Weekly Highlights – May 7-12

Monday

8 off 8th in-store at Mercy Lounge – 9pm
8 off 8th features 15 minute sets by local bands. This week’s show will feature performances by Billy Swayze, The Grayces
Lulu Mae, I am Sabot, Paper, Buffalo Rodeo, Hot Mess, and Paper Lantern.

The Glass Harp featuring Phil Keaggy at Two Old Hippies – 6pm
According to their bio, they’re a power rock trio from Youngstown Ohio that formed in the late 60s/early 70s and their songs “stretch beyond the confines of standard form” including guitar, bass, flute, and drum solos.

Tuesday

JT Daly In-Story at Grimey’s – 6pm 
JT Daly is the singer for Paper Route. While they were recording new music as a group, JT was recording music for his new solo album, Memory. Join him and the folks at Grimey’s as he debuts his new music.

Universe Symphony at the Schermerhorn – 7pm
Come cheer on the Nashville Symphony as it prepares for its Carnegie Hall performance at this FREE open dress rehearsal of Charles Ives’ monumental Universe Symphony. Featuring five conductors and 21 percussionists, this piece is truly incredible. Wear green to support the symphony.

The Wheeler Brothers at The Basement – 7pm
The Wheeler Brothers take the indie vibe from Austin and add “the twang of Texas folk.” They’re a pretty cool band, absolutely worth checking out.

Wednesday

Gary Slaughter Signs & Discusses Cottonwood Summer ’45 at BookManBookWoman – 7pm
Gary Slaughter is the multi-award-winning author of the Cottonwood books. His critically acclaimed series includes five novels based on home front America during World War II. Cottonwood Summer ’45 is the latest in his Cottonwood series.

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.

Thursday

Williamson County Senior Health Fair at The Factory in Franklin – 10am
Free admission to seniors 50 and up. Senior Health Fair offering a variety of educational and recreational opportunities pertinent to the needs of seniors such as living accomodations, transportation, social and leisure activities, and up to date medical information.

Shelby Bottom String Band at Puckett’s Nashville – 7:30pm
SBSB played the Ryman Auditorium in October 2010, as a top 10 Finalist in the Silver Stars competition (out of 150 acts that auditioned) and has appeared on “Live in Studio C” on Nashville Public Radio.

Friday

Regions Free Days at TPAC’s Zorro at the TPAC’s Polk Theater – 6pm
All the advance tickets have been claimed, but there’s an incredibly high chance that some of the reservations won’t be claimed. Show up at 4:30 (or anytime after that) to get added to the waitlist. They’ll give the waitlist tickets at 5:45.

Folk Medicine Festival in Downtown Boiling Springs – 1-6pm
The goal of the Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival is to pass on knowledge, skills, and traditions that ensure the survival of folk activities, from old-time medicine and natural healing arts to arts and crafts that demonstrate the traditional, handmade way of not only creating art but useful household items.

HealthSpring Senior Day at the Nashville Zoo – 9am-4pm
Seniors 65 and older get in free to the zoo today. Senior Day at the Zoo is the result of a partnership between Nashville Zoo and HealthSpring. HealthSpring is based in Nashville and is one of the country’s largest coordinated care plans whose primary focus is the Medicare Advantage market.

Saturday

The McEuens In-Store at Grimey’s – 4pm
The McEuens are John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and his sons Nathan and Jonathan. They recently recorded some songs all on their own and recorded it. It’s called The McEuen Sessions – For All the Good and you can see the live version at an early Beer:30 at Grimey’s.

Folk Medicine Festival in Downtown Boiling Springs – 9am-6pm
The goal of the Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival is to pass on knowledge, skills, and traditions that ensure the survival of folk activities, from old-time medicine and natural healing arts to arts and crafts that demonstrate the traditional, handmade way of not only creating art but useful household items.

2nd Saturday Book Sale at the Donelson Library – 10am-2pm
Cheap books that are good! Seriously, libraries get new books through donation and whatnot all the time, and a lot of them are good, there’s just not space for them. Buy them and give the library some $$$.

Spring Music and Arts Festival at Salvation Army Magness – Potter Community Center – noon
Join The Salvation Army for the 1st Annual Spring Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, May 12 beginning at 12:00pm with food, games, bounce houses and vendor booths. Concert starts at 2:00pm.

Family Program: Intro the Thumbpick Guitar at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 1pm
Learn to play guitar like Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. This hands-on workshop will teach the basics of thumbpick guitar. This program will be led by versatile guitar player Sean Weaver, recipient of awards from Home of the Legends Thumbpickers Contest and the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition. Guitars will be provided. Ages 6 to 18. No reservations required. Free.

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