TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | 9/12 – 9/14

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We went from sweaty summer to cool damp fall in a matter of minutes, right?  We probably have a little more summer to go, but, hey, we’ll take the break.  It’s a perfect weekend for indoor and outdoor events this weekend, and we have plenty of both.  From a hot chicken wing and craft beer festival featuring some incredible artists to a new locale for Lightning 100’s happy hour event to another stellar lineup at Musician’s Corner to packed clubs all over town.  You would literally be a fool not to go see some live music this weekend.  Find your weekend plans below with all of our staff picks in another edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

STACEY RANDOL
@ 12th & Porter | 6:30pm | Free | All Ages

Alternative folk/pop artist Stacey Randol takes her musical influence from the likes of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac and turns it into a style entirely her own. This worldly artist (literally – she’s been to China, Italy, and all over the USA to figure out where best to settle down) recently released her album Fables, which can be found at her website. Have a listen to the title track below, and then come on out to kick off the weekend with her at 12th & Porter. [BM]

BULLSEYE VINTAGE LAUNCH PARTY w/ WATERFALL WASH & THE TENDOOR
@ Fond Object | 7pm | Free | All Ages

Friday is all about getting your weekend off to a good start, and this show aims to get your Friday off to a good start. Waterfall Wash have been on our radar as a band to keep an eye on for a while, and The Tendoor are bringing a new phase of alt-rock to Nashville with a fresh twist. This is in celebration of Bullseye Vintage… hipsters rejoice! [MH]

MUSIC BAND w/ D. WATUSI, FAUX FEROCIOUS, LOS HUEVOS
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5 | 21+

If you haven’t heard of Music Band yet, you are already behind the curve.  If you haven’t seen Music Band yet, you are missing out.  The latest to pop out of the Infinity Cat postered garage scene of Nashville, these guys have been in touring mode with fellow IC’ers JEFF, and, given our first few times seeing them, they could see themselves as the next standouts amongst an impressive roster.  D. WatusiFaux Ferocious, and The Eggs (err… Los Huevos) round out an impressive bill at The Basement. [MH]

THAT’S MY KID w/ 1933, THE WILDFRONT, THE TAME & STRANGE
@ Phat Bites | 9pm | FREE | 18+

Feel like getting off the beaten path? Head on down Lebanon Pike, towards Donelson, to Phat Bites for some phat sandwiches and even phatter tunes from an all local bill. We’ve told you about the new singles from blues garage rockers That’s My Kid over the summer (in this post), but are you hip to alternative indie rockers 1933, dream posters Wildfront and no frills rock ’n’ rollers Tame and the Strange? They all call Nashville home, so go support local music! The tunes are free, the food is not .  [JR]

EARPHUNK w/ BLACK CAT SYLVESTER
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $10 | 18+

It’s pretty easy to imagine what a band called Earphunk might sound like: upbeat, groovy jams played with passion and professionalism. Indeed, the New Orleans based five-piece meet these specifications, labeling themselves quite appropriately as a “prog-funk” act. Whether you agree with the label or not, the underlying message is quite clear; Earphunk are the rare act that can combine upbeat danceable music with intricate melodies and unique motifs. Opening for the act are local electronic wizards Black Cat Sylvester. Get on out to Exit/In to see both these bands for just ten bucks! [JS]

HOW I BECAME THE BOMB w/ KINK ADOR, TRINITY SCHILL KILL
@ Mercy Lounge | 9pm | $7 | 18+

TGIF dudes and dudettes! If you’re into having an unadulterated good time — definitely give this bill a go. Get out to Mercy Lounge to catch the boys of How I Became The Bomb getting down with their blend of jittery-jangly-synthie-indierock-poppy-goodness and enjoy ample support from Kink Ador (revisit our coverage of their video release of last summer’s “Sunshine” here) as well as Trinity Schill Kill. Get prepped for a super fun night with the ridiculously fun video from headliners, How I Became The Bomb — “Mothership.”   [JEM]

DEVAN DUBOIS AND LIZA ANNE
@ Deavor | 9pm | $10 | 18+

Let’s be real: we need more Devan DuBois hype here in Nashville. His debut release, Le Fou, is an excellent piece rock and roll that doesn’t suffer from its own slick production. Cause a Scene is throwing DuBois’ album release partyFriday night at uber-trendy workspace Deavor. Recently globe traveling, currently local songstress Liza Anne (whose record release party we hosted earlier this year) will start the evening off at 7:30PM with her gorgeously sad songs. [WD]

STRAND OF OAKS w/ CHRISTOPHER DENNY
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $10 | 18+

Songwriter’s nights typically bore me, but that is not the case for Timothy Showalter and Christopher Denny.  Showalter operates under the moniker Strand Of Oaks, and his 2014 Dead Oceans release HEAL expertly chronicles a man that has been through hell and back with a non-traditional take on folk rock.  Chris Denny similarly wails his stories in tenured tones one whiskey glass at a time.  Have a listen to “Goshen ’97” below to hear just one of the stand out tracks from Strand Of Oaks HEAL, which has some tell tale guitar help from the likes of J. Mascis. [MH]

JOURNEY w/ JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
@ Bridgestone Arena | 7:30pm | $35-125 | All Ages

Ok, so we’re not really recommending that you go see Journey, since they no longer tour with long-standing vocalist Steve Perry, unless you’re an uber-fan, but we are, however, bringing this show to your attention for one significant reason: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. After all these year’s Joan’s as rock and roll as ever, and though she shows no signs of slowing down, if you haven’t had the pleasure of catching her before, you’d better do so while she’s still kicking ass. [PO]

SATURDAY

MUSIC CITY HOT WING FESTIVAL FT. ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND, JJ GREY & MOFRO, PRESTON JOHNSON, RED WINE HANGOVER, KAILEIGH BULLARD
@ Public Square Park | 11am | $35 to $150 | All Ages

We already ran down a full preview of this serious piece of awesome.  Hot wings. Beer. Music. Fall Weather.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  Forget your Live On The Green blues, and head back down to Public Square Park for what will be the event of the weekend. [MH]

DOM FLEMONS
@ Grimey’s | 3:30pm | Free | All Ages

Dom Flemons, one of the founding members of the old-time Americana band Carolina Chocolate Drops, has been out on his own for about a year now and is currently touring in support of his first post-drops album Prospect Hill, which features gospel ballads, southern folk idioms and jug band humor. Be sure to get their early and bring the whole fam because it will certainly be entertaining for all ages. [JR]

MUSICIANS CORNER: ERIN MCCARLEY, MARC SCIBILIA, VINYL THIEF, JAMES HILL
@ Centennial Park | 1:30pm | Free | All Ages

This weekend is feeling (almost) like fall, so what better way to spend it than with some free outdoor music? We’re excited to see our dudes in Vinyl Thief on the bill, and, along with Erin McCarleyMarc Scibilia, and James Hill, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Per usual, music starts at 1:30 p.m., with additional activates at noon. [PO]

DON GALLARDO BAND
@ Acme Feed & Seed | 8pm | Free | 21+

Last time Don Gallardo and his Band rocked out at Acme Feed & Seed, it was as part of our weekly (every Tuesday, for FREE) No Country Presents music series. We gave you a full review, plus photos, of his amazing two hour performance in this post, but lucky for you, if you missed it, this Saturday you can also see him free! [JR]

GENDERS & DOGTOOTH w/ RACHEL
@ The Basement | 9pm | $8 | 21+

Portland rockers Genders are teaming up with local shoegazers Dogtooth and indie rockers Rachel for what promises to be one of the best indie shows of the weekend, and one hell of a value for $8. [PO]

JAMMIN’ ON ELLISTON ISLAND II FEAT. SOUL RADICS, ROOTS OF A REBELLION, THE CHINESE CONNECTION DUB EMBASSY, FLORALORIZ AND JO’SHUA ODINE
@ Exit/In | 7pm | $10 | 18+

Perhaps no style of music translates as well live as reggae, yet the genre rarely pokes its head around the Nashville music scene. The concert series Jammin’ On Elliston Island aims to correct this wrong. Showcasing some of the area’s best reggae talent, fans can expect to hear from the likes of Soul RadicsRoots of a RebellionThe Chinese Conneciton Dub EmbassyFlorloriz, and Jo’shua Odine. It’s going to be an awesome show, and for only $10, it’ll be hard to find a better way to spend your Saturday.  [JS]

POKEY LAFARGE w/ JOEL SAVOY, JESSE LEGE AND THE CAJUN COUNTRY REVIVAL, THE TILLERS, THE LOOT ROCK GANG
@ Mercy Lounge | 9pm | $15ADV/$20DOS | 18+

Americana revivalist Pokey LaFarge has wowed us time and time again with his musical depth, fierce commitment to continuing the tradition of real American music, and tasteful ability to curate other great acts. He’s bringing a hell of a lot of similar-minded and skilled musicians along for this one, so keep an eye out for our full preview this weekend. [PO]

THE DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $13.50ADV/$15DOS | 18+

Kent, Ohio native, roots rock, Americana troubadours The David Mayfield Parade are marching into Music City for our auditory enjoyment. David Mayfield began touring with his family’s band (Partridge Family Style) at the tender age of twelve with his sister, and notable singer songwriter, Jessica Lea Mayfield. Things haven’t seemed to slow down for a bit, and now you can enjoy a slice of his bluegrass tinged old-timey pie all for self! [JR]

BULLY, LEFT & RIGHT, JP5
@ The Stone Fox | 9pm | $8 | 18+

One of our favorite local bands Bully, (who were the first band to play this years Bonnaroo), will headline this great low dough show, with the newest members of the the Infinity Cat family, Left & Right. It’s the official release show for the Philly lo-fi punk rockers record, which was part of Infinity Cats limited release Cassette Series. Filling out the bill are area jammers JP5, and all for just $8, you can’t beat it! [JR]

NEEDTOBREATHE w/ OH HELLOS
@ Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel | 8:30pm | $36 | All Ages

If you’re keen on trying to keep the summertime vibe up as far as you can into the inevitable fall, outdoor concerts a great way to maintain a moderate amount of denial about the impending seasonal shift. In the absence of the once beloved Starwood Ampitheater, The Woods @ Fontanel has entered the scene as a much welcomed venue in which one can share the live music experience beneath the oft-breathtaking, beautifully expansive Southern sky. NEEDTOBREATHE will be headlining with support from Oh Hellos and there most certainly are worse ways one could spend a Saturday night. Refresh yourself with NEEDTOBREATHE’s sound below. [JEM]

ED SHEERAN w/ RUDIMENTAL
@ Bridgestone Arena | 7:30pm | $55 | All Ages

Eclectic English pop/folk singer-songwriter and sometimes Nashville resident Ed Sheeran returns to Bridgestone Arena for a nearly sold out performance this weekend, where he will, undoubtedly, be pulling heavily from his popular new sophomore release, X. His influence on popular music is undeniable, and his live performances never disappoint. Rudimental will open. [PO]

SUNDAY

TWO MAN GENTLEMAN BAND W/ SAMANTHA HARLOW
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $8 | 18+

Nowadays, there seems to be an expectation that truly artistic music be a sobering affair, but artists such as the Two Man Gentleman Band prove nothing could be further from the truth. The duo write music that could have passed for being a century old; the old-timey, almost gypsy feel of their classically minded tunes dare well complemented by witty lyrics. Trust us, this is a band that’s nothing like anything else you’ve seen before, but it’s definitely worth your while. Just take a listen to their tune below and try to tell us you wouldn’t enjoy swinging around the dance floor in the arms of a fine lady or gentlemen. For the cost of just $8 and perhaps a few drinks with your partner, that dream could be a reality this Sunday evening at Exit/In. [JS]

[BM] Beth McAllister
[JS] Jack Smith
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JEM] Jessika Malone
[MH] Matt Hall

[PO] Philip Obenschain
[WD] Wes Davenport

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