Nashville Events

Jul
12
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: JD & The Straight Shot @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jul 12 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Artist

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
18
Sat
Nashville Roller Girls @ Municipal Auditorium
Jul 18 @ 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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The action is back at Municipal Auditorium for our official 2015 Home Season Opener!

This will be a double header featuring the Music City Brawl Stars facing off against  So Ill Roller Girls at 5:30, followed by the Music City All Stars taking on Charlottesville Derby Dames at 7:15 pm!

Our community partner for the March 28 game is the Nashville Public Library. This year the Nashville Rollergirls will be Summer Reading Challenge Heroes, working with the library to encourage kids to be active readers over the summer. We have lots of activities planned for kids at this game, including halftime storytimes with a Nashville librarian, literacy-related activities, and the opportunity to sign up for their very own library card.

Doors open at 4:30PM
Music City Brawl Stars at 5:30 PM
Music City All Stars at 7:15 PM

TICKET PRICES
General admission – $10 advance, $15 door
Military – $7
Children (ages 7 – 12) – $7
Kids (0 – 6) – Home Free

Stop by one of our ticket vendors – Asphalt Beach SkateshopBen Jerry VandyFleet Street Pub, or All Seasons Gardening and Brewing Supply Co.- to get an advanced price ticket.

March 28, May 30, June 13, July 18, August 1, 2015: Bout 1 at 5:30pm and bout 2 at 7:00pm

Jul
19
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Paul Thorn @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jul 19 @ 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Artist

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
26
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: The Oh Hellos with Ruston Kelly @ 3rd and Lindsley
Jul 26 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Artist

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
31
Fri
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.

2015 FRIST FRIDAYS LINE UP*:

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
Nashville Roller Girls @ Municipal Auditorium
Aug 1 @ 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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The action is back at Municipal Auditorium for our official 2015 Home Season Opener!

This will be a double header featuring the Music City Brawl Stars facing off against  So Ill Roller Girls at 5:30, followed by the Music City All Stars taking on Charlottesville Derby Dames at 7:15 pm!

Our community partner for the March 28 game is the Nashville Public Library. This year the Nashville Rollergirls will be Summer Reading Challenge Heroes, working with the library to encourage kids to be active readers over the summer. We have lots of activities planned for kids at this game, including halftime storytimes with a Nashville librarian, literacy-related activities, and the opportunity to sign up for their very own library card.

Doors open at 4:30PM
Music City Brawl Stars at 5:30 PM
Music City All Stars at 7:15 PM

TICKET PRICES
General admission – $10 advance, $15 door
Military – $7
Children (ages 7 – 12) – $7
Kids (0 – 6) – Home Free

Stop by one of our ticket vendors – Asphalt Beach SkateshopBen Jerry VandyFleet Street Pub, or All Seasons Gardening and Brewing Supply Co.- to get an advanced price ticket.

March 28, May 30, June 13, July 18, August 1, 2015: Bout 1 at 5:30pm and bout 2 at 7:00pm

Aug
2
Sun
Nashville Sunday Night Presents: Jackie Greene @ 3rd and Lindsley
Aug 2 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Artist

“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
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.

Tomato Art Fest @ East Nashville 5 Points
Aug 7 all-day

 

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The Tomato Art Fest was founded by Meg and Bret MacFadyen, owners of East Nashville’s Art and Invention Gallery. In 2004, the gallery hosted an art show celebrating the tomato in late summer, and planned a few neighborhood events to promote the show. The Tomato Art Fest proved so popular that it immediately turned into an annual, signature event for the hip, urban neighborhood of East Nashville.

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A community builder, The Tomato Art Fest has steadily drawn larger crowds with each year that passes. Last year, an estimated 35,000 came to celebrate this beloved fruit/vegetable and enjoy the day’s festivities.

Touted in the Oxford American, and Southern Living,The Tomato Art Fest was voted “Best Festival” in the 2007, 2008, and 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Nashville Scene Reader’s Polls

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The Tomato Art Fest will return this year on  Friday August 8th and Saturday August 9, 2014 for it’s 11th year! Located in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points, which has been coined byBudget Travel Magazine as “Nashville’s version of New York’s East Village,” this FREE, costume-friendly event provides a fun-filled day for all.

A percentage of proceeds benefit

This event is managed by

(please do not email us about entertainment, fill out the application under Fest Entertainment)

Festival Recycling provided by Green Village Recycling

Aug
8
Sat
Ink n Iron Festival @ Nashville, TN
Aug 8 all-day

INI-TN-1200x1200V2

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.

Tomato Art Fest @ East Nashville 5 Points
Aug 8 all-day

 

TAF22.png

The Tomato Art Fest was founded by Meg and Bret MacFadyen, owners of East Nashville’s Art and Invention Gallery. In 2004, the gallery hosted an art show celebrating the tomato in late summer, and planned a few neighborhood events to promote the show. The Tomato Art Fest proved so popular that it immediately turned into an annual, signature event for the hip, urban neighborhood of East Nashville.

TAF21.png

A community builder, The Tomato Art Fest has steadily drawn larger crowds with each year that passes. Last year, an estimated 35,000 came to celebrate this beloved fruit/vegetable and enjoy the day’s festivities.

Touted in the Oxford American, and Southern Living,The Tomato Art Fest was voted “Best Festival” in the 2007, 2008, and 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Nashville Scene Reader’s Polls

TAF20.png

The Tomato Art Fest will return this year on  Friday August 8th and Saturday August 9, 2014 for it’s 11th year! Located in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points, which has been coined byBudget Travel Magazine as “Nashville’s version of New York’s East Village,” this FREE, costume-friendly event provides a fun-filled day for all.

A percentage of proceeds benefit

This event is managed by

(please do not email us about entertainment, fill out the application under Fest Entertainment)

Festival Recycling provided by Green Village Recycling

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

INI-TN-1200x1200V2

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
Artist

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
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
23
Sun
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.

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
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
9th Annual Cumberland River Compact Dragon Boat Festival @ Riverfront Park
Sep 12 @ 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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The dragons are coming! Get ready for the 9th Annual Cumberland River Compact Dragon Boat Festival, Nashville’s premiere river event.

On Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Riverfront Park, you can take the ride of your life with 50 teams on the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville right in front of LP Field. Thousands of spectators will join you in a large viewing area where they can cheer paddlers, support the advocacy work of the Cumberland River Compact, and celebrate the long tradition of dragon boat racing with a cultural festival unlike any other in Music City.

All of the festivities are within walking distance to the city’s top restaurants, souvenir shops, and downtown Music City attractions. Bring the whole family and plan on spending the day.

Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing sport in the world and, without a doubt, the most fun, unique cultural event you’ll experience, thanks to its adrenaline-pumping action. Dragon boat racing grows in popularity each year, with more than 50 million people in 63 countries participating. Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson race in authentic Hong Kong-style, 46-foot-long dragon boats. All ages, skill levels and physiques can paddle and compete, making it the ultimate team building sport, requiring synchronicity and finesse, more than power to win.

Find out why you can’t miss this event. Bring your Team. Bring your Spirit. Bring your best.

For more information, contact Carolyn Wright at 615-837-1151 or email her at Carolyn.Wright[AT]CumberlandRiverCompact[DOT]org.

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
18
Fri
SoBro Fest @ SoBro
Sep 18 all-day

More info coming soon!

Oct
3
Sat
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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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
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

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