Weekly Highlights – June 20-25

Monday

Bon Iver Listening Party at Grimey’s – 5pm
If you ever feel like doubting Bon Iver’s popularity and legitimacy (which I can’t imagine anyone doing) then think about this: their upcoming show at the Ryman is sold out. Yes, Bon Iver is kind of a big deal, and they’re a big deal for a reason. You see, Bon Iver writes great songs that really connect with people, and if you want to hear their new album first (and potentially win some stuff) speed on over to Grimey’s after work.

Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm, 21+
It was dead, but it has been revived thanks to Vitaminwater Revive (get it?). You don’t have to be a music snob to play, but from personal experience it really doesn’t hurt…usually. Yeah, sometimes they throw in a question about American Idol. The prizes are bar money for the Mercy Lounge, but you could also end up on the guest list for a show of your choosing or a wide variety of other prizes.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Joe Hoogerhyde, Buffalo Clover, Deathstar, Lovebeam, Christian Luthi, Yours Truly, Cadillac Black, and, I assume, someone else. Otherwise it’s just 7 bands, and that’s not right.

Tuesday

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
According to the Folks at Grimey’s Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside have a lot going for them. Their “elements of swinging roots rock, country, jazz, and blues with a contemporary lyrical stance” along with Ford’s voice have helped propel them along to success, including a set at Bonnaroo and a few dates opening for the Avett brothers (who are fans). Don’t miss this intimate show in your favorite record store.

Naxos and Nashville Symphony Release Picnic in Centennial Park – 5:30-7pm
The Nashville Symphony is releasing a new recording by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantne. There will be a special appearance by Giancarlo, free lemonade and popsicles, and all-American entertainment by the NSO Brass Quintet. Afterwards you can go to…

Nashville Symphony Performance at Centennial Park – 7:30pm
You’re encouraged to bring your dog to this installment of Regions Presents the Symphony in the Park.

New Faces nite at the Basement – 8pm
This week’s New Faces Nite will feature performances by Jeremiah and the Redeyes, Play.Dance.Repeat., Quiet Corrall, Aaron Raitiere, Sarah Tollerson, Jeff Ruby and more.

Wednesday

Centro-Matic in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
So, this one time I dated a guy from Dallas and he just LOVED Centro-Matic, and then I began to love Centro-Matic. What can I say, the dude had good taste. Don’t be too surprised if you see me at this one still in my Hilary Clinton Powersuit from work. If you like solid, no-frills rock’n’roll (and who doesn’t?) then you’ll like Centro-Matic.

Movies in the Park: Despicable Me at Centennial Park – 8pm
Yay, family friendly animated movies! Bring the young’ns, they’ll love you for it.

Official  Preds NHL Awards Party at Brewhouse South in Cool Springs – 4:30pm
Join other Preds fans while Barry Trotz, David Poile, Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne look to secure the NHL’s top Awards in Las Vegas.

Thursday

Free Jeni’s Ice Cream at Jeni’s New Shop – 7-10pm
If you haven’t had Jeni’s yet then you are missing out, but hopefully not for much longer! Jeni’s is easily the best non-Graeter’s ice cream in Ohio, and a full shop is coming to East Nashville. It officially opens on Friday, but they’re opening the evening before to dish out some free delicousness. The address is 1892 Eastland Ave.

Peace Corps Anniversary Night at the Bellevue Public Library – 6:15pm
Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th birthday, and the Bellevue Library is helping. Yay birthday parties. I hope there’s cake.

Friday

Tales at Twilight: The Nashville Ballet at Red Caboose Park Amphitheater – 7pm
Metro Parks and Red Caboose Playground, Inc. present inter-active entertainment for kids and their families with juggling, music, dance and fun. On June 24, enjoy a performance of “Borreguita and the Coyote” with the Nashville Ballet.

Moonlight Festival at Center of Symmetry – 7-11pm
It’s free and open to the public and will feature vendors, workshops, and discounted services.

The Big Rock Show at 12th and Porter – 8pm
METAL.

Saturday

Gillian Welch Listening Party at Grimey’s – 5pm
It’s been eight long years since everyone’s favorite Alt-Country songstress released an album. Long, long, long years. But finally, the time has come! Gillian’s newest record, The Harrow & the Harvest is coming out next week, but you can hear it first (and win some stuff) today at Grimey’s.

The Green Wagon Block Party at the Green Wagon – noon-10pm
Local food trucks, local vendors, local bands, local EVERYTHING. It’s even kid and dog friendly! AND if you RSVP here you’re automatically entered to win a gift card to the store!

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park – 3-6pm
Food vendors, great music, and more. This week’s Musicians Corner will feature performances by Matthew Perryman Jones, Melinda Doolittle, Amy Stroup, You Knew Me When, and more.

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7-10pm
There will also be free ballroom dance lessons sponsored by Dance World from 7:00pm-7:30pm and 8:30pm-8:50pm. Get your groove on! This week the band is Rory Partin Big Band.

Film Screening: Eat Pray Love at the Edmondson Public Library – 2pm
Watch a movie about an unhappy woman who decides to travel the world and enjoy some light refreshment courtesy of the library.

Chocolates and Chocolat at the Green Hills Library – 1:30pm
Enjoy a chocolate tasting and a screening of the 2000 hit film Chocolat. Honestly, sounds like an awesome way to spend a Saturday. Mmmm, chocolate.

Free Improv Comedy workshop at Eastwood Christian Church – 10am-12:30pm
Presented by Music City Improv. Ever curious about taking one of their classes? Well now you can take one risk-free. Please email info@musiccityimprov.com with FREE WORKSHOP in the subject line, along with your name, email and phone number in the body of the email to sign up.  You will receive an email confirmation from us that we know you’re coming.

Artsy Chick Summer Event at Station Inn – 10am-4pm
Come check out local original hand-crafted items and enjoy a gourmet lunch by Holly Jennings of Blue Spoon. Artsy Chicks only get together twice a year, so don’t miss this.

An Evening of Poetry and Music in Farsi and English at the Scarritt-Bennett Center – 7pm
Join gallery F. @ Scarritt-Bennett and the Foreign Language Acting Group (F.L.A.G.) for a night of poetry and music celebrating Nashville’s Persian community. The event features the poetry of Hafez, a celebrated poet who lived in the 14th century, original Persian music and global music with traces of traditional sounds from Persia. Please RSVP to 615.320.4651 or email sschlunk@scarrittbennett.org.