Weekly Highlights – July 26th-31st


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Woohoo! This week’s 8 off 8th is hosted by Randy Coleman and will feature Liam Titcomb, 2/3 Goat, Stephanie Tonnemacher, Nissi Lee, Charles Butler, Captain Midnight Band, Truman, and Silver Morning.

Geology Showcase: The Great Stone Door at South Cumberland State Park – 10am
Hike around, learn some stuff about a natural stone door and how it was formed.


Kindergarten Circus in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Here’s what Grimey’s has to say:

We’ve been watching our young pals Kindergarten Circus grow into the rock machine that you know and love today for some time. They debuted their first release with an in-store here and blew the roof off. They have a brand new 7-inch single out called “No More Wizards” and it rocks, natch.

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 the Block at Exit/In – 8pm
This time Rock the Block is hosted by Nashville’s Dead (the dead of Nashville or Nashville is dead? Anyone know?). Performers include Natural Child, So Jazzy, The Looking Glass, The Kindergarten Circus and Funstix.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
You probably haven’t heard of these bands, but that doesn’t mean they’re not good. You’ll get introduced to A Secret Policeman’s Ball, Jacob Jeffries Band, The Nearly Deads, Trailer Trash Tremblers, 2.3 Goat, and Polaris.


Kevin F & The Temangerines, The Dead Towns, Kat Smo, Calvin at the Rutledge – 8pm
The Rutledge is one of the best venues in Nashville. They really have their act together. Come and see some bands play there for free.

Matthew Gavin Frank discusses and signsBarolo (At Table) at Davis-Kidd Books – 7pm
After a childhood of microwaved meat and saturated fat, Matthew Gavin Frank got serious about food. His “research” ultimately led him to Barolo, Italy, where, living out of a tent in the garden of a local farmhouse, he resolved to learn about Italian food from the ground up. “Barolo” is Frank’s account of those six months. At once an intimate travelogue and a memoir of a culinary education, the book details the adventures of a not-so-innocent abroad in Barolo, a region known for its food and wine.

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.


Rock Away the Blues at the Loveless Cafe Barn – 4pm-midnight
This is a really cool-sounding event that’s meant to benefit flood victims. Lots of cool things are going on. Children under 12 will receive a new toy from Leap Frog and a backpack filled with school supplies as well as free food and yogurt from Freshii, there will be a mildly famous person, free family portraits, and, of course, music. Starship with Mickey Thomas, Jimmy Hall and more will be performing. Also, if you weren’t affected by the flood then please bring some school supplies to donate.

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


Urban Homesteading: Preserving Herbs at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 6pm
Learn how to take care of your herb garden and get some recipes and whatnot. Learn something! Call (615) 862-8539 to register.

96.3 Jack FM – Ice Cream Give Away at Wave Country – 11am-noon
Lots of free ice cream and ONE free iPad.

Red Caboose Concerts: Deep Grooves Steel Drum Band at Bellevue Red Caboose Amphitheater – 7-9pm
Get your jam on, steel drum style.


Jeffry Novak & the Looking Glass in-store at Grimey’s – 5pm
More from Grimey’s:

This is Jeffrey from Cheap Time playing his own tunes with Looking Glass serving as his backing band. Their collaboration is due out this fall on In The Red Records. The Looking Glass will also be performing songs from their band new self-titled cassette just released on Infinity Cat. This will mark the second official performance of Jeffrey Novak with the Looking Glass and possibly the last for quite a while, with members of the band heading off to college soon!

Jane Austin Book Club at Belle Meade Plantation – 4pm
This month you can put on your best period attire and drink tea with other Jane Austin fans. This month they’re talking about Lady Susan.

WAMB and Regions Free Days of Big Band featuring Jerry Vinett Variety Band at Centennial Park – 7-10pm
Dance away. Learn the two step.


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