Weekly Highlights – June 28th-July 3rd

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


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.


Regions Free Day with the Symphony at Centennial Park – 7pm
After this one, there will only be one more chance for you to catch the symphony for free in a park.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
It might be great, it might not. This week you get to see Hugh Mundy Going Away Party w/Tommy Keenum, Blessure Grave, Charlie Pate, Tommy Keenum and more. But probably not more.


Movies in the Park: The Wizard of Oz at Centennial Park – 7pm
If you haven’t seen Wizard of Oz then I want to know how you ever had a childhood. Wizard of Oz is a classic movie which makes it perfect for Movies in the Park.

Old Time Jam at the 5 Spot – 7:30pm
East Nashville’s Wednesday Night Old Time Jam provides enthusiasts of traditional, acoustic-based roots music the opportunity to regularly meet, share tunes, dance, swap stories, and bond together in general camaraderie. Read what Michelle has to say about this event here.

Regions Free Day with the Symphony at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park – 8pm
This is the last chance you’ll get to see the symphony for free in a park this summer. If you haven’t made it out to any of their other performances then do yourself a favor and check it out.


The Comfies in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
I saw the last Comfies in-store at Grimey’s and I had a lot of fun. They’re a really good pop band. If you’re looking for a great way to end your Thursday and possibly work week you probably want to consider this.

NAAD Presents Art After Hours – 5-8pm
It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for Art After Hours! Art, wine, and cool people, this is an event everyone in Nashville should hit up at least once. A month. Which is how often it happens.

Gypsy Hombres at 12 South Taproom
The Gypsy Hombres are violin/guitar based trio that blends traditional jazz with European, South American, and classical music. Sounds like it could be pretty cool


Blame Canada! A Tribute to the Music of the Great White North at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Happy Canada Day! As much as we may resent our neighbors to the north for beating us in the gold medal match in both men AND women’s hockey this year at the Olympics they are still our friends with the funny accents. Tonight at the Mercy Lounge you’ll hear samples of the “best” of Canada’s contribution to music. Expect a lot of Rush and well, yeah, expect a lot of Rush.

General Jackson 25th Anniversary Celebration with Chuck Wicks at Riverfront Park – 8pm
For their 25th birthday the General Jackson is having a concert with Chuck Wicks and fireworks. There is no such thing as too many fireworks on the 4th of July weekend.

Summer Celebration: Fireworks Festival at Lipscomb University – 4:30pm, fireworks at 9pm
Lipscomb University will conclude its annual Summer Celebration with an Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 2 on the Allen Arena mall, with free games and activities for children, live entertainment by the award-winning group Acappella, plenty of delicious food available for purchase and a large-scale, professional fireworks display.


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.


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