Weekly Highlights – July 23 – 28


Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons at Grimey’s – 6pm
Cory’s performed with some pretty big artists (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) and at some pretty big festivals (Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival). His new album is called Old Believer and was produced by Brendan Benson and released on Brendan’s new Readymade Records label.

hYm: The Musical at the Looby Library – 7pm
What happens when living in secrecy begins to change your life for the worse? For the characters of hYm, the answer to this question is quickly confronted. The story of hYm is one of self-discovery and learning how to truly be happy. However, many of the characters, including the young Travis Day, begin to recognize that loving yourself can be difficult to do, especially in their conservative town. Many of the characters belong to two separate worlds which propel them into a world of hurt & pain. Will they be strong enough to break free of their insecurities or forever be locked into a world of darkness & shame?

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

8 off 8th at the High Watt Stage at Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This week’s special High Watt 8 off 8th will feature performances by The International Nation, BREE, LazerSnake, Tesla Rossa, Cashatt, Cliff Ritchey & more.

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.

Film Screening: Big Easy Express at the Belcourt – 10pm
Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, climbed aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams”. The resulting film from this journey is nothing short of magical. Doors open at 10pm, it’s first come, first served.


Southern Crossroads Show at 3rd and Lindsley – 6pm
Featuring Ann Marie, Kip Raines, Greg Becker, and Bobby Terry.

Salon@615: Chris Cleave at the Main Public Library – 6:15pm
Son of Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Shaara, writer of historical fiction, twelve novels, eight of which were New York Times Best Sellers.

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).


Garden Cooking at Warner Parks Nature Center – 10am
The veggies in the Warner Parks garden are ready to cook, and they’re throwing an educational party for kids ages 6-12. Register by calling (615) 352-6299.

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.

Her and Kings Country with Johnny T at 12th and Porter – 8pm
The brainchild of Caleb Sherman and Monique Staffile HER & Kings County was born in a Brooklyn apartment where banjos, and pedal steels competed with the horns and shouts of the city streets. Within the raw dirt of New York grew the sound that is Her and Kings County, City Country; a mix of bluegrass, hip-hop, good ‘ol finger pickin’ country and rockin’, head-banging riffs.

Geeks who Drink at Past Perfect – 8-10pm
This is not trivia. It’s a pub quiz. You get some friends together (you don’t actually have to be super nerds) and you compete in 8 rounds of questions and potentially win some really cool stuff. I love me some trivia, I mean quizzes.


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

Anthony Orio Showcase at 12th and Porter – 6pm
Anthony Orio has come a long way since bursting onto the Nashville scene as an up and coming singer/songwriter featured by ASCAP’s “Hot On The Row Series.” Orio has enjoyed success with cuts by Grammy award-winning country comedy legend Ray Stevens, whose hits include “The Streak” and “Everything is Beautiful,” as well as former RCA recording artist Andy Griggs. He also had several indie cuts, including two by newly signed Curb recording artist Tim Dugger.


Managing Landscapes at the Frist – noon
The Nature Conservancy and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts are collaborating to offer a panel discussion about the reasons why we preserve landscapes–from the aesthetic to the life preserving. The panel will include representatives from The Nature Conservancy, the British government and Britain’s National Trust. The Frist Center’s current exhibit on landscape works by the British painter John Constable will provide inspiration and a point of discussion.

Fresh Family Feast at Warner Park Nature Center – 5:30pm
All ages family dinner at Warner Parks Nature Center. Register by calling (615) 352-6299.

Making Music in Berry Hill at Curious Hearts Emporium – 6pm
Join the Berry Hill Merchant’s Association for Making Music in Berry Hill. Free live music is provided on the 4th Friday of every month from April – September 2012. Entertainment starts at 6:00pm on the lawn of Curious Heart Emporium located at Bransford and Heather Place.

Red Caboose Concerts: Deep Grooves Steel Drum Band at the Bellevue Red Caboose Park Amphitheatre – 7pm
Who doesn’t love steel drums? Bring blankets or chairs and a picnic.

Film Screening: Stagecoach at Cookeville Depot Museum – dusk
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Absolut Present & Full Circle Presents: KDSML REVIEW at Exit In – 8pm, 21+
This free review will feature EDM and hip hop acts, including KDSML, Hectro, Creative Control, Treekeeper, and Special Guest: Herobust. RSVP at www.fullcirclepresents.com.


5th Annual Upscale Tag Sale at 2416 Vanderbilt Place – 8am-1pm
The Nashville Chi Omega Almunae Chapter is hosting the 5th Annual Upscale Tag Sale with proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee. Tag Sale shoppers will have the opportunity to browse and purchase gently-used name brand and non-name brand women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. All funds raised from the sale will go towards granting the wish of a Make-A-Wish child.

Garden Investigation at Warner Parks Nature Center – 9:30am-3pm
The Organic Garden is more than plants. Drop by the Nature Center to tour the Organic Garden, explore for insects and spiders, and of course, enjoy some vegetables snacks.

National Dance Day at Martin Center for Nashville Ballet – 10am-noon
Nashville Ballet’s National Dance Day will offer free classes in ballet, hip hop, contemporary and dance conditioning with elements of yoga and Pilates. All class participants will have an opportunity to learn choreography provided by SYTYCD, and perform as a group. The performance will be recorded and submitted to the SYTYCD website. Read more about National Dance Day.

The Puppet Truck Presents: Many Moons by James Thurber at Goodlettesville Library (10:30am) and Madison Library (2:30pm)
Your entire family will enjoy this musical version of Many Moons, the Caldecott-Award winning classic written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. This production features the fabulous Peeko Puppets. Running time: 40 minutes

Bilingual Story time at Edmondson Pike Library – 11am
It’ll be a morning of interactive literacy including Spanish/English stories, games, and songs.

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7pm
Enjoy live music by Radio Daze on June 30 with free Cha-cha 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.


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