By now we hope you’ve heard, our live events production wing, No Country Presents, has taken up residence at Lower Broadway’s hippest new restaurant, lounge, retail, and event space, Acme Feed & Seed, where we’ve been bringing you a weekly, FREE, Tuesday night showcase, featuring some of our favorite emerging local and national talent. The curated showcase runs from 6 to 10 p.m. each week, and, so far, has featured everything from folk to funk to rock to indie. For our next installment, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, we’re bringing you an exciting double bill of local indie rockers Animal People and garage rock/proto punk group MELK, along with UK indie folk singer The Lake Poets. Keep reading to find out all about them, and cancel any other plans you might have Tuesday night, because you’re coming to hang with us. Got it?
Though they relocated to Music City last year, Animal People first came together in 2010 in their native Mississippi, developing their sound in the Jackson area, which would ultimately culminate in the release of their debut EP, Treehouse, last fall. Comprised of three brothers and a close friend, it’s clear that the indie rockers’ musical bond extends further and deeper than the band itself, and, throughout their harmony-laden, rootsy, poppy, melodic, and experimental debut, they firmly prove capable of becoming an important fixture in Nashville’s musical landscape. We’re excited to see how the songs translate live, and you should be too! Don’t miss this one.
Originally from Rhode Island but now counting themselves among the ranks of Nashville transplants, rock trio MELK have perfected the ability to blend fuzzy, old punk and alternative influences with a modern garage rock accessibility. And, while this is the story for many a burgeoning Nashville band, MELK perfect the formula in wholly unique and untrodden and refreshing way, a fact that is abundantly clear on their impressive self-titled debut (released last fall and available on cassette). They’re a great musical compliment to Animal People, and make this one of the more rock and roll Acme nights we’ve hosted in awhile!
THE LAKE POETS
Though he hails from Sunderland, UK, singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff, who performs under the moniker The Lake Poets, has seemingly been spending some time in Music City as of late. Perhaps best described as indie folk, bridging the gap between golden era folk-derived singer-songwriter aesthetics and modern, poppier sensibilities, Longstaff has honed a lyrically-driven, haunting and poetic style all of his own. He marks our first international Acme act, so we hope you’ll arrive early to welcome The Lake Poets to Lower Broadway!
Animal People, MELK, and The Lake Poets will perform Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Acme Feed & Seed. The show is 21+, music begins at 6 p.m., and, per usual, it’s totally FREE. Downtown PARKING can sometimes be an issue. However, if you’re willing to walk a few blocks, street parking is typically easy to find on the numbered avenues south of Broadway, or along Korean Veterans Blvd. Metered spaces are often free after 6 p.m.