We’ve been excited about the upcoming Crawfish Bash that we’re helping to put on with Palaver Records and Yazoo. We already gave away a pair of VIP passes, and now the big day is finally almost here! This Saturday at the grassy lot in Five Points next to Bongo Java East starting at 11 a.m. we’re helping to put on a full day of FREE music featuring a slew of our favorite local artists. There will also be boiled crawfish and beer, as well as stuff to check out from local vendors, including kids friendly activities. If you don’t want to wait in line, VIP passes are still available that get you free crawfish, beer discounts, and merch as well as line-skipping powers.
The Crawfish Bash has a spectacular lineup of Nashville based musicians that spans genres, including Kim Logan, Kyle Andrews, Blackfoot Gypsies, Sexx, The Blue Velvets, The Future, Them Vibes, and many more. That’s right, that’s not even close to the full lineup. So, read on to see who is playing when, and find out more about the bands.
RAY CASHMAN – 11:15 AM
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 RHYTHM AND BLUES – 12:00 PM
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.
KIM LOGAN – 12:45 PM
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.
THE BLUE VELVETS – 1:30 PM
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.
BLACKFOOT GYPSIES – 2:15 PM
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.
KYLE ANDREWS – 3:00 PM
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.
THEM VIBES – 3:45 PM
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 FUTURE – 4:30 PM
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.
THE CUNNING – 5:15 PM
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.
ALLEN THOMPSON BAND – 6:00 PM
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 – 6:45 PM
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 TIP – 7:30 PM
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.
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 upgraded experience for $10 or $25 here.