Weekly Highlights – Aug. 13-18


Fancytramp in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Hey, it’s a cassette release party. I’ve heard them described as “glitter punk” and “bubble grunge,” which sounds kind of awesome.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
This 8 off 8th will feature performances by Leah Korbin, Frett Not, Levi Weaver, Magnolia Sons, Grass Root Kids, Forget Cassettes, Umbrella Tree and The Constables.

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. He’s pretty fantastic.


Courtyard Concerts: The WannaBeatles at the Main Public Library (in the courtyard) – 11:45am-1:00pm
The WannaBeatles are a Beatles cover band (duh) that features award-winning musicians. They might not look like the band, but they sure do play like them!

Radney Foster in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
This in-store is an album release party for Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged & Lonesome by Radney Fosters (of Foster & Lloyd.) On this record, he reimagines his debut album. Come down and check him out.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm, 21+
This New Faces Nite will feature Whitey Man, Alana Royale, Mat Burke, Kelly Steward, John Reynolds, Ali Holder and Daniel Thomas and more.

Charles Walker, Charles Treadway, and Pat Bergeson at 12 South Taproom – 9:00pm
One of the best B3 organists, one of the best soul singers,  and one of the best guitarists in Nashville in one room? You better believe it. It’s going to be a great set of music.


Parnassus Book Club: The Rules of Civility at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
Join the Parnassus Book Club and moderator Kathy Schultenover for a discussion ofThe Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles.

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.


Parnassus Book Club: The Rules of Civility at Parnassus Books – 10:00am
Join the Parnassus Book Club and moderator Kathy Schultenover for a discussion ofThe Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles.

WSM Live: Lonesome River Band at Station Inn – 5pm
Over the past 25 years, they’ve become one of the most popular bluegrass bands on the festival circuit. Come catch them at this free show that will broadcast on WSM.

Greenspace Photographers & Friends Reception at Scarritt-Bennett Center – 6pm
A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit Greenspace, which features the work of 14 photographers who have masterfully captured fleeting images from nature.  You can find it on the 2nd floor of the Laskey building.

The Guilty Pleasures on Main Street in Gallatin – 6:30pm
Come see the Guilty Pleasures on Gallatin’s historic downtown square.

Science Cafe: Other Planets in the Universe at Adventure Science Center – 7pm
This month, Rocky Alvey of Dyer Observatory will discuss the search for other planets in the universe. It’s a discussion, not a lecture, so come prepared to participate!

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.


Nature Storytime at Warner Parks Nature Center – 10:30am
Stories for your kids under the big beech tree!

Film Screening: Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworth Working with Time at the Frist Center – 7pm
About the film: “When I create a work, I often take it to the very edge of its collapse,” says Andy Goldsworthy in the opening of the award winning documentary Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time. Become entranced in his process, as the British artist creates intricate and ephemeral sculptures from natural materials, playing against time and weather. Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2001. 90 minutes.

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

Tales at Twilight: Farmer Jason at Bellvue Red Caboose Park Amphitheatre – 7pm
Farmer Jason provides “Rockin’ music for all generations.”

Absolut Present & Full Circle Presents: KDSML REVIEW  at Exit/In – 8pm, 21+
It’s a hip-hop and EDM dance party and so much more. It’ll feature performances by KDSML, Creative Control, Hecto, Treekeeper, and herobust. Apparently you need to RSVP at Full Circle Presents, but I couldn’t find an RSVP link ANYWHERE.


Summer Saturdays: Celebrate Hummingbirds at Warner Parks Nature Center – 9:30am-3pm
Hummingbird migration is in full swing! Join Warner Parks in sending off these ruby-throated visitors. They will have banding hummingbird exhibits to teach you about their smallest bird.

Sparta Sock-Hop and Cruise In at Liberty Square in Sparta – 5-8pm
I don’t know much about a sock-hop, but there will be some classic cars to gawk at.

Bad Friend in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Here’s what Grimey’s says about this: “Bad Friend is back! And they’ve finally committed some of their music to vinyl. Their full-length debut album is called “Let It Go”. It’s limited to 100 copies, all with silk-screened covers, and will be available at this in-store performance.”

Beachaven Winery: Jazz on the Lawn featuring CJQ – 6:30pm
Bring lawn chairs and a picnic (no grills, and please don’t BYOB).

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7pm
Enjoy live music by The Paul Ross Orchestra on June 30 with free salsa 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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