Weekly Highlights – May 8-14, 2017


A Talk About Addiction and The Craving Brain with Anderson Spickard at Montgomery Bell Academy – 5pm
Internationally recognized author, speaker and addiction medicine physician, Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr., will discuss The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery.


Thee Rock N’ Roll Residency at Mercy Lounge – 8pm
Started in April of ’13 by guitarists Jeremy Asbrock and Phil Shouse, Thee Rock N’ Roll Residency has become the longest-running, star-studdedest, Rock N’ Roll extravaganza in Nashville, TN. TRnRR’s weekly Tuesday night shows at Harp & Fiddle have become the stuff of legend, with guests such as Alice Cooper & band, Roger Glover & Don Airey (Deep Purple), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent, Whitford/St. Holmes), among others.

5th Annual Golden Years at Nashville Fairgrounds – 10am-2pm
This entirely free event for seniors offers a variety of health and wellness activities, giveaways, food and prizes. Now in its 5th year, the event continues to grow, and seniors continue to seek out this must-attend celebration. This year’s event will offer arts & crafts classes, massages, cooking tips, music, manicures, health info, and more.

Vox Grata Women’s Choir Musical Protest Against Human Trafficking at Second Presbyterian Church – 7pm
This concert will include choral works addressing the issue of slavery, featuring an extended work entitled “Reasons for the Perpetuation of Slavery” by American composer, Elizabeth Alexander. This compelling piece is a powerful musical protest against slavery in all its forms – in the past, present and foreseeable future. The program will also include works by Stephen Paulus, Joan Szymko, Daniel J. Hall, Rosephanye Powell, Kim Andre Arnesen and Michael Torke.

The 2nd Annual Ovid Collins, Jr. Concert Series at Brentwood United Methodist Church – 6:30pm
The Nashville Philharmonic performs free of charge and open to the public in its 2nd Annual W. Ovid Collins, Jr. Concert Series presenting the 2017 Concerto and Composition Winners.


Happy birthday to meeeee
It’s my birthday today and I’m pretty excited about it. A few years ago, I put together this list of birthday freebies several years ago (like … seven), and I’d love to update it. Hit me up with your favorite Nashville birthday feebies in the comments section so I can update the list!


Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print Film Screening – 6pm
For the first time in a full-length documentary, contract farmers tell their stories and industry experts reveal how the corporate production model pits farmer against farmer. Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print takes audiences on a road trip across the American South and to Southern India to understand what’s happening to farmers living under contract and what we can do to change our food system for the better.


Acoustic Friday Nights ft. KS Rhoads and Emily West, Jill Andrews, and K Phillips at Centennial Park – 5pm
In addition to its long-standing Saturday afternoon series, Musicians Corner debuted Acoustic Friday Nights in 2016, and will expand that series from 4 to 7 events. Musicians Corner Acoustic Friday Nights is where its audience will have the opportunity to hear artists in a stripped-down setting under the lights at Musicians Corner’s permanent location. This week’s show features live music by KS Rhoads and Emily West, Jill Andrews, and K Phillips.

Los Colognes in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
Los Colognes are a Nashville band who have managed to forge their own sound while channeling the best sonic worlds of the decades past. Their latest album ‘The Wave’ was built from the ground up with attention to each part, unlike the live approach used to record the group’s previous records. There is a certain economy of space in the songs that feels deliberate, while never ceasing to be warm and inclusive. Guitar and keyboard lines drift off each other in between lyrical exchanges while the drums propel the beat, sometimes meditative, sometimes driving.


4th Annual “Science Spectacular” Fundraiser for and at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 10am
East Nashville’s, Mr. Bond and the Science Guys are hosting the 4th annual “Science Spectacular” to benefit Shelby Bottoms Nature Center. The all-ages science show will be held at 1900 Davidson St, Nashville, TN. 37206. Attendees are encouraged but not required to make a donation while being treated to a show full of exciting experiments.

Kidsville at the Parthenon – 11am
Listen to the Greek mythology story of Athena’s mother; make a Mother’s Day gift: a foil pendant necklace inspired by the “metalsmithing” that Metis did to make Athena’s helmet.

Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park – 12-6pm
Musicians Corner’s 2017 Season will include twenty events, taking place on Fridays and Saturdays in May, June, August, and September. Events will feature multi-genre artist performances on the Main Stage and Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage, Kidsville activities, several of Nashville’s best Food Trucks (check the schedule), Dog of the Day, Featured Charity Partners, and the Musicians Corner Pub. Additionally, Saturday hours are being extended by one hour, with events taking place from 12 – 6 PM. This week’s Musicians Corner features live music from John Paul White, Smooth Hound Smith, Cary Ott, and The Harmaleighs.

The Handmade Nashville Summer Arts & Crafts Show at the Red Caboose Park in Bellevue – 10am-4pm
Handmade Nashville events feature only handmade items with a wide variety of locally made crafts including jewelry, natural bath and body products, clothing, bags, accessories, home decor, personalized gifts and much more!  We will have over 70 vendors plus food trucks.

Firefly Artisan Fair at The Clay Lady’s Campus – 7pm
The Clay Lady’s Campus hosts this brand-new community arts event, Firefly Artisan Fair. This outdoor night market will feature local artisans, music, food trucks, fire pit and s’mores. Attendees will not only enjoy a unique shopping experience under the stars but will be invited to participate in a larger art experience. Attendees will be invited to participate in a large art installation called “Nashville Clayscape”. There will also be artist demonstrations, and an opportunity to explore our “Friends of Firefly” area, which offers information about Nashville’s various art programs and organizations.


Jazz on the Cumberland at Nashville Cumberland Park – 5:30-8pm
Victor Chatman Productions and Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation are proud to present Season #6 of our Jazz On The Cumberland Concert Series. Jazz On The Cumberland is ranked nationally as the #1 destination for Jazz in the city of Nashville by FourSquare.com.

Happy Mother’s Day!
Call your mom, grandmothers, etc. The writer’s mother’s name is Joni and she’s pretty impressive (hi mom!).


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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.