Weekly Highlights – July 12th-17th


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
You know the drill, short sets, 8 bands. This week’s show features Parachute Musical, Oblio, Milktooth, Born Empty, Colorfeels, Eastern Block, and Shapiro and Deleted Scenes from Washington DC.

Jerrod Neimann CD Release Show at the Basement – 7pm
Jerrod thinks that he can be the next big thing in country. If you go to this show you can decide for yourself.


Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm, 21+
It’s moved to Tuesdays, but it’s still the same night of trivia we all love. The game 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.

Rock’n’Roll Movie Night at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
I can only imagine what awesome movie the Mercy Lounge will choose to show on their hopefully first of many movie nights. Let the speculation begin!

Batusis In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Here’s what Grimey’s has to say:

Syl Sylvain, from the New York Dolls, and Cheetah Chrome, from Rocket From The Tombs and Dead Boys, have a new band and it’s called Batusis.  The name is derived from a go-go dance from the ’60s Batman TV series called the Batusi.  And the music?  Given these guys’ heritage you’d not be far off to guess pure rock n’ roll.  Just throw in some garage-glam and you’re there.  It’s not everyday that we have bonafide underground rock royalty in the store so mark this on your calendar now.  We’ll have their debut vinyl release (with download included) and you can meet these legendary cats and get your copy signed after their set.  They’ll be playing the Rutledge on July 14th as well.

Night Sky Gazing at South Cumberland State Park – 8:30pm
Hopefully it won’t be too cloudy and you’ll get to see the stars. There’s so much light pollution in Nashville and I think it would be nice to get away from it all and actually see the night sky the way it’s meant to be seen.

Next Door Neighbors: Meet the People of Bhutan that Call Nashville Home at the Scarritt-Bennett Center – 7-9pm
Go and see excerpts from the documentary NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS: BHUTANESE to catch a glimpse of the daily life of this culture as the refugees adjust to Nashville. Then get an even better understanding as people from this culture offer their thoughts and answer questions in a follow-up panel discussion. RSVPing is requested. Go here to do so.

95.5 The Wolf Presents Jaron and The Long Road to Love at Cadillac Ranch – 7pm
Jaron and the Long Road to Love burst into the country scene with the current tongue-in-cheek hit “Pray for You.” Register at www.955thewolf.com.


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.


Gypsy Hombres at 12 South Taproom – 8:30pm
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

Wildlife on Wheels from the Nashville Zoo at the Main Public Library – 10:30am
Robin from the Nashville Zoo will bring some of her wild friends to teach children and families about animal adaptations.


Lighting up the Night at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 7:30pm
Come and explore the secrets of these mysterious, little lights in the night sky. We will learn about their life cycle, behavior, and of course how and why they produce light! Leader: Bonnie Newby, Seasonal Naturalist. Register by calling (615) 862-8539.

Birthday Blood Drive at American Red Cross Donation Center – all day
Team Green Adventures wants to give back to the community in celebration of their 14th Birthday. This summer give a gift that goes beyond monetary value. Head out to the American Red Cross donation center off Charlotte Pike. Whether you’re a regular donor or first timer, take that step forward to give a perfect stranger the perfect gift of life. Don’t forget to call ahead for a time slot.


Tim, Chad & Sherry In-Store at Grimey’s – 5pm
Grimey’s Says:

The kids are into smooth these days and Tim, Chad & Sherry are more than happy to serve it up.   “TC&S are unapologetic in their affection for the smoothed-out sounds of the ’70s,” according to a Nashville Scene review of their latest album, “but they never take the detour into parody that so many acts of their ilk get caught up in – no irony here, just a bunch of folks who understand the inherent awesomeness of Joe Walsh and Barry White … you can hear a giant record collection’s worth of influences creeping through every bar.”  Featuring members of Silver Jews and Lambchop, the band is the love/brain child of singer, songwriter and drummer Brian Kotzur, who toured as the Silver Jews drummer and acted in director Harmony Korine’s latest film Trash Humpers.  Treat yourself to free beers and smooth jams when Tim, Chad & Sherry host beer:30.  You deserve it.

Shakespeare Allowed Presents Hamlet at the Brentwood Public Library – 12:45pm
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to read Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet out loud in a reading circle at Nashville’s Downtown Library.  There will be 16 chairs in a circle, and whoever wants to read out loud can choose one of the 16. There will be additional seating available for anyone who wants to read along silently. Bring your own copy, please.

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!

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7-10pm
There will also be free ballroom dance lessons sponsored by Dance World from 7:00pm-7:30pm and 8:30pm-8:50pm. Get your groove on! This week the band is Radio Daze. Also, they’ll be teaching the Polka. I don’t know why…


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