Weekly Highlights – Dec. 27-New Year's Day


The Podunk Sessions at 3rd and Lindsley – 8pm
Free music from Dave Pahanish, Emily West, Marcel, Eric Paslay, Jessica Andrews, Kristen Lee, Bonnie Biship, Rachel Loy, Brad Tursi, and more.

Gypsy Hombres at 12 South Taproom – 9pm
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.

Common Threads at Main Street Arts – 9am-11:30am
Do you sew, knit, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch or do anything else with art that’s fancy? Come and meet other people that are as crafty as you.


Ultimate Frisbee King of the Hill at A-Game Sportsplex – 5:30pm
Bring yourself a team of up to eight players to this all-for-fun competition. Registration starts at 5:30 and the playing starts at 6pm. A-Game Sportsplex is located at 215 Gothic Court in Franklin.

L.A.S. Therapy Network’s 7th Annual December Gala at Millennium Maxwell House Hotel – 6-10pm
This is officially free, but they’re asking for a $10 donation per person. You have to dress pretty nicely for this event too, but there will be children’s theater, a visual arts exhibit, adults theater, a silent auction, food, live music, and health screenings.


Zoo Blood Drive at the Zoo (duh) – noon-5pm
Give some of your blood to the American Red Cross today and they’ll give you a free ticket to the zoo that’s good through March! You’ll probably get some cookies too. Sweeeet.

MusicFest and Battle of the Bands at 2nd and Broadway downtown – 5-7pm
Starting at 5pm some band called Little Texas will play a free show, then a bunch of local bars will host a battle of the bands to pump people up for the bowl game. If you show your bowl patch you’ll apparently get discounts at a lot of places too.

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.


Music City Bowl Gameday Activities on lower Broadway – 1:45pm-5:30pm
While you personally could not pay me enough to go downtown on Music City Bowl Day, if you’re a sports fan you might be interested. There will be pep rallys with bands starting at 1:45 and then a pre-game Concert Tim Akers and The Smoking Section*The Jack Daniels Experience at 3pm. Yowza.

Fan Zone at LP Field – 2:30pm
Yay more football stuff. This one’s in Parking Lot R and will have games and other family friendly stuff for you sports fans.


Music City New Year’s Eve Bash at Lower Broadway – 7:30pm
Fireworks, a guitar drop, and performances from Phil Vassar, Will Hoge, Heidi Newfield and Damien Horne. That’s how Nashville rings in the New Year, and it’s all free fun.


Stopgap at the 5 Spot – 8pm
Mighty fine bluegrass! I’ve never actually seen Stopgap, but if they have a residency at the 5 Spot then they must be worth seeing.

Other than that, you might do well to spend the day recovering from your partying last night.


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