Weekly Highlights – August 30th-Sept 4th


Magic Kids In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
If you want to hear some awesome fun pop that was born in Memphis then check out Magic Kids. This is their only show in town so don’t miss it.

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
This is a special edition of 8 off 8th. It’s the Armed Forces 7″ Radical Love release party. Performers will include Armed Forces, Loose Cougar, the Black Shades, Black Baby, Diarrhea Planet, Heartbeater, Captain Midnight Band, and DJ Gumby. You can also buy the 7″, which I’m sure the Armed Forces would appreciate.

Women and Money at the Green Hills Public Library – 6pm
I sort of hate how this event assumes that women in particular would have no idea how to handle their finances, but if you could use a little help with understanding your finances then this could be a really helpful event.


Concerts in the Courtyard with Sara Sant’ Ambrogio at the Downtown Public Library – 11:45am
This week’s live performance features Grammy-winning classical cellist and member of the Eroica Trio, Sara Sant’ Ambrogio. You can also enter to win prizes, like an iPad.

Billy Block Show at Tin Roof – 6pm
Some country greats have played the Billy Block Show, including Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Keith Anderson, Sara Evans, and Trisha Yearwood.

A Year with the Birds: A Film by a Father and His Daughter at the Green Hills Public Library – 6:30pm
Twelve months in the making, and filmed during all four seasons, A Year With Birds is an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Tennessee’s birds. Woven together with moving music, ever-present bird song, and informative narration, the film brings you in close to over 60 beautiful bird species you may encounter during the year.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week’s New Faces Nite features Sarah Pray, Jessica Rae, Marin and Taylor, Granville Automatic and more.


International Lens Film Series: The Good The Bad The Weird at the Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Set in the 1930s Manchurian desert where lawlessness rules, a bounty hunter, a bandit, and a train robber fatefully meet. Their chase across Manchuria for a mysterious map escalates, growing as unpredictable as it is good bad or weird. Korean with English subtitles. 130 mins.

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.

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


NAAD Presents Art After Hours – 5-8pm
Art, free wine, and cool people. Who doesn’t love art crawls. This takes places all over Nashville, including The Arcade and Hillsboro Village.

International Lens Film Series: Copyright Criminals at the Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Is sampling and scratching theft or merely traditional cultural appropriation? That’s the central question of this documentary that focuses on sample-based sound collage in hip-hop, which has become a multibillion-dollar global industry and has sparked lasting, devastating copyfights. There will be a Q & A with director Kembrew McLeod after the screening.


Kyle Andrews EP Release Party at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
It’s a big week for release shows. First Armed Forces releases their 7″ and now Kyle Andrews is releasing his new 18 minute EP, KANGAROO. Celebrating with him will be Heypenny, Mother/Father, and Gold Motel.

Westfolk EP Release at 12th and Porter – 8pm
Holy crap, ANOTHER release show! This one is for the new Westfolk EP and other performers include Natalie Prass and the Hollywood Ten.


Kyle Andrews in-store at Grimey’s – 5pm
Did you miss the EP release the night before? Check him out his “bedroom electro-pop” and grab a free beer at Grimey’s at this in-store.

Shakespeare Allowed Presents All’s Well that Ends Well at the Main Public Library – 12:45pm
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to read Shakespeare’s play, All’s Well that Ends Well 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.

First Saturday Art Crawl – 8-10pm
More art to be seen, wine to be consumed, and people to meet. You might even see something you love enough to buy.

Musician’s Corner in Centennial Park – 3-6pm
Local vendors and local music. Sounds like a winner to me. This week’s performers include WestBound Rangers, Michael Logen, Ali Rogers, Keenan Hunter, Courtney Jaye, and a surprise guest. There will also probably be a really cool free Old Time photo booth. There will be much joy and fun.

Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies with Platinum Rose at the Mercy Lounge – 8pm
Awesome rock and soul band. These guys are known for awesome live performances. Get down.


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