Weekly Highlights – May 10-16


It’s my birthday, what what!

Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm
What, you think you know more rock minutia than I do? Well, you’re probably right, but if you really want a challenge then you should hit up this event. It consists of three rounds of questions, two rounds of “name that tune,” and the rock and roll-est of final wagers where you can bet (and possibly lose) it all. The prizes are $50, $25 or $10 to be spent at Mercy Lounge. Plus, everyone gets free parking and beer specials all night. It’s about teams, so grab some friends, yo. And to celebrate the release of the new albums from The National & Dead Weather (available in stores 5/11), they will have copies of both on CD/LP as special prizes!

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
They don’t have the full lineup on the website yet, but so far the bill includes Deep Fried Five, Afro America, Deep Machine, Hide your Mammas, and Schtompa!

Pawn Shop Kings at the Basement – 6pm
PawnShop Kings play American music with equal parts rock, soul, and pop. Their inspiration stems greatly from the brilliant musical sounds and honesty of the Beatles alongside the melodic sensibility and purpose of both the Staple Singers and Bob Marley. Check them out tonight.

Jeffrey Stepakoff discusses and signs Fireworks Over Toccoa at Davis Kidd Books
An unexpected discovery takes 84-year-old Lily Davis Woodward back to 1945, and the five days that forever changed her life, in this devastating and poignant debut novel.


Jim Lauderdale in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
If you haven’t heard of Jim Lauderdale, well that’s a problem that needs to be remedied right now. The man has a lot going for him – great tunes, a great voice, awesome hair, an amazing wardrobe, and a sweet spot on tour with Elvis Costello as part of the Sugarcanes. Also, he tells fantastic jokes. For fans of “real deal authentic country music and bluegrass.” His songs have been cut by Georges Strait AND Jones, Patty Loveless, Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Vince Gill, Dave Edmunds and a laundry list of others. I love this guy.

Regions Free Day with the Symphony at Calsonic Arena – 7pm
The music must go on! As part of an annual tradition, the Nashville Symphony offers free music to the entire community. This is a valuable opportunity to make great music accessible to Nashvillians from all walks of life — a powerful idea that’s at the very heart of the Nashville Symphony’s mission.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week brings the fresh faces of Great Collide, Jeremiah & the Redeyes, Shelly Fraley, Smile Radio, Lissie Lee, Liam Titcomb, and Clark Paterson.


Randy Elrod discusses and signs Sex, Lies, and Religion at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
A seductive God desires to know us intimately. As Lover He calls for all of our spiritual and physical senses to come alive during this journey called life. Your freedom to be spiritually sexual is far less limited than your religious baggage would have you think.

Roxie Randale at Edgehill Studio Cafe – 5:30pm
How can you turn down a free show when the artist’s bio starts with “Like the aroma of carrot soup to Bugs Bunny, you can’t help but be lured into the room as Roxie Randle starts to sing.”

Celtic Jam at 12 South Taproom – 6pm
Get your 15th century jam on!

Tea with Timbre at the Bellevue Public Library – 12pm
Harpist Timbre Cierpke performs with two area symphony orchestras and tours performing her original music. Head on down for tea-style refreshments as Timbre Cierpke performs a beautiful all-ages concert of original music on her harp.


Harlem in-store AND Flood Benefit  at Grimey’s – 6pm
Harlem…jeez these guys are awesome. Their new album “Hippies” recently came out on Matador Records (my former employer) and it’s been getting a lot of good buzz, for good reason. Pitchfork gave them an 8.1 and says of them “a garage band studied in the ways of Nuggets but clearly enamored with Pixies, they are committed to crafting bubblegum choruses flavored with booze and cigarettes.” Also, the fellas really want to help out us Nashvillians, so Grimey’s will be collecting donations for flood victims. They’ll be collecting money, food, clothes, everything, so come with a will to give. RSVP to the event here.

Bryant Simon discusses and signs Everything But the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
“Simon knows more about Starbucks–and about why so many Americans find perfection in their lattes–than anyone. He connects our deepest desires to be good, smart, ethical consumers with our equally strong yearning to consume in an authentic way. Our coffee, Simon shows, is us.” — Sharon Zukin, author of “Naked City”

Hermitage Public Library Branch Annual Book Sale – 1pm
Get bargains on gently used recent and vintage hardcover and softcover books, plus children’s books, DVDs, CDs and more at this fundraising book sale: Hermitage Branch Annual Book Sale.


Tango by Moonlight in the Centennial Park Bandshell – 7-10pm
Come out and enjoy a MAGICAL night with Tango Nashville featuring an Introduction to Argentine Tango Lesson followed by Tango Live dance performances by Atlanta’s Tango Evolution Guest Performers/Instructors Edie and (Kevin) Mason (back by POPULAR DEMAND!) & Tango Nashville’s Dance Troupe. Tango Live music will be provided by Tango Quartet PAD. There will also be door prizes and lots of dance/social time.

Storytime Under the Beech Tree at Warner Parks Nature Center – 10:30am
Enjoy nature stories under the Nature Center’s big beech tree. For p-k kids. Call (615) 352-6299 to register


Free Day in May at Discovery Center in Mufree Spring – 10am-4pm
Celebrate Murfreesboro’s Free Day in May as you explore Tennessee Traditions at Discovery Center. Hear original and traditional music of the clawhammer-style banjo player John Balch, Murfreesboro native accompanied by Jack and Elizabeth Pearson, starting at 1:00pm. Enjoy creating a quilt square necklace with artist Karin Bailey-Earith in Creation Station. Morning activities from 10:00am-12:00pm will find our visitors in the wetlands exploring the world of birds and enjoying special birding activities celebrating Bird Migratory Day.

Festival of Artisans and Performers at Monthaven Mansion in Hendersonville – 9pm-4pm
Come celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Hendersonville Arts Council with a festival at the Historic Monthaven Mansion. There will be artisans showcasing art, pottery, jewelry, photographs, and more. There will be live entertainment featuring the Deep Grooves Steel Drum band. featuring arts, crafts, entertainment that ends with a concert from 4 – 6 p.m. featuring the Deep Grooves Steel Drum Band.

Adventure Science Center Star Party at Long Hunter State Park – 8:30pm-10:30pm
Star parties are a great way to become acquainted with the real night sky. Astronomy enthusiasts from all around the area gather under a clear night sky to view the astronomical sights above. It doesn’t matter whether you have a degree in astrophysics or you don’t know which end of a telescope to look in, everyone is welcome. Even if you’re just a beginner, a star party can be a great introduction to the night sky. If you have a telescope or binoculars, bring them along – the more, the merrier!

ITVS Community Cinema: A Village Called Versailles at the Downtown Public Library – 2:30pm
ITVS Community Cinema is a series of monthly preview screenings of documentaries from PBS’ Independent Lens program, presented in partnership with Nashville Public Television (NPT) and Hands On Nashville. Our final screening this year is A Village Called Versailles. This award-winning documentary follows a tight-knit group of Vietnamese-Americans living in a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, who overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill.


Twelfth Annual Grand Old Dulcimer Day 2010 at Two Rivers Mansion – noon-6pm
Tradition Continues at Nashville’s 12th Annual celebration of the mountain dulcimer at Two Rivers Mansion. Don’t miss a day of music, food, dulcimer exhibits, jamming on the porch, a children’s tent and free dulcimer lessons. Main Stage performances by Stephen Seifert, Sarah Elizabeth, Joni Bishop, Linda Sack, Lee Rowe, Addie Gray, Nashville dulcimer artists and groups. The mansion will be open to the public with dulcimer displays, and a salute to Jean Ritchie and Sacred Harp Singers.


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