This Weekend in Nashville, Sept. 7-9

By Contributor Andrew Johnson

This weekend probably has a light schedule as far as Nashville goes, but you should still check out some live music if you can.

Friday

As Matt already mentioned in his post titled More National Love for the Nashville Rock Scene, the Turbo Fruits are playing their “Butter” record release show at Exit In with Ranch Ghost, King Karl, and Fox Fun. Doors at 8 pm, General Admission $8 if you pre-order or $10 on the day of the show. You can get a ticket and the “Butter” CD for $13 and a ticket and the ”Butter” Vinyl for $18. Get tickets here.

Saturday

There are some good outdoor music events going on. A slew of artists including Matthew Perryman Jones, Marie Hines, Goodbye June, & The Allen Thompson Band, Effron White (acoustic), Jeff Blaney (acoustic), & Kate Tucker (acoustic) will be playing Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park starting at 3 pm and ending at 6pm. This event is free.

Hacienda is playing a free in-store performance at Grimey’s at 5 pm. See Sunday’s show listing for another Hacienda show.

If you wish to check out some more outdoor music, Luella & The Sun, Wildcub, and Snakeyez will be playing at Sevier Park as part of the 12th South Concert Series from 6pm to 10 pm. Also a free event.

The Lonely H, Quiet Company, Magnolia Sons, Kate Tucker & Michael Shepard are playing the 5 Spot. $5 Cover and starts at 9 pm. The Facebook event page can be found here.

Sunday

You’ve got the Sunday School weekly music series with Montezuma Fire Machine & Remerra at Exit In. Starts at 7 pm and it’s free.

Also, Hacienda, Teitur and Young Hines are playing at 3rd and Lindsley. Doors at 6 and show starts at 7. Check out Matt’s previous post about winning tickets to the show and a copy of Hacienda’s newest record “Shakedown.”  $10 cover. You can also get tickets to the show here.

Thirsty Thursday: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Montezuma Fire Machine, and Two Bit Charlie tonight @The Attic at Piranhas

By Contributor Andrew Johnson

The Fourth Edition of Thirsty Thursday offers a unique instrumental style of jazz and caribbean flair, progressive jammers referencing an Aztec emperor, and a two-piece blues rock outfit that conveys its ferocity without the likes of bass guitar. Check out the Facebook event page here.

I feel like I’m a rope being pulled simultaneously in opposite directions during a game of tug of war between a jazz martini lounge and a Caribbean island when I listen to Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (Asheville, NC). But neither environment really suits the music. The song “The Longest December”  teeters on a smooth, solid groove of eclectic steel pan, jazz guitar, bass and drums that screams uncertainty with its diminished scaling. It’s almost as if this song is the smooth-sounding version of Jack Torrence’s mind going crazy from winter weather isolation in the film “The Shining.” Check out the video for “The Longest December” below.

I’m in the process of perfecting my sun worship bow, my tribal face paint, and getting myself in shape to complete 18 revolutions around the sun to prepare for Montezuma Fire Machine’s set tonight. I’m certain my sun-exposed face will be melted off by the fiery, ultra-violet jams, a small sacrifice to make for a scorching show. Check out MFM’s EP Frown Like A Lord below.

Nashville blues rockers Two Bit Charlie cite the dialogue of dynamics as their primary focus. Vocalist Andrea Iacopini’s guitar licks are having a conversation, sometimes a heated argument with Scott Soifer’s drum tracks. Iacopini and Soifer are all by themselves, pontificating from the rock pedestal together as a dynamic duo, minus the superhero capes. They’re not all by themselves in the Green Day hidden track, immature way, but in the us-against-the-world, less is more way. All I can think about is how wide awake I’ll be for this set, without needing any red bull and vodka as a kickstarter.