Hello everyone. With the help of more fun events planned and the humidity finally kicking in gear, this coming week will be a hot one for the books. I won’t beat around the bush or make you sweat any more than you already are right now. Here is what’s up.
Tuesday night, you know where I’ll be. I won’t be alone while witnessing another round of East Side Storytellin’ at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. (900 Main Street). Starting at 7pm sharp, and outside if no sight of rain, you are invited to enjoy a FREE night of amazing readings and original music. Author Todd Dills will be featuring stories from his most recently published work called “Triumph of the Ape” alongside the musical talent of Mike Willis of the Cumberland Collective. If you’d like to get a little bit familiar with Todd and Mike before you make plans to meet us all at Fat Bottom on time and have a spectacular evening, you can read Todd’s feature story that was just published this week about music and writing in Music City for Chapter 16 right here-
Then, on Wednesday night, you should skip Broadway or anything pop country (as usual) and just stick to the Backyard Opry instead. At 6:30pm, at 2134 Acklen Avenue, you can pay a mere $15 to hear the greatest live music going down around with the most endless solo cup going too. The musical fund raiser will help Operation Stand Down Nashville, and the music lineup will be nothing to sit down on for sure. As of right now, and growing, the lineup includes The June Brides, Altererd Statesmen, Sweetbriar, Chris Scruggs, and a cast of many many more. It will be quite a treat.
Thursday, oh Thursday, you have a treat like no other. You need to visit Ed Nash Art Studio (1015 West Kirkland Avenue, Unit 414) at 7pm to take in a one-night event for the ages. Jason Brown and his Brehman Collection, in collaboration with East Side Story, will be presenting an extraordinary evening of letter readings. This is not your mama’s letters either. Doors will open at 7pm with music from The Gypsy Hombres, followed by a performance piece by Matthew Marcum of Sideshow Fringe. The famous letters, originally written by the likes of Ernest Tubbs, Patsy Cline, and many others in all sorts of historical backgrounds and highlights, will be read by the likes of Jonathan Marx, Libby Callaway, Dane Cardiel, Ed Nash, Paul Polycarpou, Paul Burch, and many others. After the letter readings, there will be more music and spirits and an art reception of the original letters and the latest from Ed Nash. The event is FREE to attend and there will be the food truck “Your Dish Is Our Command” on site as well. If you don’t have plans for Thursday, mark this event on your calendar. If you do have plans already, change them and thank me Friday morning (via email of course).
Friday night sparks a fun time at Cheekwood. May 24th marks the first of continual Fridays thru November 8th where summer musical acts will supply an eclectic Music City soundtrack to the exhibition “Light: Bruce Munro” at Cheekwood. There will be live music in several locations in the Garden, specialty cocktails, cash bars throughout the Grounds, Dining in the Pineapple Room, and everything is open until 11pm. Go see it for yourself.
Moving along to Saturday, you have another round of fun choices. One that I recommend is to go to “an Exhibition.” This Saturday, May 25th, from 6-10pm, Untitled will play host to another evening of thrilling entertainment, uncensored art, and a variety of carnival desires at a FREE, 18 and up, art event in East Nashville’s East Room (2412 Gallatin Avenue). Cirque Du Burlesque will titillate with burlesque, thrill and awe with fire eating feats, and endure the classic bed of nails among other things. Blue Moves will provide modern dance while Blaque Masque will mesmerize with belly dancing galore. Music will be played by Kirabelle Frabotta, Fable Cry, and DJ Tha Blackheart. Body painter Tia Adams will be on site and Kiki will be giving tarot readings. Oh, and there will be some awesome art to see and buy as well. Talk about a fun night to be had by all!
And with that, I’ll let you celebrate this week and holiday weekend as you wish. Just around the corner, immediately after the holiday ends, on Tuesday, May 28th, from 4:30-7:30pm, at 101 Lea Avenue, you can enjoy a reception for Sher Fick’s exhibit “Coping Skills.” There will be an artist talk at 6pm, and you are all welcome. The only thing is that you need to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And like that, I’m out.
Hope to see you tomorrow night at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. at 7pm!