Weekly Highlights – July 1-6


Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at The Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring Nathan Reich, Deli, Ryegrass, Xyon, Lines In The Sky, Radar Vs Wolf, Shy Guy, The Subnovas.


Phil Madeira at Grimey’s Too – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “Phil Madeira is an American songwriter, producer, musician and singer from Nashville, Tennessee. His songs have been recorded by The Civil Wars, Buddy Miller, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Keb’ Mo’, Garth Brooks, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The North Mississippi Allstars and many others … As if that wasn’t enough, Phil is also a painter and author! His latest book is called “God On The Rocks” and Phil will join us at Howlin’ Books to celebrate with an in-store performance and book signing.”


Priests In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “Priests are Daniele Daniele, Taylor M, G.L. Jaguar, K.A. Greer. They are an all-girl punk band from Washington, DC. They are smart, politically charged, and furious. They’ve been working on building their own scene in DC and have begun taking it on the road. Priests have a 7″ single out (available at Grimey’s) and two cassettes they sell on tour. Priests come highly recommended to us by our friends at Third Man. Come welcome them to town and let’s rock out together in the record store!”


Music City Hot Chicken Festival in East Park – 11am-3pm
Be one of the first 500 people in line (no easy feat) and get free samples! Otherwise, eat yourselves some hot chicken!

Music City Independence Day Celebration at Riverfront Park – 1-10pm
All day family fun, live performances from The Band Perry, Keb Mo and fireworks set to the Nashville Symphony. Check for more info here.

Nashville Dancin’ at Riverfront Park – 5pm
Not sure how this will work with the Independence Day stuff going on, but it’s scheduled to include performances by Derek St Holmes Band, Phoenix Stone, Molly Sue Gonzalez, The Cultivation.


Franklin Art Crawl in Downtown Franklin – 6-9pm
Held the first Friday of every month, the Franklin Art Scene is a free tour in downtown Franklin, Tenn., featuring artists and working studios, with work ranging from handcrafted jewelry to antique prints and original art to mixed media and live music. Wine, refreshments, and live music are often available at the locations.

Chris Mulkey and Deluxe and Ten Out of Tenn at Riverfront Park – 6:30-9:30pm
There was just too much music for one Independence Day Celebration! Oh, and there will also be free fireworks.

Film Screening: His Girl Friday at Cookeville Depot – 8pm
The movie is free and sodas and popcorn are just $1 each. Not a bad deal for a Friday night.


Summer Saturdays: Butterfly Fun at Warner Parks Nature Center – 9am-3pm
Did you know there are over 20,000 species of butterflies worldwide? If you love these beautiful insects and want to learn more, come visit Warner Parks Nature Center. There will be crafts, activities, and a chance to help the North American Butterfly Association with their butterfly count.

Puppet Truck Presents Aesops Fables – Thompson Ln Branch (10:30am), Goodlettsville Branch (2:30pm)
A bright new adaptation of Aesop’s classic tales comes to you complete with puppets, humor and wisdom. Stay tuned for a classic race, a new friendship, some not so tasty grapes, and many more stories. Laugh until you cry or until you’ve learned your lesson. Running time: 30 minutes

July Pop-Up Art Show during the Art Crawl at CoLab Nashville – 6pm
Check out the local art that you won’t see in the galleries.

First Saturday Art Crawl at the Arcade – 6-9pm
Art, wine, snacks and people to mingle with. Mingle away!


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