TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | September 11-13

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The fall concert season is officially upon us, and we have a jam packed weeked to prove it.  Live On The Green is having their big 2015 finale this weekend, along with Musician’s Corner, an art crawl, tons of club shows, and a Sunday featuring reggae, pop, or metal.  Think that sounds like a diverse smorgasbord?  So do we.  Let us help you navigate the scene this weekend with all of our staff picks in this week’s edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

LIVE ON THE GREEN: PASSION PIT, BIG DATA, ZELLA DAY, SMOOTH HOUND SMITH, AND MORE
@ Public Square Park | 5pm | FREE | All Ages

Friday marks the second of three packed days that wrap up this year’s Live on the Green Festival. Get there early to see local bluesy rockers Smooth Hound Smith kick things off with their infectious dancehall stomps. Turbo Fruits are sure to infuse the park with some killer rock and roll before alt-pop songstress Zella Day takes on the Lightning 100 Stage. Americana band the Vespers, electro-pop outfit Big Data and indie rockers Colony House will also perform before Passion Pit lifts up the crowd with their infectious beats. If you are looking for an epic dance party to kick off your weekend, Public Square Park is the place to be. [LL]

EARPHUNK W/ MAIN SQUEEZE
@ Exit/In | 9pm | $12-14 | 18+

Need a funk injection to kick your end of summer blues?  Look no further than Exit/In on Friday night for a dose of Earphunk and Main Squeeze.  While originating in New Orleans and the midwest, respectively, these guys have a similar mission, and that is to get your ass moving.  Expect a full preview tomorrow, but enjoy a taste below to get you in the mood. [MH]

CAROLINA STORY, ANDREW LEAHEY & THE HOMESTEAD AND MORE
@ Mercy Lounge | 7:30pm | $10 | 18+

Enjoy Carolina Story‘s unique folk music, layered with blended harmonies, backed by guitar, harmonica and suitcase percussion for just $10. They are not just another married Americana duo, and with heartland rock ’n’ rollers Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, and some other talent lined up, you’ll definitely be getting your monies worth. [JR]

EARL BURROWS RECORD RELEASE FT. CORY CHISEL, BRENDAN BENSON, JEFFERSON ANGELL, & OMEGA SWAN
@ The Basement East | 7:30pm | $5-7 | 21+

There’s been a lot of buzz building around the release of No Love For The Drowning from Nashville’s Earl Burrows, and the hype around this release show should exemplify that fact.  Joined by Cory Chisel, Racounteur Brendan Benson, Jeffeson Angell, and party rockers Omega Swan, this is a no brainer low dough show on the East side on Friday night.  Check out the new track “Go Home Girl” from the upcoming album to get you in the mood.  [MH]

BRAVE BABY W/ HEYROCCO, AND ET ANDERSON
@ The Stone Fox | 9pm | $8-10 | 18+

Charleston, South Carolina-based, indie rock band Brave Baby have been playing together for over six years now. They just released their second album, Electric Friends. Their first single, called “Plastic Skateboard,” is dreamy, with a heavily ‘60s psychedelic influence. Their first album drew comparisons to bands like The Killers and Arcade Fire. Catch them at the Stone Fox alongside Pavement-esque Heyrocco and ET Anderson this Friday. [MW]

RON FUNCHES
@ Zanies | 7pm & 9:15pm | $20 | 18+

Between Thursday and Saturday, you have five chances to see comedian Ron Funches, best known for starring in NBC’s Undateable, frequently appearing on Comedy Central show @midnight, and for his roles and guest spots in Kroll Show and various other TV programs and films. With his nerdy, pop culture-geared sense of humor and laid back, lovable demeanor, Funches has quickly become one of the most promising rising stars in standup and alternative comedy; whether you’re familiar with his act or not, you’re sure to love his show. [PO]

SATURDAY

DR. RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS, JONATHAN TYLER, DARNELL LEVINE, AUBRIE SELLERS
@ Centennial Park | 12pm | FREE | All Ages

The second week of Musicians Corner is one for music lovers of all styles! Kicking off the music at 1:30 is a Nashville native born into the business; Aubrie Sellers has a well-known father around town and has been lending her beautiful voice as a background vocalist for Miranda Lambert among others for a while. Currently working on her debut album of her own material, this is a great opportunity to catch the budding singer-songwriter locally before her solo career takes off. At 2:00 you will want to catch Darnell Levine, a singer-songwriter from Kentucky with jazz, R&B, and neo-soul influences on his strong and honest songwriting. Then starting at 3:00 don’t miss Jonathan Tyler; this Americana artist is described as “rock with a twist of blues & country,” and I would add a side of good ole Southern rock. He recently recorded a duet with our own Nikki Lane, and I suspect we will be hearing a lot more about him soon. And the headliner this week is none other than an award winning bluegrass legend, Dr. Ralph Stanley. He and his brother started The Clinch Mountain Boys six decades ago, and Stanley continues to put off retiring even though he is the oldest living member of The Grand Ole Opry. Folks, you have a chance to see a living legend this weekend for free! The Clinch Mountain Boys is now lead by Ralph Stanley’s grandson Nathan Stanley, but this weekend, Dr. Ralph Stanley will be taking the stage as well to sing some of his old favorites, such as “Man of Constant Sorrow” used in the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou. Don’t miss this opportunity to see them plus a wide variety of music styles that make Nashville the true “Music City”!  [IS]

LIVE ON THE GREEN: BEN FOLDS, FAMILY OF THE YEAR, ELLE KING, ANDERSON EAST, AND MORE
@ Public Square Park | 1:30pm | FREE | All Ages

This year’s Live On The Green festival is going out with a bang on Saturday with a full day of amazing music. If you’re bringing the kids with you, make sure to get there at 1:30pm to catch local musician Mr. Steve sing his family-friendly tunes. Pennsylvania rockers The Districts, Franklin-based Americana outfit Daphne & the Mystery Machines, Nashville stars and real life sister musical duo Lennon & Maisy, and local country/blues instrumental duo Steelism will fill out the afternoon. Soulful crooner and No Country favorite Anderson East will get the evening started, followed by the Nashville-based rock & roll band Future Thieves, up-and-coming bluesy vocalist Elle King, Icelandic folk four-piece Kaleo, and indie pop quartet Family of the Year. The show will close out with heavy, psychedelic blues rockers All Them Witches at 8:30, and then the piano pop virtuoso Ben Folds at 9:30. [MG]

ON AN ON W/ ELIOT SUMNER AND DOSH
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $10 | 18+

Minneapolis based experimental-pop band, ON AN ON, are long time friends who’ve had a heightened buzz surrounding since the release of their sophomore album, And The Wave Has Two Sides, over the summer. If you’re looking for a cheap Saturday night of tunes, this may be the ticket, because with reggae pop-punk Eliot Sumner and Dosh on the docket too, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. [JR]

STAGOLEE, HARPOONER, SAD BAXTER, AND FLUFFER
@ The 5 Spot | 9pm | $5 | 21+

If you’re looking for a low dough show, but you’re don’t want to leave the friendly confines of East Nashville, this is the show for you. Old timey flavored Stagolee top off a bill featuring psych rock band Harpooner, and Music City resident indie rockers Sad Baxter, plus Fluffer. All for just one Lincoln? You’d be crazy to miss it. [JR]

IDLE BLOOM, ADVAETA, BUGS & RATS, TTOTALS
@ The Stone Fox | 9pm | $7 | 18+

Per usual, if you’re looking for some live music on the west side and you’re a little strapped for cash, than look no further than The Fox. Look for 90s-esque alternative power-pop trip Idle Bloom, Brooklyn noise punks Advaeta, plus the bill appropriate Bugs & Rats, and Ttotals. Massive tunage for under $10, pretty bad ass if you ask me. [JR]

JIB KIDDER, JOSHUA HEDGES, AMERICAN DREAM
@ Fond Object | 7pm | $5 | All Ages

Afraid of the crowds?  Well, head to Riverside Village to check out Red Arrow Gallery, and then celebrate the East Side Art Stumble with an afterparty at Fond Object Record.  They’ve tapped into experimental music bad ass Jib Kidder to headline this event, along with even more avant-garde Joshua Hedges and local dream pop outfit American Dream.  Get weird, Nashville!    [MH]

RON FUNCHES
@ Zanies | 7pm & 9:15pm | $20 | 18+

Finishing off a string of five sets over three days, buzzworthy rising comic Ron Funches give you two more chances to catch his hilarious live show; don’t miss out! [PO]

SUNDAY

ROOTS OF A REBELLION W/ FLORALORIX
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $10 | All Ages

The reggae roots take over 3rd & Lindsley for Nashville Sunday Nights when two of the best in the local business take over the airwaves of Lightning 100 to provide some soothing Sunday night jams.  Long time friends of the site, Roots Of A Rebellion and Floralorix are in the forefront of a budding reggae revolution in Music City, and we wholeheartedly support these talented musicians in not only their individual projects, but in the message as a whole.  [MH]

ED SHEERAN W/ CHRISTINA PERRI AND JAMIE LAWSON
@ Bridgestone Arena| 7:30pm | $59-69 | All Ages

British serenader of your dreams, Ed Sheeran is coming to town Sunday night to school us on love. Nashville marks nearly the end of Sheeran’s hugely successful second world tour: “X Tour”. Opening is sweet, raspy songstress Christina Perri, along with fellow English crooner, and first signee under Sheeran’s new label, Gingerbread Records, Jamie Lawson. If you appreciate dancing, sing-a-longs and the feels, go see our mate Ed rock the house at the Bridgestone Arena this weekend. [CO]

VALIENT THORR W/ THE TIP
@ The High Watt | 9pm | $10 | 18+

If your weekend needs a little injection of Southern-infused heavy metal, look no further than Valient Thorr‘s Sunday night show at The End with The Tip. Hailing from North Carolina, the group have been going strong for nearly 15 years, boasting a loose, long-running concept of being stranded on earth from the planet Venus, stuck touring the land and bringing heavy metal to the masses. Needless to say, they’re a lot of fun live. [PO]

[CO] Claire Osburne
[IS] Ione Singletary
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JC] Julian Ciany
[LL] Lorie Liebig
[MH] Matt Hall
[MW] Meagan Whitney
[MG] Meredith Galyon
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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