Weekly Highlights – June 25-30


McKenzies Mill at 12th & Porter – 8:30pm
Do these guys ever make people pay to see them? I feel like they have free shows weekly.

Cookeville Community Band Summer Series Concert at Dogwood Pavilion – 7:30pm
Free music from the community band. Bring a picnic, a blanket, and enjoy.

Creative Nation Showcase at The Basement – 6pm
Featuring a performance by Barry Dean, who is the first signing to Luke and Beth Laird’s publishing and management company, Creative Nation.


Brothers Osborne with Kacey Musgraves at The Basement – 7pm
The Brothers Osborne might be headlining, but I’m way more excited about seeing Kacey Musgraves at this free show. This will be one of her first full band shows. If you want to see her anytime later this summer it’ll have to be with Lady A because she just got a gig opening for them in Europe. Don’t miss this.

Team Green Summer Volleyball/Yoga Picnic at Centennial Park – 6pm
Team Green Adventures will provide the grills, charcoal, Vitamin Water, cups and plates, so you just need to bring your own food to grill, family, friends, frisbee, or volleyball or yoga mat.

Nashville Fringe Festival Jazz Night at at Nine48Jazz House (948 35th Ave N) – 7pm
There will be art, music, dance, crafts, spoken word, and more. Performers include Aspene Taylor Jazz Quartet, Centennial Hiptet, Geoff Pfeifer Quartet.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm
Featuring Jess Chambers, Kate Tucker, Thomas Johnson and Mi-Careme.


Mindy Smith In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Mindy Smith is celebrating the release of her new, self-titled album at Grimey’s. You might remember her for her awesome version of “Jolene” on a Dolly Parton tribute album, but her original stuff is really good. Check her out at this free in-store where there will probably be free beer.

Movies in the Park: Captain America at Warner Parks Cross Country Field on Hwy 100 – dusk
It’s the last one of the year. Thankfully, it’s a really good superhero movie. It’s supposedly edited, but I don’t know what was edited out. Language, maybe?

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.



2012 Nashville Fringe Festival Film Night at East Side  Performing Artist’s Co-op – 8pm
Tonight that Nashville Fringe Festival will be screening the documentary Cleanflix. It will be presented by Kevin Kazlauskas.  The film is a “powerful, poignant and balanced exploration into the debate of creative control between the customer and the creator.”

On Tap at the Tin Roof (Presented by Lightning 100) – 8pm
This will feature performances by Stacey Randolf, Vinyl Thief, and Wild Cub.

Brown Bag Lunch Special: The Toca Trio at Centennial Park Event Shelter – 11:30am-1:30pm
Live performance by The Toca Trio, food, and prizes.

Gimm+Icky Industry Showcase at The Rutledge – 6:30pm
Not sure what Gimm+Icky is, but it’s free and I liked the name.


Wussy In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
As a Cincinnatian I am PUMPED for this. Wussy is easily one of the best bands out of the Queen City today and arguably one of the best bands in America. Think Mazzy Star with some rootsy leanings. Actually, don’t think anything, just listen to them.

2012 Nashville Fringe Festival: Jack Silverman Ordeal w/ Sarah Brown at the Family Wash – 9pm
From the official bio: After being dropped on his head as a small child, Jack Silverman was dropped on his head as a teenager. Not long thereafter, he was dropped on his head once more, then again in his mid-20s. Jack managed to make it through the next decade without being dropped on his head, but then was dropped on his head three times in rapid succession. Shortly thereafter, he began the Jack Silverman Ordeal, which, not surprisingly, is often described as the musical equivalent of being dropped on your head. Protective headgear recommended.

Red Caboose Concerts: The Dave Jennette Band at Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheatre – 7pm
Rock music. Bring a picnic and a blanket/lawn chairs.

Hike Savage Day Loop at South Cumberland State Park – 2:30pm
Meet Ranger Aaron at Savage Gulf Ranger Station for a moderate 5-mile hike on the Savage Day Loop. Along the way you’ll see Savage Falls and the beautiful Rattlesnake Point overlook. Bring water, sturdy shoes.


Y2K Nashville at the High Watt stage at Mercy Lounge – 11pm
This electronic dance party will feature performances by Coach, Hands Off Sam, and more.

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park – 3-6pm
This week it’s the spring season closer with The Farewell Drifters, Christabel and the Jons, Lera Lynn, the Sylvan Park Music Club, Zach Broocke, The Flea Marketeers and Evan McHugh.

2012 Nashville Fringe Festival: Dance and Guitar Master Class Workshop at Global Education Center – 2pm
The Nashville Fringe Festival presents Dance and Guitar, Master Class/Workshop, Transposition taught by Megan Harrold and Charlie Rauh. This is a free and family friendly event!

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7pm
Enjoy live music by The J. Bradley Big Band on June 30 with Fox Trot being taught. Get there early for the lessons and bring your dancing shoes.

Celebrate Healthy Pets and the Turnip Truck – 10am-3pm
The Turnip Truck Natural Market and Paws 4 Health will host, ‘Celebrate Healthy Pets,’ a pet wellness event for pets and their owners. The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide a variety of resources for pets and their owners to collect information about how to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Music Copyright Law Author Talk at the Hermitage Library – 2pm
Cheryl L. Slay, Atty. & Ass’t. Professor of Music Business at Belmont University will accompany her author talk with a musical performance.




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