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Live Music Week of June 10 through June 16 2013

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This last week was filled with a whole bunch of great music.  I went to Music City Roots on Wednesday to see Jacob Jones and discovered Black Jake and The Carnies.  Saturday afternoon I spent the afternoon at Centennial Park and Musicians Corner excited to finally catch Striking Matches, who have been tearing up Nashville stages recently, and was treated to a short performance by my new favourite, bow tie wearing, pop songwriter, Korby Lenker. Saturday night a last minute invitation got me out the The Family Wash in East Nashville to finally see Kevin Gordon, I am now a believer! Sunday night had me singing along to every Dawes song at The Ryman and witnessing one of the best open acts and audiences I have ever seen with Shovels and Rope

Even with Bonaroo going on this upcoming week there is still a whole lot of great music to catch right here in Nashville and a great way to experience Bonaroo if you can’t go for the whole week.

6/10/13     The Time Jumpers     3rd and Lindsley

6/10/13     8 off 8th with Kristen Cothron and more     Mercy Lounge

6/10/13     Val Storey, Carl Jackson & Larry Cordle     Station Inn

6/10/13     Mike Henderson Band     Bluebird Cafe

Monday is usually  a good night in Nashville if you are in the mood to head out to hear some music.  Usually I would just choose one but the above shows are pretty much always happening weekly, so pick your flavour tonight!  

6/11/13     Jason Isbell     Grimey’s New & Preloved Music

Grimey’s is above The Basement and often has a short set with a variety of different artists, local and passing through.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) Marhshall Chapman will be at Grimey’s Too which is right next door.  Shows usually start at 6pm.  

6/12/13     Gary Talley and The Road Home     Music City Roots

I had so much fun at the Loveless Barn last week as I knew I would.  This week I want to give a shout out to my former guitar teacher and member of  The Box Tops. 

6/13/13    Donna The Buffalo, Tommy Malone, 18 South, The Lonely Biscuits      Nashville Dancin    Riverfront Park

This is the first night for Nashville Dancin, a long awaited replacement to Dancing In The District.  I can’t wait to check it out.  This is a great lineup, you might remember my previous experience seeing 18 South for the first time.  If not read about it here: 

6/14/13     Symphony Under The Stars     Centennial Park

There are only a few opportunities to get to see the Nashville Symphony play outside and for free.  With all the hooplah about the selling of the Schermerhorn it might be the best way to spend your Friday night before the opportunity goes way!

6/15/13     Booker T Jones     Frankin Theatre

Booker T and the M.G.’s, Green Onions, really do I have to spell it out for you! Just go.  

6/16/13    Kacey Musgraves, Sam Bush & DelMcCoury, Tom Petty, Drew Holcomb, John Oates  Bonaroo Day Trip

I’m not sure why they have created a shuttle this year but for the faint of heart like me, a whole week at Bonaroo sounds like a good idea but in reality it’s not happening.  If I had to pick one day to go to Bonaroo this  year Sunday would be the day.  

 

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Live Music Week of June 3 through June 9 2013

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6/3/13     Keb Mo Monday Night Blues Show Farm at Fontanel

I discovered Mr. Moore opening for Bonnie Raitt a number of years ago and have been hooked on him ever since.  The last concert I saw him at was at The Ryman for his 60th birthday and he was more than amazing.  The great thing about living in Nashville is knowing people who work with great artists like him, and I do.  So I have not only received an autographed CD from him for a recent birthday but I also sat next to him and his son at 3rd and Lindlsey and he bought me lunch! Not only talented, but a kind man as well. Okay I’m bragging, sorry. 

6/4/13     The Players     3rd and Lindsley

Check out this lineup – Brent Mason, John Hobbs, Paul Franklin, Eddie Bayers, and Michael Rhodes. Don’t know who these guys are?  Then go and you will never wonder again.   These guys could “play me” anytime! 🙂

6/5/13     Jacob Jones, John England and the Western Swingers     Music City Roots

I love his song “Play it Loud Ray” that I keep hearing on Lightning 100 and I recently caught his set at Hootenanny.  I’ve heard he keeps the swing dancers happy at the 5 Spot weekly and I almost saw him again Saturday night but just couldn’t stay up that late so thank goodness for an early show this Wednesday at the Loveless Cafe.  I know I say I’ll be there most weeks but I’m thinking it’s a sure thing this Wednesday!

6/6/13     Symphony Under The Stars     East Park

I love and hate this time of year.  So much to hear and see and so little time.  I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Thursday night and it’s right here in my neck of the woods! 

6/7/13     Pat McLaughlin Band     Douglas Corner Cafe

If I had my way I’d spend every night out enjoying the amazing music that is to be found nightly in Music City.  I came late to the game discovering the intensely soulful  Pat McLaughlin (see my previous post) but I’m so grateful I know who he is now.  

6/8/13     Rory Partin and His All Star Big Band Dancing in Centennial Park

There are only a few weeks every summer that we get a chance to dance underneath the stars to a live big band.  This will be the first week since they cancelled the June 1 event.  There are two dance lessons each week.  The first one starts at 7. My suggestion is to come to the park early and check out Striking Matches at Musician’s Corner, grab dinner at a food truck, bring a blanket for a nap on the grass, then head to the Pavilion!

6/9/13     Dawes     Ryman Auditorium

By far my favourite new band from the past few years.  I think the lead singer sounds like a young James Taylor and I am always a fan of great singable melodies.   

 

Live Music Week of May 20 through May 26 2013

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5/27/13     The Time Jumpers     3rd and Lindsley

Check out any number of my previous posts for why I think this is the best thing going for a Monday night or just believe me and go.  You might actually see me there! 

5/28/13     Joshua O’dine     The Basement’s New Faces Nite

I have a resentment toward this guy because he held me up one New Year’s Eve when I was running sound at Cafe Coco. However, I remember him as being uber-talented so I will let it go and suggest you check him and a number of other great up and coming artists out at this weekly event.  This is a favourite Nashville venue that I need to add to my list. 

5/29/13   James Otto, Striking Matches     3rd and Lindsley

Although Steve Martin, Edie Brickell & Steep Canyon Rangers at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center was my first pick, I couldn’t get tickets, atleast without missing a car payment!  I will however settle for my new favourite band who you just aren’t going to stop hearing me talk about for a while, sorry.  James Otto is no slacker himself either.  

5/30/13     Kristen Cothron      Springwater Supper Club

Kristen is another singer, songwriter, artist who has been on my radar for a number of years.  Her soulful and sultry performance can be seen on a regular basis these days at The Springwater.  The Springwater Supper Club, as they call it, is one of the oldest musical establishments in Nashville but don’t be fooled if you haven’t been there before, it’s a dive bar with a stage. Still a fun hang for a Thursday night. 

5/31/13     12 Against Nature: A Steely Dan Experience     3rd and Lindsley

I haven’t seen this band but it’s been recommened to me by a friend, Roy Agee has been known to play trombone with them and it’s one of my favourite venues in town and, oh yea…they play Steely Dan! 

6/1/13        Nashville in Harmony     TPAC

I have always thought I should join a chorus in Nashville and perhaps one day I will. I think this would be my first pick.  As their website says, they “use music to build community and create social change”. This will be the last show of the season after they take their message to the streets from Knoxville to Nashville. 

6/2/13     Paul Kelly with Striking Matches     3rd and Lindsley

I just can’t get enough of this duo and it’s Lightning 100‘s “Nashville Sunday Night” Be aware though, you have to go to the venue to hear Striking Matches.  Paul Kelly will be the only one featured on the radio show, pity. 

Live Music Week week of May 6 through May 12, 2013

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This week almost wrote itself! There is something great every night as well as a couple really cool benefits this week.

5/6/13     Striking Matches     3rd and Lindsley

I would have to say Striking Matches is my newest favourite local band. Great songs and even more amazing guitar playing. Read about them and check out their video on a previous blog or just take my word for it and go. Presented at the new “Backstage” venue – hmm that’s what we called the venue at Cafe Coco. 

5/7/13     A Night of Honoring the songs of Tim Johnson     Ryman Auditorium

This is a unique and amazingly kind night put on by the Nashville music community. Nashville songwriters and some well-known artists will be performing the songs of this great songwriter who passed away from cancer last year. His friends and community want to make sure his songs are not forgotten and hope someone who is looking for songs for their next release will hear something they will record, in turn helping out his family for years to come. It’s a free event but tickets are required by calling (615) 889-3060  

5/8/13     Mercy Bell     The High Watt

She was recently featured as local artist of the week on Lightning 100 and was also part of Music City Mayhem. This will be an enjoyable evening no doubt!

5/9/13     Mike Ferris and The Long Players     3rd and Lindsley

Another night from a giving Nashville music community. This one is to benefit the tragedy in Boston.  The incredible Mike Ferris  along with the equally remarkable Long Players will cover the music of the 70’s – 80’s top 40 hitmakers, “Boston”.  

5/10/13     Gabe Dixon     3rd and Lindsley

Great songs, great vocals, great keys, great venue.  Great way to spend a Friday night. 

5/11/13     East Side Hootenanny     East Park 

I have not heard of the bands but they had to cancel the event last week because of rain, so let’s get out and support this inaugural event.  

5/12/13     John Coltrane’s Blue Trane featuring Don Aliquo     The Frist

The Nashville Jazz Workshop presents one of the greatest recordings of all times in the lobby of The Frist Center for the Visual Arts. It’ll be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon especially if it rains again!


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