot now sees singer-songwriter Jim Dolan fronting a four-person group as the band explores a stripped-down version of its sound, which is steeped in the quiet fire of Americana, with distinctive elements of the blues and mystical, rustic New Orleans-flavored roots music.

In addition to Dolan, the acoustic vocal group also includes guitarist Marc Copely (Rosanne Cash, McCrary Sisters, Billy Squier), guitarist Aidan Dolan; Kentucky-born bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris) and violinist Erin Slaver (Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride), all of whom also contribute to songwriting.

This revised lineup continues its tour this year with a slate of European festivals, while also working on a follow up to the band’s last album, Where I’ve Been, which was released last year. Produced by Joe Walsh, the 2014 album features several breakthrough singles including “Governor’s Song,” which challenges some of today’s most well-known political figures; “Under That Hood,” a transformative single that tells the tragic story of Trayvon Martin; and “Hard to Find,” which will be featured in the highly-anticipated film, St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy.

Dolan started JD & The Straight Shot in 2000. The band has recorded four additional albums: Midnight Run (2012), Can’t Make Tears (2011), Right On Time (2008), and Nothing To Hide (2005) – as well as an EP, Daily News Blues (2010).

Jim Dolan’s day gig is Cablevision Systems CEO and Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, where he also oversees the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. Music is his passion.

“I needed something in my life where I felt like I was actually creating,” says Dolan. “Most of what I do as an executive is orchestrate. I don’t actually set up cable and I don’t really shoot hoops. Music is something I’ve played since I was a kid. Music, for me, is a direct connection between me and the audience.”

JD & The Straight Shot has been covered by The New York Times, New York Post, Billboard, and New York Magazine, among other publications, and performed on “Good Day New York.” Their song “Can’t Make Tears” is the theme song for Hell on Wheels, the television drama entering its fifth season on AMC in 2015. Their music has been featured in many films, including St. Vincent and August: Osage County.

The group has opened for the Eagles on several tours, including the “History of the Eagles” tour, the “Summer 2010” tour, and the band’s stadium tour with the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban. JD & The Straight Shot has also opened for both Joe Walsh and Don Henley’s solo tours, the James Gang reunion tour, and performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Austin City Limits.

 

Jul
13
Mon
BARENAKED LADIES WITH VIOLENT FEMMES AND COLIN HAY @ The Woods Amphitheater at Fonteanel
Jul 13 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Date: July 13, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm

Doors: 5:30 pm

Cost: $39.50 & up

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Jul
17
Fri
The Forecastle Festival @ Louisville, KY
Jul 17 all-day

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A port-of-call where the world gathers to experience the best in Music, Art, Activism®. The 2015 festival will be 7/17-19 on the Louisville Waterfront!  A Forecastle is a superstructure at the bow of a ship where the crew is housed. Hard at work in the unruly sea, it’s a place workers gather after a long day to unwind. A place where the people come together, for one whale of a good time.

Jul
18
Sat
Sloss Music and Arts Festival @ Birmingham, Alabama
Jul 18 all-day
The Forecastle Festival @ Louisville, KY
Jul 18 all-day

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A port-of-call where the world gathers to experience the best in Music, Art, Activism®. The 2015 festival will be 7/17-19 on the Louisville Waterfront!  A Forecastle is a superstructure at the bow of a ship where the crew is housed. Hard at work in the unruly sea, it’s a place workers gather after a long day to unwind. A place where the people come together, for one whale of a good time.

Jul
19
Sun
Sloss Music and Arts Festival @ Birmingham, Alabama
Jul 19 all-day
The Forecastle Festival @ Louisville, KY
Jul 19 all-day

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A port-of-call where the world gathers to experience the best in Music, Art, Activism®. The 2015 festival will be 7/17-19 on the Louisville Waterfront!  A Forecastle is a superstructure at the bow of a ship where the crew is housed. Hard at work in the unruly sea, it’s a place workers gather after a long day to unwind. A place where the people come together, for one whale of a good time.

Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Paul Thorn @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jul 19 @ 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Paul Thorn’s new album Too Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. “In the past, I’ve told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life,” the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. “This time, I’ve written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I’ve done it with a purpose: to make people feel good.”

Which explains numbers like the acoustic-electric charmer Don’t Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy, where Thorn’s warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track borrows its tag from a familiar saying among the members of the African-American Baptist churches Thorn frequented in his childhood. “I’d ask, ‘How you doin’, sister?’ And what I’d often hear back was, ‘I’m too blessed to be stressed.’ ” In the hands of Thorn and his faithful band, who’ve been together 20 years, the tune applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath his playful banter.

Thorn’s trademark humor is abundant throughout the album. I Backslide On Friday is a warm-spirited poke at personal foibles. “I promised myself not to write about me, but I did on ‘Backslide,’ ” Thorn relates. The chipper pop tune is a confession about procrastination, sweetened by Bill Hinds’ slide guitar and Thorn’s gently arching melody. “But,” Thorn protests, “I know I’m not the only one who says he’s gonna diet and just eat Blue Bell vanilla ice cream on Sundays, and then ends up eating it every day!”

Mediocrity Is King takes a wider swipe, aiming at our culture’s hyper-drive addiction to celebrity artifice and rampant consumerism. But like Everything Is Gonna Be All Right, a rocking celebration of the simple joys of life, it’s done with Thorn’s unflagging belief in the inherent goodness of the human heart.

 

Jul
21
Tue
TOAD THE WET SPROCKET W/ OPENER DERIK HULTQUIST @ City Winery
Jul 21 @ 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Toad the Wet Sprocket (Glen Phillips on lead vocals and guitar, Dean Dinning on bass and vocals, Todd Nichols on lead guitar and vocals, and Randy Guss on the drums) share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course of those 25 years. After “Bread & Circus,” they followed with “Pale” in 1990, “fear” in ’91, “Dulcinea” in 1994, and “Coil” in 1997, as well as some compilations and rarities compilations along the way. While most will feel the comforting familiarity of the Billboard-charting hits, “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “Something’s Always Wrong,” and “Fall Down,” new fans will also be well familiar with their new hits such as “California Wasted” which continues to climb the charts. Even with a period of the band members weaving in and out of each other’s musical lives, the same creative curiosity that inspired the band to form in 1986 has brought them full circle to come back together again. Toad the Wet Sprocket’s current album New Constellation, was launched with an impressive #3 most funded Kickstarter Campaign in music for the year, was the bands’ first new album in 16 years when released in 2014, and features the singles “New Constellation,” “The Moment” and “California Wasted.”

Jul
25
Sat
Elizabeth Cook with Opener Derek Hoke @ City Winery
Jul 25 @ 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Elizabeth Cook, the youngest of 11 half-brothers and sisters, grew up in rural Florida where her musician parents met while playing in local country bars. Known for her clear, beautiful voice and strong songwriting ability, Elizabeth is a relentless performer, touring worldwide, including well over 200 performances at The Grand Ole Opry. Cook currently hosts, Apron Strings, weekday mornings on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel. Her latest full length album, Welder, is the bold declaration of an uncompromising artist unafraid to be exactly who she is. Welder was produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Kris Kristofferson) and features guest appearances by Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller.

Similar Artists: Holly Williams, Lori McKenna, Matraca Berg

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About Derek Hole:

Derek Hoke has crafted a collection of equally endearing and infectious songs for his long awaited sophomore release – Waiting All Night. Out August 21, 2012 on Electric Western / Thirty Tigers, Waiting All Night picks up right where Hoke left off with his first release Goodbye Rock N Roll. There is a significant difference here though. If Goodbye Rock N Roll was slow crafted, simmered in Hoke’s brain on low, and came to life on a lazy sawdust floor one night in town, then Waiting All Night was born under the lights on stage. It’s clear that Hoke and his band have been affected by the past years of playing week after week. Nashville has a way of doing that to a singer. A way of molding a voice around the lingering smoke and whiskey hanging in the air night after night. And first and foremost, Derek Hoke is a singer. The songs, even the ballads, reach out and yearn for a late night in a dark room. It’s the same feeling you get when you leave the house at 2am to catch last call…because if you don’t you might miss something. You might miss the steel guitar or meandering piano solos and telecaster riffs. Well, get out of the house, because you won’t want to miss a tune on Waiting All Night

Similar Artists: Lyle Lovett, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle

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Jul
26
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: The Oh Hellos with Ruston Kelly @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jul 26 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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The Oh Hellos are Maggie and Tyler Heath, sibling musicians hailing from the great state of Texas. The pair bend and blend styles and genres into a unique mixture of eclectic folk rock. Joined on stage by a rotating cast of characters, sometimes as many as 13, The Oh Hellos weave a sound that is one moment intimate, the next explosive and joyful.

Jul
27
Mon
James Bay @ Marathon Music Works
Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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An hour or so drive outside of London, at the point where the city’s vast swathes of suburbs become the green fields of the countryside, you’ll find Hitchin, home of the Rhythms of the Worlds Festival and hometown of 23-year-old singer-songwriter James Bay. It’s this kind of environment that has the habit of breeding the very best kind of British vocalist, singers and songwriters grounded by melodic truth and raw emotion. “I’m trying to make songs that make people feel something and, if I’m lucky, even move them,” he explains.

James Bay is a singular modern talent; an old head on young shoulders, a damn good guitar player and an even better songwriter. A true soul singer, chasing “that goose bumps moment” by channeling artists such as Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen and James Blake, his music is intensely personal. “I’m trying to keep things human and emotional,” he explains. “It’s hard to know what the balance is, but you know it when you hear it. It’s such a personal process that it’s hard to share stuff sometimes.” But share he does, casting a light onto his attempts to make sense of the world, and a young man’s discovery of love and loss.

Bay’s obsession with guitars began around the age of 11, when he asked to take a look at the tatty old axe that that his dad bought from his uncle and had been gathering dust in a cupboard for 15 years. “I’d seen it two or three times in my life and I decided I wanted to get it out. I opened the cupboard and it had five rusty strings on it but I sat down with it and the sensation of holding it was the best thing in the world,” explains Bay. “It just felt really fucking cool.” The idea of creating and listening to music tapped into a whole new level of emotion being felt by the pre-teen Bay. He marched his father off to a local guitar shop to spruce up the instrument. “We didn’t know what we were asking for – we just said make it work better than it does!” Attempts to learn how to play with an instructional CD were quickly spurned in favor of learning how to play by ear, with Bay putting on Van Morrisson and Derek and the Dominos’ ‘Layla’ and strumming along. “I was just putting on things that sounded cool,” says Bay, who plundered his parents’ record collection for Greenwich Village folk and Motown to learn along to. The hobby swiftly turned into an obsession, with the neighbors constantly asking him to turn down his amp. “I was cranking it up!” he remembers. “I was trying to make the windows shake!”

Starting bands with his brothers and friends when he hit his teens, Bay was never the front man, but he knew it wouldn’t always be that way. “I always had it in my mind that I’d do something where I was at the front one day,” he says. Then, when he was 16, he decided to branch out alone, with the idea of playing his songs “to some drunk guys in a pub to see if I could get them to shut up.” His first solo gig saw him opening up for his and his brother’s own band. “I shut up a few drunks and some of them kept talking, but I enjoyed it enough to be desperate to do it again”.

At the age of 18, James Bay moved out of Hitchin to study guitar in the seaside city of Brighton. It was here his solo venture really kicked off. A talented and accomplished painter and drawer, he’d long planned to study fine art, but made a last minute decision to study music instead. “I couldn’t put down the guitar and say it was just a hobby, I couldn’t justify it,” he recalls. Almost as soon as he moved to Brighton he was busking and playing open mic evenings five nights a week in the town’s many small music venues. “If it was bad there was always the opportunity to walk down the street to the next place,” he says. Bay managed to secure himself a residency and though he didn’t make it to the end of his three-year long course, it was at the college’s showcase night that he was spotted by his management company, who’d scouted him online the previous evening. They initially reached out to the college to ask when he was playing next and after being informed it was the next night, they drove down immediately from London to catch Bay’s one song set in a show of 25 performers.

From Brighton, the next step was a move to London. “London was always in the back of my mind. In America, they talk about LA, they talk about New York, but here they talk about London.” Building up a solid live reputation in the capital, prestigious support slots started flooding in, including a life changing opening set for none other than The Rolling Stones at their gigantic Hyde Park show in the summer of 2013. “I almost fell off my stool when I was told,” says Bay, who was on his first trip to Los Angeles when he heard the news. He’s also toured with the likes of ZZ Ward, Kodaline, Tom Odell, John Newman and Beth Orton, playing some of the most prestigious venues in the world in the process, including Los Angeles’ Troubadour and San Francisco’s Fillmore.

One evening would prove particularly life-changing. While performing a solo show in a Kentish Town pub a patron was so impressed by Bay’s set that he took a video and uploaded it to YouTube where a couple of weeks later it caught the attention of a Republic Records A&R executive, who was blown away by what he saw. “That kicked everything off,” he exclaims. “The label flew me over to New York a week later, and I met everybody and ended up signing with them on the spot. It was like they were in that tiny club with me even though they were thousands of miles away.”

Almost one year after Bay began work on his debut album, the final product is on the cusp of release. Recorded in Nashville’s prestigious Blackbird Studios with Kings of Leon’s long term collaborator and Tom Waits engineer Jacquire King, whom Bay found after flipping over a Kings of Leon CD and finding his name, “He was at the top of the list,” says Bay. That same live video of Bay performing in the Kentish Town pub was emailed to the producer, who immediately responded and said he’d love to work on the record. “It knocked my head off,” says Bay. “Suddenly I’m Skyping with Jacquire King from my little flat.” Bay visited Blackbird on and off, in-between tour dates in both the UK and US. “It was ridiculous,” says Bay of the high spec studio, which is often cited as one of the best in the world.. “It still hasn’t quite sunk in. Willie Nelson would be pulling up in the drive!” It was here that he also recorded his upcoming ‘Let It Go’ EP, a stunning collection of five impassioned folk-rooted songs that includes the compelling ‘If You Ever Want To Be In Love’, a song that flits from gospel to drive-time rock, a modern soul-drenched stunner.

This year James Bay will be hitting a run of UK festivals, including his Glastonbury Festival debut, as well as slots at Scotland’s “T in the Park,” a show opening up for Stevie Wonder at London’s Clapham Common, as well as opening for Hozier on tour in the U.S. this fall. He hasn’t ditched his love of art either, and still sketches and draws when on the road. “Music came along and then we fell in love, but art was way before that,” he states. Bay recently bought his first canvas in years and is currently painting his favorite author, James Baldwin. “He’s one of the coolest looking guys,” he says of the ‘Notes of Native Son’ writer. James Bay admits that he doesn’t bother with landscapes and still life, preferring to draw people and faces. His art, like his music, is all about that very human connection.

Jul
31
Fri
Lollapalooza Festival @ Chicago, Illinois
Jul 31 – Aug 1 all-day
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Lollapalooza will happen once again in historic Grant Park, Chicago, IL on July 31 – August 2, 2015. Visit www.lollapalooza.com for Tickets, Lineup & More! What started as a touring music festival in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza has become a definitively unique music experience. Today, Lollapalooza takes place every summer in historic Grant Park, Chicago, between the iconic Chicago skyline and the shores of Lake Michigan.
Frist Fridays : The Long Players Perform David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust @ Frist Center
Jul 31 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Frist Center’s popular summer concert series Frist Fridays kicks off Friday, June 26, and will feature musical acts that celebrate personal style in conjunction with the summer exhibition Italian Style: Fashion since 1945. Now in its thirteenth season, Frist Fridays take place on the final Friday of June, July and August from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Center’s Turner Courtyard. Patrons are invited to enjoy an evening of live music, light snacks and beverages as well as the diverse exhibitions on view in the Frist Center’s galleries. Frist Fridays take place rain or shine.

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July 31       The Long Players Perform David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust
The Long Players are a group of Nashville-based musicians who, since 2004, have taken classic albums and performed them live in their original sequences. For this Frist Friday appearance, The Long Players will perform David Bowie’s 1972 album Ziggy Stardust with a bonus set of the style icon’s fashionable hits. Bowie’s unique ability to inspire trends in contemporary culture through fashion, music, and film mirrors the far-reaching influence of the Italian fashion designers featured in Italian Style: Fashion since 1945. The Long Players’ unique tribute to “the album” as a conceptual work of art sets them apart from other tribute bands that focus on look-a-likes and sound-a-likes. Through this approach and their remarkable ability to pull off a variety of musical styles, they have received national acclaim and have been featured in Billboard and on NPR. The band includes Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), Steve Allen (20/20), Steve Ebe (Human Radio), and Brad Jones (record producer). The Long Players pull from Nashville’s exceptional music community and offer a stellar roster of guest artists to truly bring these albums to life.
August 28   Those Darlins 
Those Darlins are edgy and seductive, both in sound and personal style. The fashion- and attitude-forward Nashville trio has released three albums since their formation in 2006, the most recent of which, Blur The Line (2013), received widespread praise and the “Best Live Act of 2014” award from Paste magazine. Members Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes, and Linwood Regensburg blend rock and roll, alt-country, and garage rock to create a sound that is sensual and often spiked. Those Darlins have toured with rock acts, including Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Drive-by Truckers, JEFF the Brotherhood, and have been featured by NPR, SPIN Magazine, and Pitchfork.

 

ADMISSION
Admission to each Frist Fridays concert is free for Frist Center members and to visitors 18 years and younger. General adult admission is $12.00 for not-yet-members, $9.00 for seniors and college students with ID and $7.00 for military.

Frist Fridays feature a special selection of economically priced snack food items in the Frist Center Café.  The selections will vary for each event and will include such items as chicken wings, sliders, corn dogs and soft pretzels and will range in price from $2.50 to $4.50.

Aug
1
Sat
Lollapalooza Festival @ Chicago, Illinois
Aug 1 – Aug 2 all-day
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Lollapalooza will happen once again in historic Grant Park, Chicago, IL on July 31 – August 2, 2015. Visit www.lollapalooza.com for Tickets, Lineup & More! What started as a touring music festival in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza has become a definitively unique music experience. Today, Lollapalooza takes place every summer in historic Grant Park, Chicago, between the iconic Chicago skyline and the shores of Lake Michigan.
Chicago with Earth, Wind and Fire @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 1 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

 

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Aug
2
Sun
Lollapalooza Festival @ Chicago, Illinois
Aug 2 – Aug 3 all-day
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Lollapalooza will happen once again in historic Grant Park, Chicago, IL on July 31 – August 2, 2015. Visit www.lollapalooza.com for Tickets, Lineup & More! What started as a touring music festival in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza has become a definitively unique music experience. Today, Lollapalooza takes place every summer in historic Grant Park, Chicago, between the iconic Chicago skyline and the shores of Lake Michigan.
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Jackie Greene @ 3rd and Lindsley
Aug 2 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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“We live in such a fast-paced, hectic environment, I wanted to make a record that would invite people to step back and take their time to listen,” Jackie Greene says of Back to Birth, his first album in five years. “I wanted to make a record that would reward people who are willing to sit down and give it a couple of serious listens.”

Back to Birth – Greene’s seventh album and his Yep Roc Records debut – is more than worthy of some serious attention. The 11-song set showcases the multitalented artist’s uncanny knack for synthesizing his deep affinity for American roots styles into timeless, personally-charged music. Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Greene has carved out a unique musical niche, and the album marks another creative landmark in his already compelling body of work.

Produced by Los Lobos member and frequent Greene collaborator Steve Berlin, Back to Birth underlines Greene’s remarkable evolution as a performer and writer. With such new compositions as “Silver Lining,” “Trust Somebody,” “Now I Can See For Miles,” and the stirring title track, the artist’s distinctive melodic sensibility is matched with thoughtful, introspective lyrics that confront some profound philosophical issues with plainspoken eloquence.

Although Back to Birth is Greene’s first new solo release in five years, he’s hardly been idle. In fact, he’s spent much of the past few years engaging in a series of collaborative musical adventures that have teamed him with several notable veterans.

In 2013, Greene joined the reunited Black Crowes as lead guitarist on their worldwide tour, and the following year released the self-titled debut album of supergroup Trigger Hippy, which Greene is a member of along with Joan Osborne and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. Greene continues to be a frequent member of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s touring ensemble Phil Lesh & Friends, for which he has contributed lead guitar and vocals since 2007. Greene also toured as part of WRG, an acoustic trio with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, and he performed with Levon Helm as part of Helm’s fabled Midnight Ramble shows.

Although he’s already racked up a multitude of impressive musical achievements, Greene isn’t one to look back. Instead, he continues to look to the future – and looks forward to getting back on the road to bring Back to Birth’s soulful songcraft to the loyal, wildly diverse fan base that he’s built through talent, vision and hard work.

“I still plan on making a lot of different kinds of records in the future, but I can’t tell you what they’re going to sound like, because I really have no idea,” he asserts. “All I can do is write songs and make music as honestly as I can. That’s what I believe people appreciate about what I do. They trust me to be honest with them, and I’d never want to abuse that trust.”

Aug
4
Tue
Phish @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 4 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Aug
6
Thu
Ink n Iron Festival @ Nashville, TN
Aug 6 all-day

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This festival will be both a Living Art Gallery and Community Festival.

 

People are here for the love of Hot Rods-Kustom Cars, Live Music, Burlesque, Art Show, 20’s-50’s Fashion, and of course the World Renowned Tattoo Convention; taking place on the floor of the Municipal Auditorium. 280 of the best tattoo artists in the world will be on hand from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles; where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Pinups clad in corsets, Classic Cats with Pompadours, Mohawks, fashion Mullets with full sleeves and back pieces. Not only is the breathtaking view of the Capitol building; built in 1859, a majestic sight sitting atop the hill, mixed among the amazing Nashville skyline, its quite a task to take in all at once.

 

Besides taking advantage of the festival to get a tattoo from a great artist, the organizers are very attentive to the entertainment of all those who chose to spend three days in the tattoo scenario – 5 stages will showcase the weekends bands, cabaret shows, tattoo contest, and pin-up pageant while the Bicentennial Mall will be decorated with America’s finest Iron dressed in period perfect style. Tattoos will stand out not only on skin but also on canvases, paper and photos, through an exhibition able to give an enhanced artistic value to the exhibition.

 

We hope you have a wonderful experience at this year’s 1st annual Ink-N-Iron Festival-Nashville.

 

OUR HISTORY

With the success of the 2003 Long Beach Tattoo Convention – the second to be held aboard the Queen Mary – it propelled Long Beach to a central position in the tattoo world. The throngs of visitors that have come aboard the Queen Mary since then, sends a very clear message on the extent of the event which will be even better and more enthralling this year. It couldn’t be otherwise, considering that Long Beach was the tattoo cultural engine of the West Coast, the center around which technique and trends evolved. Long Beach was the home of Bert Grimm’s World Famous Tattoo, the longest operating tattoo shop in America 1927-2003. From this tiny shop on the Nu Pike in Long Beach Bert Grimm fostered a culture that influenced today’s godfathers of the American Tattoo industry; names like Ed Hardy, Bob Roberts, Lyle Tuttle, Col. Todd, Bob Shaw, and Phil Simms to name a few. Bert Grimm’s was a place where, if you knew the right guy you could obtain the most sacred of tools; the tattoo machine, these pieces of equipment were not available to just anyone. In marrying the city’s tattoo history with a 1930’s luxury ship the Queen Mary, with her WWII service history, there couldn’t be a more perfect setting to perform this sacred art form. The idea of organizing a tattoo convention in Long Beach stems from the desire to pay a tribute to the great tattoo art tradition. This tradition contributed to spread this art all over the world, pulling it out of the Middle Ages. We feature 280 artists from many different States and Countries representing all the tattoo styles pricking away with their machines in an exciting atmosphere, where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Tattoos can be a passion and an art form, for most people a very popular fashion trend, which exploded a few years ago thanks to advertisements, fashion and music bands which use tattoo icons for messages that underline the freedom of choice of each individual. This festival is an event that draws lots of different visitors, something very few events can boast. Many love tattoos and travel around the world to take part in tattoo conventions, because it is a time in which this art is experienced on one’s own skin and, it is difficult not to be affected by the unique atmosphere that makes tattoos a very familiar and easy form of art.

Lightning 100 Presents My Morning Jacket with Moon Taxi @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 6 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
More Info AboutMy Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket

Ascend Amphitheater,  Nashville, TN

ThuAug 6, 2015 07:00 PM

Details: My Morning Jacket, Moon Taxi

Please Note: Box Office open event days only. All events are rain or shine.
Aug
7
Fri
Ink n Iron Festival @ Nashville, TN
Aug 7 all-day

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This festival will be both a Living Art Gallery and Community Festival.

 

People are here for the love of Hot Rods-Kustom Cars, Live Music, Burlesque, Art Show, 20’s-50’s Fashion, and of course the World Renowned Tattoo Convention; taking place on the floor of the Municipal Auditorium. 280 of the best tattoo artists in the world will be on hand from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles; where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Pinups clad in corsets, Classic Cats with Pompadours, Mohawks, fashion Mullets with full sleeves and back pieces. Not only is the breathtaking view of the Capitol building; built in 1859, a majestic sight sitting atop the hill, mixed among the amazing Nashville skyline, its quite a task to take in all at once.

 

Besides taking advantage of the festival to get a tattoo from a great artist, the organizers are very attentive to the entertainment of all those who chose to spend three days in the tattoo scenario – 5 stages will showcase the weekends bands, cabaret shows, tattoo contest, and pin-up pageant while the Bicentennial Mall will be decorated with America’s finest Iron dressed in period perfect style. Tattoos will stand out not only on skin but also on canvases, paper and photos, through an exhibition able to give an enhanced artistic value to the exhibition.

 

We hope you have a wonderful experience at this year’s 1st annual Ink-N-Iron Festival-Nashville.

 

OUR HISTORY

With the success of the 2003 Long Beach Tattoo Convention – the second to be held aboard the Queen Mary – it propelled Long Beach to a central position in the tattoo world. The throngs of visitors that have come aboard the Queen Mary since then, sends a very clear message on the extent of the event which will be even better and more enthralling this year. It couldn’t be otherwise, considering that Long Beach was the tattoo cultural engine of the West Coast, the center around which technique and trends evolved. Long Beach was the home of Bert Grimm’s World Famous Tattoo, the longest operating tattoo shop in America 1927-2003. From this tiny shop on the Nu Pike in Long Beach Bert Grimm fostered a culture that influenced today’s godfathers of the American Tattoo industry; names like Ed Hardy, Bob Roberts, Lyle Tuttle, Col. Todd, Bob Shaw, and Phil Simms to name a few. Bert Grimm’s was a place where, if you knew the right guy you could obtain the most sacred of tools; the tattoo machine, these pieces of equipment were not available to just anyone. In marrying the city’s tattoo history with a 1930’s luxury ship the Queen Mary, with her WWII service history, there couldn’t be a more perfect setting to perform this sacred art form. The idea of organizing a tattoo convention in Long Beach stems from the desire to pay a tribute to the great tattoo art tradition. This tradition contributed to spread this art all over the world, pulling it out of the Middle Ages. We feature 280 artists from many different States and Countries representing all the tattoo styles pricking away with their machines in an exciting atmosphere, where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Tattoos can be a passion and an art form, for most people a very popular fashion trend, which exploded a few years ago thanks to advertisements, fashion and music bands which use tattoo icons for messages that underline the freedom of choice of each individual. This festival is an event that draws lots of different visitors, something very few events can boast. Many love tattoos and travel around the world to take part in tattoo conventions, because it is a time in which this art is experienced on one’s own skin and, it is difficult not to be affected by the unique atmosphere that makes tattoos a very familiar and easy form of art.

Counting Crows with Citizen Cope & Hollis Brown @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 7 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Aug
8
Sat
Ink n Iron Festival @ Nashville, TN
Aug 8 all-day

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This festival will be both a Living Art Gallery and Community Festival.

 

People are here for the love of Hot Rods-Kustom Cars, Live Music, Burlesque, Art Show, 20’s-50’s Fashion, and of course the World Renowned Tattoo Convention; taking place on the floor of the Municipal Auditorium. 280 of the best tattoo artists in the world will be on hand from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles; where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Pinups clad in corsets, Classic Cats with Pompadours, Mohawks, fashion Mullets with full sleeves and back pieces. Not only is the breathtaking view of the Capitol building; built in 1859, a majestic sight sitting atop the hill, mixed among the amazing Nashville skyline, its quite a task to take in all at once.

 

Besides taking advantage of the festival to get a tattoo from a great artist, the organizers are very attentive to the entertainment of all those who chose to spend three days in the tattoo scenario – 5 stages will showcase the weekends bands, cabaret shows, tattoo contest, and pin-up pageant while the Bicentennial Mall will be decorated with America’s finest Iron dressed in period perfect style. Tattoos will stand out not only on skin but also on canvases, paper and photos, through an exhibition able to give an enhanced artistic value to the exhibition.

 

We hope you have a wonderful experience at this year’s 1st annual Ink-N-Iron Festival-Nashville.

 

OUR HISTORY

With the success of the 2003 Long Beach Tattoo Convention – the second to be held aboard the Queen Mary – it propelled Long Beach to a central position in the tattoo world. The throngs of visitors that have come aboard the Queen Mary since then, sends a very clear message on the extent of the event which will be even better and more enthralling this year. It couldn’t be otherwise, considering that Long Beach was the tattoo cultural engine of the West Coast, the center around which technique and trends evolved. Long Beach was the home of Bert Grimm’s World Famous Tattoo, the longest operating tattoo shop in America 1927-2003. From this tiny shop on the Nu Pike in Long Beach Bert Grimm fostered a culture that influenced today’s godfathers of the American Tattoo industry; names like Ed Hardy, Bob Roberts, Lyle Tuttle, Col. Todd, Bob Shaw, and Phil Simms to name a few. Bert Grimm’s was a place where, if you knew the right guy you could obtain the most sacred of tools; the tattoo machine, these pieces of equipment were not available to just anyone. In marrying the city’s tattoo history with a 1930’s luxury ship the Queen Mary, with her WWII service history, there couldn’t be a more perfect setting to perform this sacred art form. The idea of organizing a tattoo convention in Long Beach stems from the desire to pay a tribute to the great tattoo art tradition. This tradition contributed to spread this art all over the world, pulling it out of the Middle Ages. We feature 280 artists from many different States and Countries representing all the tattoo styles pricking away with their machines in an exciting atmosphere, where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Tattoos can be a passion and an art form, for most people a very popular fashion trend, which exploded a few years ago thanks to advertisements, fashion and music bands which use tattoo icons for messages that underline the freedom of choice of each individual. This festival is an event that draws lots of different visitors, something very few events can boast. Many love tattoos and travel around the world to take part in tattoo conventions, because it is a time in which this art is experienced on one’s own skin and, it is difficult not to be affected by the unique atmosphere that makes tattoos a very familiar and easy form of art.

Steely Dan with Elvis Costello @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 8 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Get tickets on May 02 at 10:00 AM CDT.

 

Aug
9
Sun
Ink n Iron Festival @ Nashville, TN
Aug 9 all-day

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This festival will be both a Living Art Gallery and Community Festival.

 

People are here for the love of Hot Rods-Kustom Cars, Live Music, Burlesque, Art Show, 20’s-50’s Fashion, and of course the World Renowned Tattoo Convention; taking place on the floor of the Municipal Auditorium. 280 of the best tattoo artists in the world will be on hand from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles; where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Pinups clad in corsets, Classic Cats with Pompadours, Mohawks, fashion Mullets with full sleeves and back pieces. Not only is the breathtaking view of the Capitol building; built in 1859, a majestic sight sitting atop the hill, mixed among the amazing Nashville skyline, its quite a task to take in all at once.

 

Besides taking advantage of the festival to get a tattoo from a great artist, the organizers are very attentive to the entertainment of all those who chose to spend three days in the tattoo scenario – 5 stages will showcase the weekends bands, cabaret shows, tattoo contest, and pin-up pageant while the Bicentennial Mall will be decorated with America’s finest Iron dressed in period perfect style. Tattoos will stand out not only on skin but also on canvases, paper and photos, through an exhibition able to give an enhanced artistic value to the exhibition.

 

We hope you have a wonderful experience at this year’s 1st annual Ink-N-Iron Festival-Nashville.

 

OUR HISTORY

With the success of the 2003 Long Beach Tattoo Convention – the second to be held aboard the Queen Mary – it propelled Long Beach to a central position in the tattoo world. The throngs of visitors that have come aboard the Queen Mary since then, sends a very clear message on the extent of the event which will be even better and more enthralling this year. It couldn’t be otherwise, considering that Long Beach was the tattoo cultural engine of the West Coast, the center around which technique and trends evolved. Long Beach was the home of Bert Grimm’s World Famous Tattoo, the longest operating tattoo shop in America 1927-2003. From this tiny shop on the Nu Pike in Long Beach Bert Grimm fostered a culture that influenced today’s godfathers of the American Tattoo industry; names like Ed Hardy, Bob Roberts, Lyle Tuttle, Col. Todd, Bob Shaw, and Phil Simms to name a few. Bert Grimm’s was a place where, if you knew the right guy you could obtain the most sacred of tools; the tattoo machine, these pieces of equipment were not available to just anyone. In marrying the city’s tattoo history with a 1930’s luxury ship the Queen Mary, with her WWII service history, there couldn’t be a more perfect setting to perform this sacred art form. The idea of organizing a tattoo convention in Long Beach stems from the desire to pay a tribute to the great tattoo art tradition. This tradition contributed to spread this art all over the world, pulling it out of the Middle Ages. We feature 280 artists from many different States and Countries representing all the tattoo styles pricking away with their machines in an exciting atmosphere, where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Tattoos can be a passion and an art form, for most people a very popular fashion trend, which exploded a few years ago thanks to advertisements, fashion and music bands which use tattoo icons for messages that underline the freedom of choice of each individual. This festival is an event that draws lots of different visitors, something very few events can boast. Many love tattoos and travel around the world to take part in tattoo conventions, because it is a time in which this art is experienced on one’s own skin and, it is difficult not to be affected by the unique atmosphere that makes tattoos a very familiar and easy form of art.

Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Good Old War @ 3rd and Lindsley
Aug 9 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Broken Into Better Shape finds Good Old War pushing their musical boundaries to the limit. Road-weary from two years at sea, the trio set out to write an album full of songs that were not limited to sounding perfect in a live experience. They bunkered down in Goodwin’s toddler-toy-filled house and struggled for half a year to find what they were looking for. Around this time, drummer Tim Arnold left the band for Atlanta, where his fiancé was pregnant with their first child. Arnold’s DNA remains in the band and his fingerprints are still present as a writer on some of the tracks on the record.

With half of the album’s songs now written, Goodwin and Schwartz began experimenting with other writers and producers. In New York City, they dreamed up the ultra-inspirational “Fly Away” with writer Emile Haynie (fun., Bruno Mars). A trip to Los Angeles found them improbably paired in a writing session with Zimbabwe-born urban producer T-Collar, where a hook was crafted that the band were eager to take to the studio. It would become their first single, “Tell Me What You Want From Me.”

Broken Into Better Shape became the record that it is in Nashville, where the band wrote and rounded out songs with producer Jason Lehning (Alison Krause & Union Station, MatKearney, Dolly Parton) and with the aid of a terrific group of musicians and writers. Whereas much of the band’s earlier work had been written individually, this album would end up being a grand collaboration.

The result is the band’s proudest moment, an album of lush, well-crafted songs with no filler, ten songs whittled down from a pool of over forty.

April 2015 will find the band touring for the first time in three years, reunited with drummer Tim Arnold, who’s traded changing diapers for continuing to be a touring member of the band.

Aug
14
Fri
NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb and Colony House @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 14 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Aug
16
Sun
Gipsy Kings featuring Nicholas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo @ Nashville Symphony
Aug 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Gipsy Kings

featuring Nicholas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER

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PERFORMERS
Gipsy Kings
Nicholas Reyes
Tonino Baliardo

Presented without orchestra

Be here for this exclusive Nashville engagement when the GRAMMY®-winning hit-makers behind the global smashes “Bomboléo” and “Volare” raise the roof with their red-hot mix of flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop. You’ve seen them on Dancing with the Stars and you’ve heard them in The Big Lebowski — now experience these powerhouse performers in a rare live appearance at the Schermerhorn. They’ll perform songs from their first new release in six years, Savor Flamenco, and revisit the breakout debut album that catapulted them to worldwide stardom.

Aug
18
Tue
DEF LEPPARD WITH SPECIAL GUESTS STYX AND TESLA @ Bridgestone Arena
Aug 18 @ 7:00 PM

Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” The upcoming tour follows on the heels of the band’s massive 2014 co-headlining tour with KISS, last summer.

Sublime with Rome, Rebelution, Pepper & Mickey Avalon @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 18 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Get tickets on May 09 at 10:00 AM CDT.

Aug
20
Thu
Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival: LORD HURON, SHAKEY GRAVES, ELLIOT ROOT @ Public Square Park
Aug 20 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Aug
21
Fri
LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW @ Mercy Lounge
Aug 21 @ 8:00 PM – 11:45 PM

Langhorne Slim & the Law

 

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There is nothing like the challenges and camaraderie of the road to inspire a songwriter who thrives upon the emotional energy and exhilaration only travel can deliver. Some singers are devoted to the pursuit of perpetual motion, and Langhorne Slim releases his wild soul in ways that come out of the discipline of live performance.

The 13 songs that compose Langhorne Slim & The Law’s new “The Way We Move” are road-tested, rollicking and very rock ‘n’ rolling tunes that the songwriter perfected with his loyal band, and come out of the kind of good times and bad experiences that songwriters of Langhorne’s lofty stature can turn into life-affirming rock ‘n’ roll. You could also call what Langhorne Slim does folk music, but then there’s his sly, charming and open-hearted feel for pop music — those summertime melodies that nudge you into a grin even when the song is about something bad.

For Langhorne Slim — Pennsylvania-born self-taught guitarist who moves to Brooklyn at 18, begins feeling out his place in a burgeoning punk-folk scene, wends his way to the West Coast, and finds himself celebrated from Newport to Portland as one of today’s most original singers and songwriters — “The Way We Move” represents the sound of a band devoted to living in the moment. Riding the success of his 2009 full-length Be Set Free, Langhorne went through some changes over the last three years — he lost his beloved grandfather, who is the subject of the new record’s moving “Song for Sid,” and moved on from a relationship that had lasted five years.

And there was the physical moving — the literal side of the record’s title. Pulling up stakes from his home of two years, Portland, Ore., Langhorne also has been touring non-stop with The Law. As he says, “I’m in a bit of a transitional period — currently, the road will be home. That’s just kind of my spirit, to be slightly restless.” Perfecting their rangy sound out on the endless grey ribbon, Langhorne and The Law — bassist Jeff Ratner, drummer Malachi DeLorenzo and banjo player and keyboardist David Moore — went down to rural Texas in the summer of 2011 to work on new material. With some 30 tunes to consider, the quartet soaked up the Lone Star sunshine and developed arrangements and approaches for Langhorne’s latest batch of songs.

Jeff Ratner had joined the group at the time of Be Set Free, and brought on multi-instrumentalist David Moore not long after. Moore and Ratner go way back, having moved to New York around the same time, and they’ve played together in what Jeff estimates are 15 bands. Langhorne’s association with Malachi is equally deep. As the group played together through tours with the Drive-By Truckers and the Avett Brothers, and made appearances at the Newport Folk Festival and Bonnaroo, their bond became ever stronger, their music more confident. This is what you hear on “The Way We Move” — forward motion meeting deep cohesion, all in the service of Langhorne’s amazing songs and compelling vocals.

“We wanted Langhorne’s songs to shine, and be as raw as the creatures that we are,” Jeff says of the recording process. The band set up in the Catskill, N.Y. Old Soul Studio, a 100-year-old Greek Revival house retooled for recording. With studio owner Kenny Siegal co-producing, Langhorne & The Law fearlessly ran through an astounding 26 songs in four days, with Langhorne putting finishing touches on new tunes as they recorded. Langhorne says it was an intimate affair in Old Soul, with Moore’s “banjo room” in a coatroom and the piano in the living room.

It comes through on “The Way We Move” — the live feel of the sessions, which found Langhorne singing along with the band on every track. “Singing with the band that way, it’s almost like I was performing on stage,” he says. Cutting everything live to tape gave the band exactly what they’d been looking for: a super-charged evocation of their raucous, friendly stage performances. Langhorne and Jeff value in music for its rawness, and it doesn’t matter whether that rawness — the insurgent spirit that unites the Clash and Charlie Poole — comes from in punk, country, soul or folk. Langhorne is a fan of Porter Wagoner, Jimmie Rodgers, Waylon Jennings, and early rock ‘n’ roll in general. But there’s nothing referential or detached about the music Langhorne & The Law make. Langhorne writes songs that are yearning, sad, happy, defeated and optimistic, with hints of ’50s rock ‘n’ roll balladry.

“We all love Wu-Tang Clan as much as we love Bowie, or Brazilian psychedelic pop,” Langhorne says. On “The Way We Move,” David’s probing piano often provides focus for Langhorne’s tales of love and loss. “On the Attack” begins with a delicate, watercolor section that turns into an ingenious variation on a classic soul ballad — Solomon Burke meets punk blues in a smoky folk club. Langhorne addresses it to a current or past love. Similarly, “Past Lives” sports a piano introduction that gives way to a melancholy 6/8 ballad that perfectly supports lyrics about possible past lives and their interaction with the present.

It’s a spirited, inspired slice of real rock ‘n’ roll — exuberance meets hard-won experience in an explosive combination. David’s banjo and Malachi’s walloping drums add up to a new kind of folk music. The music drives, but there’s no loss of subtlety. And when the group lays into the garage-rocking “Fire,” with its funky electric piano and supremely callow lyrics about first kisses and the hot-burning passions of adolescence, it’s clear Langhorne is one of the great rock ‘n’ rollers of our or any time.

Road-tested as the band is, the new music also shows just how far Langhorne Slim has come as a singer. He croons, exults and sings the blues throughout “The Way We Move.” And there are his lyrics, which are about strange dreams featuring women who want him dead even as he desires them, the pressures of small-town life, ambition, and how much he appreciates his mother’s love and support. That’s all Langhorne and his life — his mother, he says, really was amazingly supportive of his ambitions to become a musician, as was the rest of his family.

It comes through as you listen to his virtuoso demonstration of a singing style that seems alive to every fleeting emotional shade of meaning. Langhorne puts you in mind of John Lennon’s singing from time to time — it’s nothing exact, and Slim doesn’t do much music that is very Lennon- or Beatle-esque, but it’s something in the timbre, and the openness of his vocals. It’s worth repeating here that Langhorne learned Nirvana songs as he began to explore the guitar and songwriting, and Kurt Cobain’s intense singing is another reference point.

But these guys don’t play the reference game, and like to keep it raw. The new record moves in ways that are fresh for Langhorne Slim & The Law, and demonstrates all the ways we can go forward while keeping an eye on the mirror. They’re laying down the law. It’s very American, and when Langhorne Slim contemplates whether or not he fits in to any narrow-cast definition of this country’s music, he replies with a perfect, laconic joke: “I think we fit in most places that would take us.”

Aug
22
Sat
Australian Pink Floyd with Led Zeppelin 2 @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 22 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Get tickets on May 08 at 10:00 AM CDT.

 

Aug
23
Sun
John Hiatt and the Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio @ Ryman Auditorium
Aug 23 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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John Hiatt & The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio

 Sunday, August 23, 2015

7:30 PM
$59.50, $45.50 & $35.50
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John Hiatt, who the Los Angeles Times calls “…one of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years,” release his latest album “Terms of My Surrender” last summer. The album is rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by Hiatt’s soulful, gritty voice, which mirrors the gravity of his reflective lyrics. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (#1 country hit, “The Way We Make A Broken Heart”) and the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”).

In September 2014, Taj Mahal hightailed it to Nashville to receive an honor he called “one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could ever happen in my life.” The two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.

Mahal’s career has been full of and defined by colorful twists and turns, unexpected whimsical ventures and a commitment to a muse that has long preferred freewheeling innovation to conformity.  “What inspires me most about my career is that I’ve been able to make a living playing the music that I always loved and wanted to play since the early 50s,” Mahal says. “And the fact that I still am involved in enjoying an exciting career at this point in time is truly priceless.”

Nashville Sunday Night Presents: American Aquarium @ 3rd and Lindsley
Aug 23 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Artist

For nearly a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it’s a blessing. American Aquarium’s songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there’s a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there’s the chance of a broken heart. It’s that kind of honesty — that sort of balance — that makes the band’s newest album, Wolves, their strongest release to date.

And it nearly didn’t happen. When American Aquarium traveled to Muscle Shoals to record Burn.Flicker.Die. in 2012, they were convinced the album would be their last. Even though they had enlisted the help of award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell to produce the sessions, they were exhausted; weathered and whittled to the bone by more than a half-decade of heavy partying and heavier touring. To a small group of diehard fans, they were absolute rockstars… but being rockstars to a cult audience doesn’t always put food on your table or gas in your tank. BJ Barham, the band’s frontman, was so poor that he’d been living out of a storage unit for months, unable to afford an apartment in the band’s hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Clearly, something had to give. Maybe it was time to make one final album — an album about failure, desperation and disillusionment — and then throw in the towel.

As fate would have it, Burn.Flicker.Die. eventually proved itself to be the band’s most successful release to date. Critics loved it. Fans rallied behind it. Fast forward 2 years and almost 500 shows later, the band has travelled the world, quadrupled their fan base and reinvented their passion for the road. When the time came to record another album in June 2014, it only made sense to do something that celebrated survival rather than failure.

The result? Wolves, which Barham describes as “the sound of a band firing on all cylinders”. Produced by Megafaun’s Brad Cook and recorded during a 20-day stay at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Wolves was funded entirely by American Aquarium’s diehard fanbase. The album’s 10 tracks represent a departure from the band’s signature twang. Instead drawing more from the alternative rock sound that inspired their name almost a decade ago. Wolves blends the twang of the pedal steel with the dark, dirty swirl of two electric guitars, creating a sound that’s fit for the roadhouse, the honky tonk and the dive bar. Barham has certainly spent time in all three, but now looks to brighter horizons in these new songs.

With Wolves, which hits stores February 3, 2015, American Aquarium is literally bigger and better.

“We were legitimized by Burn.Flicker.Die.,” Barham says. “That album was a breakup record with the road. It basically said, ‘This is our last album, this is why we’re quitting, and thanks for the memories.’ Fast-forward to 2014, though, and we’re making a new record that says, ‘We ain’t done yet.'”

Aug
27
Thu
Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival: COLD WAR KIDS, J RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS, HOUNDMOUTH @ Public Square Park
Aug 27 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Aug
28
Fri
Frist Fridays : Those Darlins @ Frist Center
Aug 28 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Frist Center’s popular summer concert series Frist Fridays kicks off Friday, June 26, and will feature musical acts that celebrate personal style in conjunction with the summer exhibition Italian Style: Fashion since 1945. Now in its thirteenth season, Frist Fridays take place on the final Friday of June, July and August from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Center’s Turner Courtyard. Patrons are invited to enjoy an evening of live music, light snacks and beverages as well as the diverse exhibitions on view in the Frist Center’s galleries. Frist Fridays take place rain or shine.

2015 FRIST FRIDAYS LINE UP*:
August 28   Those Darlins 
Those Darlins are edgy and seductive, both in sound and personal style. The fashion- and attitude-forward Nashville trio has released three albums since their formation in 2006, the most recent of which, Blur The Line (2013), received widespread praise and the “Best Live Act of 2014” award from Paste magazine. Members Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes, and Linwood Regensburg blend rock and roll, alt-country, and garage rock to create a sound that is sensual and often spiked. Those Darlins have toured with rock acts, including Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Drive-by Truckers, JEFF the Brotherhood, and have been featured by NPR, SPIN Magazine, and Pitchfork.

 

ADMISSION
Admission to each Frist Fridays concert is free for Frist Center members and to visitors 18 years and younger. General adult admission is $12.00 for not-yet-members, $9.00 for seniors and college students with ID and $7.00 for military.

Frist Fridays feature a special selection of economically priced snack food items in the Frist Center Café.  The selections will vary for each event and will include such items as chicken wings, sliders, corn dogs and soft pretzels and will range in price from $2.50 to $4.50.

Keb ‘Mo @ Ryman Auditorium
Aug 28 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Keb’ Mo’

Friday, August 28, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER

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Keb’ Mo’
Presented without orchestra

Three-time GRAMMY®-winning contemporary bluesman Keb’ Mo’ makes his very first appearance at the Schermerhorn. Over the past two decades, Keb has emerged as a visionary interpreter of American roots music, with unforgettable original tunes like “Am I Wrong,” “Every Morning” and “Life Is Beautiful,” along with new classics on his latest Billboard chart-topping album, BLUESAmericana. This master musician will light up the room with his joyful presence and poignant, down-to-earth songs.

Old Crow Medicine Show @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 28 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Aug
29
Sat
Social Distortion with Nikki Lane @ Ryman Auditorium
Aug 29 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Social Distortion

with Nikki Lane and Drag the River
Saturday, August 29, 2015
8:00 PM
$37.50 & $32.50
On sale Friday, April 24 at Noon
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Under the Sun Tour: Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, Better Than Ezra, Eve 6 @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 29 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Get tickets on May 08 at 10:00 AM CDT.

Sep
1
Tue
ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke @ Ascend Amphiteahter
Sep 1 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Get tickets on May 08 at 10:00 AM CDT.

Sep
3
Thu
Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival: HEADLINER TBA, THE DELTA SAINTS, GREG HOLDEN @ Public Square Park
Sep 3 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Dwight Yoakam @ Ryman Auditorium
Sep 3 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Dwight Yoakam

Thursday, September 3, 2015
7:30 PM
$62.25, $52.25 & $42.25
On Sale Saturday, April 25 at 10 AM
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Each ticket order also includes a physical CD of Dwight’s latest album Second Hand Heart out on April 14th.


Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam.  Perhaps that is because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standard of excellence delivered by the Kentucky native no matter what his endeavor. His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint.  Then there’s Yoakam the actor, who seemingly melts into his roles, impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians: Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Nicholas Cage. Add to that Yoakam the entrepreneur and you have a singular talent without peer.

Much has been made that the Kentucky-born, Ohio-raised Yoakam was too country for Nashville when he first sought out his musical fortune in the mid-80s, but the truth is his music has always been too unique, too ruggedly individualistic to fit neatly into any one box. Like the icons he so admires –Elvis, Merle, Buck– Yoakam is one of a kind. He has taken his influences and filtered them into his own potent blend of country and rock that honors his musical predecessors and yet creates something beautifully new. As Vanity Fair declared, “Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament.”

He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum “This Time”.  Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10.  More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,”  “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” He’s won two Grammys and earned a staggering 21 nominations.

Sep
4
Fri
Dwight Yoakam @ Ryman Auditorium
Sep 4 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Dwight Yoakam

Thursday, September 3, 2015
7:30 PM
$62.25, $52.25 & $42.25
On Sale Saturday, April 25 at 10 AM
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Tickets for this show will be available ONLINE ONLY.

Each ticket order also includes a physical CD of Dwight’s latest album Second Hand Heart out on April 14th.


Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam.  Perhaps that is because so few have consistently and repeatedly met the high standard of excellence delivered by the Kentucky native no matter what his endeavor. His name immediately conjures up compelling, provocative images: A pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low; poured-on blue jeans; intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint.  Then there’s Yoakam the actor, who seemingly melts into his roles, impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians: Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Nicholas Cage. Add to that Yoakam the entrepreneur and you have a singular talent without peer.

Much has been made that the Kentucky-born, Ohio-raised Yoakam was too country for Nashville when he first sought out his musical fortune in the mid-80s, but the truth is his music has always been too unique, too ruggedly individualistic to fit neatly into any one box. Like the icons he so admires –Elvis, Merle, Buck– Yoakam is one of a kind. He has taken his influences and filtered them into his own potent blend of country and rock that honors his musical predecessors and yet creates something beautifully new. As Vanity Fair declared, “Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament.”

He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum “This Time”.  Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10.  More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,”  “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” He’s won two Grammys and earned a staggering 21 nominations.

Jonny Lang @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Sep 4 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Phenomenal blues-rock guitarist Jonny Lang returns to perform scorching tunes from hit albums like Lie to Me, Wander This World and Long Time Coming, along with his powerful new release, Fight for My Soul. This amazing musician and charismatic presence has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, Buddy Guy and more. Hear him as he rocks the Schermerhorn for one night only.

Lightning 100 Presents ZZ Ward LOVE & WAR TOUR @ Marathon Music Works
Sep 4 @ 8:00 PM – 11:45 PM

ZZ Ward LOVE & WAR TOUR

FRI, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM

MARATHON MUSIC WORKS

NASHVILLE, TN

$22.00 – $27.00

ON SALE FRI 5/29 10:00 AM CDT

THIS EVENT IS 18 AND OVER

ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS – NO EXCEPTIONS. LINEUPS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
GOV’T ISSUED ID REQUIRED. NO RE-ENTRY.

ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward

I was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Oregon, in a small town called Roseburg. I grew up listening to my Dad write and sing the blues and started performing with him in his blues bands when I was a kid. I fell in love with the sincerity of Etta, the soul of Muddy and the power of Big Mama. When I got older I started writing hooks for and performing with local rappers from Eugene. I fell in love with hip-hop, with it’s authenticity. Now I’m married to em both. DIRTY SHINE!
Sep
5
Sat
Widespread Panic @ Ascend Amphitheater
Sep 5 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Sep
6
Sun
Widespread Panic @ Ascend Amphitheater
Sep 6 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Sep
8
Tue
Purity Ring: Another Eternity Tour @ Marathon Music Works
Sep 8 @ 8:00 PM – 11:45 PM

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After sixty-five fortnights, Purity Ring have returned with their super-tight second album Another Eternity. The pair ventured home to the frozen industrial landscapes of their birthplace Edmonton, Alberta to document much of what was to become the album. For the first time, vocalist Megan James and producer Corin Roddick were able to create a record in the same room.

Purity Ring’s first album Shrines was recorded separately in Montreal and Halifax, where Corin and Megan were respectively living at the time. Despite being a thousand kilometers apart and barely talking, Shrines was a cohesive, beguiling and wholly unique universe of what the band called ‘Future Pop’. At the center of the amniotic swirl of Shrines was an undeniable nucleus of crystalline pop which presciently suggested both indie and popular music to come. Critics were psyched: ‘Best New Music’ from Pitchfork and praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR, among others. They quickly amassed a rabid fanbase, toured relentlessly and sold out shows worldwide.

On Another Eternity, Purity Ring trade the gorgeously claustrophobic atmospheres of Shrines for wide-open, muscular vistas of sound and luminous, up-front vocals. Crafting a lyrical universe of “sweat and dreams” populated by seacastles, rattling spines, and weeping drawers, Megan James wields concrete imagery and metaphor with increasingly direct, startling resonance. Corin Roddick’s gifts for evocative melody remain intact, but his drum work and use of space have been completely reforged: immaculately built and focused in service of the song.

“begin again” rouses Purity Ring’s brooding balladry into a sky-reaching anthem while retaining its distinctive shape. “bodyache” is the kind of devastatingly infectious single that their previous work only gestured at. “stillness in woe” features a frozen, manipulated piano, dovetailing with Megan’s time suspending narrative. “repetition” finds surreal, love-lorn lyricism soaring over delicately woven synths. The emotional geography of Another Eternity is wider than ever: gloomy valleys and gleaming peaks in even measure.

Though they are now working at a higher resolution, Purity Ring remain hands-on with every aspect of their project. As usual, the band produced and recorded Another Eternity entirely themselves. The pair worked to develop an innovative new live performance, and Megan designed the band’s onstage and video fashion.

Another Eternity revels in its upfront melody, clarity, and confidence. With every step forward they take, Purity Ring actualize their vision while sounding utterly and undeniably like themselves.

Sep
10
Thu
Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival: RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, JD MCPHERSON, HUMMING HOUSE, DELTA RAE, KOPECKY, CIVIL TWILIGHT @ Public Square Park
Sep 10 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sep
11
Fri
Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival: PASSION PIT, BIG DATA, ZELLA DAY, MUSIC CITY MAYHEM WINNER TBA, TURBO FRUITS, ARTIST TBA, ARTIST TBA @ Public Square Park
Sep 11 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sep
12
Sat
LouFest @ St. Louis, Missouri
Sep 12 all-day
Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival: BEN FOLDS, HEADLINER TBA, ARTIST TBA, ELLE KING, ALL THEM WITCHES, LENNON & MAISY, THE DISTRICTS, ANDERSON EAST, KALEO, FUTURE THIEVES, ARTIST TBA, MR. STEVE, @ Public Square Park
Sep 12 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sep
13
Sun
LouFest @ St. Louis, Missouri
Sep 13 all-day
Sep
15
Tue
Lightning 100 Presents: Best Coast @ Exit/In
Sep 15 @ 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast – singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruno – will release their third full-length album, entitled California Nights, out now on Harvest Records.

California Nights is a brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind. The love stories Bethany spins on California Nights all detail the highs and the lows of relationships, similar to the juxtaposition of a the band’s native Los Angeles – a place tinted by candy-colored palm trees and pale blue skies while existing within the loneliness and desperation of waterless place. More than that, there is a literal meaning to the record’s title – Cosentino is a well-documented insomniac whose creativity spirals out in the early hours of the morning, allowing her to write, undisturbed, the finest album Best Coast has made to date.

Says Bethany about California Nights:

“If you have ever lived in California, you know what nighttime here feels like. You know what the sky looks like when those epic sunsets begin, and you understand that feeling and the way things change when the sun finally sets. In LA, or maybe just personally to me, when the sun sets – I feel like there is a large sense of calmness in the air, and I feel like everything that happened to me prior in the day, whether crappy experiences or good ones, at night, it all goes away and I sink deep into this different kind of ‘world.’

It also ties in with the idea that, in LA, there’s a real darkness that you don’t see unless you know where to look. That’s a theme we very consciously decided to explore and play with when making this record. We related to the idea that things may LOOK or SOUND fun and upbeat, but they may not actually always BE that way – much like our songs. A lot of the writing for this record consisted of me getting to know myself again and remembering where Bethany ended and Best Coast began. I took a much needed step back and I was able to breathe deep for a moment and really focus on what I was doing. The end result of all of that, is California Nights. It’s about a journey, accepting the things you have no control over; it’s about dealing with life like an adult, and at the end of the day, reminding yourself that there really is no reason to be sad, and you have every right to feel okay.”

Sep
23
Wed
Kacey Musgraves – SOLD OUT @ Ryman Auditorium
Sep 23 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
LIVE AT THE RYMAN

Kacey Musgraves

2nd Show Added by Popular Demand!
Thursday, September 24, 2015
7:30 PM
$45, $35 & $25
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Two decades ago — long before Same Trailer Different Park turned her into a Grammy-winning country star with sold-out tours and Top 10 hits — Kacey Musgraves participated in her first (and only) beauty pageant.

“My hometown is pretty famous for its sweet potatoes,” she says, “and every year, they hold the Golden Sweet Potato Festival. They crown a Sweet Potato Queen and a Little Miss Tater Tot for little girls. I only competed for Little Miss Tater Tot once, when I was about three, and lost miserably to a girl in a sparklier dress.”

The pageant world, with its fake smiles and sky-high hairdos, wasn’t the best match for Musgraves. She was more interested in songwriting, finishing her very first tune at 9 years old and learning her first instrument, the mandolin, as a pre-teen. Years later, though, the peculiarities of daily life in a small town — along with the places she’s visited (and people she’s met) since moving away— are back on her mind.

It’s been years since Musgraves lived in Golden, Texas, her childhood home of roughly 600 people, but the whirlwind that followed Same Trailer Different Park — a debut album that topped the country charts, took home two Grammy Awards (including Country Album of the Year) and sent Musgraves halfway across the world on tour — made her think hard about where she came from. Pageant Material, her second album, pays tribute to those Bible Belt roots, shining a light on a hometown girl who’s grown up, expanded her worldview and done a lot of livin’ since skipping town. It’s an album about where she’s from and where she’s going, full of autobiographical details that are humorous one minute and heartwarming the next.

“I really wanted this album to have a classic feel, like a lot of the records I know and love,” says Musgraves, who name-checks artists like Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell and Ronnie Milsap as influences on Pageant Material’s easygoing stride. “I intended on it having a laid-back yet lush, slightly kitschy, western vibe. And most of all, I wanted it to feel like me.”

Appropriately, all thirteen of the album’s songs were co-written by Musgraves, who teamed up with the same group of songwriters who’d helped bring Same Trailer Different Park to life several years earlier. Those names may be familiar — Brandy Clark, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, along with additions like Natalie Hemby and Ashley Arrison — but the songs are new, dreamt up during a songwriter’s retreat in West Texas as well a handful of sessions back home in Nashville.

During the gorgeous “Late to the Party,” Musgraves lingers with her boyfriend before a big get-together, knowing that he, not the party, is the real destination. She kicks back and enjoys life at a slower speed with “High Time,” whose twangy chorus — punctuated by a whistled riff worthy of a high-lonesome cowboy — doubles as a nod to the childhood years Musgraves spent performing western swing music. On “Dimestore Cowgirl,” she breezes through some of the more surreal highlights of her days on the road, from an early-morning European boat ride that took her band past the White Cliffs of Dover to a night spent in the same middle-of-nowhere motel where Gram Parsons spent his final hours.  “I’m still the girl from Golden,” she admits during the song’s chorus, a reminder that no matter how big her career gets, she’ll always be a small-town native. Later, with “This Town,” she stresses the importance of staying pleasant in a cozy town where everyone knows you, and during “Biscuits” — a song inspired by her mother’s advice to “kill ‘em with kindness” — she explains some simple, yet important, things she’s learned her 26 years.

Musgraves recorded Pageant Material in a unique way, capturing the songs during a series of live studio sessions. The goal was to harness the energy of her concerts, rather than build a record track-by-track and overdub-by-overdub. To lighten the mood, she decorated Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A with fluorescent, life-size cacti and served fresh biscuits during breaks. She also brought a handful of plastic beauty pageant crowns into the studio and handed them out to her band, which included members of her touring lineup as well as pedal steel player Paul Franklin, drummer Fred Eltringham, and other top-tier players from the Nashville community. Musgraves pulled triple duty during the recording sessions, serving as singer, songwriter and co-producer on every track.

Since Pageant Material is such a personal project, it’s only appropriate that several family members contributed to the album’s creation. “This Town” begins with the voice of Musgraves’ beloved Memaw — grandmother Barbara Taylor — who worked as an ER nurse in Texas until her passing in December 2013.

“We always loved to get her going, telling stories about the crazy stuff she’d seen lately at work,” Musgraves remembers. “One night a couple years ago, we were all sittin’ around her in the living room and made her tell stories. I secretly pressed record on my phone. I just thought for some reason I should, never thinking I’d end up using it. This particular part of the record has been a source of sadness and happiness at the same time. I really miss her, but it makes me smile knowing that her voice has literally become embedded in my musical legacy.”

Likewise, Musgraves’ little sister, Kelly Christine Sutton, shot the photographs for the album, including the throwback cover art. On a record that deals so heavily with Musgraves’ roots — where she came from, how she grew up, and what her small hometown looks like from afar — the presence of her relatives adds an authentic touch.

“Pageant Material lives in a western-tinged world, and the songs are like little stories,” Musgraves says. “They set a vibe and a tone, and all make sense living in the same space. I think I’ll always be affected by growing up in a small town, so it still inspires a lot of my writing. But there are some viewpoints on this record that I hadn’t written from yet. More than anything, it’s life and society, making mistakes and my relationships that continue to inspire me.”

Nikki Mitchell Foundation Presents Jamey Johnson & Friends @ Marathon Music Works
Sep 23 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

NIKKI MITCHELL FOUNDATION PRESENTS “PLAY WHAT YOU WANT”

Jamey Johnson

Jerrod Niemann, Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter, Alyssa Bonagura, Chris Hennessee, Waylon Payne, Whiskey Myers, Carters Chord, Kevin “Frenchie” Sciou

WED, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM

MARATHON MUSIC WORKS

NASHVILLE, TN

$28.00

THIS EVENT IS 21 AND OVER

ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS – NO EXCEPTIONS. LINEUPS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
GOV’T ISSUED ID REQUIRED. NO RE-ENTRY.

 

PLATINUM-SELLING COUNTRY ARTIST JAMEY JOHNSON WILL BE HEADLINING AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT OF MUSIC BENEFITTING THE NIKKI MITCHELL FOUNDATION. THE LINE UP WILL INCLUDE SPECIAL PERFORMANCES FROM THE TALENTED JERROD NIEMANN, SHOOTER JENNINGS, JESSI COLTER, ALYSSA BONAGURA, CHRIS HENNESSEE, WAYLON PAYNE, WHISKEY MYERS, CARTERS CHORD AND KEVIN “FRENCHIE” SCIOU ALONG WITH OTHERS TBA.

FOR THE 3RD YEAR IN A ROW, THE NIKKI MITCHELL FOUNDATION BRINGS A DIVERSE LINE UP OF MUSIC’S LEGENDARY ARTISTS, OUTLAW-COUNTRY PERFORMERS, AND RISING STARS TOGETHER ON ONE STAGE, IN HONOR OF NIKKI MITCHELL, THEIR DEAR FRIEND AND PRESIDENT/CEO OF WAYLON JENNINGS MUSIC FOR 23 YEARS, WHO PASSED AWAY FROM PANCREATIC CANCER IN 2013.

Sep
24
Thu
Kacey Musgraves @ Ryman Auditorium
Sep 24 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
LIVE AT THE RYMAN

Kacey Musgraves

2nd Show Added by Popular Demand!
Thursday, September 24, 2015
7:30 PM
$45, $35 & $25
Share page with AddThis

Two decades ago — long before Same Trailer Different Park turned her into a Grammy-winning country star with sold-out tours and Top 10 hits — Kacey Musgraves participated in her first (and only) beauty pageant.

“My hometown is pretty famous for its sweet potatoes,” she says, “and every year, they hold the Golden Sweet Potato Festival. They crown a Sweet Potato Queen and a Little Miss Tater Tot for little girls. I only competed for Little Miss Tater Tot once, when I was about three, and lost miserably to a girl in a sparklier dress.”

The pageant world, with its fake smiles and sky-high hairdos, wasn’t the best match for Musgraves. She was more interested in songwriting, finishing her very first tune at 9 years old and learning her first instrument, the mandolin, as a pre-teen. Years later, though, the peculiarities of daily life in a small town — along with the places she’s visited (and people she’s met) since moving away— are back on her mind.

It’s been years since Musgraves lived in Golden, Texas, her childhood home of roughly 600 people, but the whirlwind that followed Same Trailer Different Park — a debut album that topped the country charts, took home two Grammy Awards (including Country Album of the Year) and sent Musgraves halfway across the world on tour — made her think hard about where she came from. Pageant Material, her second album, pays tribute to those Bible Belt roots, shining a light on a hometown girl who’s grown up, expanded her worldview and done a lot of livin’ since skipping town. It’s an album about where she’s from and where she’s going, full of autobiographical details that are humorous one minute and heartwarming the next.

“I really wanted this album to have a classic feel, like a lot of the records I know and love,” says Musgraves, who name-checks artists like Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell and Ronnie Milsap as influences on Pageant Material’s easygoing stride. “I intended on it having a laid-back yet lush, slightly kitschy, western vibe. And most of all, I wanted it to feel like me.”

Appropriately, all thirteen of the album’s songs were co-written by Musgraves, who teamed up with the same group of songwriters who’d helped bring Same Trailer Different Park to life several years earlier. Those names may be familiar — Brandy Clark, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, along with additions like Natalie Hemby and Ashley Arrison — but the songs are new, dreamt up during a songwriter’s retreat in West Texas as well a handful of sessions back home in Nashville.

During the gorgeous “Late to the Party,” Musgraves lingers with her boyfriend before a big get-together, knowing that he, not the party, is the real destination. She kicks back and enjoys life at a slower speed with “High Time,” whose twangy chorus — punctuated by a whistled riff worthy of a high-lonesome cowboy — doubles as a nod to the childhood years Musgraves spent performing western swing music. On “Dimestore Cowgirl,” she breezes through some of the more surreal highlights of her days on the road, from an early-morning European boat ride that took her band past the White Cliffs of Dover to a night spent in the same middle-of-nowhere motel where Gram Parsons spent his final hours.  “I’m still the girl from Golden,” she admits during the song’s chorus, a reminder that no matter how big her career gets, she’ll always be a small-town native. Later, with “This Town,” she stresses the importance of staying pleasant in a cozy town where everyone knows you, and during “Biscuits” — a song inspired by her mother’s advice to “kill ‘em with kindness” — she explains some simple, yet important, things she’s learned her 26 years.

Musgraves recorded Pageant Material in a unique way, capturing the songs during a series of live studio sessions. The goal was to harness the energy of her concerts, rather than build a record track-by-track and overdub-by-overdub. To lighten the mood, she decorated Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A with fluorescent, life-size cacti and served fresh biscuits during breaks. She also brought a handful of plastic beauty pageant crowns into the studio and handed them out to her band, which included members of her touring lineup as well as pedal steel player Paul Franklin, drummer Fred Eltringham, and other top-tier players from the Nashville community. Musgraves pulled triple duty during the recording sessions, serving as singer, songwriter and co-producer on every track.

Since Pageant Material is such a personal project, it’s only appropriate that several family members contributed to the album’s creation. “This Town” begins with the voice of Musgraves’ beloved Memaw — grandmother Barbara Taylor — who worked as an ER nurse in Texas until her passing in December 2013.

“We always loved to get her going, telling stories about the crazy stuff she’d seen lately at work,” Musgraves remembers. “One night a couple years ago, we were all sittin’ around her in the living room and made her tell stories. I secretly pressed record on my phone. I just thought for some reason I should, never thinking I’d end up using it. This particular part of the record has been a source of sadness and happiness at the same time. I really miss her, but it makes me smile knowing that her voice has literally become embedded in my musical legacy.”

Likewise, Musgraves’ little sister, Kelly Christine Sutton, shot the photographs for the album, including the throwback cover art. On a record that deals so heavily with Musgraves’ roots — where she came from, how she grew up, and what her small hometown looks like from afar — the presence of her relatives adds an authentic touch.

“Pageant Material lives in a western-tinged world, and the songs are like little stories,” Musgraves says. “They set a vibe and a tone, and all make sense living in the same space. I think I’ll always be affected by growing up in a small town, so it still inspires a lot of my writing. But there are some viewpoints on this record that I hadn’t written from yet. More than anything, it’s life and society, making mistakes and my relationships that continue to inspire me.”

Sep
26
Sat
Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival @ Franklin, TN
Sep 26 all-day


WILCO * WILLIE NELSON * WEEZER
CAGE THE ELEPHANT * THE DECEMBERISTS * SHERYL CROW
BAND OF HORSES * DR. JOHN * JIMMY CLIFF * DAWES
CHRIS STAPLETON * PUNCH BROTHERS * IRON & WINE * NEKO CASE
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES * ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
THE LONE BELLOW * LUCIUS * PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
WILL HOGE * SAINT MOTEL * NIKKI LANE
CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES * JOHN & JACOB
HOLLY WILLIAMS * MADISEN WARD AND THE MAMA BEAR
BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION * THE GRAND SOUTHERN * NAWASKINGFISH

THE EXPERIENCE OF PILGRIMAGE MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Like most great ideas, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was inspired by friendship, history, and the desire to create a meaningful experience. Two years ago, Musician and Franklin, TN resident Kevin Griffin was on a September morning jog through The Park at Harlinsdale, a century-old horse farm recently purchased by the City of Franklin. Kevin was so taken by the rolling hills, natural amphitheaters, and breathtaking vistas of the 230-acre farm, he envisioned it as a natural fit for a music festival venue. Considering Franklin’s place, Kevin wanted people to understand the beauty and rustic quality of Middle Tennessee in the fall, and with the blessing of the City, began to dream up a music festival to do it justice.

Partnered with lifelong buddies W. Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan, the trio aspired to highlight the diversity and community spirit of the New Orleans Jazz Fest, tailoring the best elements to Franklin– a richly historic town just 20 minutes south of Nashville. Like Jazz Fest, Pilgrimage will take place during the day, and offer a diverse yet renowned lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel and more. Performing on patina-clad stages reflecting the area’s aesthetic, many bands will “crank it down” and give a partly acoustic set specifically tailored to the day. Moreover, the fest will boast “Pilgri-mashups,” pairing artists together for special one-time collaborations on stage. The Little Pilgrims Stage will be more than a kids’ play area; it will feature a line-up of talented young musicians in their own right, to inspire and entertain kids and adults alike.

The region’s best food and drink will be on display at the Kitchen and Sippin’ stages at scheduled times throughout the weekend, and carefully selected food and merchant vendors will be featured in the Bazaar. When performances wrap at 7:30pm each day, guests can conveniently head back into the heart of downtown Franklin, within walking distance from the Park at Harlinsdale, to imbibe the best of the town’s restaurants, shops, and great weekend lineup of nighttime shows.

Ultimately, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival invites folks of all ages on a journey to experience a myriad of musical styles, a bevy of food and beverages, and the rich regional spirit of Franklin, TN.

Sep
27
Sun
Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival @ Franklin, TN
Sep 27 all-day


WILCO * WILLIE NELSON * WEEZER
CAGE THE ELEPHANT * THE DECEMBERISTS * SHERYL CROW
BAND OF HORSES * DR. JOHN * JIMMY CLIFF * DAWES
CHRIS STAPLETON * PUNCH BROTHERS * IRON & WINE * NEKO CASE
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES * ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
THE LONE BELLOW * LUCIUS * PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
WILL HOGE * SAINT MOTEL * NIKKI LANE
CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES * JOHN & JACOB
HOLLY WILLIAMS * MADISEN WARD AND THE MAMA BEAR
BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION * THE GRAND SOUTHERN * NAWASKINGFISH

THE EXPERIENCE OF PILGRIMAGE MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Like most great ideas, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was inspired by friendship, history, and the desire to create a meaningful experience. Two years ago, Musician and Franklin, TN resident Kevin Griffin was on a September morning jog through The Park at Harlinsdale, a century-old horse farm recently purchased by the City of Franklin. Kevin was so taken by the rolling hills, natural amphitheaters, and breathtaking vistas of the 230-acre farm, he envisioned it as a natural fit for a music festival venue. Considering Franklin’s place, Kevin wanted people to understand the beauty and rustic quality of Middle Tennessee in the fall, and with the blessing of the City, began to dream up a music festival to do it justice.

Partnered with lifelong buddies W. Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan, the trio aspired to highlight the diversity and community spirit of the New Orleans Jazz Fest, tailoring the best elements to Franklin– a richly historic town just 20 minutes south of Nashville. Like Jazz Fest, Pilgrimage will take place during the day, and offer a diverse yet renowned lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel and more. Performing on patina-clad stages reflecting the area’s aesthetic, many bands will “crank it down” and give a partly acoustic set specifically tailored to the day. Moreover, the fest will boast “Pilgri-mashups,” pairing artists together for special one-time collaborations on stage. The Little Pilgrims Stage will be more than a kids’ play area; it will feature a line-up of talented young musicians in their own right, to inspire and entertain kids and adults alike.

The region’s best food and drink will be on display at the Kitchen and Sippin’ stages at scheduled times throughout the weekend, and carefully selected food and merchant vendors will be featured in the Bazaar. When performances wrap at 7:30pm each day, guests can conveniently head back into the heart of downtown Franklin, within walking distance from the Park at Harlinsdale, to imbibe the best of the town’s restaurants, shops, and great weekend lineup of nighttime shows.

Ultimately, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival invites folks of all ages on a journey to experience a myriad of musical styles, a bevy of food and beverages, and the rich regional spirit of Franklin, TN.

Oct
2
Fri
Austin City Limits
Oct 2 all-day

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Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, TX, ACL Festival has grown to 2 weekends, 8 stages and over 130 bands. Lineup, Tickets + more: www.aclfestival.com

Oct
3
Sat
Austin City Limits
Oct 3 all-day

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Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, TX, ACL Festival has grown to 2 weekends, 8 stages and over 130 bands. Lineup, Tickets + more: www.aclfestival.com

Lightning 100 Presents Brandi Carlile @ Ryman Auditorium
Oct 3 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
LIVE AT THE RYMAN

Brandi Carlile

Saturday, October 3, 2015
8:00 PM
$66, $40.50 & $33.50
On Sale Friday, June 19 at 10 AM
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If purchasing tickets in person at the Ryman Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet, your spot in line will be determined by a lottery. For details, click here
Oct
4
Sun
Austin City Limits
Oct 4 all-day

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Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, TX, ACL Festival has grown to 2 weekends, 8 stages and over 130 bands. Lineup, Tickets + more: www.aclfestival.com

Oct
5
Mon
Foo Fighters with Gary Clark Jr. @ Bridgestone Arena
Oct 5 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

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DATE

Oct 5 , 2015

TICKET PRICES

$75.00, $55.00, $35.00

AVAILABILITY

On Sale 12.05.14 10:00 am

 

In the wake of Sonic Highways’ climb into the top 3 of charts worldwide and the announcement of the band’s first ever U.S. stadium dates, Foo Fighters have now unveiled a full North American stadium/arena/amphitheater assault for summer/fall 2015. This most massive North American on the road undertaking in FF history will see Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear headline multiple historic U.S. venues for the first time.

Beat the Bots: Box Office Only Presale this Saturday, November 22nd at 10am.

Tickets for the Foo Fighters will first go on sale via the BEAT THE BOTS: BOX OFFICE ONLY PRE-SALE beginning this Saturday, November 22nd at 10am at the Bridgestone Arena box office and will end at 3pm (while supplies last).  Line up begins at 9am that morning on the Bridgestone Arena plaza at the corner of 5th Ave and Broadway.  Ticket limit for this presale: (2) Floor Tickets or (4) Seated Tickets per person.

Oct
9
Fri
Austin City Limits
Oct 9 all-day

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Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, TX, ACL Festival has grown to 2 weekends, 8 stages and over 130 bands. Lineup, Tickets + more: www.aclfestival.com

Florence and the Machine @ Ascend Amphitheater
Oct 9 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
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Florence and the Machine

Ascend Amphitheater,  Nashville, TN

FriOct 9, 2015 07:00 PM

Please Note: **All events are Rain or Shine** Box Office is only open on event days.
Oct
10
Sat
Austin City Limits
Oct 10 all-day

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Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, TX, ACL Festival has grown to 2 weekends, 8 stages and over 130 bands. Lineup, Tickets + more: www.aclfestival.com

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Lake Street Drive @ Ascend Amphitheater
Oct 10 @ 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

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Get tickets on May 08 at 12:00 PM CDT.

Oct
11
Sun
Austin City Limits
Oct 11 all-day

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Taking place at Zilker Park in Austin, TX, ACL Festival has grown to 2 weekends, 8 stages and over 130 bands. Lineup, Tickets + more: www.aclfestival.com

Oct
13
Tue
LIGHTNING 100 PRESENTS: Leon Bridges with Kali Uchis @ Marathon Music Works
Oct 13 @ 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM

LIGHTNING 100 PRESENTS:

Leon Bridges

Kali Uchis

TUE, OCTOBER 13, 2015

DOORS: 7:30 PM / SHOW: 8:30 PM

MARATHON MUSIC WORKS

NASHVILLE, TN

$22.00 – $25.00

ON SALE FRI 6/19 12:00 PM CDT

THIS EVENT IS 18 AND OVER

ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS – NO EXCEPTIONS. LINEUPS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
GOV’T ISSUED ID REQUIRED. NO RE-ENTRY.

Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges

The river of soul music flows on deep and strong, and 25-year-old Leon Bridges is immersed in its life-giving current. The Forth Worth, Texas native and Columbia Records artist is currently preparing his debut album for release in the summer of 2015. “I’m not saying I can hold a candle to any soul musician from the ’50s and ’60s,” Bridges says, “but I want to carry the torch.”

Humility aside, Bridges’ light is burning bright. Following the October, 2014 release of two tunes that set the on-line world aflame, and accompanied by intimate solo shows from London to Los Angeles and Nashville to New York, the singer and songwriter has proved himself a rare talent who can do smoldering ballads and elemental rock’n’roll with equal aplomb. While he appears to have emerged cut from the cloth and fully formed, Bridges explains in his dulcet voice how he came to be here now.

“As a kid I grew fascinated with modern R&B. In high school I’d try singing songs by Ginuwine and Usher,” he explains, “and I thought well, maybe they weren’t in my range.” Instead, a lithe, nimble physicality led Leon to study dance at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. “I’d been doing hip-hop dance since I was 11 years old,” he says. “I knew there was a dance program there, and I started diving into ballet and jazz and modern technique and learning choreography. I thought that’s what I wanted to do.”

Native inspiration soon diverted his path. “A friend of mine brought his keyboard to school every day, and we’d have these little jam sessions, improvising, and I started to find my voice.” One day a female friend asked Bridges to look after her guitar while she went to class. “I asked her to show me a couple chords first. And she did: A-minor and E-minor. I fell in love with their sound, and that’s when I started writing songs, from those two chords.”

That Bridges compositional bedrock began in a minor mode is revealing. At a moment when popular music seems in thrall to major chord sing-alongs, the blue hues of Bridges’ tunes embrace a subtlety that feels wholly refreshing. “Based on my innocence on guitar and my lack of knowledge of the technical side, my songwriting is something I have to make on-point with melody and delivery to make it shine,” he explains.

With a few early compositions tucked under his belt, a seeming dichotomy surfaced: Bridges’ tunes sounded less like the modern R&B he’d grown up loving than a style he was, in fact, not very familiar with: classic soul. Furthermore, Bridges’ sleek, fastidious fashion sensibility dovetailed with the songs he was writing. He began a tenderfoot period of apprenticeship playing coffeehouses in and around Fort Worth, slowly finding and refining his voice.

A turning point soon came via a pair of selvedge trousers. One night at an Austin bar Bridges was approached by a young woman who complimented him on his snazzy Wrangler’s and said that he should meet her boyfriend, a fellow with a comparable sense of style. Her boyfriend turned out to be Austin Jenkins of the band White Denim. “I hadn’t heard of White Denim at the time,” Bridges says, “but I went and looked them up and thought yeah, that’s interesting music.” After Jenkins and his bandmate Joshua Block subsequently peeped Bridges perform at a low-key local show, they insisted Leon enter the studio to cut a few tracks on their burgeoning bank of vintage equipment.

That initial three-day session, with Jenkins and Block producing, yielded the recordings that set Bridges at the center of rapturous attention from aficionados and labels alike. The buttery, seductive “Coming Home” and the piston-driven, doo-wop flavored “Better Man” demonstrated Bridges’ versatility. Inking with Columbia Records, whose roster includes a certain hero named Bob Dylan, was the outcome of courtship and deliberation. “Columbia has artists I look up to like Adele and Pharrell, as well as Raphael Saadiq and John Legend,” says Bridges. “They way they value artistry makes it feel like home.”

The early 2015 release of another new song, “Lisa Sawyer,” has further burnished Bridges’ promise. With its brushed snares and glowing brass, “Lisa Sawyer” is a remarkably assured offering from so young a talent. The song, about Bridges’ mother, a woman “with the complexion of a sweet praline,” has the flavor of one of Allen Toussaint’s productions for the great Lee Dorsey. Connecting the sacred and the secular, “Lisa Sawyer” feels natural considering Bridges’ churchgoing childhood. And by writing with specificity about his own family, Bridges is creating resonant work about the African-American experience.

“I have a lot of insecurities because I don’t have a big powerhouse voice,” he admits. “I’m not a shouter. I rely on phrasing to get my feeling across.” Bridges’ delivery exudes strength through tenderness. “I guess that’s why I connected with Sam Cooke.”

The name Sam Cooke has appeared frequently in Bridges’ early notices in the press. The point of comparison is apt, but not initially intentional. “When I wrote ‘Lisa Sawyer’ I didn’t know anything about old soul music,” Leon says. “I was asked ‘Is Sam Cooke one of your inspirations?’ I had to say no, because I only knew Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ from the movie Malcolm X, which I’d watched with my father. But from being asked about Sam Cooke and Otis Redding I started digging deeper into soul music from the ’50 and ’60s and realizing this is really the root of what I’m doing.”

What to make of the fact that Bridges is working in a tradition whose existence he was initially only vaguely aware of? “It speaks to the gift God placed in me,” Leon says, choosing his words carefully. “It humbles and wows me to think I was pulling from something I didn’t really know about.”

In the striking black-and-white images that have accompanied Leon’s emergence, one photograph stands out. It depicts Bridges sauntering down a sunlit sidewalk, his shadow falling not behind him but stretching out in the direction of his forward stride. The implication is that Bridges is not walking away from the past, but moving forward with both family history and the tradition of soul music in full view. His ancestors and antecedents walk with him. “They’re with me at all times,” affirms Bridges. Steeped in tradition, drenched with intention and desire, Leon Bridges’ soul music is happening here and now.

Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis

The Colombian born and Virginia raised singer released her first studio-recorded EP, Por Vida, on February 3rd this year and has collaborated with artists/producers including Tyler The Creator, Snoop Dogg, Diplo, and Rick Rubin. Her first studio release has already garnered praise from the likes of Billboard, Pitchfork, Noisey, and The Fader (see links below). With a sound that mirrors Amy Winehouse and 60s soul, Kali makes the old sound new again with a funky twist. She is on the way to becoming a household name.
Oct
14
Wed
Lightning 100 Presents: Waxahatchee with Weyes Blood and Try The Pie @ Exit/In
Oct 14 @ 8:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield’s southern roots are undeniable. The name of her solo musical project Waxahatchee comes from a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came from and where she’s going. Since leaving home, Crutchfield has drifted between New York and Philadelphia but chose to return to Alabama to write her first two albums: American Weekend, her debut filled with powerful lo-fi acoustic tracks full of lament, and Cerulean Salt, a more developed and solid narrative about growing up. Both are representations of a youthful struggle with unresolved issues and unrequited feelings.

Waxhatchee’s latest record, Ivy Tripp, drifts confidently from these previous albums and brings forth a more informed and powerful recognition of where Crutchfield has currently found herself. The lament and grieving for her youth seem to have been replaced with control and sheer self-honesty. “My life has changed a lot in the last two years, and it’s been hard for me to process my feelings other than by writing songs,” says Crutchfield. “I think a running theme [of Ivy Tripp] is steadying yourself on shaky ground and reminding yourself that you have control in situations that seem overwhelming, or just being cognizant in moments of deep confusion or sadness, and learning to really feel emotions and to grow from that.”

Recorded and engineered by Kyle Gilbride of Wherever Audio at Crutchfield’s home on New York’s Long Island—with drums recorded in the gym of a local elementary school—Ivy Tripp presents a more developed and aged version of Waxahatchee. “The title Ivy Tripp is really just a term I made up for directionless-ness, specifically of the 20-something, 30-something, 40-something of today, lacking regard for the complaisant life path of our parents and grandparents. I have thought of it like this: Cerulean Salt is a solid and Ivy Tripp is a gas.”

Crutchfield is accompanied by both Gilbride and Keith Spencer on Ivy Tripp, and the record was produced by all three of them. With the addition of more guitar work, piano, drum machines, and Crutchfield’s vocals in full bloom, we are given a record that feels more emphatic and pronounced. Ivy Tripp opens with “Breathless,” filled with only a distorted keyboard and layers of vocals, showcasing Waxahatchee’s pension for quiet, personal reflection. The record then opens up into “Under a Rock,” a quicker guitar-driven song that lays the foundation for the rest of the album, which as a whole resonates with strong, self-aware lyrics, energetic ballads, and powerfully hushed moments of solitude. Crutchfield’s voice is certainly the guiding force behind Ivy Tripp—commanding and voluminous in the rock song “Poison,” candied and pure in the frolicking “La Loose”—gripping you tightly and then softly releasing you into the wilds of emotion.

As far as her goals with Ivy Tripp, Crutchfield says, “I heard someone say that you have to be the change you want to see. I just want to be the kind of musician I want to see in the world. I want to present myself in a way that reflects that.”

Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood

There exists a terrifying film called The Innocents, starring Deborah Kerr, released in 1961. It’s based on a play of the same name, which in turn was an adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Turn Of The Screw. All versions involve a governess hired to care for two young children, who may or may not be possessed by the ghosts of the couple who looked after them in the past, a couple whose deviant nature destroyed the lives around them (including their own).

Those who’ve had occasion to watch the film version haven’t easily forgotten the opening credits: as you sit in complete darkness (or some reasonable facsimile thereof … c’mon, work with us), and well before the studio logo is displayed, you hear a little girl’s voice, unaccompanied, singing these words:

We lay, my love and I, beneath the weeping willow.

But now alone I lie and weep beside the tree.

Singing “O Willow Waly” by the tree that weeps with me.

Singing “O Willow Waly” till my lover return to me.

We lay, my love and I, beneath the weeping willow.

A broken heart have I.

O willow, I die…

O willow, I die.

The film’s credits roll on, screen right, as the image of Ms. Kerr, praying and sobbing, is superimposed on the left. That sequence puts you on the back foot and keeps you there, even as you begin to doubt the events of the story that follows, lingering on like mist, heavy and earthbound.

Henry James would’ve wanted it that way. Tired of the ways in which authors had depicted the supernatural, the author extrapolated their evil nature out of elements you’d never expect, or in his own words, “the strange and sinister embroidered on … the normal and easy.” And his notions of how to represent these tropes have since fed into our familiar understanding of how suspense works as a narrative device in the centuries that followed. James made us all more suspicious; where we find beauty and sadness, we often assume that it has been influenced by some spectre whose bent will keeps its presence lingering from beyond the grave, whose sorrows have curdled into vengeance. We walk alone in wintery woods, past the frozen lake, wind whipping through the bare branches, and we cannot help but wonder if we are truly alone, if there is any creature that could take us down with it every time we hear the dead leaves rustle or the snapping of a dried branch, or if it’s all in our minds.

The Innocents is the name of the second album by Natalie Mering, who performs as Weyes Blood. Its ten songs confront us with their truths. There is the beauty of Ms. Mering’s voice, whose strength across two vocal registers reveals a vulnerability belied by some of her lyrics. On all but one of the songs on The Innocents, her voice is the dominant quality, tracked in multi-part harmonies with herself. There is the semblance of training in her voice to get her to where she can sing today, or any number of devices we as listeners impose upon her, because most of us are not privy to a vocalist of such rare choral purity.

Then there is the truth of the words she sings on The Innocents, words so clear that they cannot be misinterpreted. It’s not unintentional that Weyes Blood is a colloquialism referring to Flannery O’Connor, though Mering doesn’t mince for words. Forget similes and metaphors: when you are confronted with lyrics like those found on “Some Winters” (“I’m as broken/as a woman can be” … “Go on, leave me for the last time”), lyrics that are so emotionally unflinching that they could pierce stone, the notion of any other interpretations seem trivial. And yet, you will try. As you sift through her words, you’ll feel something, and you’ll associate those feeling with past experiences that may cause you to associate them with something more, something that affects your own emotional state.

Finally, there is the truth of the music. Rooted in American and British folk, Weyes Blood pulls and stretches the style at its fringes, like a sweater that’s just begun to unravel. Traditional instruments (guitar, piano, drums) are set against electronics and tape effects, collages and the melodic qualities of delay, that bridge an older world of songcraft into the future, creating a synthesis between all the best of the 20th century and those that came before. A song like the melancholy ballad “Bad Magic” possesses infinite beauty in its sadness and how it releases those sentiments, but it’s even more beautiful in relief to all the other material on The Innocents. Never once does she repeat herself. Each song is a variant on the styles present in the record, and each is unmistakably her own.

Not dissimilar to the work of Henry James, Weyes Blood presents a series of musical interludes, free for you to interpret but poised to elicit a raw emotional response. Does her music sound haunted to you, then, because it evokes memories that trigger our own fears, or do you honestly believe that there is a ghost dictating her every turn? As Mering stated in a recent interview, her work’s “creepiness … is only as intentional as you think it is.” To her, this is the only form of expression: laid bare, deeply connected to the past, and miles away from anything else you’re likely to hear in music today.

Try The Pie
Oct
23
Fri
Lightning 100 Presents Jason Isbell with special guest Amanda Shires @ Ryman Auditorium
Oct 23 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Jason Isbell

with special guest Amanda Shires
Friday, October 23, 2015
8:00 PM
$35
On sale Friday, April 24 at 10 AM
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Acclaimed, award-winning artist Jason Isbell will release Something More Than Free, his highly anticipated fifth album, on July 17 via Southeastern Records. Something More Than Free features Isbell’s Southern-inspired vignettes of working class men, women and traditions that permeate these 11 new songs. The pure honesty and authenticity of Isbell’s poetic lyrics and soulful vocals have connected deeply with so many, and they shine as brightly as ever on Something More Than Free.

Something More Than Free is Isbell’s most sonically diverse album to date. The opening track, “If It Takes A Lifetime” exudes a classic country tone, while “24 Frames” flows effortlessly with its easy, Laurel Canyon vibe. The wistful folk balladry of “Flagship”, along with the bluesy Southern rock timbre of “Palmetto Rose” and epic “Children Of Children” prove that Jason Isbell is an artist whose creative pinnacle has yet to be within sight.

Something More Than Free is the follow up to Isbell’s 2013 celebrated breakthrough album Southeastern, which received overwhelming support from the press and went on to sell over 150,000 copies. Isbell was subject of stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal to NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit made multiple television appearances, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits. Isbell won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Cover Me Up”) and Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Catch Jason and his wife Amanda Shires during a very special performance on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 24.

Along with the media support, the success of Southeastern was the product of good old-fashioned hard work. Much like the working class subjects in his songs, Isbell grinded it out with his band The 400 Unit on the road. They toured extensively, made real connections with his audience, poured his heart out each night and stayed true to his convictions. Audiences grew as venue sizes expanded with sold out shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, including New York’s Beacon Theatre and three sold out nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, where an unprecedented four-night stand has been announced for October 23-26.

Oct
24
Sat
Lightning 100 Presents Jason Isbell with special guest Parker Millsap @ Ryman Auditorium
Oct 24 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Jason Isbell

with special guest Amanda Shires
Friday, October 23, 2015
8:00 PM
$35
On sale Friday, April 24 at 10 AM
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Click here to enter to win a limited edition Hatch Show Print.

Tickets will be available online ONLY.


Acclaimed, award-winning artist Jason Isbell will release Something More Than Free, his highly anticipated fifth album, on July 17 via Southeastern Records. Something More Than Free features Isbell’s Southern-inspired vignettes of working class men, women and traditions that permeate these 11 new songs. The pure honesty and authenticity of Isbell’s poetic lyrics and soulful vocals have connected deeply with so many, and they shine as brightly as ever on Something More Than Free.

Something More Than Free is Isbell’s most sonically diverse album to date. The opening track, “If It Takes A Lifetime” exudes a classic country tone, while “24 Frames” flows effortlessly with its easy, Laurel Canyon vibe. The wistful folk balladry of “Flagship”, along with the bluesy Southern rock timbre of “Palmetto Rose” and epic “Children Of Children” prove that Jason Isbell is an artist whose creative pinnacle has yet to be within sight.

Something More Than Free is the follow up to Isbell’s 2013 celebrated breakthrough album Southeastern, which received overwhelming support from the press and went on to sell over 150,000 copies. Isbell was subject of stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal to NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit made multiple television appearances, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits. Isbell won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Cover Me Up”) and Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Catch Jason and his wife Amanda Shires during a very special performance on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 24.

Along with the media support, the success of Southeastern was the product of good old-fashioned hard work. Much like the working class subjects in his songs, Isbell grinded it out with his band The 400 Unit on the road. They toured extensively, made real connections with his audience, poured his heart out each night and stayed true to his convictions. Audiences grew as venue sizes expanded with sold out shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, including New York’s Beacon Theatre and three sold out nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, where an unprecedented four-night stand has been announced for October 23-26.

Oct
25
Sun
Lightning 100 Presents Jason Isbell with special guest Hurray for the Riff Raff @ Ryman Auditorium
Oct 25 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Jason Isbell

with special guest Amanda Shires
Friday, October 23, 2015
8:00 PM
$35
On sale Friday, April 24 at 10 AM
Share page with AddThis
Click here to enter to win a limited edition Hatch Show Print.

Tickets will be available online ONLY.


Acclaimed, award-winning artist Jason Isbell will release Something More Than Free, his highly anticipated fifth album, on July 17 via Southeastern Records. Something More Than Free features Isbell’s Southern-inspired vignettes of working class men, women and traditions that permeate these 11 new songs. The pure honesty and authenticity of Isbell’s poetic lyrics and soulful vocals have connected deeply with so many, and they shine as brightly as ever on Something More Than Free.

Something More Than Free is Isbell’s most sonically diverse album to date. The opening track, “If It Takes A Lifetime” exudes a classic country tone, while “24 Frames” flows effortlessly with its easy, Laurel Canyon vibe. The wistful folk balladry of “Flagship”, along with the bluesy Southern rock timbre of “Palmetto Rose” and epic “Children Of Children” prove that Jason Isbell is an artist whose creative pinnacle has yet to be within sight.

Something More Than Free is the follow up to Isbell’s 2013 celebrated breakthrough album Southeastern, which received overwhelming support from the press and went on to sell over 150,000 copies. Isbell was subject of stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal to NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit made multiple television appearances, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits. Isbell won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Cover Me Up”) and Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Catch Jason and his wife Amanda Shires during a very special performance on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 24.

Along with the media support, the success of Southeastern was the product of good old-fashioned hard work. Much like the working class subjects in his songs, Isbell grinded it out with his band The 400 Unit on the road. They toured extensively, made real connections with his audience, poured his heart out each night and stayed true to his convictions. Audiences grew as venue sizes expanded with sold out shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, including New York’s Beacon Theatre and three sold out nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, where an unprecedented four-night stand has been announced for October 23-26.

Oct
26
Mon
Lightning 100 Presents Jason Isbell with special guest Chris Stapleton @ Ryman Auditorium
Oct 26 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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Jason Isbell

with special guest Amanda Shires
Friday, October 23, 2015
8:00 PM
$35
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Acclaimed, award-winning artist Jason Isbell will release Something More Than Free, his highly anticipated fifth album, on July 17 via Southeastern Records. Something More Than Free features Isbell’s Southern-inspired vignettes of working class men, women and traditions that permeate these 11 new songs. The pure honesty and authenticity of Isbell’s poetic lyrics and soulful vocals have connected deeply with so many, and they shine as brightly as ever on Something More Than Free.

Something More Than Free is Isbell’s most sonically diverse album to date. The opening track, “If It Takes A Lifetime” exudes a classic country tone, while “24 Frames” flows effortlessly with its easy, Laurel Canyon vibe. The wistful folk balladry of “Flagship”, along with the bluesy Southern rock timbre of “Palmetto Rose” and epic “Children Of Children” prove that Jason Isbell is an artist whose creative pinnacle has yet to be within sight.

Something More Than Free is the follow up to Isbell’s 2013 celebrated breakthrough album Southeastern, which received overwhelming support from the press and went on to sell over 150,000 copies. Isbell was subject of stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal to NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit made multiple television appearances, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits. Isbell won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Cover Me Up”) and Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Catch Jason and his wife Amanda Shires during a very special performance on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 24.

Along with the media support, the success of Southeastern was the product of good old-fashioned hard work. Much like the working class subjects in his songs, Isbell grinded it out with his band The 400 Unit on the road. They toured extensively, made real connections with his audience, poured his heart out each night and stayed true to his convictions. Audiences grew as venue sizes expanded with sold out shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, including New York’s Beacon Theatre and three sold out nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, where an unprecedented four-night stand has been announced for October 23-26.

Oct
31
Sat
Lightning 100’s Paranormal Rocktivity w/ Here Come the Mummies @ Marathon Music Works
Oct 31 @ 7:00 PM – 11:45 PM

Lightning 100’s Paranormal Rocktivity w/ Here Come the Mummies

SAT, OCTOBER 31, 2015

DOORS: 8:00 PM / SHOW: 9:00 PM

MARATHON MUSIC WORKS

NASHVILLE, TN

$30.00 – $35.00

THIS EVENT IS 18 AND OVER

ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS – NO EXCEPTIONS. LINEUPS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
GOV’T ISSUED ID REQUIRED. NO RE-ENTRY.

Here Come The Mummies

Here Come The Mummies

It’s been a long and dusty road since 1922 when, at a dig in the desert south of Tunis, Professor
Nigel Quentin Fontanelle Dumblucke IV (1895-) unearthed the ruins of an ancient discotheque
to find a dozen undead Egyptian mummies inexplicably throwing down what he dubbed,
“Terrifying Funk From Beyond the Grave.”
From these hovering souls, who called themselves Here Come The Mummies, Professor
Dumblucke learned of the powerful curse that doomed them to wander the earth, seeking the
ultimate riff, the one that may allow their spirits to rest after eons of, as they put it, “banging out
solid fly grooves, y’all.” But their story was murky at best…
What is clear is that these saucy specters resurfaced around the turn of the Millennium. Without
so much as a hot bath, HCTM would open for P-Funk and Al Green, rock Super Bowl Village
2012, become regulars on The Bob and Tom Show and at massive festivals like Summerfest
and Musikfest, and make themselves the darlings of sell-out crowds over wide swaths of North
America. Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over
these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth.
2013 saw HCTM pool what remained of their dusty hearts, addled brains, and withered
appendages to make Cryptic, their acclaimed sixth studio album.
2014 has been HCTM’s most prolific year to date! Three of five scheduled 5-song EPs have
been released so far: A La Mode, Pull it Off, and Shocker. An adapted version of
Rejuvannihilation, a new full-length concert film, is airing across the US on Public Television’s
Front and Center.
Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are
reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas,
cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get
ready, Here Come The Mummies.
“Here Come The Mummies are one bad-ass band, a hybrid of Idris Muhammad, George
Clinton, Ohio Players, and Earth, Wind & Fire.” -Blurt Magazine
“A band unlike any other.” -examiner.com
“That’s the most fun I’ve had in 20 years.” -Bob Kevoian, The Bob & Tom Show
“Cock wobbling brilliant.” -Joe Elliott of Def Leppard
Nov
5
Thu
The Milk Carton Kids @ James K Polk Theater
Nov 5 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Milk Carton Kids will be at James K. Polk Theater in Nashville, TN – November 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Grammy-nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have announced the May 19, 2015 release of their third album, Monterey. A refreshing alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called “folk revival,” an understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids and their new album. The two years since the release of their last album, The Ash & Clay, have been significant ones for the group. In addition to a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album, The Milk Carton Kids won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2014. Their featured performances and interviews in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers’ concert documentary, “Another Day/Another Time,” brought the band its widest audience and their 55-city North American tour last year sold out months in advance. Cultural purveyors from Garrison Keillor to T Bone Burnett to Billy Bragg have hailed the duo’s importance among a group of new folk bands, both expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them. Yet while some of the band’s many accolades reference a specific genre, the duo quickly transcends those tags with clear inflections of jazz, classical, even the dark lyricism of modern “alternative.” This past year, The Milk Carton Kids were asked to pay tribute to Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris — Cash on the Joe Henry-produced remake of “Bitter Tears,” and Harris with their standing ovation performance at the tribute concert “The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris,” among luminaries including Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Alison Kraus, Iron & Wine, and Harris herself. If Cash and Harris taught us that American music is meant to be taken at its expansive word, without confines or borders, The Milk Carton Kids appear to have taken the lesson to heart.

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