We’ve already let you know that we’re teaming up with local indie label Palaver Records and Yazoo to put on what is shaping up to be a killer FREE all-day outdoor music event, featuring a slew of our favorite local bands, at the grassy knoll in Five Points next to Bongo Java East on Saturday, May 9. The Crawfish Bash will kick off at 11 a.m. and run all day long with bands, beer, and boiled crawfish for all. We’re also giving away a pair of VIP passes that include free mudbugs, schwag, beer discounts, and VIP no-wait lines. Bands include but are not limited to Kim Logan, Kyle Andrews, The Tip, Blackfoot Gypsies, Allen Thompson Band, Sexx, The Blue Velvets, and The Future. This lineup includes a ton of super talented local artists you’ve likely heard us gush about in the past, and now you can hear them all in one day for free! If you want to get to know the full line-up, as well as sign up for that VIP giveaway, read on.
Kim Logan is a rock and roll songstress influenced by southern soul, blues, and country. Logan is one of those young artists that seems like she was born in the wrong time, as her tastes for classic country, swampy blues, and ’60s and ’70s rock and roll make her like a combination of Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, and Florence Welch.
Indie electro-pop artist Kyle Andrews is best known for his song “You Always Make Me Smile,” which has it seems like has been featured on a bajillion commercials, TV shows, and movies after the video below went viral.
Nashville supergroup The Tip play music that’s an homage to ’70s era arena rock with hints of glam, boogie, and heavy blues. The group includes members of the Poor Boys, the Bird Wings, Abernathy, and the Renegades.
Local garage band Blackfoot Gypsies are on punk legend Cheetah Chrome’s Plowboy Records and just released their latest LP, Handle It, on the label earlier this month. They’re playing at the 5 Spot right after the Crawfish Bash, so, if you can’t get enough of them in the afternoon, you can mosey down the street to watch them play again.
ALLEN THOMPSON BAND
Allen Thompson Band is influenced by the classic rock bands of the 1960s that resembled sort of musical collectives, like the Band, the Grateful Dead, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. The roots rockers are known for their varying lineup of lots of talented musicians and friends and they’re just one of the many on this bill that have played our Acme Feed and Seed showcase.
Sexx are Nashville’s favorite partying surf-rock pop-punks, and they have called Palaver home for awhile. They first caught our attention last summer with the catchy single “Surf City” that caught some rotation on Lightning 100, and they’ve since built a following with their fun and rowdy live shows.
THE BLUE VELVETS
Picture the White Stripes fronted by a demented Elvis, and you’ve got the Blue Velvets. With their penchant for weird vintage guitars and fuzzed-out country-blues, the engaged couple will give you serious early White Stripes vibes.
Indie pop quartet the FUTURE call Franz Ferdinand and Spoon influences and love to make people dance. They released their third and most recent full-length, Blood Moon, back in the fall, but we’ve been fans of this talented outfit since the beginning.
Local Americana-rock and roll band Them Vibes have been a favorite of the site since they came on the scene in the fall of 2013, and impressed further with the southern noir video for the single “Lorelei” below. They take influence from the Rolling Stones to Simon & Garfunkel, and recorded their debut LP Shine On in their backyard.
The Cunning are a southern rock and roll band based in East Nashville. Last summer they released a self-titled EP which reflects their influences ranging from the classic rock of the Beatles to the grunge of Nirvana, though they describe their sound as a love child between Ryan Adams and the White Stripes.
Ray Cashman is a roots singer-songwriter-guitarist who finds inspiration in the south, from blues music to southern gothic literature. Originally from Texas but now calling Tennessee home, Cashman has toured around the U.S. and Europe with his take on the blues of the American south.
JIM SKINNER WALL TO WALL
Frontman Jim Skinner has been a bluesman for a long time, having performed around the country, and cut his teeth with a group on Bourbon Street for three years before relocating to Nashville. Jim Skinner Wall to Wall is a rhythm and blues group that plays boogie woogie, juke joint, jump, and swing classics and originals, with the goal of getting the audience on their feet.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Must be 18+ to enter. Winner will be announced on Thursday May 7th at 3pm, and will receive a pair of VIP tickets. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry.
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The East Nashville Crawfish Bash takes place in 5 Points next to Bongo Java on Saturday, May 9th. This all ages event gets started at 11am and is FREE. VIP tickets are available to skip the lines and get varying levels of stuff for $10 or $25 here.