Weekly Highlights – May 14-19


8 off 8th East Nashville Underground Preview Party at the High Watt – 8pm, 21+

This 8 off 8th will feature performances by The Gills, The Future, Bear Cub, Brandon Jazz & His Armed Forces, Frances & the Foundation, Blackfoot Gypsies, The Black Shakes and Kiernan McMullan.

Garrett Family Garden and Public Art Dedication at the Goodlettsville Library – 10am

Mayor Karl Dean will dedicate the garden that was made possible by a generous donation from the Garrett Family. It features mosaic and engraved artwork Seasons from a Bird’s Eye View by artists Dan Goostree and Paige Easter. The garden also features a seating area, performance stage, & sidewalks in addition to the lush landscaping. LIght refreshments will be served.

Jacklyn North & The Band at Two Old Hippies – 6pm

The music Jaclyn North writes and loves to perform has been described as a smooth blend of southern rock and traditional country, with a sultry kiss of blues. Chuck McKinley of KKUS in Tyler, TX described Jaclyn’s style as a “controlled, reckless abandonment.”


Beach House and Best Coast Listening Party at Grimey’s – 6pm

It’s a indie beach music party! There will be goodies and prizes and art prints and 7 inches with record purchase, and other crazy stuff like an autographed Best Coast poster and glow-in-the-dark Beach House vinyl and a Sub Pop swag bag.

Baseball: Belmon vs. Austin Peay at Rose Park – 5pm

It’s not pro, but nothing beats baseball in the summer, especially if it’s free.

Disc Jockey 101 for Young Adults at the Main Library – 4pm

Learn the history and basics of “DJ”-ing from The Librarian, a music producer and DJ, from the record Label RACECAR. Because you know what they say, everyone’s a critic and most people are DJs.


Coworking: community, collaboration, coffee (Lunch and Learn) at CoLab Nashville – 12pm

Work-life balance? Flexible office environment? Coworking? Learn what coworking is and how it can help your business. Coworking spaces, like CoLab, offer desks and offices to entreprenuers, small businesses, and like-minded professionals looking to get the most out of their office environment.

Tunesmithing Off Music Row at Belcourt Taps & Tapas – 8-10pm

“Tunesmithing Off Music Row” will spotlight a dozen professional and emerging songwriters. Taking the stage for professional songwriter spotlights from 8-10 p.m. will be the trio Drobac & Shaw (Mark Daniel Drobac, Kimberly Maiers Shaw and John Shaw), Leslie Ellis (“Love Is A Mystery”/The Consoulers), Yvonne Smith, and CJ Watson (“Misspent Youth”/James Otto). An opening guests segment from 7-8 p.m. will feature songwriters Gordon Ellis, Hope Nix, Cornelius “Popcorn” Robertson, and Nicole Scott.

Salon @615: Ron Rash Author Talk & Book Signing at the Main Library – 6:15pm

“One of the best American novelists of his day” (Janet Maslin, New York Times) and 2010 winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award—considered the world’s most prestigious story prize—Ron Rash is a writer of extraordinary power and grace. As he displayed in his New York Times bestselling, Serena, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, this masterful writer brings a mythic lyricism to his work, imbuing the lives of his rural characters with fierce yearnings and stoic pride. Rash’s much-anticipated new novel, THE COVE takes readers back to World War I with a haunting story of love, courage, honor and deceit.

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.


Sigur Ros Listening Party: The Valtari Hour at Grimey’s – 7pm

Note the late start time. This is party of a worldwide stream of the new Sigur Ros album. Grimey’s will also be giving away a test pressing of the record and a copy of their exclusive RSD release and a limited print.

Belmont Baseball vs. Lipscomb at Rose Park – 5pm

Free baseball. Battle of the blvd type thing I guess.

Music Together Demonstration Class at Renee’s Groove Room – 10am

Free Music Together Class at “Renee’s Groove Room” for Infants, Toddler’s and Preschoolers. Free sneak preview class for the upcoming July, mid-summer session. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and the adults who love them.

Science Cafe at Adventure Science Center – 7pm

This week’s subject is natural selection and Dr. Darlene Panvini, an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Biology at Belmont University, is the expert.

“Insight: Outta Site!” Talk with Rehema Barber at Zeitgeist Gallery – 6pm

Rehema Barber, originally from Chicago, is a curator, arts administrator and adjunct/part-time faculty member at the University of Memphis and the Memphis College of Art. She moved to Memphis in 2008 to serve as the Executive Director of the contemporary arts space, Power House Memphis. Prior to her arrival in Memphis, Barber was responsible for maintaining a collection of over 7,000 objects and curating exhibitions at the Amistad Center at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.


Honey Locust in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm

They’re based in Nashville, so show them some loved. The underground Southern folk band has a new EP out, and they’re celebrating its release at Grimey’s.

Vanderbilt Community Chorus at Blair’s Ingram Hall – 8pm

An all-Americana program, featuring Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” with chamber orchestra accompaniment.

Film Screening: Splice at the Frist – 7pm

Two young scientists achieve fame by splicing human DNA with the DNA of different animals to create a new creature. In the process, they ignore society’s ethical and legal boundaries. The scientists name their creature “Dren,” which is initially a deformed female infant; however, it rapidly develops into a beautiful, but deadly winged human-chimera.

Star Party at Bells Bend Park – 8:30pm

The stars in the sky, not on TV.


John Mayer Listening Party: Born & Raised at Grimey’s – 5pm

Beer:30 this week is a listening party for the new JM record that’s unfortunately not going to be toured. They’re giving away a test pressing and everyone who wants it will get stickers and beer.

Go Green North Nashville Kickoff Event at Hadley Park – noon

Mayor Deen will be kicking this off. There will be live music, food, and refreshments. Be one of the first to apply for the chance to get your home retrofitted.

2012 Fight for Air Walk at Public Square – 10am

Fight for Air Walk gives you the power to improve the air we breathe. Walk for a child with asthma, to cure lung disease and other lung diseases or to protect your family from air pollution and secondhand smoke. This event helps raise funds for programs, advocacy, and much needed research.  Live Music, KidZone, and food!!!!  Presented by Inspiris. Registration starts at 8:30am.

Dave Moody Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Lemon Records at the Texas Troubadour Theatre – midnight

Founded by the legendary Ernest Tubb, The Ernest Tubb Record Shops have been fulfilling country music fans’ needs for over 64 years. As part of that tradition, the second longest-running radio show in history, the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, is held on Saturday nights at 12 A.M. (Midnight), and is broadcast live on AM-650 WSM from the Texas Troubadour Theatre. The Jamboree provides up-close and intimate performances by legendary artists, with many sticking around to sign autographs and greet fans after each show.



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