Weekly Highlights – Aug 20-25


Nashville Predators Skate of the Union at the Bridgestone Arena – 4-8pm
This free event will feature player autographs, open skate, open house, Pro Shop deals, an auction item fire sale, Smashville Rewards demo, Smash Hit Karaoke and Town Hall meeting.

Dylan LeBlanc In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Buy his new record a day early and see him play an intimate performance. This dude has been surrounded by great music his whole life, and it shows.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
This 8 off 8th will feature performances by Anchor Thieves, Tower Defense, The By Gods, Roman Williams & The Prey, The Special K’s, Eastern Block, Donkey Show & Richard DuBois.

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: James “Nick” Nixon at the Main Public Library – 11:45am-1pm
A velvet-voiced blues/R&B entertainer, James “Nick” Nixon was a Chess recording artist in the 1970’s. Nick has also produced albums by many of the greats in the gospel genre, including the Grammy© winning Fairfield Four, and has been the recipient of the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award from The Blues Foundation.

World Famous Headliners In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
WFH is Big Al Anderson, Shawn Camp & Pat McLaughlin, along with Michael Rhodes on bass and Greg Morrow on drums. That’s some of Nashville’s biggest songwriters and most in-demand session musicians. Yeah, it’s going to be pretty amazing.

New Faces Nite at the Basement – 8pm, 21+
Featuring Auren Strange, Jonah Kraut, Megan Jean and the KFB, and Grandfather Child.

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.


Courtney Miller Santo at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
Join author Courtney Miller Santo for a reading and signing of her novel The Roots of the Olive Tree.

In Laud of Claude: 150th Birthday Concert for Claude Debussy at Blair School of Music – 7pm
Blair kicks off its 2012-13 concert season with a piano music gala in honor of the 150th birthday of Claude Debussy. Under the organization of dauntless pianist Craig Nies, Blair piano students from both the collegiate and precollege programs will perform solo piano works and duos that will include voice, clarinet and flute. There will even be cake!

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.


Brown Bag Lunch Special: Babby Musa / Nature’s Drums at Centennial Park Event Shelter – 11:30am-1:30pm
Live musical performance by Babby Musa / Nature’s Drums, food, and prizes.

Reception for Watkins and Hatch’s Rolling Stone Exhibit at Watkins – 5pm
The collection of original letterpress posters designed by Watkins Graphic Design students, which runs through August 26, is the result of a continuing collaborative workshop between Watkins and Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.

Jennie Fields at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
Join author Jennie Fields for a reading and signing of her novel The Age of Desire.

Poet’s Corner with Jeff Hardin at Scarritt-Bennett Front Porch – 7pm
Hardin’s recent and forthcoming poems appear in The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Grist, Measure, Smartish Pace, Iron Horse Literary Review, Sou’wester, Zone 3, Meridian, The Florida Review, and Southern Poetry Review, among others. He is the author of two chapbooks, Deep in the Shallows (GreenTower Press) and The Slow Hill Out (Pudding House). His first collection, Fall Sanctuary, received the 2004 Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press.


Spoken Word and Slam Poetry: Word at the First – 6pm
In collaboration with Southern Word, join the First for a night of spoken word and slam poetry in the Frist Center Cafe. Through the literary and performing arts, Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and to their lives and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities.

Lecture: In Plain Sight: Bill Traylor’s Work in Context at the First – 6:30pm
Bill Traylor was a chronicler of his time and place, whether he meant to be or not. Jeffrey Wolf believes that general categories rarely do justice to the intricacies and possible references made in his work. Drawings of farm scenes, street people, or cryptic “abstract structures,” become much more evident when contextualized by the everyday things Traylor saw in and around his world. This lecture will unpack these statements and explore why Bill Traylor is one of the South’s most appealing artists.


Summer Saturdays: Signs of Autumn at Warner Park Nature Center – 9:30am-3pm
The days are getting shorter, birds are migrating, and fall wildflowers are blooming. The leaves are changing color, and insects fill the fields. Come explore signs of fall!

Jane Bradley at Parnassus Books – 2pm
Join author Jane Bradley for a discussion and signing of her new novel, You Believers.

Big Band Dances in Centennial Park – 7pm
Enjoy live music by The Moonlighters on June 30 with free waltz dancing lessons. Get there early for the lessons and bring your dancing shoes.

Film Screening: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at Vanderbilt’s Commons Center South Patio Lawn – 11pm
A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working on a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson’s hugely successful book. Swedish with English subtitles. Rated R. 152 mins.

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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