Weekly Highlights – July 25-30


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 The Jiggawatts, Audrey Spillman, 2/3 goat, the danberrys, DeRobert and The Half Truths, Sharon Lang, Trista Mabry, Blue Heart Hour, and Hudson Moore. It’s hosted by Andy Wilmoth.

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.


New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week’s New Faces Nite will feature performances by Nite Ionians, Shepherds, Brian Dolzani, The Head, Eddie The Wheel, Marianna Keith, Jon Aanestad, and possibly more.

Nashville Farmers’ Market at Centennial Park – 3-6pm
All that farmers’ markety goodness without having to go all the way to the Farmers’ Market. I think this is actually the last week it’ll be in Centennial Park.

The Education Equal Opportunity Group Presents Latrisha Jemison at ITT Tech – 5:30pm
Regions Financial Corporation Senior Vice President / Regional Community Affairs Manager Latrisha Jemison shares her intriguing journey to acquiring the title of Senior Vice President of a major banking corporation. She will share intimate details of the twists and turns her career path lead and how she executed important decisions. Jemison will reveal expert advice on how to improve your financial status and maximize your life.


Cigar Night at Arrington Vineyards – 6-9pm
Sample some fine cigars and enjoy some fine music from Reed Pittman.

Coffee with TJC: Energized Justice – 8-9am
Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) is hosting a casual coffee-and-information gathering to explain its work on behalf of Tennessee families and how to get involved in supporting the efforts of the nonprofit law and advocacy firm. Coffee with TJC: Energized Justice will be held at TJC’s downtown Nashville office located at 301 Charlotte Avenue. If you plan to attend please rsvp to info@tnjustice.org or (615) 255-0331 by July 25.

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.


Angela Easterling In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Grimey’s is bringing this “Americana chanteuse” to the store for a free show. Nashvillian Will Kimbrough produced her new album, Beguiler, which came out this month. Still not sold on her? Keep this in mind – Roger McGuinn, founder of the Byrds, adores her, and you know that he just has to have awesome taste.

Poet’s Corner Featuring Stellasue Lee at the Scarritt-Bennett Center – 7pm
Poet’s Corner is a monthly poetry reading/informal discussion featuring a local poet. This month it’s Anne Doolittle. If you dig poetry you’ll like this. Don’t forget to bring your black turtle-necks and fingers. For snapping. But seriously, Scarritt-Bennett’s Gallery F is a really cool place, and Lee’s books have been entrants for a Pulitzer Prize, Firecracker Red, a powerful collection of poems set squarely in the earth, and Crossing The Double Yellow Line, a journey of sharp turns and hair-pin curves. Legit all-around.

Brown Bag Lunch Series in Centennial Park – 11:30am-1:30pm. 
Live music, affordable food, prizes, and giveaways. The concerts are held under the Cool Covered Pavilion Event Shelter with a snack and beverage station nearby. The musical guests offer a wide variety of musical genres including jazz, blues, pop, rock rhythm and blues.


Amy Stroup in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Amy is a veteran of the Ten Out Of Tenn, which should be more than enough to get half of Nashville out to this in-store. She was also featured as one of Prairie Home Companion’s “Top 20 Songwriters Under 30”, won a national Peacemaker Award and had her songs featured on many TV shows such as One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy.

Red Caboose Concerts: Julian Saporiti & Sky Mountain String Band at Bellevue Red Caboose Amphitheater – 7-9pm
Great for families. Bring a picnic and a blanket or some lawn chairs. Yay family fun.

Team Green Birthday Blood Drive at the American Red Cross Donation Center – 7am-3pm
Team Green is celebrating their 15th birthday, but they don’t want a cake or an iPad or anything like that – they want you to give blood. Help your fellow human beings. The American Red Cross constantly needs people to donate blood, so please consider giving. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome as well.

Ashlee K Thomas’s Midsummer Night Soiree at Steadfast and True Yoga – 6-9pm
he evening starts with a free all levels yoga class from 6:00pm- 7:15pm given by Ashlee K Thomas and Gillian St. Clair. Followed by free beverages and snacks, as well as performances from Nataraja Yoga Dance Co, Acro Yoga by Brent Coleman and Gillian St. Clair, and live music from Ashlee and special guests.

Irish Picnic at St. Patrick Church in McEwen – 6pm
St. Patrick Irish Picnic and Homecoming in McEwen, TN is an annual event regularly attended by over 20,000 fun-loving people from across the nation. Originating in 1854, the picnic is known for its famous barbecue pork and the secret sauce than ranks it among the most delectable barbecue ever tasted. The first Irish Picnic was held to raise funds for a new church bell for St. Patrick Church. Local farmers donated pigs and sheep for the fundraising meals that fed the railroad community of McEwen. Efforts were so successful that generations of church members and other volunteers have turned it into a community project with proceeds being used for the financial support of St. Patrick School.


DJ Kids Meal and Friends at Exit/In – 9pm, 18+
Get your electronic Hip-Hop fusion on. Dancing is NOT optional, it is required.

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 the Debbie Bailes Band.

Irish Picnic at St. Patrick Church in McEwen – 9am
Day two of the Irish Picnic! There will be food, music, dancing, games & homespun fun. Wahoo!

NCAA Football Youth Clinic at Vanderbilt University’s practice football field – 8am
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is hosting the NCAA Football Youth Clinic. Youth football players ages 6-14 from the Nashville area and surrounding region are invited to learn football skills from college coaches at the NCAA Football Youth Clinic at Vanderbilt University’s practice football field. The clinic will be held on Saturday July 30, from 9:00am–11:30am, with registration from 8:00am–9:00am. Lunch will be provided immediately following the clinic.  There will also be free t-shirts as supplies last. Bring your own gear, though!


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