TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | May 15 – 17

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We’re gonna try to change things up a bit, and publish our weekend roundup a little earlier so you can have a little more time to prepare for your weekend – and so our blood pressure will be lower on Friday afternoons.  The weekend has rain in the forecast that could dampen some of the outdoor activities on Saturday, but fear not, there is still plenty of music to go around in dry locales.  Let us help you plan your weekend with our staff picks in this week’s edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

ANNA HAAS
@ Soulshine Pizza Factory | 7pm | FREE | All Ages

Long time blog fave Anna Haas finally gets the radio love she deserves as Lightning 100’s artist of the week.  Head to Soulshine Pizza to see the art pop songstress play some tracks from her new album, Passion/Poison, on the patio before the weekend storms roll in.  Check out the track “Woman Of The Wild” that we premiered a few months back to get you in the mood. [MH]

WILLIE WATSON W/ LAUREN SHERA
@ City Winery | 8pm | $15 | All Ages

Willie Watson, one of the founding members of Old Crow Medicine Show and frequent collaborator with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, brings his solo set to City Winery this weekend. The Folk Singer, released last year on Welch’s Acony Records label and recorded here in Nashville, consists of songs from an American folk songbook that have been revamped with Watson’s signature style. If you listen to Lightning 100, chances are you’re already familiar with the sweet voice of opener Lauren Shera, whose tune “Hell’s Bells” has been featured since it’s release last year. [MG]

DELLA MAE W/ JIM LAUDERDALE, BRYAN SUTTON & LUKE BULLA, AND RYAN HARRIS BROWN
@ The High Watt | 8pm | $15 | 18+

This looks to be a great evening of music at one of our favorite small venues. Most importantly, tonight is Della Mae’s self-titled second album release in follow-up to their Grammy-nominated 2013 album, This World Oft Can Be. The new album finds the all-female combo delivering eleven compelling new tunes that venture into uncharted creative territory. Tonight’s show also features special guest, Jim Lauderdale, a renowned country, bluegrass, and Americana singer-songwriter.  Also on the bill are acoustic guitarist Bryan Sutton & Luke Bulla (fiddle) and Berklee College of Music graduate and singer-songwriter Ryan Harris Brown[JMo]

GOVERNMENT CHEESE ALBUM RELEASE W/ LISA OLIVER-GRAY
@ Mercy Lounge | 8pm | $15 | 18+

Were you a Government Cheese back in the day? Then you may be excited to hear that the band is releasing their first album in 23 years this Friday. Though the band has played a few reunion shows and even released a book in the last two decades, this is the first time anyone will hear new music from the legendary rock group. This band was part of the early 90’s Nashville rock scene that proved to the world that Music City knows more than just country music, and they’re just as energetic and infectious today. They’ll be joined by Lisa Oliver-Gray for what promises to be a good time.  [JS]

SATURDAY

FLY GOLDEN EAGLE, THE LONELY BISCUITS, MARGO & THE PRICETAGS, SAINTHOOD, HEATH FORBES, TWIGGS, CHURCHYARD
@ Capital District Street Fair – Morgan Park | 10am | FREE | All Ages

This free day-long fair designed to bring together the neighborhoods of Germantown, Salemtown, Hope Gardens, and Buena Vista will have food, arts & crafts, outdoor activities, and most importantly live music from some great local acts including country outlaws Margo & the Pricetags, local rockers Twiggs, garage pop band Churchyard, and glam, funk, and psych rock inspired Fly Golden Eagle. There are many others on the bill, and, with no cover, this free outdoor show is definitely worth exploring. [JSa]

TV ON THE RADIO
@ Ryman Auditorium | 8pm | $35 | All Ages

Though Brooklyn rock act TV on the Radio has has been on an emotional roller coaster for the past few years with the passing of bassist Gerard Smith, they seemed to have made a comeback in the last two years with the release of a new album, Seeds. In support of this album, the group is playing a North American summer tour, which includes numerous festivals such as ACL and Shaky Knees. They’ll also be making a stop at the Ryman this Saturday for what promises to be an unforgettable show.   [JS]

MESMER TEA, IDLE BLOOM, ORGAN STILLS AND PENICILLIN BABY
@ The 5 Spot | 9pm | $5 | 21+

The East Side edition of the low dough Saturday show features local psych rockers Mesmer Tea topping off a heady bill, also featuring tripped out popsters Idle Bloom, new comers Organ Stills and blog endorsed Penicillin Baby. At just five bucks, the 5 spot is the place you need to be Saturday night if you’re balling on a budget. [JR]

THE SECRET SISTERS, SOL CAT, CHRISTIAN LOPEZ BAND AND CLEMENCY
@ Centennial Park | 12pm | FREE | All Ages

Sometimes this city is just outta’ control amazing, and as one of this weekend’s featured Musician’s Corner acts, The Secret Sisters, will no doubt sweetly croon, “Come, come, Tennessee me” indeed – because there ain’t nowhere finer to spend a Saturday afternoon than in Centennial Park soaking up some totally free and absolutely awesome live music.  Get there early for a good spot on the lawn, and enjoy the all ages vibe that helps expose the next generation of club goers to what makes our music scene shine. [JEM]

SONS OF ZEVON PRESENT 1972
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 9pm | $12 | All Ages

The Sons Of Zevon are back, and they’re bringing you the deep cuts from 1972.  Taking up new residency at 3rd & Lindsley, presumably while The Family Wash finalizes their relocation to the 5 Points area, this local supergroup has consistently packed the house wherever they play.  The outfit was formed by all-stars like Audley Freed, Jamie Rubin, Marc Pisapia, Jen Gunderman, and Ryan Wariner to name a few, but they always have special guests to fill out their packed stage.  For instance, the last time we saw them, Peter Frampton joined the band for a song.  While this is technically a cover band, they won’t be playing only the songs you still hear on the radio.  This will be more of an “Oh shit, no they didn’t!!!” type experience.  So, now that you know what you are doing on Saturday night, the only thing left is to try to figure out what songs they will choose.   [MH]

BENEFIT FOR NEPAL ft. KEB MO, JACK PEARSON, PHIL KEAGY & MORE
@ City Winery | 8pm (doors 6pm) | $30-$45 | 18+

Music has an incredible ability to enliven our moments of celebration and bring comfort in times of tragedy. And here in Music City, we’re all about coming together through song to create a future brighter than the past. If you’re looking to feel good by doing some real good this weekend, you might want to check out this awesome benefit for the rebuilding efforts in Nepal. 100% of the proceeds are going directly to help those in need, and it’s a fantastic line-up of both truly talented and genuinely generous acts. Get in the giving spirit with a little taste of Keb Mo’s “Whole Enchilada” below.  [JEM]

KRILL, WAREHOUSE, SLANTED, BAD FRIEND
@ The Stone Fox | 9pm | $7 | 18+

The West Side edition of low dough Saturday show features Boston prog-garage rockers, and Speedy Ortiz tourmates, Krill, Atlanta indie rockers Warehouse, local Casey Weissbuch’s (formerly of Diarrhea Planet) new project Slanted and fellow resident pop rockers Bad Friend. At only seven bucks, if your heading west it’s the only place to be. [JR]

REPTAR W/ BREATHERS
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $10-12 | 18+

While we’re all probably wishing that our favorite fictional dinosaur was making an appearance at The High Watt this weekend, we’ll have to settle for the next best thing: the dance-rock sounds of Athens, GA band Reptar, who are touring in support of their new album Lurid Glow. Electro-pop band and fellow Georgia residents Breathers open up the show for a night of tunes that will have you moving. [MG]

ROOTS OF A REBELLION
@ Acme Feed & Seed | 8:30pm | FREE | 21+

If you’re a bit strapped on cash this weekend, don’t worry, just head over to Acme, where you can hear from local reggae sensation ROAR. We’ve been big fans of these guys for awhile now, but frankly, it’s hard not to like their upbeat and positive music. This is a group that strives to make both great, funky tunes and an impact in their community, and they’ve done a remarkable job achieving both those goals. Check it out at 8:30 over at Acme.  [JS]

NINE DAYS W/ DIAMOND CARTER AND GO DOWN MOSES
@ Mercy Lounge | 9pm | $10-12 | 18+

Guitar pop rockers, and penners of the ’00s smash hit single “Absolutely (Story of a Girl),” Nine Days headline Mercy on Saturday with No Country Presents alum Diamond Carter and the Sony Nashville signed country rockers Go Down Moses stepping up in support. With a bill this eclectic, you’d be hard pressed to find a better varying barrage of sounds anywhere in town. [JR]

DEAD DEADS W/DARK HOUND AND TIGERNITE
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Local all female party punk five-piece Dead Deads top a pretty heavy bill at The Basement. Also included with the price of admission, resident metalloids Dark Hound and Milwaukee party glam rockers Tigernite. Just make sure you wear your dancing/moshing shoes because this one will be rowdy. [JR]

SUNDAY

BUTCH WALKER W/ JONATHAN TYLER
@ War Memorial Auditorium | 8pm | $29.50 | All Ages

Sometimes Nashville resident and acclaimed producer and singer-songwriter Butch Walker is having a hell of a year, following the breakout success of his latest LP, the Ryan Adams produced Afraid of Ghosts. And, while his broader success has been many, many years coming, we’re still thrilled to see Walker receiving more the attention he so rightfully deserves. We told you more about Butch and opener Jonathan Tyler, plus why you seriously don’t want to miss out on this show, right here[PO]

BEHOLD THE BRAVE, WATERFALL WASH, GLEN MARTIN, OTHER STORIES
@ Springwater | 9pm | $5 | 18+

Get your dive bar on at Springwater Supper Club & Lounge. They’ve amassed a nice line-up including Chattanooga rockers Behold The Brave, blog endorsed Waterfall Wash, americana crooner Glen Martin and Memphis style rock ’n’ roll troubadours Other Stories. The music will only cost you $5, and the PBRs are even less than that! What’s not to love? [JR]

SAM PREKOP
@ Exit/In | 9pm | $10 | 18+

Regardless of the genre he is dabbling in, Sam Prekop‘s music is always presented with a sense of wide-eyed wonder. As the singer and guitarist of The Sea and Cake, Prekop has added elements of traditional styles from all over the world, expanding the public perception of what it means to be the leader of a pop band. Now it’s more of an instrumental, heavy production style that he’s going for, and you can see him putting down live and in person when he takes things over at Exit/In Sunday night. [JR]

THE BROS. LANDRETH W/ JOHN OATES
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $10 | All Ages

Roots rockers The Brothers Landreth, fronted by brothers David and Joey Landreth, sound like they grew up right here in the South, but are actually from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their music, which incorporates the influence of both classic rock and Americana, has gained them the personal endorsement of John Oates, who was apparently so impressed with their album that he offered to open up for their show here in Nashville. Having one half of Hall & Oates open up for you is pretty damn cool, to say the least, so be sure to check out this special performance. [MG]

JEFF BECK W/ TYLER BRYANT AND BILLY RAFFOUL
@ Ryman Auditorium | 7:30pm | $54-80 | All Ages

Even in Nashville, it’s not everyday that you get to catch a two time inductee into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.  Jeff Beck was inducted for his role as Eric Clapton’s replacement (at Jimmy Page’s request) in the Yardbirds, and again for his solo work.  Beck may not have had the post-Yardbird mainstream success of Page or Clapton, but his playing has certainly been recognized, as Rolling Stone named him #5 in their greatest guitarists of all time list.  The man is 70 years old now, so don’t miss this rare chance to see him live. [MH]

PARAMORE W/ COPELAND
@ Grand Ole Opry House | 8pm | $25-75 | All Ages

Winding down the lengthy and revitalizing two-year cycle surrounding their critically acclaimed and commercial smash hit fourth album, Paramore are taking one final victory lap; an “intimate,” stripped down run of small-ish shows dubbed “Writing The Future.” For the first time ever, the local band turned international rockstars will play the Opry, along with Copeland, the recently reunited Florida indie pop act who played Paramore’s first show ever, 11 years ago right here in Nashville. It’s sure to be an unforgettable night, and it’s nearly sold out, so grab your seats now if you haven’t already! [PO]

 

[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JS] Jack Smith
[JSa] Jacqui Sahagian
[JEM] Jessika Malone
[JMo] Jeff Moody

[MH] Matt Hall
[MG] Meredith Galyon
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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