Weekly Highlights – Sept. 26-Oct. 1


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.

Faculty Recital: Jared Hauser and friends at Blair School of Music – 8pm
Jared Hauser plays the oboe, and tonight he and his friends will be playing works from baroque to modern.


Will  Hoge In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Will Hoge is celebrating the release of his new album, Number Seven  today and he has chosen to host that celebration at Grimey’s. This is his first album to be written after his terrible scooter accident in 2008. For fans of bluesy twang.

Concerts in the Courtyard: the WannaBeatles at the Main Library – 11:45am-1pm
This high energy band features Grammy award winning musicians performing songs from the famed Beatles songbook – bringing back memories and creating new ones. They’re definitely the most popular Beatles cover band in Nashville, so if you like the Beatles this would be a great lunch break.

Tuesdays for Tots at Cheekwood – 10am-12pm
Today you can bring your tot to Cheekwood to creat a nature project for a wilderness walk on Cheekwood’s Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail.

ARTini: A Divine Light: Northern Renaissance Paintings at the Frist – 12pm
Okay, so you have to buy admission to the Frist, but this is definitively more bang for your buck. Join Keri Jhaveri, museum educator at the Frist Center, as she leads an informal conversation about some of the works included in A Divine Light. Yay art.


International Lens Presents: Hors La Loi at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Three brothers uprooted from their homeland spark a militant campaign for Algerian independence on French soil. Hailed as one of the most controversial films on French occupation and Algerian independence since The Battle of Algiers and Algeria’s Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film in 2010. French and Arabic with English subtitles.

Bill Monroe’s 100th Birthday Celebration at Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall – 7pm
This event, that will feature video, live music, and stories featuring top names in country and bluegrass, is free, but you need a ticket. You can pick up tickets at the Country Music Hall of Fame or Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music’s admin office (9am-4:30pm).

Pizza & Politics featuring Paul Monteiro at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theater – 7pm
Monteiro will discuss his work as a religious liaison for the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. The event is free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. RSVP to Leah Davis at leah.davis@lipscomb.edu or call (615) 966-6155.

Film Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell at Vanderbilt’s Ward Hall – 8:30pm
Lipscomb University’s HumanDocs Film Series will host a free public screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a documentary outlining the story of a group of Liberian women, both Christian and Muslim, who cross cultural and religious lines to work together to end their nation’s civil war and bring peace to their government.


Live on the Green at Public Square Park – 5:30pm
This week’s Live on the Green will feature performance by Edwin McCain and Ten out of Tenn.

International Lens Presents: The End of the Neubacher Project at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7pm
Filmmaker Carney confronts his family’s Nazi past. But during his truth-seeking journey, his mother is diagnosed with cancer forcing him to juggle horrifying facts with his innocent wish to love his family. English and German with English subtitles.

Gypsy Hombres at 12 South Taproom – 8:30pm
The Gypsy Hombres are violin/guitar based trio that blends traditional jazz with European, South American, and classical music. Sounds like it could be pretty cool.

Nashville Music Graden’s 2nd Anniversary Ice Cream Social Celebration at the Music City Walk of Fame Park – 12pm-2pm
The Nashville Music Garden, a one-of-a-kind public garden that pays tribute to the artists, songs and industry leaders who have contributed to making Music City one of the most unique cities in the world, will celebrate its two-year anniversary with an ice cream social featuring Nashville newcomer Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and the unveiling of a commemorative illustration of the garden by respected artist group, The Spirit of Nashville, which honors Nashville landmarks such as the Bluebird Cafe, Belmont University and the historic Loveless Café, to name a few.


Lanie Lane In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm 
You might remember Lanie Lane from her Jack White produced 7″ single recently released on Third Man. So, obviously, Jack White’s a fan, which says a lot about her. Her sound is described as “sassy Americana,” and this in-store shouldn’t be missed.


Wanda Jackson Signing at Grimey’s – 5pm
Wanda Jackson is a legend, and today she’ll be signing absolutely anything you bring in (or buy while you’re there). Come on down and chat with the freaking queen of rockabilly.

Nashville Fringe Festival – Bongo Java and Belmont Black Box Theater – 3pm-onward
Everything in the outdoor tent at the Fringe Festival is free, including a community singing circle, fire eaters, and performers.

Granville Fall Celebration at Granville Museum – 10am-5pm
Today’s the day for a whole bunch of celebrations in Granville including the Dedication of Sutton Homestad, Quilt Festival, Storytelling Festival, and Jazz on the Cumberland.

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

Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival in Centennial Park – 10am-6pm
Live performers, crafted items, food vendors, and a children’s area, all in the name of celebrating other cultures. Rock on!

Musicians Corner in Centennial Park – 3-6pm
This week’s performers include Ryan Greenawalt, Fragile, US and Our Daughters, The Deep Fried Five, and more.

Regions Free Day of Music at the Schermerhorn – all day
So much free music. So much wonderful and fantastic free music! It’s going to be an awesome day.


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