Marathon Village Engine Block Party


101813 Block Party Poster FBNobody throws a party like Lightning 100! This time we are getting some help from all out our friends down here in Marathon Village for the first Marathon Village Engine Block Party coming to you on Friday, October 18th. We are bringing all things music, performance, food, and art to our nick of the woods to show off some of Nashville’s most creative and eclectic businesses including Marathon Music Works, Corsair Artisan Distillery, The Bang Candy Company, Garage Coffee, 5 Points Digital Imaging and of course Lightning 100, Nashville’s independent radio.   Use promo code L100 for 10.01 tickets!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have two stages for this event, yes, that is right TWO!  On the outdoor stage we have the raw energy and soul of the Los Angeles based Vintage Trouble, the Redbull sound select artist coming from Athens, Georgia The Futurebirds, the eleven-piece band from Nashville Kansas Bible Company, and those funky boys from Murfreesboro. DeRobert & The Half Truths.

Inside Marathon Music Works will be the dance extravaganza with performances by Heroes & Villains, Future Unlimited, Five Knives, Noise Floor, Aerial Performances and more!  Do you remember all of those delicious food trucks we wrangled up for the Live on the Green concert series? Well, we are sure that you will recognize many of the same food trucks at the indoor, yes INDOOR, food-truck-food-court inside of Marathon Music Works.

Marathon Village is certainly the place to be on Friday, October 18th at 5pm the whole village will be out to party with you! The Marathon Village Engine Block Party will showcase this “best kept secret” of the city, so come on down and get acquainted with the hottest new neighborhood in Nashville, Marathon Village

Vintage Trouble

Vintage Trouble formed in 2010 out of the ashes of a few other bands, and not by chance, Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar) teamed up with drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Barrio Dill. They entered The Bomb Shelter Studio, recorded an album’s worth of material in three days, which was intended to be demos and ended up being pressed into CDs. The Bomb Shelter Sessions became Vintage Trouble’s first album. Selling it at their gigs was easy and not surprisingly so were the calls to feature their music in several commercial media.

With a unified decision to stay in Los Angeles to build their musical foundation as a band, weekly residences in the area lead to a large assembly of fans in a short amount of time. These fans became known as the “TroubleMakers.” It was that underground buzz that lead to legendary manager Doc McGhee taking notice and signing Vintage Trouble to his roster after hearing only a single chorus. Doc’s first order of business became breaking the band in England, right away. Their first venture overseas resulted in a similar groundswell with Music Weekly naming them 2011 Breakout Artist of the Year and HMV hailing them as their “Next Big Thing.”

The Futurebirds

Covered in kudzu and swathed in a blanket of humidity, spanish moss, feedback and reverb exists Futurebirds; six Georgia natives who currently call Athens “home.” In 2009, these folks self-produced and released the six song Futurebirds EP—one of undeniable character. Less than a year later, there was a full-length in the can. That album, Hampton’s Lullaby, garnered praise for its Appalachian harmonies and ethereal melodies. The band toured, and continues to tour in 2011, in support of that collection of songs, as well as in anticipation of two spring releases. The first, Via Flamina, a four song collection of new originals and inspired covers, dropped on April Fools Day via multiple formats. Only a few weeks later, on April 19th, Autumn Tone Records released a re-mastered version of the original EP. Sooner than later, Athens’ own up-and-coming label, Holy Owned Subsidiary, will offer the EP on One Hundred and Fifty Gram vinyl in a package featuring art hand-fashioned by the band. Only Four Hundred copies will be available.  During May and June, the band will support Grace Potter on the Bonnaroo Buzz Tour and perform at Bonnaroo, as well as tour with Drive-By Truckers and headline AthFest 2011.

Kansas Bible Company

The Kansas Bible Company came into being during the dog days of summer 2008 at Goshen College in Goshen, In. A band of boys congregated in the garage of Vita House, “life house”, and began playing rock and roll music. Through encounters with aliens, Bible thumpers, holy rollers, cigarette machines, Teenage Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the KBC, as they have come to be known, have stretched the boundaries of space and time.

Over the past year the band has added four new members and has seen incredible growth in musical ability. Their sound and performance has matured. In the fall of 2010, the boys decided to pursue music seriously. They have been playing shows regularly throughout Indiana and southern Michigan, and moved to Nashville in the late summer of 2011. Since then they have really been cookin’.  Moving to Nashville has been an incredible, almost unthinkable step for the Company. How do eleven people move to a new city, some even dropping out of college, to pursue rock and roll music? How does one build such a planet? It takes trust, faith, confidence, and a lot of good old fashioned common sense. They found a huge house that could fit them all, a bedroom each, four full baths, large common rooms, and practice space big enough to accommodate eleven young gentlemen. All at a rock bottom price. There was one catch- the house was shambles. Many of the previous tenants had been squatters and/or former hard drug users. The first month they had work on their hands. Cleaning, painting, fixing, and thank the lord, music, became their full time jobs. They turned the decrepit house into a home. It is now even complete with a musical venue and bar – the Red Rum Saloon. Christened “Hotel Chicamauga” after the street they live on in east Nashville, their house is a beacon for music lovers everywhere. With such an accomplished challenge under the Company’s belt, they are closer than ever. The music is literally pouring out of their souls. They are working their way into the music scene in Nashville and playing venues throughout the midwest and the south.

Many things set this band apart from other groups. They are a large group with a full horn section, a rarity in such a young, independent, rock and roll band. The Kansas Bible Company is first and foremost a group of close friends that live and work communally together. They are more than just a group of musicians. They do everything together – eat, sleep, work, workout, shop, camp, talk, philosophize, etc. And playing music is at the center of it all. The community they share comes through in their music, it goes hand in hand. An audience member can see the connection they share on stage. Their chemistry is electric. Often times they will refer to each other as brothers. A band of 11 brothers playing rock and roll, surf and soul.

DeRobert and the Half-Truths

DeRobert & The Half-Truths are the house band of Murfreesboro, TN indie funk label – G.E.D. Soul Records. The band is made up of a collective of musicians who write, record, and produce the majority of the labels output. In 2008, the band cut their first 7 inch with DeRobert “Dee” Adams adding his powerful vocals to the
mix. After a handful of well received 45s, DeRobert and company released their debut full length, “Soul In A Digital World.” in May of 2010. Their follow up project the “Beg Me” EP was released July 26, 2011 on 7 inch vinyl as well as digitally

Heroes & Villains

Daniel Disaster and Pete Heartless, production duo behind Heroes x Villains, begin as two punk kids from the depths of the Dirty South, notorious for blowing speakers during their chaotic DJ sets as teenagers.  The pair remain creatively connected, despite divergent lifestyles: Heartless maintains a quiet, relatively normal life while Disaster seems content to exist with his feet dangling ever so slightly over the edge. He spends several years behind the boards at Grand Hustle Records as an engineer working alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake, Lil’ Wayne, T.I. and Young Jeezy.

Future Unlimited

Future Unlimited are a duo from Nashville, TN that is comprised of David Miller and Samuel D’Amelio. Upon realizing their common interest in french touch, 80’s no-wave, post-punk and everything in-between, the two ultimately formed a musical bond that serves as the core influence in their music. After only a handful of live shows and appearances at SXSW, Future Unlimited was highlighted by both and NME Magazine as one of the top bands to watch at SXSW in 2012. The band later performed at Art Basel 2012 in Miami, opening for such acts as Chromeo and playing a private show at Soho House’s exclusive Soho Beach House Miami.

Future’s story starts in 2007 when Samuel was finishing his bachelors degree in Psychology and DJ’ing on the side to pay bills. Dave was drumming in a post-punk band based out of Nashville, having come off of a long stint in New York City break dancing on broadway. The two lived in separate apartments that sat ontop of eachother, but it wasn’t until one night when Sam was blasting Alan Braxe through some paper thin floors that Dave realized they had more in common than they thought. They became good friends but eventually went their separate ways, both moving away from Nashville in early 2009. It wasn’t until Sam’s return to Nashville in early 2011 and Dave needing a change of pace that Future’s sound began to develop. Over the course of six months, the two wrote and produced over fifteen songs (five of which are found on the duo’s debut EP), which ultimately rooted itself in synthesizer solidarity. With no motivation other than the music itself, the duo began playing shows with a changing roster of hired gun guitarists and the former bassist of Dave’s previous band. Within a few weeks after finishing the first set of material, the duo financially struggled to translate their “digital works” for multiple SXSW appearances. Without label support or investors, Dave and Sam decided to slow down the frequency of performances due to being unsatisfied with the translation to live. Over the next few months, the guys focused their efforts on writing new material and honing in on their sound. It wasn’t until October of 2012, when the band decided to release a single titled ‘Haunted Love,’ did the future take an unusual twist.

Five Knives

Five Knives started in the underground basement party scene in Nashville. Or, was it the story that they met at a club while traveling in Europe? So much mystery surrounds this band that it has become a moot point really. What does matter, is that they churn out bombastic dark electronic tunes that stir up emotion and make you never want to leave the dance floor.

D.J.’s? Rock Band? Art Project? Who cares. Just Dance.

Noise Floor

Noise Floor a sonic dimension on the outskirts of the known, observable universe. In short, they will, rock your socks off.  Check out their last set on soundcloud.

Lightning 100 hopes to see you at the inaugural Marathon Village Engine Block Party on October 18th.  Use promo code L100 for 10.01 tickets!  Limited tickets available.

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