Weekly Highlights – Aug 29 – Sept1


Belmont Faculty Concert Series at MPAC – 7:30pm
Country classics performed with a jazz twist.

Bowling Green Invasion: 8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring performances by Televermin, Fair-Weather Kings, Kentucky Prophet, Canago, Heavy Chase, Schools, Opossum Holler & The Lost River Cavemen.

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 Gypsy Hombres at the Main Public Library – 11:45am-1pm
Music from . . . The Gypsy Hombres! For lunch! Downtown!

LookIn: Clybourne Park at 161 Rains Ave. – 5:30pm
Come “look in” at what happens before the curtain goes up. Walk into the private world of rehearsal and learn about the creative process of the director, set designer, and costume designer. View an excerpt of the performance as it is being shaped in the rehearsal process. You have to RSVP here.

Rayland Baxter In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Description directly from Grimey’s: “The Tennessean recently proclaimed him one of Nashville’s most buzzed-about singer-songwriters. His previous self-released EP prompted The Civil Wars to personally ask Baxter to open shows for them.” Don’t miss his performance to celebrate the release of his new record!

SESAC Presents Nashville’s Hot Pop Summer at the High Watt Stage at the Mercy Lounge – 7pm
Featuring performances by Regie Hamm with Dave Pittman, David Petrelli & Kristen Wright.

SOLD OUT: Yelp Helps at the Cannery Ballroom – 6pm
This fun night out–with music, complimentary spirits and light bites, and “Minute to Win It” challenges–to learn more about the nonprofits doing important work in our area. The event is free but you have to RSVP online.

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm, 21+
Featuring Javier Dunn, Birds and Batteries, The Inlaws, Hoseff, Marmalakes, New Roses Red and Joshua Michael Robinson


Billy Block Presents Folk Night at Two Old Hippies – 6pm
Come on down to the Billy Block Show and you might see some future stars of country (or folk) music.

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.


The Nashville Alternators at Two Old Hippies – 6:30pm
As the name implies, this group consists of seasoned musicians who have numerous credits as songwriters, producers and session players. Who will be playing? Well, members . . . alternate.

Community Forum: “Fluoride, Plastics, & Vaccines: What Parents Should Know” at Vanderbilt 100 Oaks Clinic – 6:30pm
All interested community members are invited to a community forum hosted by Vanderbilt’s Center in Molecular Toxicology. There will be brief presentations followed by audience Q&A and discussion. This forum aims to provide useful information and answer questions related to three topics that may be of concern to parents/caregivers of young children:

  • BPA and other dangerous plastics commonly found in bottles and food/drink packaging
  • Vaccines/immunizations and concerns linking these to autism and other adverse health effects
  • Fluoride and health issues related to this additive in the water supply and use in dental products

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.


Free Symposium at Vanderbilt’s First Amendment Center – 5:30pm
Jimmy Carter, one of the founding members of The Blind Boys of Alabama, will take part in a free symposium “The Influence of Music on The Civil Rights Movement,” presented in partnership with Fisk University. “Fisk University is excited to share in presenting the music of the Civil Rights Era, which has become the music for social change sung around the globe,” said Reavis L. Mitchell, Dean, School of Humanities/Behavioral Social Sciences & Professor of History. Presented by Musicians Corner.

Blue Moon Hike at Edwin Warner Park Pavilion #9 – 7:30pm
Join Team Green Adventures and Cumberland Transit for a moonlight stroll at Edwin Warner park once a month during the full moon! We’ll hike approximately 4.5 miles on a paved path, so bring your walking or hiking shoes, plenty of water, friends, and family.

Trevecca’s 20th Annual Pops Concert at Trevecca – 7:30pm
The Trevecca Symphony Orchestra will present its 20th annual Pops Concert under the Stars on the Quadrangle on the Trevecca Nazarene University campus. The concert is entitled “Pops Top Ten” and will feature film, pop and light classics selected by the orchestra members, celebrating 20 years of the Pops and 25 years of the TSO.


Musicians Corner in Centennial Park – 3-6pm
Musicians Corner is back for the fall with food trucks, kids fun, and some great performances. Performers include The Blind Boys of Alabama, Karen Elson, a Nashville Symphony Quartet Jeremy Lister and more!

Diana Darby In-Store at Grimey’s – 5pm
A bit of info from Grimey’s: “Diana Darby is an exceptionally-gifted songwriter whose songs Pitchfork called ‘minimal, whispered rendition(s)’ of ‘powerfully fatalistic evaluations of hope.’ Her music has been described as ‘noir folk’. ” Don’t miss her in-store!

Art Crawl in the Arcade – 6-10pm
It’s the first Saturday of the month, which means that art galleries downtown will be open late and serving free wine. It’s pretty awesome.

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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