Scene Report: 12 South Concert Series

I might have mentioned this earlier, but my mom was in town this weekend. Since my family lives way up in Ohio, I don’t get to see them too often, so when they do come down I’m always racking my brain trying to think of the best parts of Nashville. It’s quite the balancing act, trying to show off your neighborhood and find something you think your parent might enjoy. All I have to say is, thank God I live so close to such a cool area: 12 South.

After much pondering, I decided that my mom might enjoy some live music in the park, and I thought about taking her to Musicians Corner, but I was afraid that Centennial might be a mess with the Craft Fair going on, and by the time I thought of it it was already 5:30. But wait! Musicians Corner isn’t the only free live concert series in town, 12 South Concerts were happening Saturday night too!

I had no idea who was scheduled to play last night, but this is Nashville so I figured the chance of all the acts being God awful was astronomically low, so I suggested we get dinner in the neighborhood then head over when it got dark.

Well damnit, I looked at the schedule too late and we ended up missing Davey Uke for the SECOND time in ONE DAY. Apparently he played at 6 and I had no idea. However, as it turns out we showed up during Janny McClure’s set, just in time to hear her cover OCMS’s “Wagon Wheel” followed by “Look at Miss Ohio,” one of my favorite Gillian Welch songs, so I immediately dug the set. My mom especially enjoyed her, but commented that she’d like to hear more original songs. I, on the other hand, was fine with hearing covers last night. I know it’s picky and not adventurous, but I was just in the mood to hear songs I knew.

Since my mom was planning on heading out really early Sunday morning we ended up leaving before Wrangler Space, the next act, took the stage, so I really only experienced about 1/3 of the night, but I thought it was great. The fact that it was a beautiful night didn’t hurt, but other than that I thought that Sevier Park was a great place for a concert. I have a lot of love in my heart for that park. Though there weren’t vendors like at Musicians Corner there was still a lot of fun to be had. Most people over the age of 15 just hung out with their friends while the young’ns ran around, playing with glow-in-the-dark thingamabobs.

I have to say, it makes me sad that I didn’t get my butt out to the 12 Concert Series sooner. I feel like my friends would love it. At least there’s always next year, and maybe next time David Mead does his children’s project I won’t miss it!



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