Weekly Highlights – Aug 16

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Here’s the list of the sweetest events this week that I know about. Leave a comment, let us know what you’re doing, tell me what I’ve missed.


NINE off 8th (8 off 8th with secret guests!) at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
Featuring Delta Saints, capitalFRESH!, Oscar Anthony and the Westfolk Band, Moon Taxi, Mia Calderon, Gabe Vitek and the Ivory, Summer Hartbauer, and Max and the Wild Things. The ninth slot will be filled a secret, out-of-town guest, who cannot be announce. Follow them on Twitter @mercylounge for one clue per day as to the guests’ identity. Hosted by Incidents and Accidents. 21+


Carnival Music Showcase and New Faces Nite at the Basement – 7pm
The Carnival Music Showcase begins at 7pm (the lineup hasn’t been announced yet), and New Faces Nite starts at 8pm. The lineup for New Faces Nite is John Francis, John Henry and The Engine, Great Affairs, Randall Steffen, Clark Richard, Travel By Train and Tyler Flowers. 21+


Clay Travis discusses and signs On Rocky Top: A Front-Row Seat to the End of an Era at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm:

Sportswriter and author Clay Travis lives, breathes and bleeds Tennessee orange and white. When Travis decided to spend the 2008 season up close and personal with UT football, he and every other college football aficionado thought he was in for a rollicking ride with one of the leading contenders for the national title. But as the weeks passed by, it became clear that 2008 was going to be a season on the brink for the Volunteers. By December, the team had suffered its worst season in its 110-year history and Head Coach Phil Fulmer, the most beloved and recognized man in Tennessee, had been fired, ending his 16-year tenure. An insightful journalist and impassioned fan, Travis has created a fascinating and loving chronicle of a state, a culture, a people and the sensational collapse of a once mighty juggernaut.

Free FruiTea with sandwich purchase at Arby’s
Not the best one, but free is free.


Shakespeare in the Park presents Taming of the Shrew in Centennial Park – 6:30

This event goes down on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30, and curtains for the play are at 7:30. Go!

Downtown Neighbors and Local Flavors in the Andrew Jackson Hall of TPAC – August 20th

I just wrote about this one on Saturday, but it bears repeating. Free food, drinks, and fun from some of the best restaurants in Nashville. You have to RSVP, but it’s still free and sounds totally awesome. For more info, including how to RSVP click HERE


Inaugural BBQ, Chili Cookoff and Concert Fundraiser for TN Police and Fire Depts at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds – 3pm-11pm Friday

This event goes all weekend. The idea is, obviously, to raise money, and it’d be great if you felt like buying some BBQ or Chili, but there will be free live entertainment. More info can be found HERE


Flora Shakespeare in-store at Grimey’s/Beer :30 – 5pm

Flora Shakespeare, from Murfreesboro, was formed unofficially back in 2004 by songwriters Michael Zadick and Josh Cooper. They became an actual “band” in 2007 when bassists Graeme Morris and pianist/mustache extraordinaire Tim Kenyon joined the group. They’re currently recording with Joel J Dahl and we’ll have a free cold one for you so check out the band’s tunes on their myspace page and join us, won’t you?

Dragon Boat and River Festival at Riverfront Park – starts at 8am

Dragon Boat racing differs from other team sports in that no one person on the team is more important than another. Winning a Dragon Boat race hinges on how well a team works together at paddling in sync at the same time, and how well each paddler perfects the stroke technique. The popularity of Dragon Boat racing has exploded, with an estimated 50 million people participating in the sport around the world annually.


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