TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | Feb. 19 – 21

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It seems as though Nashville blew its proverbial load in that insane weekend of shows last week, but with the close to spring time temperatures this weekend, there will be plenty of need to get out of the house.  Some of you have tickets to the sold out run of Chris Stapleton shows at The Ryman, but the rest of us will be scrapping to find the best of what’s left.  There’s still quite a bit to choose from including a supergroup at The End, soulful Americana leaning pop at Mercy Lounge, Grammy winning reggae jams, punk rock at a McDonalds, and plenty more.  Head below to see all of our staff picks in this week’s edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

THE NOBILITY
@ Grimey’s | 5pm | FREE | All Ages

Local pop rockers The Nobility are celebrating the release of their third LP, Ashford Castle, on Friday with a free in-store at Grimeys.  Self-described as the “57th best band in Nashville,” while this would be a fun list to look at, it seems as though the band may be selling themselves short, because these are immaculately produced pop rock songs that they should be proud of.  Have a listen to “On The Sly” below to get a taste. [MH]

DON GALLARDO
@ Soulshine Pizza Factory | 7pm | FREE | All Ages

We’ve been bringing you news on Americana singer-songwriter Don Gallardo for a while now.  Ahead of the release of his upcoming LP, Hickory, we premiered the single “Down From The Valley,” and shared the single, “Midnight Sounds,” the latter of which you have been hearing all week on Lightning 100.  Gallardo has a knack for writing truly heartfelt songs, with a delivery that will appeal immediately to fans of Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, or The Band, and the live set of this seasoned performer just sizzles. Take advantage of the warm weather and head down to Soulshine on Friday to catch Gallardo and his band How Far West offer up some top notch free Happy Hour entertainment. [MH]

DWAN HILL w/ THE JOHN HANCOCK BAND
@ The High Watt | 8pm | $10 | 18+

Local producer Dwan Hill may be best known for his work in Jonny Lang’s band, but that opportunity arose given his incredible musical talent.  Hill is releasing his second album, Good Time, at The High Watt on Friday night.  Steeped in highly danceable pop, it’s yet another breath of fresh air in the local talent pool.  Talented genre blending four piece, The John Hancock Band opens things up. [MH]

RON POPE AND THE NIGHTHAWKS w/ JONATHAN TYLER, TRUETT
@ Mercy Lounge | 8pm | $17-20 | 18+

Having just wrapped up the European leg of the world tour in support of their first full band album, Americana/pop act Ron Pope and the Nighthawks will spend night two of their U.S. tour in Nashville at Mercy Lounge. Joined by Dallas singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler and Atlanta-based Truett, this will be a fun show to check out if you’re one of the many who missed out on Stapleton tickets. [JSt]

PENICILLIN BABY, ORGAN STILLS, ONLY
@ FooBAR | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Long time blog faves Penicillin Baby are bringing their fresh reverbalicious psych work sounds to one of our favorite watering holes, FooBAR, on Friday night.  There’ve been hints of a new record from these guys for a while now, so there is a good chance that you’ll get to hear what they’ve been working on of late, sort of like “Stick It Out” below that dropped as a single last year.  Like minded rockers Organ Stills, who we premiered “Eyes Closed” for a few months ago, and Only join a stacked bill that will give you ample opportunity to rock out. [MH]

CHIS STAPLETON w/ SAM LEWIS
@ Ryman Auditorium | 7:30pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

Fresh off his wins for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammys, Chris Stapleton is playing a sold out, three-night stint at the Mother Church this weekend. The run of shows begins Thursday, making his appearance Friday night the second of the three. While tickets for all three shows sold out weeks in advance, if you’re lucky enough to find yourself at The Ryman for this show, you’ll be treated to songs from Stapleton’s The Traveller, as well as an opening set by Nashville local Sam Lewis, whose recordings have featured Nashville legends like The McCrary Sisters, Gabe Dixon, Will Kimbrough, and more. [MW]

R. RING w/ LORI GOLDSTON
@ The End | 9pm | $8 | 18+

R. Ring is a new supergroup of sorts born out of a musical collaboration between The Breeders’ Kelley Deal and Ampline’s Mike Montgomery. The two creative partners say that the abrasive music of R. Ring stands in stark contrast from the music made by their previous groups. At this performance at The End, they’ll be joined by cellist Lori Goldston, who is best known for adding the eerie cello parts to Nirvana’s later work. [JSa]

THELMA & THE SLEAZE
@ Welcome To 1979 Studio | 9pm | Free | All Ages

Friday night sees Thelma and the Sleaze playing the 19th stop on their intra-city Kandyland tour. Heralded as the first tour within a city, they’ve played every night in February, at both standard and unlikely venues, including a roller rink, laundromat, and several stores. Friday night they’ll be playing at analog studio Welcome to 1979. [MW]

MORGAN HERITAGE & BLACKALICIOUS
@ Exit/In | 9pm | $15 | 18+

Back from picking up their recent Grammy for Best Reggae Album, Morgan Heritage will take the stage at Exit/In on Friday along with hip-hop duo Blackalicious. Dubbed “The Royal Family of Reggae,” the five siblings that make up Morgan Heritage are the children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan. The group’s 2015 album Strictly Roots was their tenth studio album and first independent release. [JSt]

SATURDAY

KILLMAMA
@ Grimey’s | 5pm | FREE | All Ages

The two piece Florida based garage rockers KILLMAMA harken comparisons to The Black Keys and Jack White & Alison Mosshart.  They put a bit of the southern infused blues back in the garage genre, and you’ll have the first of two chances to get familiar with them this weekend during a free in-store at Grimeys.  Beerfreshments for those of age. [MH]

ZEKE DUHON w/ BEARING TORCHES, FOXTROT & THE GET DOWN, JORDAN DEPAUL
@ The High Watt | 8:30pm | $5-7 | 18+

No Country presents alum Zeke Duhon is headlining a loaded bill at The High Watt also featuring Kansas City to Music City transplants Bearing Torches, Philly based blues rockers Foxtrot & the Get Down, and Jordan DePaul. All this amazing tunage for just under ten skrill? You’d be hard pressed to find better plans this Saturday at a better price. [JR]

CHRIS STAPLETON w/ AUBRIE SELLERS
@ Ryman Auditorium | 7:30pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

On the final night of his three-show run at The Ryman, Chris Stapleton is joined by post-country singer/songwriter Aubrie Sellers, who opens the show. Like the two shows preceding this one, Stapleton’s third show at the Mother Church was sold out far in advance, and months before he took home two Grammys for his album The Traveller. If you’re one of the few who snagged a seat, consider yourself lucky. As hard as it was to get a ticket to one of his three shows this time around, it’s only going to get harder from here on out. [MW]

SUPER SHAKER w/ PHOTO OPS, BERN KELLY
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Local groovy alt rockers Super Shaker are celebrating the release of their new album this weekend with a special release show at The Basement.  These guys popped onto our radar in the past few months, and we’ve been crushing their single “Kong” on repeat ever since.  Have a listen to that below, and keep your eye on these guys.  Photo Ops, who also just celebrated an album release and Bern Kelly fill out what is stacked up to be one of the best local bills of the weekend. [MH]

THELMA & THE SLEAZE
@ McDonald’s (Opryland) | 10pm | Free | All Ages

This is probably one of your most eccentric chances to check out Thelma and the Sleaze this month. The hard rock trio is playing the McDonald’s location at Opryland during their intra-city tour. The 20th stop of their Nashville tour is probably the weirdest. If you want to see the ladies of Thelma and the Sleaze turn McDonald’s into a rock club or if you want eat Big Macs while watching live rock and roll, then your Saturday night plans are set. [JSa]

CELLARS, ONE BEGGAR SUN, KILLMAMA, THE HOLLYWOOD KILLS, VICTORY STATE
@ fooBAR | 9pm | $5 | 21+

Hard rocking alt-metal outfit Cellars, 90’s influenced alt-rockers One Beggar Sun, party alt-rockers The Hollywood Kills, and like minded rockers Victory State join the bill with the rising Florida duo, KILLMAMA, for their second Nashville show on Saturday.  If you need to headbang, this is the show for you. [MH]

SUNDAY

FINISH TICKET w/ VINYL THEATRE
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $15 | All Ages

It’s another edition of Nashville Sunday Night, thanks to Lightning 100, who has been keeping their weekly showcase going for over two decades now! The latest installment at 3rd & Lindsley will feature alt rockers Finish Ticket and the like minded, but indie leaning Vinyl Theatre. As always, this show is broadcast live over the airwaves if you can’t make it out, but at just $15 it’s well worth a visit in person. [JR]

THELMA & THE SLEAZE
@ Dino’s | 1pm | Free | 18+

Want to see Thelma and the Sleaze in a more typical setting than McDonald’s, like a great dive bar? This installment of the Kandyland tour sees them playing for free at Dino’s on Sunday afternoon, leaving plenty of time to recover for work on Monday morning. [JSa]

[JR] Jacob Ryan
[JSa] Jacqui Sahagian
[JSt] Jen Starsinic
[MH] Matt Hall
[MW] Meagan Whitney

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