Well, I’ve taken a minute or two off of this blog, besides posting the occasional East Side Storytellin’ recap and review, because I just wanted to do so. Now that we have another amazing, jam-packed week of fun to be had around Music City, I’m back to let you know what your options are besides praying for the Titans to win anything this year.
It all starts today! At 8pm, at Bongo After Hours Theatre (2007 Belmont Blvd.) writer and broadcaster Craig Havighurst (an East Side Storytellin’ alumnus actually … Google it) will revive his one-man show called String Theory for a two-Monday run at Bongo After Hours Theatre (as mentioned). Part spoken word, part public lecture, this is an experience designed to reframe music and offer people new avenues into new genres and new discoveries. Admission is $10 and it is a 90 minute show. Plan to show up. Plan accordingly.
Tomorrow, August 26th, Honest Lewis will yet again open the doors and the spirits for all to experience another epic “Night of Free Speech”. At Logue’s Black Raven Emporium (2915 Gallatin Pike), from 7-11pm, NOFS is a full spectrum of styles and subject matter where everyone can share their words. Time slots are 5-7 minutes, sign-up starts at 6:30pm, entrance and parking in the rear of the building, and beer is available at the bar. Honest says to spread the word, bring a friend, bring your words, and help create more literary local ideas! Well said.
Wednesday, at Nashville’s Farmers’ Market (900 Rosa L Parks Blvd), at 5pm, poet Stephanie Pruitt Gaines will be on site to kick off the 4-day Culture Fest Nashville. At lunchtime (11:30-1:30), there will be cooking demonstrations, samples, music, and dancers. The after work happy hour (5-7pm) will get you over the hump day with a live DJ, 2-for-1 drink specials, food trucks, and more. There will be prize giveaways so be sure to get your name in the box. Happy hour is FREE, but you need to get concert tickets now to stay for the Third World concert at 7pm (More info here: http://nashvillefarmersmarket.org/event/culture_fest_nashville_3_events_in_1_day_presented_by_xfinity).
Thursday, from 5-7pm, at Belmont University Department of Art (1900 Belmont Blvd.), Project Interfaith is organizing the opening reception for “Unraveled: A Visual Response to RavelUnravel” which includes a curated selection of artwork by several artists in response to the short video interviews on RavelUnravel.com that deal with issues of religious and spiritual identity. There will be a gallery talk at 5:30pm and it is FREE to attend! Be there!
After you leave Belmont, you have time, from 6:30-8:30pm, to hit up David Lusk Gallery Nashville (516 Hagan Street) to experience an evening of poetry and music by R. Stevie Moore and Joseph Whitt. Performance will begin at 7pm, and it is FREE and open to the public. Again … Be there!
Friday, at The Black Abbey Brewing Company (2952 Sidco Drive), be prepared to witness AWEsome music that you won’t find anywhere else in town that night. The Lower Caves are playing new songs live and louder than ever for a mere $5 cover! The show starts at 9pm and will last for 2 hours!! I don’t need to say anything more!
Also on Friday, on the Flipside of things, you can experience Nashville Flipside at Douglas Corner Café (2106 8th Avenue South, #A). From 9-11:45pm, Nashville Flipside will present “Americana Pie South III” with Jerry Castle’s official CD release party of “South Holston” with special guests Shawna James and Joseph LeMay. It’s a mere $10 cover to enter.
Saturday, August 30th, you have another two amazing shows that you should check out. First, East Side Storytellin’ alumnus Erin Rae will be at Fat Bottom Brewery (900 Main Street) with Austin Manuel for a night of Dream Country to share music on the verge of their new album releases. Juliana Daily will also be singing her wonderful songs too.
Then, over at Scout’s Barbershop (904 Main Street), just a few steps down the street from Fat Bottom, The Idea Hatchery family member, in that of Tanya Montana Coe, will be having a listening party for her debut album. From 8-10pm-ish, NO COVER, but feel free to BYOB and enjoy the fresh tunes of Tanya. It will be pretty fun to say the least because it’s also a birthday celebration too!
Rest on Sunday, get your things together for Monday, and then make it a point to schedule nothing for Tuesday besides making time to come out to Mad Donna’s at 7pm sharp (get there early for a seat) for East Side Storytellin’ 44! It’s FREE to attend, and this round will feature musician Amita Fukui and the poet extraordinaire Ciona Rouse. You will not want to miss this one bit. If you haven’t been to an East Side Storytellin’ yet, you are right to feel ashamed. Here’s the recap and review of the last show with Erin Rae and Cory Basil. Be wow’d, be moved, and get ready for Tuesday already!
And that’s all I have to say about that. Be nice to one another and have a great day and week of fun!