Weekly Highlights – May 21-26


8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge –  9pm, 21+
8 bands, 15 minute sets, tons of fun. Also, cheap beer.

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.

It’s a Ruff Live at the Looby Library – 7:30pm
“It’s A Ruff Life” is a brand new musical comedy with music, lyrics and book written by Jesse Goldberg and Gene Levine. This is a “feel-good” musical that will make you laugh and will make you cry. It is a celebration of canine behavior for dog lovers everywhere. For reservations and information call (615) 915-0891.


Madeleine Slate and Ben Glover at The Basement – 7pm, 21+
A free show before New Faces Nite.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm, 21+
This free show will feature performances by Feedback Revival, The Broadcast, Drunken Prayer, Kill the King, Sabrina Stone, and Caravan Of Thieves.

Harry Fontana at Robert’s Western World – 10pm, 21+
I don’t usually write about bands playing at the honky tonks, but I’ve had about a dozen people tell me about Harry Fontana and his awesome rockabilly on Tuesday nights. Sounds like it’s totally worth checking out.


Caitlin’s Fancy-Pants 30th Birthday Party at the High Watt at the Mercy Lounge – 8:30pm
No details, just birthday.

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.


Film Screening: Under African Skies: A Movie About Paul Simon’s Graceland at Two Old Hippies –  6pm
“Under African Skies” travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa as the 25th anniversary of Graceland approaches. Simon revisits the making of the record, surveying from the vantage of history the turbulence and controversy surrounding the album’s genesis.

Going Green: Solar 101 Workshop at the Green Hills Library – 6pm
This little seminar will cover how solar works, including equipment, roof and shade requirements, cost and incentives, and more.

Andrea Wolf at Salon @615 at the Main Library – 6:15
Andrea has written for New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times and the Guardian, as well as others. She is a three-time fellow of the International center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.


Making Music in Berry Hill at Curious Heart Emporium – 6pm
Music, fun, and light refreshments.

Campfire Concert with Jack & Diane and Friends at Campers RV Park in Columbia – 7pm
Not sure who Jack & Diane are, but I’m assuming they’re not the same ones from the Mellencamp song.


Musicians Corner at Centennial Park – 3-6pm 
This week’s Musicians Corner will feature performances by Andy Davis, Heypenny, Star & Micey, Us and our Daughters, Saulpaul, Chris Carpenter, and Stacy Randol. Preshow unplugged music starts at 1pm. There will be a Dog of the Day competition, giveaways, food trucks, and more.

Hands Together in Flatrock Art Music and Auto Show at Coleman Park – 10am-4pm
The fifth annual Flatrock Art Music and Auto show will celebrate both the history and diversity of this Nolensville Road Community. It’s a day filled with art, music, diverse food, classic cars, children’s activities, representitives from non-profits and good neighbors.

Stopgap at the 5 Spot – 8pm
Free bluegrass jams!




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