Michelle Branch and Holly Williams at Imogen & Willie

6 May

Tonight Mas Tacos was at Imogen + Willie, just like usual, and they had some great music, like they often do.

Usually I drop by as Mas Tacos is opening, grab my food, and leave, but tonight was special. First of all, they were collecting donations for flood victims. Secondly, Michelle Branch and Holly Williams, two people I loved way back when, were playing.

I have to admit, I sort of made fun of myself for wanting to go. I haven’t listened to either of them in years and wasn’t sure how well the songs would hold up, but dang, I forget how much I like them.

Michelle and Holly are actually really good songwriters. Maybe my taste in Jr. High wasn’t as bad as I remember it being! Maybe I was feeling sentimental, I don’t know. All I know is that I really enjoyed it. Old songs were mixed with new songs and covers; Holly played a song about the car accident she and her sister were in a few years ago that choked me up.

Sadly, I couldn’t stay to see any of the other acts or really hang out because I have an exam bright and early tomorrow morning, but it was a really great event for a really great cause. I also heard that Imogen + Willie are matching whatever donations are collected. Before I left they had raised over $700.

Go Nashville! Go Imogen + Willie! Michelle and Holly, you two rock.

I’m going to have to actually stick around Imogen + Willie on Thursday nights now. I had no idea they events they had could be so cool.

-Emily

Michelle Branch and Holly Williams at Imogen & Willie

6 May

Tonight Mas Tacos was at Imogen + Willie, just like usual, and they had some great music, like they often do.

Usually I drop by as Mas Tacos is opening, grab my food, and leave, but tonight was special. First of all, they were collecting donations for flood victims. Secondly, Michelle Branch and Holly Williams, two people I loved way back when, were playing.

I have to admit, I sort of made fun of myself for wanting to go. I haven’t listened to either of them in years and wasn’t sure how well the songs would hold up, but dang, I forget how much I like them.

Michelle and Holly are actually really good songwriters. Maybe my taste in Jr. High wasn’t as bad as I remember it being! Maybe I was feeling sentimental, I don’t know. All I know is that I really enjoyed it. Old songs were mixed with new songs and covers; Holly played a song about the car accident she and her sister were in a few years ago that choked me up.

Sadly, I couldn’t stay to see any of the other acts or really hang out because I have an exam bright and early tomorrow morning, but it was a really great event for a really great cause. I also heard that Imogen + Willie are matching whatever donations are collected. Before I left they had raised over $700.

Go Nashville! Go Imogen + Willie! Michelle and Holly, you two rock.

I’m going to have to actually stick around Imogen + Willie on Thursday nights now. I had no idea they events they had could be so cool.

-Emily

Distractions

4 May

Guys, I know it’s been rough. Between the flooding and the power outages and the rationing of water I know that we’re all stressed out. This is a depressing time for us, but it’s amazing to me how we’ve all banded together over the past few days, really helping each other out.

We all need some distractions in times of crisis, and thankfully The Frist Center and Cheekwood are offering free admission Wednesday through Friday. If you’ve been working to pile sand bags to save our second water treatment plant or have been driving around feeding the displaced homeless, or even if you just donated money and are working to spread the news, come on by and chill out. We need it.

The way Nashville has banded together, it blows my mind. I know we’ve all been complaining that national news hasn’t covered this as much as they should, but I think part of it has to do with how well we’ve been handling it. Go Nashville!

Don’t forget to check out Nashvillest for up to date information.

Art After Hours

4 May

GALLERY ONE - Reverie by Susan Hall

I’m always surprised with how quickly this event always seems to come around. I’m talking, of course, about Art After Hours, which is an event that occurs on the first Thursday of every month. This month celebrates the one year anniversary of Art After Hours, which is fantastic. I always love seeing consistency in the world of free events.

Let’s look at some of the highlights:

  • The Cumberland Gallery (Green Hills) celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a special exhibition featuring the gallery’s extraordinary roster of outstanding southeastern and nationally known artists who have presented one-person shows over the years
  • Gallery One (Belle Meade Galleria) celebrates the gallery’s 5th year anniversary featuring the mixed media works of Suzy Scarborough and the figurative oil paintings of Susan Hall in an exhibition entitled, Veiled
  • LeQuire Gallery (near Sylvan Park) is honoring its 6th Anniversary previewing its upcoming exhibition, Influences of White, featuring paintings and sculptures by Maggie Rose, Lori Putnam, Somers Randolph, Ben Caldwell, Alan LeQuire, Marti Jones Dixon, and Joshua Bronaugh. LeQuire Gallery also expands its gallery offerings with the grand opening of its second location in Green Hills
  • Local Color (on Broadway) is celebrating its 20th year with new works by Sandee Sander and Anita Westerberg
  • Zeitgeist (Hillsboro Village) opened in May 1994 at Cummins Station and moved to its current location in Hillsboro Village in 1999.  To honor its diverse history of artists and artwork, the gallery is presenting a reception for its new exhibition, The Memphis School, welcoming Memphis-based artists Dwayne Butcher, Gadsby Creson, Tad Lauritzen Wright, and Bobby Spillman

Other participating galleries include The Arts Company, Finer Things Gallery, Midtown Gallery, Auld Alliance Gallery, Bennett Galleries, and Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery.

Check behind the cut for some images from the galleries. It’s always my favorite part about writing about Art After Hours

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Imogen Heap Contest Winner Revealed!!!

3 May

Winner!

Well guys, after two weeks and about a dozen contest entries, I’ve picked a winner. Jessica Rosenberg won two free tickets to the upcoming Imogen Heap show at the Ryman Auditorium with a freaking PAINTING! Yeah, she put a lot of effort into it, and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the best thing I saw. Among other entries were a few poems, an incredibly creepy video, a picture of free furniture arranged in a room, a pretty funny picture, and a painted bowl sent in from a freegan. I have to say, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get more entries. It’s harder than I thought to get people to enter to win awesome free stuff. Here are a few of the other good entries:

Beth Quarles, awesome bowl

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Dinner

I lol'd hardcore at this one, Kevin Sage

Again, big thanks to AEG Live/Messina Group. They have contests all the time and we’ll probably get together sometime soon to give you guys more free tickets! Add them on Facebook to keep up to date on this stuff, dudes!

Weekly Highlights – May 3-8

2 May

Monday

Rock’n’Roll Trivia at the Mercy Lounge – 6:30pm
What, you think you know more rock minutia than I do? Well, you’re probably right, but if you really want a challenge then you should hit up this event. It consists of three rounds of questions, two rounds of “name that tune,” and the rock and roll-est of final wagers where you can bet (and possibly lose) it all. The prizes are $50, $25 or $10 to be spent at Mercy Lounge. Plus, everyone gets free parking and beer specials all night. It’s about teams, so grab some friends, yo.

8 off 8th at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm
This week’s 8 off 8th is hosted by Baron Von Kinsolving and will feature performances from Les Honkie More Tonkies, Mike Younger, Old Union, Deadstring Brothers, Bud Carrol, Mike Farris, Greg Mangus, and Weekend Jimmy & The Easy Party.

Nashville Starving Artists at 3rd and Lindsley – 6pm
There’s no word on who will be playing with the Starving Artists, but it’s sure to be great. Nashville’s Starving Artists are a great backing band who have played with Billy Currington, Trisha Yearwood, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Sixwire, Dolly Parton, Richard Marx, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker and many others.

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The First of May (Praying it Doesn't Rain)

30 Apr

Well folks, right now the weather isn’t looking so great for tomorrow, which is a shame because there are a lot of cool sounding events planned. Even though the skies are supposed to open up and bring a downpour tomorrow, I’m going tell you about how Nashville is celebrating May 1st.

Cheekwood 50th Birthday Celebration – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
That’s right, Cheekwood is officially over the hill (that’s a thing, right?). Anyway, it’s Cheekwood’s 5oth birthday, and, as you’d expect, they’d like to celebrate it. Because Cheekwood is awesome, they’re letting everyone in for free! Yay! Also, there will be an extended Saturday AM for the kiddies, so they can get their craft on. Yes.

10th Annual Warner Parks Children’s Picnic at Warner Park Nature Center – 11am-2pm
This event is free, but they suggest you donate $5 or $10. Bring your whole family for music and nature-related fun and games. Clowns, hikes, arts and crafts, face painting, and a fabulous silent auction are just a few of the highlights. Families may pack their own picnic or purchase picnic lunches during the event. Unlike most Warner Parks events, you don’t have to register for this one.

Nashville Clean Water Project at Percy Priest Lake – 8am-5pm
The Nashville Clean Water Project returns to Percy Priest Lake where recreationalists, fishermen and residents of the Midstate are leaving (sometimes dumping!) their trash behind. Make a difference, make friends, and make Mother nature proud at the Largest Water Cleanup in Nashville History. Register for a well organized event and free swag at www.CleanPercyPriest.org.

Community BBQ at Benton Hall Academy in Franklin – 3-7pm
I’m pretty sure the BBQ isn’t free, but there will be games, live music, balloon art, and face painting (fun fact: I used to do that as my job). BBQ is fantastic, and I’d go just for the sake of smelling it. Oh man, such good smells….

Bark in the Park in Lebanon, TN – 1-5pm
Celebrating 10 years, New Leash on Life presents Bark in the Park in Downtown Lebanon. Enjoy an afternoon of contests, vendors, food, fun for dogs and their people (apparently your pets own you). The day’s activities will include contests, demonstrations, micro-chipping ID clinic, a silent auction, pet photo booth, Pawcasso Paw Print Portraits and much more. Sounds like fun for people who are absolutely insane about their dogs.

Fiesta Belmont – 12pm-7pm
Fiesta Belmont is probably one of my favorite Belmont events. It’s only related to Belmont in that it’s on their quad. There will be local Latin live music (traditional and salsa), kid’s activities, games, pinatas, cultural displays (history & cultural displays in tent), as well as other awesome-ness, namely the food. Oh man, SO MUCH GOOD FOOD. I can guarantee I’ll be there at noon to get some awesome lunch, and I’ll probably be back for dinner since I’ll be stuck on campus all day. I recommend everything. Absolutely everything.

First Saturday Art Crawl – 6-10pm
Get your art viewing on. Check out all the art galleries in Nashville, which will be open late and will provide refreshments for you and there will be a shuttle bus taking you to different galleries. I recommend starting in the Arcade downtown.

Free Comic Book Day
Lance already told us about this one. Free comics!

The First of May (Praying it Doesn’t Rain)

30 Apr

Well folks, right now the weather isn’t looking so great for tomorrow, which is a shame because there are a lot of cool sounding events planned. Even though the skies are supposed to open up and bring a downpour tomorrow, I’m going tell you about how Nashville is celebrating May 1st.

Cheekwood 50th Birthday Celebration – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
That’s right, Cheekwood is officially over the hill (that’s a thing, right?). Anyway, it’s Cheekwood’s 5oth birthday, and, as you’d expect, they’d like to celebrate it. Because Cheekwood is awesome, they’re letting everyone in for free! Yay! Also, there will be an extended Saturday AM for the kiddies, so they can get their craft on. Yes.

10th Annual Warner Parks Children’s Picnic at Warner Park Nature Center – 11am-2pm
This event is free, but they suggest you donate $5 or $10. Bring your whole family for music and nature-related fun and games. Clowns, hikes, arts and crafts, face painting, and a fabulous silent auction are just a few of the highlights. Families may pack their own picnic or purchase picnic lunches during the event. Unlike most Warner Parks events, you don’t have to register for this one.

Nashville Clean Water Project at Percy Priest Lake – 8am-5pm
The Nashville Clean Water Project returns to Percy Priest Lake where recreationalists, fishermen and residents of the Midstate are leaving (sometimes dumping!) their trash behind. Make a difference, make friends, and make Mother nature proud at the Largest Water Cleanup in Nashville History. Register for a well organized event and free swag at www.CleanPercyPriest.org.

Community BBQ at Benton Hall Academy in Franklin – 3-7pm
I’m pretty sure the BBQ isn’t free, but there will be games, live music, balloon art, and face painting (fun fact: I used to do that as my job). BBQ is fantastic, and I’d go just for the sake of smelling it. Oh man, such good smells….

Bark in the Park in Lebanon, TN – 1-5pm
Celebrating 10 years, New Leash on Life presents Bark in the Park in Downtown Lebanon. Enjoy an afternoon of contests, vendors, food, fun for dogs and their people (apparently your pets own you). The day’s activities will include contests, demonstrations, micro-chipping ID clinic, a silent auction, pet photo booth, Pawcasso Paw Print Portraits and much more. Sounds like fun for people who are absolutely insane about their dogs.

Fiesta Belmont – 12pm-7pm
Fiesta Belmont is probably one of my favorite Belmont events. It’s only related to Belmont in that it’s on their quad. There will be local Latin live music (traditional and salsa), kid’s activities, games, pinatas, cultural displays (history & cultural displays in tent), as well as other awesome-ness, namely the food. Oh man, SO MUCH GOOD FOOD. I can guarantee I’ll be there at noon to get some awesome lunch, and I’ll probably be back for dinner since I’ll be stuck on campus all day. I recommend everything. Absolutely everything.

First Saturday Art Crawl – 6-10pm
Get your art viewing on. Check out all the art galleries in Nashville, which will be open late and will provide refreshments for you and there will be a shuttle bus taking you to different galleries. I recommend starting in the Arcade downtown.

Free Comic Book Day
Lance already told us about this one. Free comics!

Cultural Heroes with Josh White Jr.

29 Apr

Josh White Jr. is a Tony Award winning actor, Grammy nominated recording artist, and an educator. “Cultural Heroes,” which opens tomorrow at the LeQuire Gallery is an exhibit that features portrait busts of important, well, cultural heroes from the 20th century civil rights battle like Woody Guthrie, Billie Holiday, Lead Belly, and Bessie Smith. The newest addition to the collection is a bust of Josh White Sr., legendary blues guitarist and the father of the special guest.

I guess you can probably see the connection by now, right? Josh White Jr. is coming to honor his father as well as 35 others who are honored by the collection. But what exactly is Josh doing to honor these people? Well, he’s having a concert. He’ll be performing in the Little Theatre at Fisk University on Sunday, May 2nd at 4pm. The program will consist of Josh dedicating individual thematically connecting segments to each of the Heroes.  He will give a brief highlight bio of each, some personal stories about each, and then a performance of a song identified with that Hero and their struggle in the civil rights movement.  Among the songs heard in the program will be “Freedom Road,” “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” “Bourgeois Blues,” “Joe Hill,” “My Country Tis of Thee,” “Strange Fruit,” “Uncle Sam Says,” “The House I Live In,” and “This Land is Your Land.”

It sounds like a great way to pay tribute to some great people. Check it out.

What: Josh White Jr. Performance
Where: Little Theatre at Fisk University
When: Sunday May 2nd at 4pm

White Noise Party at Limelight

27 Apr

What: White Noise Party

When: Friday April 30th

Where: Limelight

COST: $8, free for ladies before 10pm (and possibly free booze)

Now, you know I’m not the biggest fan of writing about events that aren’t exactly free. Actually, that’s not true, I write about them with some frequency. I know the site is called Nashville for FREE, but I’m all about dirt-cheap-big-bang-for-your-buck type things, and that’s where this event comes in.

Here’s the deal: the people at Cohan Braswell Entertainment think that all the things that happen in Nashville are boring (they said something about ADD? I don’t know, they lost me by this part in the press release), and they’re out to change that. The boringness, not the ADD. Maybe the ADD, I actually have no idea. What I DID gather is that Evan P. Donohue, Future the Artist, Dee Goodz, and Clint Wilson of Darla Farmer will be playing and there will be a fashion show, live abstract painting, independent film, and even a burlesque show.

The cost of the event is $8, but if it’s one of those deals where they let the ladies in for free to bring in the fellas. Also, there’s a pregame party at 828 kirkwood ave., and if you pay the $8 cover there (the same as the White Noise Party), then you get FREE ALCOHOL all night, a FREE RIDE to and from Limelight. That’s right, free alcohol. Man, usually I tell you about free events and then you have to buy your own booze. This is the opposite of that. Take what you will from it.

-Emily