Weekly Highlights (well, minus Monday) – July 20th-24th


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.

Good Food Film Series: The Real Dirt on Farmer John at Warner Parks Nature Center – 6:30pm
Call (615) 352-6299 to register for this event, which is a screening of The Real Dirt on Farmer John. The synopsis on the website for this film is, “This entertaining documentary tells the story of one man, his farm and his family—a story that parallels the history of American farming.” Okay then.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week’s New Faces Nite features Sleep Study, Parkington Sisters, Cameron McGill, Clark Paterson, Tax Brandywine and David Jacobs Strain. I’ve never heard of them either, which is why it’s called New Faces Nite. You might find your new favorite local band.

Hermitage Adult Book Club: East of Eden by John Steinbeck at the Hermitage Branch of the Public LIbrary – 6:30pm
I know quite a few people who would put East of Eden in their top books. If you’re one of those people then you’ll probably enjoy this event. Hell, even if you didn’t like the book you can go and discuss why you thought it sucked. That’s what book clubs are for, discussion, not blind cult love.


ASCAP Rocks the Basement – 8pm
This free showcase features The Bridges, Levi Weaver, Zach Broocke, Dick 50, and Emily Lynche. Good tunes may be involved, so proceed at your own risk. What?

Spiders in Rhythm at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 10-11am
This one’s for the kids. It will teach them about how some spiders have their own versions of music and dancing. They’ll also lean about which kinds of spiders are harmful and helpful, which will come in handy when your kid knows to not mess around with that Brown Recluse. Call (615) 862-8539 to register.

Celtic Jam at 12 South Taproom – 6pm
Get your jam on, celtic style. For fans of the movie Braveheart.

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.


Pied Piper Presents at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
East Nashville’s favorite ice creamery is hosting a free show at the Mercy Lounge. It will feature Brian Van Meter, The Avery Set, I Became the Sky, and Canago & The Japanese School.

Night Hike on the Meadow Trail at South Cumberland State Park – 8pm
Meet Ranger Brent at the Visitor Center parking lot for an easy 2-mile round trip hike. You’ll get to see and hear how the park is different at night. Bring a flashlight and some walking shoes.

Gallery Talk: The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957 at the First – 7:30pm
Join Trinita Kennedy, associate curator at the Frist Center, for a tour of this exhibition. There will also be music in the Grand Lobby.

Brown Bag Lunch Special Concert Series: NaCole Rice at Centennial Park – 11:30am-1:30pm
According to her bio, NaCole, fuses ‘old-school’ style with the drive of new-school electricity that treats music lovers to a middle-school sound! “I grew up listening to old-school… old-school melodies, harmonies, and lyrics.” says NaCole. “At the same time, I love and respect the artists of the new-school because of their energy. As a result, I think my music is a reflection of both worlds.” The concert is free but if you want to buy a lunch there it will cost $8.

Poet’s Corner Featuring Brett Jenkins at Scarritt-Bennett Center – 7pm
Poet’s Corner at Scarritt-Bennett Center, a monthly poetry reading, will feature poet Brett Elizabeth Jenkins on Thursday, July 22. Jenkins’ work can be found in Anderbo, Writers’ Bloc, PANK, The Medulla Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Indiana and is currently earning her MFA from Bennington College. The environment will be informal, and conversation between the poet and audience is encouraged.


Red Caboose Concerts: Bill McCallie & In Cahoots Band at Bellevue Red Caboose Amphitheater – 7-9pm
Family friendly free concert. Judging from the name and the press photo it’s probably going to be country.

Main Street LIVE! featuring Diana Pelham Band at Main Street McMinnville – 7pm
Another family friendly concert, but this one features the Diana Pelham Band and is all the way in McMinneville. Sorry, it’s a slow Friday.

Cremona Strings Ensemble Too at the American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge Cancer Treatment Center – 6-8pm
According to the event description, the performance line-up includes classical, jazz, pop, and “other styles of toe tapping, finger snapping, body swaying tunes for residents and attendees”. String performers include Elinor Hall, Walter Everton, Eugenia JoAnn Sweeney, Lajuanda Street Harley, Laurens Blankers, Lisa A. Spells, Michael M. Brady, Frances Cowan, Aubrey Strano, Michael Doster, and Fletcher Moon. The American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge Cancer Treatment Center is located at 2008 Charlotte Avenue.

Flea Market at the TN State Fairgrounds
This event happens one weekend a month, and this is that weekend. Be ready to barter.

Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Fiddler’s Jamboree in Downtown Franklin – 7pm-10pm
Bluegrass along the Harpeth Fiddler’s Jamboree will take place around the Williamson County Courthouse Square in Downtown Franklin. Enjoy lots of excellent bluegrass music and competitions. Competitions Include Mandolin, Flat-top guitar, Dulcimer, Banjo, Jr. Fiddle, Old Time Banjo, Jr. Freestyle Clog and Buck-Dancing, Beginner Musician, Beginner Freestyle Clogging, Old-Time String Band, Old-Time Singing, Bluegrass Bands, Sr. Fiddle and Adult Flat-Foot Buck Dance.


WAMB and Regions Free Days of Big Band featuring Paul Ross Big Band at Centennial Park – 7-10pm
This week’s dance is the waltz, which makes a lot more sense than the polka (which is secretly want to learn…). Dancing, free music, cool people, the park, what else could you ask for on a Saturday night?

Dream Horse Press Poetry Tour at the Main Public Library – 3pm
Dream Horse Press of Northern California is run by J.P. Dancing Bear, the editor of The American Poetry Journal. Traveling from New York through the Midwest and South, and concluding in Boston, the Dream Horse Press tour stop in Nashville will include readings by poets Kyle McCord and Keith Montesano and local writer Gabe Durham

Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Fiddler’s Jamboree in Downtown Franklin – 10am-10pm
More of the awesomeness that was happening on Friday. Yeehaw.


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