Weekly Highlights – August 1-6


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 Lane Abernathy, Jessica Campbell, Heather Davis, Ben Olson, The Sixxes, Jerry Castle, The Horror Vaccui, and Charles Fields.

Kenny Vaughan and Friends at 12 South Taproom – 9:30pm
Kenny has played with such artists as Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell and others and is currently a full-time member of Marty Stuart’s band. He was also named instrumentalist of the year by the Americana Music Association in 2006.


New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week’s New Faces Nite will feature Anna Haas, A Fire With Friends, Face Urchins, Lowell Thompson, Bridget and the Squires, John King Band, Heather Bond, Wilder Embry and Carolyn Flood.

Neal Carpenter at The Basement – 7pm
According to his artist bio, “Neal’s music brings variation in arrangement and melody while retaining the heartfelt simplicities of soul and folk music.” Also, he’s from South Carolina and was influenced by the sounds of Kenny Rogers, Merle Haggard, and The Judds combined with Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin.

Night Out Against Crime at Hillwood Strike & Spare – 6-9pm
The Nations Neighborhood Association in conjunction with 20th District Councilman Buddy Baker is holding their National Night Out Against Crime event on August 2, 2011 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Strike & Spare parking lot (corner of Charlotte Pike and Annex Rd.)  There will be food, fun, music, information booths and more. Great time to meet neighbors and learn about the businesses and community groups in your area.


Run Well, Eat Well at GJCC – 6pm
Run Well is a workshop to get people ready for fall marathon series. There are several different stations including: flexibility screening core strength assessment, nutrition info, foot and shoe assessment, biomechanical assessment, and general medical injury info.

Mind and Meditation Workshop at the Hermitage Library – 6:15pm
Meditation does a lot of great things for a lot of people. At the Mind and Meditation workshop today you’ll learn about a simple breathing technique that claims to help you live in the present moment, break through barriers and realize your full potential, learn how to manage your emotions, and live a healthier life.

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


NAAD Presents Art After Hours – 5-8pm
Be you downtown, in Hillsboro Village, in Clarksville, or elsewhere, there is probably an art crawl happening near you. There will be music, wine, finger foods (maybe), cool art, and awesome people. Don’t miss this, it only happens once a month.

“Tennessee Tackles Cancer” Light the Night Kick-Off Event at the Doubletree Downtown – 11:30am-1:30pm
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will host its kick off event, “Tennessee Tackles Cancer,” for its 12th annual Light the Night Walk. This event will be held at the Doubletree Nashville Downtown and is open to the public. Mike Keith, voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee this event. The 2011 Light the Night Walk will take place October 14 at LP Field.

Lappy Hour Benefit for Nashville Humane Association at the Eastland Cafe – 4:30pm-6:30pm
Tonight the Eastland Cafe is hosting Lappy Hour for pet owners and their pups.  Enjoy $5 martinis, special appetizers, and a selection of wines, with a portion of all drink sales benefiting the Nashville Humane Association. Pets will be available for adoption, and for those already with owners there will be plenty of water, gourmet treats, and special give-aways!

LORENA at Tunesmithing off Music Row at Casablanca Coffee – 6:30pm
The “roots music” trio LORENA will join several other professional songwriters for “Tunesmithing Off Music Row”, a monthly songwriters show featuring professional tunesmiths Timothy R. Flynn, Lisa Hannah, Gabe Hizer, and the trio LORENA. The pros will be preceded by an open mic night that starts at 6:30.


Red Caboose Concerts: Rue Du Bayou at Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheatre – 7pm
Come out to hear Rue Du Bayou. Bring your family and some lawn chairs and a picnic.

Lecture: Andy Warhol and the Liberation of Popular music at The Frist – 12pm
Sounds like a pretty cool way to spend a lunch hour. Robert Fry, senior lecturer of music history and literature at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, will address the influences of Andy Warhol on the New York rock and punk music scenes that burgeoned during the late sixties and into the seventies. Fellow music nerds – don’t miss this!

5th Avenue of the Arts Presents Collector’s Night at The Arts Company – 5:30pm
Collectors Art Night is a special first-look preview of the impressive new exhibitions at The Arts Company and The Rymer Gallery. There will be cocktails, art talks, and more. It’s free to attend but you need to RSVP to 5thAvenueOfTheArts@gmail.com.


Black 13 Tattoo Parlor Annual Anniversary Party at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 18+
This year Black 13 Tattoo Parlor will be celebrating their 3 year anniversary and the release of Kyle Andrews’ new record, Robot Learn Love. Other performers will include  The Cadillac Black, Jeremy Lister (with special guests), and DJ Fat Andy. Also Old-Time Performing Strongman Iron Tamer Dave Whitley will be there doing awesome stuff, and there will be live art and raffles throughout the night.

First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown – 6-9pm
Look at some art, drink some wine, mingle, and repeat.

Shakespeare Allowed at the Main Public Library – 12:45
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to read Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest out loud in a reading circle at Nashville’s Downtown Library.  There will be 16 chairs in a circle, and whoever wants to read out loud can choose one of the 16. There will be additional seating available for anyone who wants to read along silently. Bring your own copy, please, if you have one.

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 Paul Ross Big Band.

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.

Musical Petting Zoo with Instrument Demonstration at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 1pm
Bang a drum, strum an autoharp, and pick a steel guitar! The Musical PettingZoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments. Instructors will be on site to offer guidance. At the beginning of the program a professional musician will demonstrate how to play some of the instruments. All ages. No reservations required. Free. Families are encouraged to tour the museum at a discounted rate following the program. Visit the information desk or ticket window for more information. Seriously, the best way to get kids into music is to teach them the fun of it at a young age.

Architecture Tour of the Frist – 4:30pm
The Frist Center is a pretty cool building architecturally speaking, but how often have you thought about it? Well, tonight meet up in the Grand Lobby and take a free architecture tour of the Frist.


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