TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | June 24 – 26

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Summer is humming along already, and it is a packed weekend of daytime activities to go along with the usual array of evening club shows.  We have Nashville Pride Festival, the final Musicians Corner of the spring season, a brewtastic block party,  Summer NAMM convention, and a stacked Laid Back Festival lineup going on… and that’s just Saturday afternooon.  Sometimes, well almost all of the time, it’s really great living in Music City.  Head below to plan your weekend with all of our staff picks in this weeks edition of TWiN!

FRIDAY

MUSICIANS CORNER: DOM FLEMONS, DAMIEN HORNE, TRISTAN MCINTOSH, CHARLIE OXFORD, TRISTAN MCINTOSH, JULIAN LINKLATER
@ Centennial Park | 5pm | FREE | All Ages

Musician’s Corner’s great summer season comes to a close this weekend, but not before two more wonderful days of music. Before the main event on Saturday, Friday’s acoustic night features an impressive lineup, headed up by folk/Americana/old-time revivalist and ex-Carolina Chocolate Drops member Don Flemons., along with Damien HorneTristan Mcintosh, and more! [PO]

THE EXPLORERS CLUB
@ Grimeys | 6pm | FREE | All Ages

Nashville retro surf popsters The Explorers Club are celebrating their third record, Together, with a free in-store performance at Grimeys on Friday.  If you are a fan of The Beach Boys and you don’t know The Explorers Club, then you can thank us after you see them.  [MH]

NASHVILLE PRIDE FESTIVAL: DAYA, SHAWN HOOK, PARSON JAMES, AMANDA LEPORE, REQUEL REDD, QDP
@ Public Square Park | 6:30pm | $20 | All Ages

In a year when the LGBTQ community could use more support, allegiance, and acceptance than ever, Nashville’s annual Pride Festival seems all the more essential. Per usual, the two-day affair is packed with great musicians, performers, vendors, activities, and celebration, and Friday night serves as a fantastic kickoff, with DayaShawn HookParson James, and more! While individual tickets are available for Saturday, Friday tickets are only available in weekend pass form; just more incentive to get your pride on all weekend long! [PO]

THE AQUADUCKS
@ Soulshine Pizza Factory | 7pm | FREE | All Ages

We’ve been sharing the party starting funk rock tunes from The Aquaducks pretty much since their start, and it’s been awesome hearing them on Lightning 100 this week.  The bonafide artist of the week will perform a free set that is sure to set Soulshine Pizza to dance mode on Friday night.  It’s the perfect way to start off your packed weekend. [MH]

THE DEAD DEADS w/ LAUREN STRANGE
@ The Lipstick Lounge | 7pm | $10 at the door | 21+

People of all orientations should certainly stand in solidarity this Pride weekend in the wake of the madness in Orlando. Help Music City celebrate life and love despite tragedy, at a very special Pride kickoff party with party punks The Dead Deads, and No Country presents alum Lauren Strange. The cover is just $10, but know that a portion of the proceeds will be going to directly to Equality Florida, a charitable organize that fights for LGBT equality in the Sunshine State. The live music will be followed by some of the best karaoke in town, and Jack Daniels/El Jimador drinks specials plus “swag” have been advertised, so it should be one hell of a good time! [JR]

SIMO w/ SUZY JONES
@ Mercy Lounge | 9pm$12-15 | 18+

Local psych tinged rock ’n’ roll trio SIMO are ready to kick out some heady jams with the help of Atlanta transplant, and soul singer songwriter Suzy Jones. Together they make up one of the more eclectic and tasty bills of the weekend, and at less than twenty bucks you’re sure to get your money’s worth. It’s also a later start time if you want to grab a bite to eat somewhere first and make it a big night out on the town! [JR]

THE WANS (ALBUM RELEASE PARTY) w/ TESLA ROSSA, CASEY MAGIC
@ The Basement | 9pm | $8-$10 | 21+

We’ve been watching the rise of The Wans in the Nashville music scene with their rambunctiously unforgiving rock shows.  Their new EP, Run Baby Run, exemplifies that perfectly, and the live recording, by local hero Vance Powell, brings all of their power to the forefront in the new album. They are joined by long time blog faves Tesla Rossa and Casey Magic for what should be a straight up party at The Basement. [MH]

BLACK MILK, NAT TURNER, RASHAD THA POET, RAIN
@ fooBAR | 9pm | $10 | 18+

Locals will probably remember Black Milk best for the split 7″ he cut with Jack White for a Third Man Records single, while the rest of the world knows him for his politically conscious rhymes and slick beats.  This year though, Black Milk teamed up with Nat Turner to drop The Rebellion Sessions, which is an absolutely noteworthy record in the jazz funk fusion world.  Their show at fooBAR is definitely the most unique show in Nashville this weekend, and likely the most unique show you will ever see at fooBAR.  Rashad Tha Poet and Rain is lined up in support.  [MH]

THESE SLIPPERY PEOPLE (TALKING HEADS TRIBUTE) w/ GIRLS AND MONEY, STARBENDERS
@ The East Room | 9:30pm | $5 | 18+

A quality twelve member Talking Heads cover band–made up of Music City talent form other bands like Chalaxy, Mesmer Tea, Body of Light, Creature Comfort, Girls, These Slippery People will be putting it down at The BEast this weekend, with help from Girls and Money Starbenders. Easily one of the top picks for a low dough Friday show, you can go see a live set list of songs you know you love for just $5, and you can support the local scene while you do it. Sounds like a no brainer, especially if you’re hanging out on the east side. [JR]

SHEL (ALBUM RELEASE)
@ Franklin Theatre | 8pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

Four sisters, raised and home-schooled by musically inclined parents, work under the acronym of their first initials, SHEL, in one of the more unique bands that we’ve come across.  We’ve written about them plenty over the years, including their incredible cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” earlier this year, but Friday marks a special day with the release of their sophomore album, Just Crazy Enough.  SHEL are performing a release show at Franklin Theatre in celebration, but, if you are just finding out about this now, you are too late to the game, because this show is sold out.  [MH]

LASER SPECTACULAR PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD
@ Marathon Music Works | 9pm | $23.50-38.50 | 18+

Celebrating 30 years as one of the coolest and most unique tributes to the legendary Pink Floyd, Laser Spectacular is a stunning mix of light, sound, and visual wonder. We told you about it in more detail right here. [PO]

SATURDAY

NASHVILLE PRIDE FESTIVAL: EN VOGUE, BONNIE MCKEE, DAPHNE WILLIS, THE LAST WORD, EZA, AND MORE
@ Public Square Nashville | 10am | $5-20 | All Ages

Following a big Friday night kickoff, Nashville’s annual Pride Festival continues Saturday, with an Equality Walk, two stages of music and entertainment, vendors, food, activities, and plenty of pride and celebration from members of the LGBTQ community and allies alike. Single-day tickets will run just $5 on site, and performers include En VogueBonnie McKeeDaphne Willis, and more! [PO]

MUSICIANS CORNER: THE JAYHAWKS, GRIFFIN HOUSE, HOPE COUNTRY, W.O. SMITH MUSIC SCHOOL CAMP BACKBEAT BANDS
@ Centennial Park | 1:30pm | FREE | All Ages

It’s the last Musician’s Corner until later this summer/fall, so make the most of it.  The finale features indie rock vets The Jayhawks, who are out in support of their new record Paging Mr. Proust.  Renowned local songwriter Griffin House is set to return to Musicians Corner as well in support of his latest release So On And So Forth. Also, Glen MartinDel-Amina, and Michael Logen will perform on the Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage. [MH]

TENNESSEE BREW WORKS BLOCK PARTY ft. ALANNA ROYALE, JESSE LAFSER, LAUREN SHERA, DEVON GILFILLIAN
@ Tennessee Brew Works | 12pm | FREE | All Ages

Need an excuse to day drink?  Right, of course you don’t.  Well, let us impart this wisdom on you, nonetheless.  A stellar bill is set to perform for the Tennessee Brew Works block party on Saturday, which means great beers and non stop dancing.  Blog faves Alanna Royale, who still won’t let us put our ears on the new record they are working on, are set to headline, and the supporting cast of Jesse Lafser, Lauren Shera, and Devon Gilfillian makes this the best free block party this weekend.  It’s definitely impressive that living in Nashville makes us qualify our statement with “this weekend.” [MH]

GO2PLA SUMMER JAMFEST
@ Drifters | 3pm | FREE | All ages

Local music community resource Go2Pla is designed to create collaborative jam sessions by putting musicians just looking for an outlet to play music together with other musicians.  It’s a cool concept that probably couldn’t have started anywhere other than the creative community in Music City.  They are having their summer jam session on Saturday at Drifters, which will feature a slew of local players, so stop by to find out more about the organization. [MH]

SAD BAXTER, LAWNDRY, RALES
@ fooBAR | 3pm | FREE | 18+

Our pals over at Cold Lunch Recordings are dropping another of their impressive mixtapes on Saturday with some afternoon jams from some local faves, Sad Baxter, Lawndry, and Rales.  If you need an afternoon breather or a cold beer to cool off, why not do it with some free music on the east side? [MH]

LAID BACK FESTIVAL ft. GREGG ALLMAN, SHOVELS & ROPE, BROTHERS OSBORNE, GABRIEL KELLEY, AND MORE!
@ Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater  | 4pm | $20-$99 | All Ages

The legendary Gregg Allman is returning to the city of his birth to rock wonderful outdoor space The Woods at Fontanel. He’s bringing his Laid Back Festival lineup with him, featuring longtime site favorite Shovels & Rope, country duo Brothers Osborne, and folk performer Gabriel Kelley, plus more! You get all this amazing music starting at just $20, and the tunes get going early, so you can make it a day drink if you want. Sounds like a beautiful Saturday to us. [JR]

THE WILD FEATHERS w/ JAMESTOWN REVIVAL
@ Ryman Auditorium | 8pm | SOLD OUT | All Ages

Since bursting onto the scene with their stellar self-titled debut LP in 2013, The Wild Feathers have been relentlessly touring and honing their sound. They are returning to their hometown for their first headlining show at The Ryman in support of their sophomore album, Lonely is a Lifetime. Folk rock duo Jamestown Revival will serve as support alongside the Feathers for this sold out show, which marks an important milestone for the hard-working band. [LL]

JOEY KNEISER & KELLY SMITH w/ MATT WOODS
@ The Basement | 7pm | $6-$8 | 21+

Joey Kneiser and Kelly Smith are likely best known for their role in beloved Middle Tennessee outfit Glossary, but the duo branched out to put out to release The Wildness in late 2015.  The songwriting chops of Kneiser and lovely harmonies of Smith make this one of the better local records of last year, and you can catch them in support on Saturday evening for an early set at The Basement.  They’re joined by singer-songwriter Matt Woods[MH]

SYLVAIN SYLVAIN & THE SYLVAINS w/ THE TIP
@ The High Watt | 8pm | FREE | 18+

You may have thought that you’d never get to see one of the original New York Dolls play for free, but this weekend you’ll have the opportunity when Sylvain Sylvain takes the stage at The High Watt with his band, The Sylvains. Opening the show, is maybe Nashville’s best fit for the slot, local glam rockers, The Tip[MW]

LAUREL & THE LOVE-IN (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW) w/ MILK PEOPLE, THE BUMBS, & KATIE PRUITT
@ Meal Ticket | 8pm | $5 | 18+

Laurel & The Love-In popped onto our radar recently with fierce vocals over bluesy rock riffs on their debut records, Don’t Love Nobody.  They are celebrating the release at DIY space Meal Ticket with Milk People, The Bumbs, and Katie Pruitt for one of the best homegrown shows of the weekend. [MH]

WYE OAK w/ TEEN
@ Mercy Lounge | 9pm | $17-19 | 18+

Despite successful side projects, Jenn Wasner and Andy Slack continue to create incredible music together as Wye Oak.  The duo just released a cool compilation of songs that were written in the middle ground between the brooding Civilian and the synth pop leaning Shriek, that is aptly titled Tween.  You can expect a full onslaught of Wye Oak hits in their always entertaining live shows on Saturday at Mercy Lounge, and make sure you get there early enough to catch like minded synth pop sisters TEEN[MH]

JON TIMM, CHARLIE WHITTEN, THE PRESCRIPTIONS
@ The Basement | 9pm | $5-$7 | 21+

We premiered Jon Timm‘s latest video for “These Hours” earlier this week, and have been listening on repeat ever since.  His debut full length, Fever Dreams, releases on Friday June 25, and he’ll be performing a special release show at The Basement with Charlie Witten and The Prescriptions on Saturday night.  Head out to support some local music.  [MH]

YAUTJA w/ MANNEQUIN PUSSY, ESSENTIAL TREMORS, SLUGGA, HUSBAND STITCH & TERMINAL CURSES
@ The End | 9pm | $12 | 18+

The Other Booking is a DIY community organization that hosts a lot of DIY shows in town, especially at DIY space Drkmttr. This weekend, The Other Booking will host Nameless Fest II, the second installment of their local festival that highlights some of the best in punk and hardcore music from Nashville and other cities across the country. On Saturday night, the mighty Yautja will headline and be joined by other notable bands such as Husband Stitch, Mannequin Pussy, and more. Show starts at 9 p.m. Don’t sleep on this one Nashville.  [JC]

SUNDAY

BOB DYLAN w/ MAVIS STAPLES
@ Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater | 7:30pm | $45-$120 | All Ages

The one, the only, the unstoppable Bob Dylan will dropping in on Music City to share his extensive catalog of wondrous songs with a captivated audience. Touring in support of his latest release, Fallen Angels, a collection of twelve classic American songs the icon covers, Dylan has remained one of the very few artists to stay relevant for five decades. It’s his thirty-seventh record and counting, so it’s safe to say he has been very prolific. Get their on time for the almost equally influence R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples. Together, this once in a lifetime bill promises to leave you with memories to last a forever. Don’t miss it. [JR]

KEVIN MORBY w/ BLANK RANGE
@ 3rd & Lindsley | 8pm | $10 | All Ages

Former Woods bassist and The Babies frontman Kevin Morby is out in support of his stellar third solo record, Singing Saw, and will be stopping by 3rd & Lindsley for a special Nashville Sunday Night performance.  His unique brand of indie rock will be perfectly paired with local standouts Blank Range for a show that is definitely worthy of your Sunday night consideration. [MH]

DIANE COFFEE w/ LASSO SPELLS
@ The Basement East | 9pm | $10-$12 | 21+

Returning to The Basement East for the second time this year, nostalgic, theatrical, and unique singer Diane Coffee is the solo musical vehicle of Shaun Fleming, also known for being the live drummer of Foxygen. After a very DIY, but well-received debut, My Friend Fish, Diane Coffee came into his own with sophomore effort, Everybody’s a Good Dog, released last year, and has been touring extensively in support. Fleming’s charmingly retro, theatrical, and experimental tunes provide one of the best under the radar show options of the weekend, and an opening set from locals Lasso Spells make this one even more enticing. [PO]

[JC] Julian Ciany
[JR] Jacob Ryan
[LL] Lorie Liebig
[MH] Matt Hall

[MW] Meagan Whitney
[PO] Philip Obenschain

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