Believe it or not, even though you may be contemplating mowing your grass again this year, Christmas is upon us. The majority of the music industry is on vacation right now, and we’ll be pretty quiet over the next week getting caught up with year end lists and prepping for a bigger and better than ever 2016. While the pickings are slim this holiday weekend, there is, of course, still some live music going on around town. After lounging in gluttony on Friday, take the family out to show them just why Music City has it’s name. Have a look below at what we suggest for you, and we want to wish all of you the happiest of holidays!
TIGER BEATS W/ PATRICK SWEANY, THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS, DON GALLARDO, CHARLES “WIGG” WALKER
@ Acme Feed & Seed | 11:30 am – 10 pm| Free | All Ages – 21+
Have family in town for the holidays? If so, you’ll surely end up on Lower Broadway on Saturday in a need to escape the house and to show off Music City. Make sure you take them by Acme Feed & Seed for a bit to see some of the best that Nashville has to offer. It’s a full day of music that gets started with a soul brunch featuring Nashville legend Charles “Wigg” Walker, rolls through the smooth Americana sounds of Don Gallardo and The Howlin’ Brothers, and finishes up with Tiger Beats ft. guitar master Patrick Sweany.
MASHVILLE REUNION FT. KDSML, ORIG, MIKE VULCAN, AND BATEMAN
@ Exit/In | 10pm | $5 | 18+
Beginning in 2007 by a crew of frustrated DJs, Mashville has become the destination to hear some of the best on the decks in Music City. Now celebrating their 8th anniversary, this will be the premiere dance party of the weekend featuring KDSML, Orig, Mike Vulcan, and Bateman. Peel yourself out of holiday mode and dance off the sugary sweets all night on Saturday at Exit/In.
TODD PARK MOHR (FROM BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS) W/ MODERN INVENTORS
@ City Winery | 8pm | $25-$35 | 18+
Looking for a throwback evening of sing along worthy songs, then head over to City Winery to check out Todd Park Mohr, who you probably know best as the front man and primary songwriter for Big Head Todd & The Monsters. This stripped down solo set will certainly features a number of the hits from their catalogue, which is most famous for their 1993 platinum selling Sister Sweetly.
THE LONG PLAYERS CELEBRATE MEMPHIS SOUL MUSIC
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $20 | 18+
Nashville has no shortage of talented musicians, and a perfect introduction of that to your visiting family might be a trip to 3rd & Lindsley to see The Long Players bring to life the music of Stax, Volt, and Hi records. Not only will this be a night of incredible songs, it will features some of Nashville’s finest musicians along with the vocal talents of Rick Brantley, Trisha Brantley, Etta Britt, Ashley Cleveland, Shoka Dukureh, Jace Everett, Nick Nixon, Webb Wilder, and Joseph Wooten.
@ City Winery | 8pm | $32-$45 | All Ages
Seminal alt rock pioneers, Living Colour are set to perform at City Winery to close out this weekend. The politically tinged rockers made waves in the mid 80s being that the musicians were all african american in a genre largely dominated by whites, and then they exploded onto the scene with the breakout hit “Cult Of Personality” in 1989. Despite a few breakups over the years, the core group is back together again, and touring as they put the final touches on a new record. Head out to see if they play any of their new stuff, and then expect everyone to jump up in joy when the opening riffs of “Cult Of Personality” light up the room.
JOSH FARROW W/ MAGNOLIA SONS AND JESSE LAFSER
@ Exit/In | 8pm | $10 | 21+
Looking for a low dough show to finish off your weekend? Head to Exit/In to catch stand out local songwriter Josh Farrow along with retro soul rockers Magnolia Sons and bluesy folkster Jesse Lafser. If you really want to show your family why they call it Music City, this is the show that will make the name “Music City” stand out in their minds.