Weekly Highlights – Sept. 10-15


Author Event with Charlotte Pierce-Baker at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
Charlotte Pierce-Baker will be promoting her new book, This Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son. A moving and ultimately hopeful account of a family’s struggle to understand and accept their son’s bipolar disorder, Pierce-Baker’s new memoir paves the way for candid conversation on mental health in African Americans.

Film Screening: Not One Less at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
In a village in China mired in poverty, the teacher must leave for a month and can find only a 13-year old girl to substitute. He leaves one stick of chalk for each day and promises her an extra ten yuan if there’s not one less student when he returns. When one student turns up missing, she travels to the city to look for him in a place where thousands of children are working in the underground labor force or begging on the street. China (1999) Dir: Yimou Zhang. Mandarin with English subtitles. Rated G. 106 mins.

8 off 8th Back to School Spectacular at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring Caleb, The Devious Angels, Guthrie Trapp, Schools, Wild Cub, Sol Cat, Charlie and All Them Witches.

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: Riders in the Sky at the Main Public Library – 11:45am-1pm
Music from 2-time Grammy© – winning favorites Riders In The Sky! For fans of that old-timey country music. Love it!

Bob Dylan’s Tempest Listening Party at Grimey’s – 5pm
Listen to Bob’s new record, and maybe win a super rare test pressing! Free beer and posters.

Paper Route in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Celebrate the release of Paper Route’s new record, The Peace of Wild Things with an in-store performance from the local indie rockers.  

New Faces Nite at The Basement – 8pm, 21+
Featuring Ruby Jane, Stephanie Nilles, Smoking Flowers, Rod Melancon and Lachlan Bryan.


15th Annual Buds-n-Suds Music Festival at Loser’s – 5:30-11pm
It may be free, but it’s a benefit show for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Tennessee Chapter, so please consider donating. Performers include Heidi Newfield, The Big Rock Show, Love and Theft, Keith Anderson, El Camino (feat. Jon Nicholson & Shannon Lawson,) Capitol recording artist Kelleigh Bannen, Jared Blake, and Johnny T, plus Dee Jay Silver.

Film Screening: A People Uncounted at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema – 7:30pm
The Roma (Gypsies) faced annihilation during the Nazi “Final Solution,” yet have been relegated to a footnote in history. Today, the Roma are victims of extreme and often violent racial persecution. This documentary brings the Romani history to life through the rich interplay of their poetry, music, and compelling first hand accounts. Canada (2011) Dir: Aaron Yeger. English. Unrated. 99 mins

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: Higher Ground Band at Centennial Park Event Shelter – 11:30am-1:30pm
Live musical performance by Higher Ground Band, food, and prizes.

Live on the Green: The Wallflowers, Delta Spirit, The Dunwells at Public Square Park – 5pm
This week’s Live on the Green is brought to you by The Americana Festival, which has tons of other great shows and showcases going on. Don’t miss it, and check out The Americana Fest while you’re at it.


HealthSpring Senior Day at the Zoo – 9am-4pm
Senior Day at the Zoo is the result of a partnership between Nashville Zoo and HealthSpring. HealthSpring is based in Nashville and is one of the country’s largest coordinated care plans whose primary focus is the Medicare Advantage market. Adults 65 and older get free zoo admission all day.

The World of Mother Goose at the Main Public Library – 10:30am & 11:30am
Wishing Chair Productions presents an exciting program celebrating the rhymes and rhythms of Mother Goose. This high energy, interactive show features live performances, hand puppets, music, and marionettes. Running time: 30 minutes

Vanderbilt University Orchestra and Vanderbilt Wind Symphony at the Blair School of Music – 8pm
The pride of the Blair School’s collegiate program present an engaging instrumental evening. The Vanderbilt University Orchestra presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a dazzling, colorful, Eastern-inspired orchestral work that’s widely considered the composer’s most popular. The Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, meanwhile, presents a program titled “Wind Band Classics: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”


Americanarama V at Grimey’s – 10am-6pm
It’s Grimey’s local outdoor sale/party. It’s part of one of my favorite local music festivals, The Americana Music Festival, and it’s completely free. It’ll feature performances by Rayland Baxter, Tim Easton, Tift Merritt, Luella & The Sun, The Mastersons, Kim Richey, Howling Brothers, Amy Cook and Patrick Swean.

Urban Chicken Appreciation Day at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 10am
Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? We will celebrate our feathered friends by discussing how to turn a very urban space into a pecking paradise. Come learn what practices will fly according to city law and the best way to get started in backyard chicken keeping.

Fall Folk Festival & Buchanan Marketplace at Buchanan Log House – 10am-5pm
Many guests dress in period costumes for this special occasion. There will be a visit from President Abe Lincoln. There will also be quilting, weaving, spinning, country dancing, candle making, stitching, embroidery, basket weaving, blacksmithing, soap making, wood carving, chair caning, train rides for \children, free live music and genealogy including the James Buchanan Family History. Food & drinks available on site. Plenty of free parking.

Goodlettsville’s 2nd Annual Arts & Antiques Festival on Main Street – 10am-5pm
A free community event along Main Street, featuring an Antique Appraisal Show presented by the Goodlettsville Antique Dealers, the 100 for 100 Art Show & Sale presented by Artists on Main and a Goodlettsville Food Court with samples from local restaurants and caterers presented by the Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce.

Author Event with Charlotte Pierce-Baker at Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt – 2pm
Charlotte Pierce-Baker will be promoting her new book, This Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son. A moving and ultimately hopeful account of a family’s struggle to understand and accept their son’s bipolar disorder, Pierce-Baker’s new memoir paves the way for candid conversation on mental health in African Americans.

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park – 3-6pm
Musicians Corner is also affiliated with The Americana Festival this year, and it’ll feature performances by Sam Bush, Hoots & Hellmouth, Charlie Faye and more.

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.


Sunday School at Exit In – 7pm
Tower Defense, Meadownoise, Bows and Arrows will be performing at Exit/In’s new weekly free show.



About Emily

Emily (Founder/Editor in Chief) : Emily is a graduate from Belmont University, where she majored in Music Business. She’s originally from rural Ohio, where there are many cows, a river, and one vineyard. Though she moved to Seattle in 2015, Emily maintains a love of both Nashville and free things, and is actively looking for contributors for NashvilleForFree.com. If you're interested, reach out to her at emily@nashvilleforfree.com.