While Philip is off running through the wilds of Lollapalooza in Chicago, the rest of us are buckling down here in Music City for another exciting weekend of live music. We’ve spent a lot of time telling you about tonight’s benefit show for Luella & The Sun over at Mercy Lounge, but there is so much more for you to do this weekend. Including a total burner of an all day party happening on the West site. Don’t worry… there’s even more than that for you after the jump, and don’t be too jealous of Philip at Lolla… he’ll bring back some great stories for you next week. Oh yeah, you see that new banner up there? That was designed by local graphic designer and artist Holley Maher. You should treat yourself, and check out Holley’s newest single and video “Golden” before you get into your weekend plan making.
Here we go again. Another East Nashville Underground is right around the corner, and we will be previewing everyone playing this weekend over the new few days to get you in the spirit. There is no better way to get in the groove than with the 8 off 8th kick off party that the crew throws with ENU alumni on the Monday before each festival. Tonight includes performances from The Joy of Painting, H-Beam, The Static Trees, Vinyl Thief, Magnolia Sons, Waterfall Wash, Feedback Revival & Thee Japanese Schoolgirls.
The ENU 8 off 8th is happening tonight over at The High Watt, and, as always, it’s free! You can check out some embeds of those performing after the jump. Get out and see some live music tonight with your ENU family, and let’s get this exciting week started with a bang! Oh, and if you haven’t bought your wristband for ENU this weekend, you better jump on that here before it sells out again.
Who doesn’t have halloween plans? Let’s face it. It’s mid week, and you probably already had your costumed fun last weekend. Well, there is no reason to moth ball that cheap/slutty excuse for a Halloween costume just yet. It definitely beats sitting around the house answering the door and doling out tooth rotting hyperactivity to children all night. So, a show is probably not only your best option for fun, but also your best option for sanity. Put on your halloween best, and get out to see some live music.
There are three stages of action going on over at Cannery Row. The Ballroom gets local heroes The Features along with local up and comers Heypenney, Tristen, and The Goldroom. We haven’t seen much of The Features this year, so this should be a fun little trip down memory lane. While those fellas have been out on the road for quite a while now, we, Nashville, did just vote them as the second best band to come in third place in our recent readers poll. You can also have a listen to Heypenny’s cover of Weezer’s “Pink Triangles” right down below. Tristen just appeared on that new Wanda Jackson record that was produced by Justin T. Earle, and The Goldroom sounds like this. Tickets for this blowout are $15, and things get started at 8pm.
Black 13 Tattoo has taken over The High Watt stage and bring you Diamond Rings, Stepdad, Kyle Andrews & Gold Fields. This is going to be a toss up for some of you, I know, I feel it too. Tickets for this one are only $10 though, and, if you figure out how to make your friends pay for parking, then you can afford to ditch them to slip upstairs during set breaks. No wonder I don’t have any friends, but this is pretty much listening to 1st Wave all over again. Have a look at Diamond Rings performance on Letterman last week to see what I mean.
If you are feeling more 70′s retro in your costume stylings, then you may fit right in at The JonesWorld Funk-o-ween Costume Ball with Hot Mess that is going on up at Mercy Lounge. Things up there get started around 8pm, and you can grab those $10 tickets right here.
A little further down 8th Avenue, you can get into some likely more comfortable confines with The Basement Halloween Blowout w/Hard Rock Zombies, H Beam and Bear In The Campsite. You can grab $10 tickets at Grimey’s or at the door, and things get started around 9pm.
If you live out on the west side of town, or have the desire to dress up like a farmer and hang out in a barn. The always entertaining Music City Roots weekly party is going on at the Loveless Cafe Barn. The performers for Halloween include Humming House, The Black Cadillacs, The Dirt Daubers, The Memphis Dawls, & The Owsley Brothers. You can grab pre-sale tickets for that one right here, and biscuits are only a couple of bucks extra. If you have to stay home and hand out candy, you can also check that one out online here.
Slightly closer to center, west-siders, should swing in to The Stone Fox for a night of cover bands performing the likes of
The Smiths, LIFEBOY, Weezer, Nirvana, The Clash, The Kinks, Michael Jackson, & The Stooges. Each local band gets 15 minutes on stage to give it their all. I have no idea what this will actually sound like other than a great fuggin’ time. Things get started over at The Stone Fox around 8pm, and it costs a single buck to get in.
Other possibilities include Unknown Hinson bringing his theatrical raucus honkey tonk to Exit/In, Freak Fest: Gimm And Icky with Alyssa Bonagura grooving asses over at 12th & Porter, & The Wooten Brothers are throwing a party at 3rd & Lindsley ($5 tickets are available at the door). Have fun, be safe, and get out to see some live music!
From beers to bands to porn stars… East Nashville Underground continued to grow into an amazing little festival this season. I didn’t even spend the entire weekend there, but I felt completely embraced and at home at the new event space over on Gallatin (The East Room). It was unfortunate that some snitch ratted them out for lacking a permit that caused Fat Bottom Brewing to pull their kegs out at the last minute, but that didn’t kill the fun going on with free kegs of Yuengling and other economically friendly faves of free drink lovers.
The highlights of Friday night were Blackfoot Gypsies who gave me the impression that they could perfectly pull off a cover of any Led Zepplin song that you could dream, but the cool thing is you just want BFG’s to keep doing what they are doing. Great job guys.
Chancellor Warhol also created quite a stir on Friday night. It’s been a year since I’ve seen Chance, and I’ll tell you that he is tighter than ever now. He had the collective hipster head bob working in The East Room late Friday into early Saturday. It didn’t hurt that he was accompanied by Boss Of Nova and Cage The Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz. It’s not going to be long before Chance has his name in the national mindset. I had an absolutely awful cell phone picture that I was going to put in here, but you should check out the stellar coverage from The Spin for some great pics of Friday night.
After the righteous hangover subsided on Saturday, I made my way back out to see Mr. Jitters and Hello Kitty, who were both vying to be the band most like Green Day. H-Beam was out of this world. I actually texted a friend during the show with this slightly buzzed description… “It’s like Zappa & The Who are bloodied, but still singing, after a car wreck while Maroon 5 plays on the car’s radio.” Lots of antics, and lots of good times.
I found out after the fact that porn legend Ron Jeremy rolled in late night was there for the Saturday afternoon Brunch + Bands session. I’m not so sad that I missed that. It’s actually scary that I have seen that guy like 4 times in my life. So strange. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one to have seen the man, the myth, the machine.
I’m already excited for the next season of East Nashville Underground. For those of you who didn’t make it out for this one, you should go ahead and keep your eyes open for another awesome party in November.
Great job to the whole crew that puts this festival on, and to all the bands that played, and to The East Room. Further…
Remember us telling you about that East Nashville Underground Festival a few months ago? Well, it’s a new season, new bands, new beer, new crib…. same awesome! It’s unbelievable amounts of hard work that has given this house party a life of it’s own. They have left the sometimes cramped confines of the house in East Nashville, and have moved into a new event space (The East Room) at 2412 Gallatin. They have ditched the free domestic beer for STILL FREE Nashville brew from sponsor Fat Bottom. You also have free booze, 18 bands, 3 DJs, and free Mimosas & Muffins (on Saturday afternoon).
Tickets for this thing run $12/night and $5 for Saturday afternoon, or you can just knock the whole weekend out for $20. That’s a pretty good deal for one piece of paper with Andrew Jackson’s mug on it. Buy a wristband in advance, and you will also get one of these sweet t-shirts.
Seriously, with a lineup like you’ll see below, I have no idea how they are pulling this off, but I’ve learned not to punch the gift horse in the mouth.
Mark your calendars, and don’t miss this! The lineup is below.