Weekly Highlights

Do you even read these?


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm

It’s Ashley Spurgeon and Caligula’s birthday, so The Mercy Lounge is gonna get DOWN. Here’s the lineup: The Minor Keys (funky soul jams), Electric Mayhem (Matt Friction from Pink Spiders, Dave Paulson from The Privates, and an all-star backing group play hits from The Muppets), Twee’s Nuts (Music Journalist, DJ and former Young Livers singer Sean Maloney returns to the stage — with what? we have no idea), Powerbrrrd (formerly known as Shit Sandwich, noisy East Bay-style 90’s style punk feat. members of Tigers Con Queso and The Armed Forces) Denney and the Jets (members of Meemaw AND Jeff), Daniel Pujole and Some Beaus (former Meemaw frontman goes solo) Max and the Wild Things (reezy Jonathan Richman-with-a-banjo approach to rock, known to us at Nashville for Free as the guys who tried to convince us that KOL was playing the other week, but we still love them), and Gunslinger (proggy classic rock on the jammy tip)


Bows and Arrows in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm

Bows and Arrows is one of the most talked about reverb-soaked indie-pop outfits in Nashville. They’ve opened for Au Revoir Simone and the Brunnettes, and on Tuesday at Grimey’s they’re releasing their new EP – The Perils of The Polkadotapotamus, which is free at this instore, by the way. Suh-weet!

Catlin Rose plays the early show at The Basement – 7pm

I’m pretty sure that Lance is in love with Ms. Rose, and for good reason: she’s pretty friggin awesome. You should go check her out then stick around afterwards for New Faces Nite, which will feature Technology VS Horse, Edgehill Ave, Englishman, What Bird, Brandon McGuinness and Aaron Cox.


International Lens Series Presents The Visitor at the Sarratt Cinema on Vanderbilt’s campus – 7pm

Vanderbilt did this last year too, and while I unfortunately never got around to going to one I think it sounds great. I don’t really want to get into a whole synopsis of the movie, so I’ll just point you to the ILS website: International Lens Series

Tunesmithing on Music Row at Edgehill Studio Cafe – 7-9pm
They say it so well on Now Playing Nashville, so I’ll just have to quote them there:

Tunesmithing on Music Row will spotlight hit and emerging songwriters on Thursday, September 3 at the Edgehill Studios Cafe. The songwriting celebration will feature a closing performance by the acclaimed country group The Alvarado Road Show. Also performing will be songwriters Brittany Hamilton, Jeff Jacob and Angel Pontier. Chuck Whiting and Kimberly Maiers Shaw will emcee the show.


NAAD Presents Art After Hours – 5-8

It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means that a bunch of the art galleries are going to be open late, handing out wine and cheese and whatnot. Click here for a map of participating galleries.

International Lens Series presents Planet B-Boy – 7pm

I’ve already posted the link for the ILS above, but I just thought I’d let you know that if you stick around after this film (about New York street dancers) you can catch a Hip Hop Dance Demo! If you go I expect to see pictures.

Shakespeare in the Park presents The Complete Works of Shakespeare – 6:30 pre-show, 7:30 curtains.

I promise that this night will not be as long as it sounds. Lance wrote about this in an earlier post, but the Complete Works of Shakespeare isn’t actually his complete works, and it wasn’t written by him. In 90 the actors will attempt to briefly cover all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays. It sounds hysterical.

Team Green Full Moon Hike at Edwin Warner Park Pavillion #9 – 7:30

Better enjoy this while it’s still warm enough to hike at night. It actually sounds really cool to me, but I just like full moons.

Shakespeare in the Park is tonight, as well.


Shakespeare Allowed presents Romeo & Juliet at the Downtown Public Library – 1-4pm

I’ve talked about this before, so some of you probably know what this is about, but Nashville Shakespeare Company does this every first Saturday. They’re working through the entire Shakespeare catalog, reading through every play as a group. Come if you want to impress everyone with your reading ability or if you just want to listen. Everyone is welcome!

First Saturday Art Crawl – 6-10pm

This is a lot like the Thursday Art Crawl except it’s Saturday so you don’t have to go to work the next morning, so you can stay out longer, enjoy more art, and drink more wine (but please, not too much, don’t be that asshole who got drunk off the free wine at the art crawl. Lame). Also, there’s a shuttle, the route of which you can view here.


About Emily

Emily (Founder/Editor in Chief) : Emily is a graduate from Belmont University, where she majored in Music Business. She’s originally from rural Ohio, where there are many cows, a river, and one vineyard. Though she moved to Seattle in 2015, Emily maintains a love of both Nashville and free things, and is actively looking for contributors for NashvilleForFree.com. If you're interested, reach out to her at emily@nashvilleforfree.com.