Weekly Highlights – July 16-21


Alberta Cross in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Grimey’s describes them as “a bluesy roots-rock band representing the disparate rock locales of Brooklyn, NY, London, England, and Stockholm Sweden.” Their new album, Songs Of Patience, comes out on Tuesday, but you can snag it a day early at the in-store.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This week’s 8 off 8th will feature performances by McKenzie Gregg and the Tangles, Happy Little Trees, By Lightning!, NORM, The Hot Veins, The Cadillac Black, The Poor Boys, Snicklefritz & The Pinz.

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.


The Bluefields at the High Watt Stage – 7pm (free until 8pm)
The Bluefields are kind of a supergroup. Members include Warner E. Hodges on lead guitar and vocals (Jason and the Scorchers), Dan Baird on bass, guitars and vocals (Georgia Satellites) and Joe Blanton on lead vocals and guitar (Royal Court of China).

Carnival Music presents Charlie Pate and Hailey Whitters at the Basement – 7pm
Listen to songs from two of Carnival Music’s writers.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm, 21+
Featuring JAG, Tripp, Jordan Hull, Adrian Krygowski, and more. If nothing else, come to check out Jordan Hull.

Orchid Society Meeting at Cheekwood Museum of Art – 6:30pm
Tonight’s presentation is on the Vietnamese Slipper Ochid. Sounds purdy. Too bad I kill every orchid anyone ever buys me.


Gaslight Anthem meet and greet at Grimey’s – 1pm
They won’t be performing live, but Gaslight Anthem will be meeting fans and signing autographs. If you buy the new record at Grimey’s you’ll get to be at the front of the line.

Eoin Colfer Salon@615 Author Talk: Artemis Fowl the Main Public Library – 6:15pm
Eoin Colfer, will talk about his best-selling Artemis Fowl series, including the final book “The Last Guardian”. Registration is REQUIRED. Advance tickets available at ticketsnashville.com to assure seating. Sadly, this means each ticket REALLY costs $2.50.

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.

Shut Up and Play The Hits, LCD Soundsystem Afterparty at the High Watt Stage – 10pm, 21+
The Belcourt only has Shut Up and Play the Hits for one night, so catch it there and then party to DJ sets from Cherub, Jensen Sportag, Coach & other special guests.


Aesop’s Fables at Cheekwood Museum of Art – 6:30pm
This engaging children’s ballet features four popular tales by the world-famous storyteller: The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and The Crow, The Wind and the Sun and The Ants and the Grasshopper. Woven together with an original narrative, these stories creatively depict Aesop winning his freedom from slavery through his cautionary storytelling. Audiences are transported from ancient Greece, with period costumes and elaborate masks, to present day as each of the four memorable fables come to life through movement.

Science Cafe: Sexuality at Adventure Science Center – 7pm
Sexuality is one of the few topics that can embarrass and fascinate at the same time. It is a fundamental aspect of the lives of all living creatures, yet we don’t exactly talk about it in a very open way. This month, Science Cafe sits down with sociologist Dr. Laura Carpenter, associate professor at Vanderbilt University, to discuss her research into the many varied opinions and attitudes toward sex throughout people’s lives and from culture to culture.

Gypsy Hombres at 12 South Taproom – 8:30pm
The Gypsy Hombres are violin/guitar based trio that blends traditional jazz with European, South American, and classical music.


Night Market at Nashville Farmers’ Market – 6:30pm
The shops will be open, there will be great, fresh food, live music, etc.

Bluegrass at the Sparta Amphitheatre at Liberty Square in Sparta – 7pm
Free bluegrass music!

Red Caboose Concerts: the Blues Brokers at the Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheatre – 7pm
Blues music. Bring blankets or chairs and a picnic.

Columbia’s Independence Day Celebration at Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant – 7pm
Get ready to don your red, yellow, and blue, and celebrate the heritage and culture of Colombia Independence Day with the Serenatta Romantic Latin Ensemble at Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant in Nashville.

Community Campfire at Warner Parks Nature Center – 7:30pm
Join your neighbors and discover the Indian Springs picnic area while sharing the glow of the campfire. The recently renovated historical shelters by Friends of Warner Parks will be a highlight not to be missed. Call (615) 352-6299 to register.

Star Party at Bells Bend Park – 8:30pm
Hang out with some amateur astronomers and look at the night sky through their awesome and huge telescopes.

Film Screening: The Painted Hills (Lassie) at Cookeville Depot Museum – dusk
The Painted Hills (1951) is a film starring Lassie that’s set during the Gold Rush.


Summer Saturdays: Water Wonders at Warner Parks Nature Center – 9:30am – 3:00pm
When it’s hot outside, we head for the water, so why not learn more about the species that spend their time there? Find out about the fascinating world of water through activities and splashing exploration. Best for all ages, no registration required.

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7pm
Enjoy live music by Debbi Bailes & Her Band on June 30 with free Rhumba dancing lessons. Get there early for the lessons and bring your dancing 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.

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.


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  • Sarah

    Just a friendly nudge, your headline says June 16-21. It’s July. 🙂