For a number of years, East Nashville Underground served as a quarterly, weekend-long, drunken get-together; a showcase of some of Nashville’s finest up and coming artists (many of whom have gone on to do some very impressive things since) that grew out of its basement beginnings to literally putting The East Room on the map. It’s been a little over two years since the festival’s final installment, but we often think back fondly, not only about the incredible music we were able to catch on such a regular basis, but about the community that formed around it. Yes, ENU was a nothing short of a family, and, as families do, they’ve announced a long-awaited reunion, set to take place over three nights (and one day) this weekend, Thursday Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 21 at new east side hang The Basement East.
The “magical reunion” lineup is, naturally, stacked with a ton of blog faves, all ENU alumni. We’re getting you familiar through a series of posts. We brought Thursday and Friday previews already, and, below, we’ve got the rundown on the Saturday day show bill, with KS Rhoads, Waterfall Wash, Allen Thompson Band, and Jon Byrd & Byrd’s Auto Parts. You can still get weekend tickets for $35 ($50 for VIP), or, while supplies last, you can get single day tickets at the door for $15. The day show starts at 4 p.m. (doors at 3 p.m.), lunch will be available from Actual Food Nashville, and the event is 21+.
Head below to get revved up, and have an awesome reunion weekend!
JON BYRD & BYRD’S AUTO PARTS
Jon Byrd has been honing his musical chops in the South for decades, and has been calling Nashville home since the early aughts. After spending many years supporting other musicians, Byrd broke out to bring his own compositions to life, and really hit his stride with his country Byrd’s Auto Parts collective and the subsquent self-titled release. He’s since followed that up with some very special Nashville talent to release his most recent effort, Route 41, so you know it will be a special surprise to see how this all plays out early on Saturday afternoon.
ALLEN THOMPSON BAND
Local rocking roots outfit Allen Thompson Band have had a tough year. Both frontman Allen Thompson and guitarist Clint Maine incurred life-threatening spinal injuries, but they haven risen from their setbacks to get back on the stage with thier special brand of genre-blending music. Seeing these guys play is like hanging out with family, making them the perfect fit for this ENU reunion.
Those of you that haven’t seen Waterfall Wash since they first played ENU will be in for a big surprise. What began as a gathering of friends playing for fun has evolved into one of the tightest indie rock outfits in the city. Their debut EP, Foreign Chords, which dropped earlier this year, is one that should be in your collection, because it’s the start of something special.
Ever since the release of his 2007 debut, Dead Language, K.S. Rhoads has been a force to be reckoned within the local scene and beyond. A highly accomplished musician and one of the most sought after collaborators in Nashville, he’s the bandleader for the highly touted Ten Out Of Tenn outfit, has been doing a lot of work with another site fave, Erin McCarley, arranged his work for the Nashville Symphony during Live On The Green in 2011, yet still managed to find time to drop another record in 2013. Rhoads’ last ENU performance was utterly mindblowing, and you’d be a fool to miss his talent this time around.