Weekly Highlights – July 17-23


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 is presented by Outrageous Productions & 1108 Creative Industries and  will feature performances from Hello Kelly, The Paper Hangers, Throwing Gravity, H-Beam, The 1-10’s, Breath of Soul, and Have Rocket Will Travel.

 Navarro Nation: a free soul show at Exit/In – 8pm
This free soul music showcase will feature performances by Dara Tucker, Jody Nardone, Charles Walker, Rachel Kice, and Chris West


New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week’s New Faces Nite will showcase Clark Paterson, Young Buffalo, Don Pedigo, Brooks Ritter, Charlie Oxford, Flearoy and Sons of Summer.

A Night to Marimba: Fresh Sounds from Seasoned Wood at the Second Presbyterian Church on Belmont Blvd – 8pm
I think I’ll let the press release I received speak for itself:

  • Produced & Performed by local musicians!!
  • This is an event you don’t want to miss!
  • Fresh ingredients…marimba, cello, singer, electronic sounds!
  • This low fat organic music will fill you up!!!
  • No preservatives!
  • No GMO!
  • No MSG!
  • No Trans Fats!
  • Free range notes!
  • Cage Free musicians!!!


The Zoltar’s in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
The Zoltar’s have, over the past few years, become one of Austin’s more interesting bands. Grimey’s describes their songs as funny and apparently their singer sounds like Lou Reed. This in-store is part of their first tour outside of their immediate region, so come on out and show them some love.

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.

Geeks who Drink at Past Perfect – 8-10pm
This is not trivia. It’s a pub quiz. You get some friends together (you don’t actually have to be super nerds) and you compete in 8 rounds of questions and potentially win some really cool stuff. I love me some trivia, I mean quizzes.


Science Cafe: Bioinformatics at Fido – 7pm
As always, science cafe is a discussion, not a lecture, about current events and issues in Science. This week the conversation is about bioinformatics:  the application of computer science and information technology to the field of biology. Dr. David Tabb, molecular biologist with Vanderbilt University, will be this month’s expert.

Jazz of Music City Celebration at the Belmont Mansion – 5:30pm
There is so much good music in Nashville, but one genre that tends to get overlooked is jazz. Jazz of Music City is a compilation of some of the best jazz Nashville has to offer, and tonight the Belmont Mansion is hosting the release party for the CD. Some of the musicians included on the compilation include Michael Fair, Denny Jiosa, Pattie Cossentino, Thomas Cain, Joe Johnson, Karlton Taylor, Jim Williams, Steve Roper, Kenny Zarider and Moe Denham. They’ll be signing the CD and there will be live music and refreshments.


 Untitled Artist Group Presents Retrospective at 506 Events Gallery – 508 Lofts – 6-10pm
Untitled Artist Group is celebrating its 20th year of bringing uncensored art to Nashville with a new show: Retrospective. It should be pretty great, so try not to miss out.

Red Caboose Concerts: Western Swingers at Bellevue Red Caboose Amphitheater – 7-9pm
Great for families. Bring a picnic and a blanket or some lawn chairs.

South Union Shaker Furniture: A Southerner’s Interpretation of Shaker Simplicity at the Frist – 12pm
The people who lived in Shaker villages vowed to live their lives guided by strict tenets of celibacy and communal ownership of property. The Shakers also espoused order, function, and simplicity in mindset and practice, particularly when it came to creating the material culture that surrounded them. Because each village typically attracted converts from the general area in which it was located, regional variations in architecture, costume, food, music, and furniture developed. This presentation will specifically explore the furniture created at the Shakers’ southernmost outpost, South Union, Kentucky. Because the converts to the village were primarily from Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, South Union’s culture was decidedly “southern”; this is especially evident in the furniture made there between 1820 and 1880.


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 Radio Daze.

Star Party at Adventure Science Center — 7:30pm
No telescope required, star parties are a great way to become acquainted with the real night sky. Still, if you have your own little telescope you might want to bring it.

Family Program: The Stonecutter presented by the Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – 10am
Watch a puppet show presented by the Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck. Based on a traditional Asian folktale and featuring Bunraku puppetry, The Stonecutter teaches two life lessons: be happy with who you are and make your wishes carefully! All ages. No reservations required. Free. Families are encouraged to tour the museum at a discounted rate following the program.

Splash Day in Mt. Juliet at the Mt. Juliet Community Center – 11am-3pm
The City of Mt. Juliet will be hosting its first ever “Splash Day in MJ” on Saturday, July 23. This day of wet fun will begin at 11:00am and will last until 3:00pm. Charlie Daniels Park will be transformed into a small water park on this day. This FREE EVENT will consist of multiple water slide inflatables, a slip n slide inflatable, a dunking booth and a water gun area. Also included in this event will be food vendors and multiple chances to win prizes. Parents will be required to register children before they will be allowed to enter the inflatable area. For more information please call the Mt. Juliet Community Center at (615) 758-6522.


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