Weekly Highlights – Aug. 29-Sept. 3


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Highland Sky, Samuel Gregg & dead east, ReLapse, Bad Axe, Go Go Saggio, Run With Bulls, Rhythm Kitchen, and The Great Barrier Reefs.

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.

The Lunabelles at Puckett’s Nashville – 7pm
The Lunabelles is an all-female country band that focuses apparently has amazing harmonies. I mean, it’s made up of 3 sisters, so the fact that they can harmonize like no one else should come as no surprise. They’ve been playing as children and even toured with Kenny Rogers when they were younger.


ASCAP Brings the Bottlecap to Nashville at 12th and Porter – 8pm
If you’ve ever been to the Key West songwriters festival you know The Bottlecap is the last stop of the night. This past April was no doubt one of the best shows to catch. Don’t miss the songwriters and the band performing together.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
This week’s New Faces Nite might not feature any big band…but that’s sort of the point. Performers will include Secret Sects,Lindi Ortega, Taylor Watson, Prattle On, Rick, Jon Cavendish, Laura Maine, Evan Mchugh and more.

Solar 101 and Energy Efficiency Workshop at the Green Hills Library – 6pm
This event is part of the Green Hills Library’s Going Green series. From 6:00-7:00 LightWave Solar will cover the basics – how solar works, solar equipment, roof and shade requirements, cost and incentives and the reasons why Nashvillians are installing solar on their homes and businesses. From 7:00-7:30 Jeff Barrie will discuss saving energy and saving money. His presentation will cover energy efficiency and conservation.

12 South Farmers’ Market – 3:30-6:30pm
Music, food trucks, and, of course, food directly from the farm. Sure to be a good, tasty time.


East Nashville Farmers’ Market – 3:30-6:30pm
There will be nearly two dozen vendors selling organic vegetables, grass-fed meat, dairy, and more. Someone save me some of that bread, if ya don’t mind.

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.


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.

Artist’s Perspective: Vesna Pavlovi at the Frist – 2pm
Join Nashville-based artist Vesna Pavlovi as she discusses some of her work presented in Projected Histories, an exhibition of her work on view in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery from June 24 through September 11. The exhibition includes photographs taken in Pavlovi’s native Serbia and the United States during the last two decades. Focusing on architecture, as well as sites and events of cultural significance, these works examine the power of photography to project both self images and national ideologies, shaping the perception of history as an expression of the dreams and aspirations of others.

We’re All Mad Here, Alice: Fascinators, Hats, & Hair Accessories Show at the Cosmetic Market – 5-8pm
One of a kind hair adornments of all kinds will be on display and for sale at this unique show. The artist has used all the usual items to make her art in addition to some unconventional materials: hangers, gem stones, antique vases, china, crystal, plaster and chop sticks. Prices will range from $5-$90. This event is in conjunction with the Hillsboro Village Art Walk.


National Folk Festival at Bicentennial Park -7pm-10:30pm
This year is the first of 3 years that the 3-day longNational Folk Festival will take place in Nashville, and it’s completely free. There will be performers from all over the world, from Nashville to East Africa. For a schedule check here.

City of Mt. Juliet Movie in the Park: Yogi Bear at the Mt. Juliet Community Center – 8:30pm
I guess it’s technically in Charlie Daniels Park. The movie is sponsored by Active Life Chiropractic & Rehabilitation along with the City of Mt. Juliet Parks and Recreation Staff. It’s sponsored by Brite Revolution.


National Folk Festival at Bicentennial Park – noon-10:30pm
It’s the second day of the National Folk Festival, and today it’s going to go all day long. It’ll also run Sunday from noon until about 7pm.

Musicians Corner in Centennial Park – 3-6pm
It’s back! The 2011 season pt. 2 begins today with performances by Attwater, The CO, Andrew Osenga, Damien Horne, Striking Matches, Foxes Have Foxholes and students from the Metro Parks jamBand.

Film Screening: Annie at the Main Public Library – 12:30pm
Everyone knows this heart-warming classic musical. Today the library is hosting a free screening of it for you all, especially all of you with families. Actually, if you don’t like kids, don’t go to this event. It’s one of those family events.

Shakespeare Allowed at the Main Public Library – 12:45
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites you to read Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline 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.

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


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