BreakFEST 2019 Artist Spotlight: Love You Later

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What began as an idea several years ago by New Found Glory guitarist and local transplant Chad Gilbert, and finally manifested into an inaugural event last year at The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall, breakfast-themed punk rock and alternative day fest BreakFEST was an absolute blast in its first year, and we’re thrilled to see the event return for year two, hopefully the start of an annual tradition, on June 2!

A novel concept (you can read more about the inspiration and backstory in our interview with Gilbert from last summer) BreakFEST is a great way to bring fans of pop punk, emo, alternative, and everything in between together in the daytime, to enjoy great tunes and great food, and this year’s lineup once again boasts a stellar mix of old and new acts along with a few locals, with New Found Glory, Real Friends, Hawthorne Heights, Mae, The Early November, Microwave, Jetty Bones, H.A.R.D., Love You Later, and Doll Skin all set to perform. Plus, with great local venders like Frothy Monkey, Honest Coffee, Five Daughters, High Brow Coffee, Tiny Little Donuts, Mojo’s Tacos, Juice Bar, Triple Crown Bakery, Muletown Coffee, and Ruby Sunshine all announced as well, the breakfast side of BreakFEST warrants just as much excitement.

To help you get ready for this year’s event, we’ll be highlighting a different performer each day until BreakFEST weekend, with daily Artist Spotlight features (similar to what we’re also doing ahead of Bonnaroo). So, whether you’re checking in on an old favorite or discovering a new one, you’ll arrive ready to rock and prepared to sing along! And finally, for more about all things BreakFEST, including a helpful FAQ section, be sure to check out the event’s website.

BreakFEST is an all ages event, and, as the concept would suggest, it kicks off early, with doors set to open at 8 a.m. You can still get GA tickets for less than $40, or upgrade to $100 VIP, which grants you special balcony seating, a separate bathroom and bar, special entry, and some freebies like a t-shirt and poster. Food and beverage are not included in the price of admission, but there will be a well-curated selection of local goodies that are well worth the cost.

Get your tickets right here if you haven’t already, and keep reading to learn more about the lineup in our BreakFEST Artist Spotlight

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Don’t Miss Tacocat w/ Sammi Lanzetta | TONIGHT @ The High Watt

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After meeting and quickly bonding over shared taste, art, and ideology in their teens and early twenties, the members of Seattle’s Tacocat – now real life bffs – first formed the band over a decade ago. Originally a largely DIY endeavor, the group self-released a series of EPs, splits, and their debut full-length, Shame Spiral, before getting snagged up by Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art for 2012’s Take Me to Your Dealer EP and subsequent sophomore effort, NVM. It was the latter that would help boost Tacocat’s presence, fueling an international tour, finding critical acclaim, and putting them on our radar (we first caught the group live at The Stone Fox in 2014, and have been hooked ever since). Generally labeled feminist punk, Tacocat (three girls and a guy, or, as we call them, four humans) sing about queer issues, Seattle, pop culture, social injustice, worker empowerment, and, of course, feminism, all funneled through a comedic, lighthearted, and pop-driven approach that makes smart, important, and socially aware songs incredibly fun!

We last had the pleasure of catching the band not once, but twice back in 2016, at the time supporting their fantastic, X-Files referencing sophomore LP, Lost Time. Making their long overdue return to Music City tonight, May 23 at The High Watt, Tacocat return on the heels of brand new fourth full-length, This Mess Is a Place, released earlier this month through Sub Pop proper. The group’s first album of the Trump era, it is, unsurprisingly, colored by the bleak current state of the world, navigating frustration and despair and questioning power structures, while still finding room for some of the band’s quirkiness, defiance, and glimmers of optimism and lightheartedness to shine through. Just as fun live as they are in recording (or, as their music videos would suggest), Tacocat are a can’t-miss act not just for the importance of their cultural ideology and how expertly they present it, but also because they’re simply a great band.

Opening up the show is Richmond, VA based up and coming indie rocker Sammi Lanzetta, and the best part? It’s totally FREE thanks to Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, who are using the event to promote their Search Party festival in July. Entry is, of course, first-come, first-served and subject to capacity (and also 21+, as it’s a beer-sponsored event), but we’d recommend getting there early anyway, so you can enter for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Seattle for Search Party!

Tacocat and Sammi Lanzetta will perform tonight, May 23 at The High Watt. The show is 21+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and admission is FREE!

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[REMINDER] Catch Cory Branan and The Low Standards w/ Lauren Morrow | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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One of our longtime favorite local artists and a Nashville staple for many years, alt country and folk punk laced singer-songwriter Cory Branan is set to return to The Basement East tonight, May 23, still riding high on the buzz from his excellent and dark 2017 fifth full-length, ADIOS. Joining Cory this time around is Lauren Morrow, a recent local transplant best known for fronting Atlanta’s The Whiskey Gentry, who stepped out on her own with an excellent, timeless, self-titled debut EP last fall. Tickets are still available here, and we’d suggest snagging them now, then read on for more about the show!

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BreakFEST 2019 Artist Spotlight: Doll Skin

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What began as an idea several years ago by New Found Glory guitarist and local transplant Chad Gilbert, and finally manifested into an inaugural event last year at The Factory at Franklin’s Liberty Hall, breakfast-themed punk rock and alternative day fest BreakFEST was an absolute blast in its first year, and we’re thrilled to see the event return for year two, hopefully the start of an annual tradition, on June 2!

A novel concept (you can read more about the inspiration and backstory in our interview with Gilbert from last summer) BreakFEST is a great way to bring fans of pop punk, emo, alternative, and everything in between together in the daytime, to enjoy great tunes and great food, and this year’s lineup once again boasts a stellar mix of old and new acts along with a few locals, with New Found Glory, Real Friends, Hawthorne Heights, Mae, The Early November, Microwave, Jetty Bones, H.A.R.D., Love You Later, and Doll Skin all set to perform. Plus, with great local venders like Frothy Monkey, Honest Coffee, Five Daughters, High Brow Coffee, Tiny Little Donuts, Mojo’s Tacos, Juice Bar, Triple Crown Bakery, Muletown Coffee, and Ruby Sunshine all announced as well, the breakfast side of BreakFEST warrants just as much excitement.

To help you get ready for this year’s event, we’ll be highlighting a different performer each day until BreakFEST weekend, with daily Artist Spotlight features (similar to what we’re also doing ahead of Bonnaroo). So, whether you’re checking in on an old favorite or discovering a new one, you’ll arrive ready to rock and prepared to sing along! And finally, for more about all things BreakFEST, including a helpful FAQ section, be sure to check out the event’s website.

BreakFEST is an all ages event, and, as the concept would suggest, it kicks off early, with doors set to open at 8 a.m. You can still get GA tickets for less than $40, or upgrade to $100 VIP, which grants you special balcony seating, a separate bathroom and bar, special entry, and some freebies like a t-shirt and poster. Food and beverage are not included in the price of admission, but there will be a well-curated selection of local goodies that are well worth the cost.

Get your tickets right here if you haven’t already, and keep reading to learn more about the lineup in our BreakFEST Artist Spotlight

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Catch The B-52’s, Ronnie Spector, Wanda Jackson, & More | May 23-26 @ Nashville Boogie

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Billed as “a celebration of Mid-Century American music, culture and style,” the annual Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender, which takes place this weekend, Thursday, May 23 through Sunday, May 26 at the Opryland Resort as well as nearby long-running honky tonk the Nashville Palace, was founded only a few years back by the folks behind Muddy Roots, but has, already, become a beloved local musical and cultural institution.

In addition to four days of music at Nashville Palace and Opry, with a huge and impressive lineup of rockabilly, doo-wop, soul, rock, rhythm & blues, country & western, pop, and various acts both legendary and contemporary, covering the gamut of retro American music, like The B-52’s, Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes, JD McPherson, Wanda Jackson, Linda Gail Lewis, The Cactus Blossoms, Los Straightjackets, Nikki Hill, Marcel Bontempi, Deke Dickerson, The Country Side of Harmonica Sam, The Surfrajettes, The Hillbilly Casino, The Planet Rockers, The Hi-Jivers, and more more, Nashville Boogie also boasts an outdoor car show, record hop, western fashion show, record convention, pool parties, pinup pageant, vintage slide show, and huge vintage vendor hall!

Tickets for the event are available in a variety of levels, from a full weekend pass to single-day options, all right here. Most of the bigger performers like The B-52’s are scheduled to close things out on Sunday, so if you’re mainly attracted to the musical aspect and trying to be thirty, a Sunday ticket is the movie, however if you have the time and budget to check out the entire event, it’s a genuine blast and we couldn’t recommend it more, especially since it’s in such an easy to navigate and low-key part of town. (Another great tip: you can park for free at the mall, and the vendor market is open free to the public.)

You can find out more about Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender right here, check out the full lineup here, scope out the full schedule with times and venue info here, and, of course, don’t forget to snag your tickets while they last! Finally, preview just a handful of the dozens upon dozens of performers below.

Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender will take place May 23-26 at Opryland Resort and Nashville Palace. The event runs Thursday evening and all day throughout the weekend (schedule here), is all ages, and tickets are available to purchase for $25-135.

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