Archive | June, 2010

One Year!

30 Jun

I can’t even believe it, but the N4F blog has officially been around for a whole year, and I think we’re finally getting our act together! We’re posting with relative frequency, we have a pretty solid readership, and we’re having a blast.

A ton of free events happened in Nashville this year, and I went to a lot of them. Sometimes I had awesome experiences and got lots of free stuff, and sometimes I got food poisoning. From free screenings of old Burt Reynolds movies to not-so-secret Conan O’Brien shows at Third Man Records, if it was free and in Nashville then we did our best to cover it.

I’ll admit that I pick favorites with these events. I mean, some rocked, and some sucked. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites from this past year:

  • Our 8 off 8th (duh)
  • Belcourt Drive-ins
  • United Record Pressing plant tour
  • Drakkar Sauna in-store at Grimey’s
  • Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville
  • Record Store Day
  • Imogen Heap and Band of Horses giveaways
  • Getting free Bonnaroo tickets

How about you guys? What free events totally rocked your socks? Is it something that we covered here, or did we miss the most incredible free event of the past year? Let us know in the comments!

On behalf of the whole extended N4F family, I also wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH! If it hadn’t been for you, the readers, this blog wouldn’t exist. We keep updating every day (or so…) because YOU read it. You read it, love it, and tell your friends about it, and that means more to us than all the free shit we get. You all are absolutely fantastic, and we love you.

Don’t you go changing.

-Emily

NAAD Presents Art After Hours

29 Jun

FINER THINGS - Laughing Skeleton by Matthew Cox

By now I’m sure most of you know the drill. On the first Thursday of every month the art dealers in Nashville leave their galleries open late and give you free wine. You get to walk around and look at cool and not so cool artwork. You may even find something you want to buy, but it’s not just about buying stuff, it’s about enjoying local art with your community. The event takes place from 5-8pm. Here are some of the higlights.

  • The Cumberland Gallery (Green Hills) presents Artist Interview: the irreverent Robert Durham. The second installment in an ongoing series, this event features a discussion with the long-time Nashville painter, in an interview format, exploring the theories and processes of his work.  The discussion will begin at 6:30PM. Gallery One (Belle Meade Galleria) will showcase several new works by figurative sculptor Chad Await, a third-generation wood carver with works in the collections of Disney, Caesar’s Palace, entertainer Usher, and the Alabama Supreme Court
  • LeQuire Gallery (Charlotte Avenue) is hosting Finer Things Gallery with a special benefit event during its “on the road” tour. Many of the artists represented by Finer Things have donated their work to be sold and 100% of all sales of work by Finer Things artists will go to support rebuilding the gallery.
  • Local Color (on Broadway) celebrates the Fourth of July weekend with a Mexican Fiesta night including Sangria refreshments
  • Zeitgeist (Hillsboro Village) opens the second of three summer ensemble exhibitions, entitled Right to Assemble. The exhibits showcase luminaries from the Nashville artist studio, university, and independent art scene. This month’s show features diverse artwork by Derek Cote, Todd McDaniel, Kristi Hargrove, Andrew Smaldone, and Ruth Zelanski.
  • LeQuire Gallery (Green Hills) work by master potter, Tom Turnbull
  • Parthenon, East & West Galleries (Centennial Park) continues the exhibition Hidden Gems: A History of Collecting at the Parthenon. Artwork from its permanent collection, the exhibition tells the story of art collecting at the Parthenon, which has its roots in the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Downtown) offers free music in the Grand Lobby. This month, Fuzzmuzz, a.k.a. Winston Harrison, is an electro-acoustic, ambient artist who will be recording this performance for a new CD

And, as always, some samples of what you’ll see in the galleries this Thursday.

The Cumberland Gallery (Green Hills) presents Artist Interview: the irreverent Robert Durham. The second installment in an ongoing series, this event features a discussion with the long-time Nashville painter, in an interview format, exploring the theories and processes of his work.  The discussion will begin at 6:30PM. Gallery One (Belle Meade Galleria) will showcase several new works by figurative sculptor Chad Await, a third-generation wood carver with works in the collections of Disney, Caesar’s Palace, entertainer Usher, and the Alabama Supreme Court; LeQuire Gallery (Charlotte Avenue) is hosting Finer Things Gallery with a special benefit event during its “on the road” tour. Many of the artists represented by Finer Things have donated their work to be sold and 100% of all sales of work by Finer Things artists will go to support rebuilding the gallery. Local Color (on Broadway) celebrates the Fourth of July weekend with a Mexican Fiesta night including Sangria refreshments; Zeitgeist (Hillsboro Village) opens the second of three summer ensemble exhibitions, entitled Right to Assemble. The exhibits showcase luminaries from the Nashville artist studio, university, and independent art scene. This month’s show features diverse artwork by Derek Cote, Todd McDaniel, Kristi Hargrove, Andrew Smaldone, and Ruth Zelanski. LeQuire Gallery (Green Hills) work by master potter, Tom Turnbull; Parthenon, East & West Galleries (Centennial Park) continues the exhibition Hidden Gems: A History of Collecting at the Parthenon. Artwork from its permanent collection, the exhibition tells the story of art collecting at the Parthenon, which has its roots in the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Downtown) offers free music in the Grand Lobby. This month, Fuzzmuzz, a.k.a. Winston Harrison, is an electro-acoustic, ambient artist who will be recording this performance for a new CD

July 4th. For free.

28 Jun

Not a Hot Chicken

Is there anything more American than getting free stuff? I know, I know, there’s free stuff all over the world, but Americans just take it to a whole new level. Buy one get one free, free samples, festivals every weekend, as Americans we just expect free entertainment and free stuff all the time. That’s why we’re called “the land of the free,” right? Oh, it’s not? Whatever.

In celebration of the American ethic of free I’ve put together a little list of all the ways you can celebrate America’s birthday. For free, of course.

Saturday July 3rd

Roland White in-store at Grimey’s – 5pm
Grimey’s says, “Bluegrass legend and Kentucky Colonel Roland White just had his classic 1976 release I Wasn’t Born To Rock ‘n Roll reissued and he’s playing some shows to celebrate including this free in-store performance.  Don’t miss.” We won’t. Also, that’s beer:30, dudes.

4th Annual Southern Middle TN Tractor Ride at Shady Grove Community Center – 9am
The ride starts at 9am, but doors are at 6am and registration starts at 8am. Tractor pull woo.

First Saturday Art Crawl – 6-9pm
It’s like Art After Hours, but on Saturday. I’ve always had a lot of fun at this one.

Art:pm: Red, White, Blue at the Factory in Franklin – 10am-7pm
This is the event desciption: This July the artists of the row explore art around the theme “Red, White, Blue”. The artists are sure to push the envelop of each of those colors as they create art which represents their personal style using a limited palette.

Sunday July 4th

Hot Chicken Festival in East Park – noon-5pm
This is how I started my July 4th last year, and I’m going to do it again this year. Hot chicken is one of Nashville’s most famous dishes, though it’s not one that everyone can handle. I’ve seen people at Prince’s hitting the table, apparently to tap out and surrender, but there’s not surrendering to hot chicken. It takes no prisoners.

The annual Hot Chicken Festival attracts a huge crowd every year. First-timers and life-longers gather together in celebration of hot chicken and America. All the favorites will be there, including Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, The Chicken Shack and Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish. There will even be some new contenders, including a hot chicken pasta from Amerigo’s.

As you would guess, if you want to eat chicken you have to pay for it unless you’re one of the first 500 people, which will get you two good sized samples from different vendors. The thing is, you have to get there early. I thought that I left myself some good time last year to get in line, but I wasn’t event close to getting any free food. There will also be live music, but that will probably not be nearly as good as the actual chicken.

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Marah In-Store at Grimey's

28 Jun

Rock fans, rejoice!

There have been a lot of “new Springsteen” bands popping up over the last few years. The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus, The National, and Marah.

Of all those bands Marah is probably the least famous, but that says nothing about the quality of their music and live shows. If you like Springsteen inspired rock then you’ll like them. I don’t know anything about them playing live, but I can’t imagine them sucking or being boring with music like theirs.

Marah is here to make your Monday a little less awful. Let them. They’ll be at Grimey’s tonight, Monday June 28th at 6pm. Oh yeah, there will probably be free beer, because Grimey’s is always about the free beer.

-Emily

Marah In-Store at Grimey’s

28 Jun

Rock fans, rejoice!

There have been a lot of “new Springsteen” bands popping up over the last few years. The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus, The National, and Marah.

Of all those bands Marah is probably the least famous, but that says nothing about the quality of their music and live shows. If you like Springsteen inspired rock then you’ll like them. I don’t know anything about them playing live, but I can’t imagine them sucking or being boring with music like theirs.

Marah is here to make your Monday a little less awful. Let them. They’ll be at Grimey’s tonight, Monday June 28th at 6pm. Oh yeah, there will probably be free beer, because Grimey’s is always about the free beer.

-Emily

Weekly Highlights – June 28th-July 3rd

27 Jun

Just so you know, I’m going to cover July 4th happenings in a different post.

Monday

Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm, 21+
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.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
8 off 8th is typically a lot of fun (especially when we host them). I’m sure that this one will be too, but I have no idea who’s playing because it’s not on their website yet.

Marah in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
I often say that I’m excited about an upcoming in-store at Grimey’s, and I’m always serious, but this time I’m ecstatic. I’m a big fan of Springsteen-inspired bands like The Hold Stead, Titus Andronicus, and Gaslight Anthem, and Marah fits in with them very nicely. If you missed them last Thursday like I did then you’ll want to head out to this. You can even buy their new album on vinyl or cassette.

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Nashville Film Institute Double Feature

26 Jun

I’m going to take a wild guess and say that when you think about Nashville schools you probably don’t think about the Nashville Film Institute. It doesn’t have a huge campus in the middle of the city and there aren’t a ton of commercials for it on TV, but trust me, it’s there.

It might not be more than a blip on your RADAR, but tonight you might get a little more familiar with NFI. I say this because tonight they’re hosting a free double feature of two big cult hits.

The first of the films is David Lynch’s classic and iconic film “Eraserhead.” The only thing I know about this movie is that the dude’s hair in the poster is awesome, and that the movie is supposed to be REALLY messed up. I don’t mean a little, I mean disturbing on epic proportions.

The other movie is Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 From Outer space,” which I’ve heard is just completely terrible in a hilarious way.  One reviewer on IMDB says “this movie maybe be awful, but it’s the best!” which is our favorite kind of film here at N4F.

It sounds like a pretty solid double feature. I hope you’re ready for some weird shit going down if you choose to go, because it will go down. It will.

This event starts today, Saturday June 26th at 4pm. It takes place at The Factory at Franklin. Seating is limited so show up early. Also, anyone younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

-Emily

The Dusty 45's at Grimey's

25 Jun

Do you really want to risk missing this?

The Dusty 45’s. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never heard of them before. I figured that if they were playing at Grimey’s they had to have something going for them, and in my research I found this picture. There were actually a few pictures of this happening, and the idea that this is a common occurrence in their live shows makes me very excited.

As far as the music goes, these guys don’t disappoint. Grimey’s describes them as a mix of styles from “jump blues and rockabilly to honky tonk and ‘pure rock'” and yeah, that’s a pretty good description. If you like Elvis, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, or anyone like that then you’re going to dig this.

They’re based out of Seattle where they’ve been voted Seattle’s Best Band in Seattle Weekly, so obviously they’re a big deal here, but they’re still relatively unknown here in Nashville. So jump on the bandwagon early. Get your pompadour ready, and make sure your bowling shirt is ironed!

The in-store is tonight, Friday June 25th at Grimey’s at 6pm.

-Emily

The Dusty 45’s at Grimey’s

25 Jun

Do you really want to risk missing this?

The Dusty 45’s. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never heard of them before. I figured that if they were playing at Grimey’s they had to have something going for them, and in my research I found this picture. There were actually a few pictures of this happening, and the idea that this is a common occurrence in their live shows makes me very excited.

As far as the music goes, these guys don’t disappoint. Grimey’s describes them as a mix of styles from “jump blues and rockabilly to honky tonk and ‘pure rock'” and yeah, that’s a pretty good description. If you like Elvis, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, or anyone like that then you’re going to dig this.

They’re based out of Seattle where they’ve been voted Seattle’s Best Band in Seattle Weekly, so obviously they’re a big deal here, but they’re still relatively unknown here in Nashville. So jump on the bandwagon early. Get your pompadour ready, and make sure your bowling shirt is ironed!

The in-store is tonight, Friday June 25th at Grimey’s at 6pm.

-Emily

Movies in the Park: The Blind Side

23 Jun

Sandra Bullock has been getting a lot of press lately, mostly for her husband cheating on her with a neo nazi, which is a shame. Well, it’s a shame in several ways. Obviously it’s terrible that Jesse James has an Adolf fetish, but what I mean is that it took away a lot of the great press she was getting after she won her Oscar.

I don’t know about you, but I was shocked when she won for Best Actress in The Blind Side. I just didn’t think that someone who starred in movies like Speed 2 and Practical Magic would be the type who would ever win such a high award. Is Sandra Bullock actually a really good actress? Did I just never notice it before?

So, I decided to see for myself, and I thought that she was great, and I really liked the movie too. I’m not a big fan of sports movies that aren’t A League of Their Own, but I didn’t feel like this was a sports movie so much as it was a character movie, the main character just happens to be really good at football. Yes, there are sports, but it doesn’t overwhelm the film. Basically, it’s balanced enough so that it will appeal to almost everybody who watches it.

The Blind Side will be playing as part of Movies in the Park tonight in Centennial Park. Films start when it gets dark, so probably around 8. Get there early if you want a good spot. They’ll have activities and such.

Also, isn’t Sandra Bullock in Nashville right now? Or at least, wasn’t she last night? Just wondering….

-Emily