Weekly Highlights – April 22-28


Big Kettle Drum at the High Watt (ALL AGES!) – 6pm
They boast “raw passion, raw nerves, raw power, and ultimately raw talent” in their artist bio. Think bluesy bluegrass with some rock.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by Serotonin, Imaginary Baseball League, Daphne’s Operation, Snakeskin Machinegun, Java Christ, Jetpack, The Lonely Hearts, and Tommy and the Whale.

Quilt in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
From the Grimey’s description: Boston band Quilt weave a tapestry of float-away guitar sounds with Eastern melodies and languid, intimate vocals, laying out a modern take on psychedelic folk.

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.


Diamond Rugs Album Release Party at the High Watt – 10pm, 21+ 
This is a new band with Deer Tick’s John McCauley that features members of The Black Lips, Dead Confederate, and Los Lobos. No way they’re not a solid band.

River Jordan Signs and Discusses Praying for Strangers at BookManBookWoman – 6pm
A book about a year of praying for complete strangers as part of her New Year’s Resolution.


TSAI Free Spring Creative Writing Seminar at Belmont’s Massey Business Center, Room 200B – 7pm
“Creative Songwriting” will be taught by Award-winning Songwriter, Author and Public Speaker Kenny D. Angel. Kenny has appeared throughout the US during the past twenty+ years with his popular music and creative lifestyle courses.

Job Career Fair at Volunteer State Community College – 10am-1pm
Dress like you’re coming in for an interview. Bring resumes, lots of them. You don’t need to register for this event.

Stuart Weitzman Fall 2012 Trunk Show at the Green Hills Mall – all day
Boots! Fancy Boots! They boots aren’t free, but the chance for a first-look at them is.

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.


Artist’s Forum: John Donovan and Carrie McGee at the Frist Center – 6:30pm
This forum features two of the artists whose artwork is exhibited in Martin ArtQuest, the Frist Center’s interactive art gallery, John Donovan (Bunny Warrior Helmet, 2009) and Carrie McGee (Tides & Currents, 2010), will talk about their artistic processes and concepts and offer their perspectives about their artwork exhibited in Martin ArtQuest as a way to encourage learning, looking at and talking about, as well as making art among visitors.

Poet’s Corner Featuring Jamie Collins at The Front Porch @ Scarritt-Bennett – 7pm
James C. Collins has earned a wide variety of writing credits. Having several poems published, he was an artist-in-education who taught poetry in the school systems of Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla. He wrote plays, musicals and adapted books to theater as a cultural arts specialist for the City of Largo, Florida. Collins also co wrote and produced audio support for the Bill of Rights Project that was nationally distributed. Using the arts as a basis, he also wrote a non violent curriculum for schools in North Carolina for a national client.

Alec Soth Photography Lecture at Watkins College – 6pm
An alumnus of Sarah Lawrence College, Soth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he likes “to take pictures and make books,” often through Little Brown Mushroom, the publishing house he founded in 2008. His latest body of work, Broken Manual, documents and examines men who leave behind their peers and culture to start anew in seclusion.


Sam Lewis with Kenny Vaughan at Two Old Hippies – 5pm
Some good music to round out your work week at Two Old Hippies, including the incredibly talented Kenny Vaughan.

Making Music in Berry Hill at Curious Heart Emborium – 6pm
Entertainment starts at 6:00pm on the lawn of Curious Heart Emporium located at Bransford and Heather Place. Julian and the Morris Sisters and The Relegators will be playing this month (this event takes place on every 4th Friday.)

Head and Neck Cancer Screening at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center – 9am-3pm
The annual screening and educational events are open to the public and no appointment is necessary.  Lumps, bumps or sore spots on the head or neck or discomfort in the mouth and throat may be early symptoms of head and neck cancer. Other symptoms include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or a change in the voice.


Country Music Marathon – early
Obviously the Marathon isn’t free to participate in, but watching it is free. Cheer on the runners, they appreciate it!

Marathon Morning Party at 12 South Taproom – 6am
While running a marathon might not be everyone’s idea of fun, I think most can agree that, despite the road closures, watching marathoners run by is pretty fun. That’s why 12 South Taproom is having a party for it. There will be $3 can beers, $3 mimosas, $3 breakfast burritos, a DJ, a great view of the race, and some fun giveaways.

Franklin Main Street Festival – 10am-7pm
The Main Street Festival also features more than 200 artisans & crafters, three stages, two carnivals and an international food court to round out a full weekend of entertainment. Presented by First Tennessee and produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association, the weekend event is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors of more than 20 food vendors. This event will also take place on Sunday from 12pm-6pm

Film Screening: Hell & Back Again at the Main Public Library – 2:30pm
Examines leading into war and then recovering at home and rebuilding new lives; realistic depictions of how Marines experience the conflict in Afghanistan. Our Community Cinema series features films from the PBS series Independent Lens.

Musical Petting Zoo at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 1pm
Bang a drum, strum an autoharp, and pick a steel guitar! The Musical Petting Zoo 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.

2012 World TaiChi & QiGong Day at Dragon Park – 10am-12pm
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville invites local Tai Chi and Qi Gong teachers to share their expertise and experiences with our community. The event is free and open to the public. All Ages are welcome.

Star Party at Edwin Warner Park – 8-10pm
You don’t need a telescope to enjoy the beauty and wonder that is the night sky (but if you have one you should bring it). This is for star-pros and casual night-watchers alike.

Jazz by the Book at Parnassus Books – 4pm
Listen to some sweet jazz while shopping for some real books. Today’s performers are The Bossa Nova.

ConsignNashville Spring/Summer Consignment sale at Harding Warehouse Park – 9am-2pm
ConsignNashville Spring/Summer Consignment Sale featuring children’s clothing and toys, adult clothing, household furnishings and accessories at 60% to 90% off retail prices. Today most everything will be on sale, at least half price.

Bobby Osborne hosts Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree at Texas Troubadour Theatre – midnight
This is a lot like a mini Opry. It’s really pretty fun and is broadcast live on WSM. And it’s free, first-come, first-served.



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