In celebration of Exit/In‘s 45th birthday, the legendary venue and adjacent sister space The End, part of the historic Elliston Place “Rock Block” are bringing back a tradition that first took place in the late ’70s and early ’80s: The Elliston Place Street Fest. As we previously announced, the party will take place Saturday, July 23, with stages in both venues as well as outdoors, and will feature performances from Diarrhea Planet, The Delta Saints, The Features, The Protomen, and more! General admission tickets are still available for the fest, presented by Lightning 100 and Indie Nash, so grab yours now and read on for more about the full lineup!
Outdoor Stage | 9:30-11pm
If you haven’t yet seen the live spectacle that is Diarrhea Planet, you’re pretty much failing at being a Nashville rock fan. Fortunately, the group’s headlining spot at the street fest, their first hometown show since new album Turn to Gold dropped last month, promises to bring enough over the top rock and raucousness, it’ll more than make up for it. With a four-guitar arsenal, the band have ascended from their poppy, anthemic, punk and party rock early days to an internationally lauded rock powerhouse, thanks, in no small part, to their unbelievably great 2013 breakout LP I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. Since then, the group also dropped an EP, along with their brand new effort, and have continued to tour the country, winning over legions of fans and even making a recent late night debut on Seth Meyers. Diarrhea Planet are the best of what Nashville has to offer, and you should never miss a chance to catch them in person.
THE DELTA SAINTS
Outdoor Stage | 7:45-9pm
A certifiable local success story, The Delta Saints have become a staple in the Nashville music scene, and are always a great addition to these types of shows. We first got hip to them around the time of their 2013 LP Death Letter Jubilee, and have watched their blues informed rock and roll sound evolve as their recognition has grown. The group have been touring the world in celebration of last year’s Bones, and single “Heavy Hammer” (watch the video below) has definitely been ruling our playlists since last summer. Road-worn, electrifying performers who have been making music together for close to a decade, The Delta Saints are a live force to be reckoned with.
Exit/In | 7:15-8:45pm
Veterans of the local rock scene, The Features have been a fixture in Nashville and Murfreesboro since the ’90s, and helped usher in the local indie/garage rock movement. Friends from a young age, their early efforts went largely unreleased, as the band worked to find their sound and gigged around the region. By the ’00s, The Features were firmly rooted in the indie scene, and their 2004 major label debut, Exhibit A, helped propel the group to new heights. In the more than a decade since, they’ve released several more fantastic albums, embarked on high profile tours, found mainstream attention and radio play, and worked with King of Leon’s Serpents and Snakes label, all the while remaining an integral part of their hometown scene. In other words, they’ve had something of a dream career.
Outdoor Stage | 6:15-7:15pm
What started as a retro operatic rock outfit dedicated to composing concept albums loosely based on the Mega Man video game series (yes, really), Nashville/Murfreesboro rockers The Protomen have evolved to become something so much bigger. One of the best live acts in Music City, bar none, the band have, over the past decade, diverted course to release things like an incredible tribute to Queen, among others, and an unbelievably well-curated covers album called The Cover Up. Their latest effort, Act III, returned the group to their original, operatic motif for the first time in a number of years, and should have you especially excited for their live show. In character and in costume, The Protomen always deliver one of the most unforgettable, ’80s tinged, nerd friendly rock shows around, and you should absolutely never miss a chance to see them.
Exit/In | 4:30-5:15pm
Kicking off the daytime music inside Exit/In, folky/alt rockers Elliot Root are more than up to the task. Over the past couple of years, the group have cemented their sound and found a local following through their three EPS, ER/EP, II, and, most recently, Thoughts from Yesterday. Their pleasant, layered songwriting benefits from pop sensibilities and intelligently-crafted hooks, and the handful of times we’ve had the pleasure of seeing the quintet live, they’ve always been fantastic. Be sure to show up early to show them some love!
THE BLACK CADILLACS
The End | 11pm-12am
Hailing from Knoxville, The Black Cadillacs are a band we’ve long been fans of. The group dropped an eclectic, self-titled EP early last year, and have been enjoying its success ever since. A true rock band through and through, their sound is loud and energetic, blending classic rock, indie rock, and grunge, with a touch of Southern charm, and their live show is just as compelling. With increased buzz in recent years, the rockers are quickly becoming festival favorites, and have had their music featured on multiple major television shows. The best way to catch ’em is surely in person though!
Exit/In | 5:45-6:45pm
While lately, local rockers AutoVaughn might have somewhat overshadowed their main gig with the viral shenanigans of their butt rock alter ego LazerSnake, the self proclaimed “future rock” group are still an exciting fixture in the Nashville musical landscape. Combining elements of ’90s alternative and classic Britpop, and propelled by infectious harmonies and unbeatable melodies, AutoVaughn have shared the stage with the likes of Cage the Elephant, Rooney, and The Kooks, and are well-equipt to get this festival popping.
The End | 6:45-7:45pm
A veteran of our Acme showcase series, singer-songwriter Oliver John-Rodgers, who also goes by the acronym OJR, plays self described “acid cowboy” music, his sound channeling retro affinities with a timeless, indie slant. Definitely influenced by folk and country, but with fuzzy, psychedelic, and indie rock sensibilities, Rodgers’ knack for crafting personal, hypnotic songs is fantastic, to say the least, and has been honed over several years of expansive, genre-bending releases.
The End | 8:45-9:30pm
We’ve watched party rocker Ri¢hie go from satire to a seriously good (if not super serious) live act over the past few years, often performing in some manor of themed costume, backed by a pretty solid set of dudes from other local bands, and always operating at the highest level of energy imaginable. Though it feels like it’s been a minute since he’s dropped any new tunes, Ri¢hie remains a dependable live staple, and you should always see him in person when you have the opportunity!
JEREMY LISTER AND FRIENDS
Outdoor Stage | 5-5:45pm
As the son of a preacher, Jeremy Lister got his start learning church hymns, and this humble start quickly projected him into the world of music. After numerous EP releases, the musician joined a cappella group Street Corner Symphony and came in second on NBC’s second season of The Sing-Off. Shortly after the competition ended, judge Ben Folds invited Street Corner Symphony out on tour with him. After making his fame within the group, Jeremy Lister decided to step out on his own, but also retains ties to local collective Ten Out of Tenn; we’re not sure who the “friends” are, but we know he has some talented ones.
FREAKVILLE ft. KDSML, COACH, SPICE J, & MORE
Exit/In | 9pm-2am
If you want to keep the fun going late, you’re in luck, because Exit/In is hosting Freakville with acclaimed local DJs KDSML, Coach, Spice J, and more, for a five hour evening into late night block that should leave you sufficiently partied out.
The Elliston Place Street Fest will take place Saturday, July 23 at Exit/In, The End, and at an outdoor on Elliston Place. The show is 18+, begins at 4:30 p.m. (doors at 3 p.m.), and tickets are available for $20.