Don’t Miss Big Freedia w/ Sweet Crude | TONIGHT @ Cannery Ballroom

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A longtime, important fixture in the New Orleans bounce hip hop scene (“a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance”)Big Freedia cemented her status as a regional star for the first decade of her career, including as one of the hardest working, earliest acts to return to the city after Hurricane Katrina, before spilling out into broader mainstream recognition. Raised on a steady diet of gospel, soul, and hip hop, the singer was born Freddie Ross, and seemingly identifies as a gay man, though prefers female pronouns as a performing artist. Nicknamed “The Queen Diva,” Freedia got her musical start in the late ’90s performing alongside local artist Katey Red, before releasing a string of solo albums throughout the ’00s. A 2009 performance at New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest would prove to be her big break, and quickly let to subsequent festival appearances, showcases, late night TV sets, visual art collaborations, media acclaim, and high-profile tour opportunities.

Over the past few years, Freedia has appeared on HBO, led a crowd to set a Guinness record, starred in her own FUSE reality show, penned an autobiography, and collaborated with increasingly huge artists, including an appearance on on Beyoncé’s “Formation,” which is just about as high-profile as it gets. Known for her outlandish live show, complete with backup dancers The Divas, Big Freedia, whose last release was last year’s Third Wave Bounce, is not just an artist, but a cultural phenomenon. Returning to Nashville proper for the first time since opening for LCD Soundsystem back in 2017, Freedia is set to play her largest Music City headliner to date tonight, Sept. 6 at Cannery Ballroom. Joining the Queen Diva are fellow New Orleans natives Sweet Crude, whose poppy indie rock is certainly quite a bit different, but offers yet another great representation of NOLA’s eclectic regional scene. Snag tickets here and show up early!

Big Freedia and Sweet Crude will perform tonight, Sept. 6 at Cannery Balloom. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $25.

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[REMINDER] Don’t Miss Mandolin Orange w/ Bonny Light Horseman | Sept. 6 & 7 @ The Ryman Auditorium

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Out in support of their sixth and, perhaps, best LP to date, Tides of a Teardrop, beloved North Carolina folk/Americana duo Mandolin Orange are set to return to The Ryman Auditorium this weekend for not one, but two headlining dates, Sept. 6 & 7. Joining the band on night one is a new supergroup with an unbelievable pedigree, Bonny Light Horseman, made up of Fruit Bats’ frontman Eric D. Johnson, singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell, and guitarist Josh Kaufman, and a handful of tickets for both performances are still available here (9/6) and here (9/7) as of writing! We’d suggest snagging your spot now as they’re going fast, then read on for more about the show.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Local Natives w/ The Gloomies | Sept. 14 @ Marathon Music Works

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While a regular fixture in Nashville over the years, playing everywhere from The Basement to The Muse in their earliest days, before swiftly upgrading to spaces like Cannery Ballroom, The Ryman, and even Live on the Green, LA indie rock outfit Local Natives are set to make their return to Music City after a three year absence, out in support of new fourth album Violet StreetSept. 14 at Marathon Music Works with buzzy San Diego surfpunk group The Gloomies. A definite must-see for any fan of cool, complex, and earnest indie rock, tickets are available right here while they last! We’re excited to announce that we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, so if you’d rather leave it to chance, read on for more about the show and enter for a chance to win below.

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The Hold Steady Kick Off Three-Night Basement East Residency, Sept. 5, 6, & 7

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It’s now been 15 years since seminal Brooklyn indie rockers The Hold Steady burst onto the scene with their 2004 debut Almost Killed Me, and over a decade since they become one of the most critically lauded acts of the late ‘00s, first with 2006 third album and fan-favorite Boys and Girls in America, and beloved followups Stay Positive and Heaven Is Whenever. More recent years have seen the group slow down a bit, pursuing various other creative endeavors (like a healthy solo career for frontman Craig Finn), but after a five-year gap following 2014’s Teeth Dreams, the band made their triumphant return just weeks ago with a highly-anticipated seventh album, Thrashing Thru the Passion.

Out in support, The Hold Steady are currently playing a series of three-night club residencies in various cities (a trend they’ve adopted in recent years in favor of more extensive tours), and will kick off a trio of shows at The Basement East, what appear to be their first in Nashville in almost a decade, tonight, Sept. 5 with Atlanta indie rockers The Rock*A*Teens, continuing tomorrow, Sept. 6 with local grunge pop faves Daddy Issues, and concluding Saturday, Sept. 7 with Memphis genre-benders Big Ass Truck. While limited three-day passes are already sold out, we’re surprised to see that as of writing, you can still get individual tickets for each night! Easily one of the best indie bands in modern history, playing Music City for the first time in ages, these shows are a must for new and old fans alike. Grab tickets at the links below, and preview all of the artists at the bottom of the page!

The Hold Steady will perform Thursday, Sept. 5 with The Rock*A*Teens, Friday, Sept. 6 with Daddy Issues, and Saturday, Sept. 7 with Big Ass Truck at The Basement East. The shows are 18+, begin at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $40 here (9/5), here (9/6), and here (9/7).

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Neck Deep | Sept. 23 @ The Cowan

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On the heels of a massive summer tour supporting iconic pop punk group Blink-182 and famed rapper Lil Wayne (which, unfortunately, didn’t include a Nashville date), buzzy Welsh pop punks Neck Deep are set to play what appears to be a one-off date in Nashville, headlining The Cowan for the first time on Sept. 23. As we eagerly await a followup to 2017 third album The Peace and the Panic (a new single, “She’s a God,” did recently drop in conjunction with their current trek), the rockers’ return, following a show last year at Marathon Music Works, is a welcome surprise, and may be their last before they have a new LP in tow. Tickets are still available right here, and we encourage you to snag them while they last, but we’re excited to announce that we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! If you’d like to try your luck, read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below.

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