Hey hey hey, it’s the weekly highlights, this time with 100% more intro! I’m currently typing this from an airplane flying out of Austin, TX. That means I’m very bored, and since I saw The Revolution last night (it was awesome), I’m going to see how many Prince references I can fit into this blog post. Enjoy, or don’t! I love you anyway.
What’s fun is that this Wednesday is Make Music Nashville, which is, apparently, all about making music. I hope this makes my mission easier. Probably won’t make it funnier. I’m not proud. Or tired.
8 off 8th: Hosted by Housequake at The Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Tell me, who in this house knows about the quake? BS. JK. Apparently Andreas Moss, Bantug, Brave Town, Jonie, Manrelic, Trella, and more will. Housequake presents. Aftershock!
Bingo at Beast Pub – 7pm
Get your bingo on every Monday from 7-10pm. It’s like triva but requires no skill and only modest levels of your attention.
Summer Classics with the Providence Pipes at the Main Public Library – 10:40am
I love it when events are listed with such hyper-specific start times! That’s 10:40am sharp, y’all! The Providence Pipes is a local recorder sextet. They’re performing in the Courtyard Gallery.
Thee Rock’n’Roll Residency at Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 18+
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.
Ellee Duke at The Basement – 7pm
The Basement’s calendar doesn’t really include bios on free events, so all I can say is she’s playing a Fender acoustic with what looks like a heart-shaped sound hole (whish reminds me of the guitar Prince played in the “Glam Slam” video, but less purple) in her photograph but yay free music!
ASCAP Presents: Bonner Black, Maxfield Camp, and apparently TBA at The Basement – 5pm
Yay free ASCAP showcase!
Swing Guitar Jam featuring Ranger Doug and Andy Reiss at Gruhn Guitars – 2pm
Join guitarists Ranger Doug (Riders In The Sky, The Time Jumpers) and Andy Reiss (The Time Jumpers) as they ride the rhythm range for an afternoon of swing music and guitar jamming! This open-invitation jam will give you the chance to play swing guitar favorites with two of the world’s authorities on the style. Bring your own guitar to join the jam. Can I say “jam” a few more times? Jam. Jammy jam. Jimmy Jam? Jaaaaaaaam.
Fork’s Drum Closet Drum Circle at Sevier Park – 3pm
Drummer, drummer, do your thing! You can bring your own instruments or use one of the many drums that will be provided by Fork’s. Presented by Make Music Nashville.
Beginner Guitar Workshop at the Country Music Hall of Fame – 1:30-3:30pm
Can you play this guitar? No? Well, Make Music Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame are teaming up for this beginners mini-lesson with Todd Woolsey (who has played with Joe Nichols, Pan Tillis, Tanya Tucker, and Lee Ann Womack). Group lessons will take place every 30 minutes.
Street Studio at Old Town Trolley Tours – 5pm
It’s no Paisley Park, but a small mobile recording studio will magically appear in downtown Nashville on Make Music Nashville. Two Nashville DJ/producers, Phil Haas & Matthew Maglione, invited you to join them in a completely improvised, music creation session. At the end of the day, they will mix down one track, using only the material recorded on-site, to share the sounds of our city with the world.
Zildjian Cymbal Jungle at Hartman Park Community Center – 1pm
This part of Make Music Nashville will include “over fifteen cymbals and other metal instruments provided by Zildjian Company” and I dunno, that kind of sounds like my version of hell but I’m sure kids will LOVE it. You might want to make sure they have ear protection, though. Cymbals, sticks and mallets will be provided.
A Better World. Singing. at Yazoo Brewery – 5:30pm
This is a group singing and reading session with the Barbershop Harmony Society, and it’s part of Make Music Nashville. You can even take place in a pop-up chorus “sharing the sounds of four-part harmony.” I’m gonna have to remember to Google how many harmony parts Prince sang on “7” because it sounds like literally all of them.
A Journey through a Musical Safari at Belmont University – 3:30-5pm
As part of Make Music Nashville, the music therapy program will be hosting music activities for children with special needs ages 3-12. Activities will include an instrument petting zoo, drumming, crafts, and much more. The music room will be located in the Gabhart Building.
String Crossing Jam at the Belmont Bell Tower – 5pm
Bring any string instrument and join the String Crossings camp jam at the Bell Tower! All genres and abilities welcome.
Nashville Scene’s Movies in the Park: Back To The Future at Elmington Park – dusk
Make like a tree and get outta here! Movie starts at dusk, but you’ll want to get there early to get a decent spot.
Make Your Own Paint By Numbers at the Main Public Library – 12pm
Artist Camilla Spadafino guides you to make an image you can paint on your own. Bring an easily traceable 8×11″ image you would like to paint. Space is limited: registration is required. Please call (615) 862-5853 to register.
Lunch & Learn w/ Artist Alan Suptrine at the Tennessee State Museum – 12:15pm
Shuptrine, nationally recognized for his paintings, will talk about his creative process for this body of work that celebrates the connections of the Appalachian mountains, and their historical and cultural counterparts in the British Isles. “This journey highlights Celtic traditions that were brought to America in the 18th Century, and are still being practiced today,” Shuptrine remarked.
Prince “Purple Rain” Listening Party at Grimey’s – 11am
I feel so blessed to have so many Prince references in this week’s Weekly Highlights! But seriously, this is exciting. The 3-disk Purple Rain reissue is out today, and it includes a disk of (mostly) never-before-heard Prince songs, a remastered version of the full soundtrack, a full CD of the singles, b-sides, and 12-inch mixes, AND a DVD of a live performance. Grimey’s will also be giving away snacks and some Prince vinyl.
Fun Friday Balloon Blast at Moss-Wright Park – 10am
Balloons and magic in Shelter #3, right near the playground. Yes, all kids will get a balloon at the end.
Steelism in-store at Grimey’s – 6pm
So much excellence at Grimey’s today! Steelism is an awesome Nashville-based instrumental group with some mighty fine steel guitar sounds (thus the name). This is totally worth a trip to Grimey’s for, guys. And apparently their new record has guests vocalists! Rad!
Acoustic Friday Nights at Centennial Park – 5pm
Featuring Jason Eskridge, Parker McKay, and more.
Them Vibes in-store at Grimey’s – 5pm
From the Grimey’s website: “Formed in East Nashville’s underground rock scene in 2013, Them Vibes quickly shook built a local following with their blitzkrieg live show and soulful songs. Influenced by the rhythmic sway of The Faces and T-Rex and infected with the raw energy of the Rolling Stones with a dollop of James Brown get-down, Them Vibes have injected new life into the anemic arm of what currently passes for mainstream rock n’ roll.”
Mr. Bond and the Science Guys: Tomorrow’s World at the Main Public Library – 10:30am
Check out new technologies, new forms of energy, and how the world of tomorrow handles science. For ages 4-13.
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park – 12-6pm
Featuring performances by The Weeks, DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Divinity Roxx, Centennial jamBands, and more.
Country Music Hall of Fame Petting Zoo at the Main Public Library – 10:30am
Bang a drum, strum an autoharp, and pick a banjo at this program where budding musicians of all ages experience instruments both new and familiar. For ages 3-13.