Weekly Highlights 7-27-09

27 Jul

Can you handle THIS?

Monday

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
Music that will make you CREAM presents 90s night. Bring your worst 90s clothes, be it your flannel and acid wash jeans or your Spice Girls tour t-shirt.

Ginger Rue reads from and signs Brand New Emily at Davis-Kidd – 7pm
Brand New Emily is the story about a girl who makes enemies with the most popular girl in school, then undergoes a complete makeover with the help of a publicist, becoming Brand Em, then learns the limits of brand loyalty.

Tuesday

Ga’an at Grimey’s – 6pm
If you don’t know who Ga’an is, it’s Lindsay from Cake Bake Betty’s new band. If you’ve never heard of Cake Bake Betty you should go anyway.

Team Green Birthday Adventure Mixer at Downtown YMCA – 6-8pm, 21+
Info from Now Playing Nashville:
“Team Green is turning 13 and to celebrate our teen year’s we’re throwing a huge birthday bash downtown! Head over to the brand new Dowtown YMCA building for a scavenger hunt for giveaway tickets as you visit different facility features of the building, then walk a block to The Standard, a historic downtown house converted into a beautiful restaurant and ballroom where the real party begins! The Standard is located at 167 Rosa Parks Blvd.”

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
Free show featuring artists you probably haven’t heard of yet. Who knows, you could discover your new favorite local band.

Wednesday

Paolo Nutini at Grimey’s – 6pm
Catch Paolo before his show at the Cannery Ballroom. I can’t promise he’ll play “New Shoes,” but you never know. Also, if you have tickets to his show at the Cannery you should get there early (7pm), because that ticket will get you free admission to Five for Five at the Mercy Lounge, which will feature Gates of Graceland (formerly The Shoals, they’re really cool dudes), Rhean Boyer (Carolina Rain), Mike Willis, Clay Evans, and Anthony Snape.

Arby’s Freebie
Free Fruitea with any sandwich purchase.

Dave Peterson and 1946 at 12 South Taproom – 9pm
He’s “a savvy independent recording artist and a bluegrass singer who cherishes tradition.” Also, he’s awesome, so that helps.

ASCAP Rocks the Basement – 8pm
Come and catch some cool new acts. I’m going to recommend Natalie Warner because I saw her live awhile back and she was pretty damn good.

THOR’s-Day

Spike and The Impalers: A Classic Rock Tribute at Exit/In – 9pm
Seattle’s greatest classic rock tribute band comes to Nashville in an attempt to rock us like we haven’t been rocked in a very long time. Expect serious AC/DC, The Who, Bruce, and Van Halen, among others.

Eric Barnes reads and signs The Shimmer at Davis-Kidd – 7pm
A story about a CEO and his discovery that his company is built on a lie. Corporate Ponzi scheme, ho!

Bobby Bare, The Henningstons & Dixie’s Finest at 12th & Porter – 6pm
Well, we all know that Bobby Bare is awesome. Why wouldn’t you want to catch him and two other great bands for free? Seriously.

Friday

GINO: The Greatest Funk show in Nashville at Music City Bar – 9pm
Funk. Music. Could be good, could be not so good.

Shelby Bottom String Band at French Quarter Café – 6pm
From their bio:
“Shelby Bottom String Band plays quirky Americana and old songs that have current relevance along with originals — all delivered with charm and humor.”

Saturday

Ugly Tomato Festival at Nashville Farmers’ Market – 11am
Come on down and taste a variety of tomatos, check out some cooking demos, listen to some music, and more!

Shakespeare Allowed presents King John at the Main Public Library – 1-4pm
Come down and enjoy/participate in a reading of Shakespeare’s King John. This event happens with a different play every first Saturday of the month.

First Saturday Art Crawl at various art galleries – 6-10pm
Enjoy some great art, drink some free wine, and meet some cool people at the First Saturday Art Crawl. I’d personally avoid any free food that’s sitting out. I had a bad experience last time I ate the food at an art gallery opening…bleh
Here’s a link for the free shuttle map: http://artatthearcade.com/first-saturday/