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This Week In The Nashville Area
 

 

Fri., April 16, 8 p.m.
@
Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music 2400 Blakemore Ave. (map)
Nashville
Belmont/ Edgehill/ Hillsboro Village
 

 
If Craig Nies has ever given a lightweight recital, we must have missed it. The powerhouse pianist's spring concert continues his ongoing complete cycle of Bach's encyclopedic Well-Tempered Clavier. The program also includes Chopin's stormy Sonata No. 2 — featuring the famous “Funeral March” — and Debussy's beautiful 1904 L'isle joyeuse, as well as shorter gems by Brahms and Rachmaninoff. In nearly two decades at the Blair School of Music, Nies has been well-loved by Nashville audiences and students alike, and his staggering technical control and thoughtful interpretations have won acclaim in major concert halls from Prague to New York. The season of faculty recitals may be near its close, but Blair has saved one of the best for last.
 

 
D'Angelo's Brown Sugar Performed by Joey Richey, Jonathan Winstead, Darnell Levine & more

 

Fri., April 16, 8 p.m.
@
The Rutledge 410 4th Avenue South (map)
Nashville
Downtown
 

 
In a head-spinning turn of meta-nostalgia, it seems that we're in the middle of a ’90s neo-soul revival. Yep, the genre that revived the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s is getting a revival of its own: Erykah Badu is has a fantastic new album, Maxwell has become one of music's elder statesmen and even D'Angelo is back in the news. It seems that turn-of-the-century sex symbol D'Angelo — whose video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” still turns labia into fire hydrants — was busted for soliciting sex on the streets of Manhattan early last month. Kinda disappointing, sure. But it'll be easy to forgive him when a whole crew of Nashville's finest neo-neo-soul performers, including Scene favorites Jonathan Winstead, Mike Hicks and William Davenport, get together to cover D’Angelo’s classic first album Brown Sugar.
 

Frank Sheen Band

 

Fri., April 16, 6:30 p.m.
@
Douglas Corner Cafe 2106-A 8th Ave. S. (map)
Nashville
8 South/ 12 South/ Berry Hill
 

 
$7
 

Zig Zag

 

Fri., April 16, 7 p.m.
@
The Basement 1604 8th Ave. S. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
$7
 

Club

Deceiver w/Dawn & more

 

Fri., April 16, 8 p.m.
@
Little Hamilton 1318 Little Hamilton St. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
 

Club

The Features w/The Privates

 

Fri., April 16, 8 p.m.
@
YEAH! 114 S. Maple St. (map)
Murfreesboro
Murfreesboro
 

 
The Danberry Plantation

 

Fri., April 16, 8:30 p.m.
@
Norm's River Road House 7695 River Road Pike (map)
Nashville
Charlotte Pike/ Sylvan Park/ West Nashville
 

 
free

Westbound Rangers

 

Fri., April 16, 9 p.m.
@
Station Inn 402 12th Ave. S. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
$10
 
 

 

Monte Montgomery

 

Fri., April 16, 9:30 p.m.
@
Third & Lindsley 818 3rd Ave. (map)
Nashville
Nolensville Rd./ Woodbine/ Murfreesboro Rd.
 

 
$10

 

 

Pat McLaughlin Band

 

Fri., April 16, 9:30 p.m.
@
Douglas Corner Cafe 2106-A 8th Ave. S. (map)
Nashville
8 South/ 12 South/ Berry Hill
 

 
$10
 

 
Earth Day Festival feat. Sara Watkins, Bela Fleck, Apache Relay & Homemade Water

 

Sat., April 17, 2 p.m.
@
Centennial Park West End Ave. at 25th Ave. N. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
Last year’s Earth Day Festival was the one bit of calm in the day of claustrophobia and indiscriminate record-buying that was Record Store Day. When the crush of people trying to catch The Avett Brothers at Grimey’s became too much, the compulsive composters at Centennial Park welcomed us with open arms. After last year’s eclectic bill of local funk, rock and folk, the festival is keeping its music side decidedly low-key with performances by jam band Homemade Water, Belmont-based folkies Apache Relay, one-time Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins and master banjoist Bela Fleck, who’s playing an acoustic show with an unnamed set of friends. The festival is free. Free
 

 
Cherryholmes Performing With The Nashville Symphony

 

Thu., April 15, 7 p.m., Fri., April 16, 8 p.m. and Sat., April 17, 8 p.m.
@
Schermerhorn Symphony Center 1 Symphony Place (map)
Nashville
Downtown
 
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Collaborations between bluegrass bands and orchestras have had a sparse but honorable history since the days when The Osborne Brothers lined up in front of a symphony. It’s a tough job getting scores of orchestral players into the same groove as a lean, nimble ensemble that places the degree of emphasis on the sort of tight timing good bluegrass bands are known for. Cherryholmes, the family band that looks like anything but — and who have been forging their own path through and beyond the world of bluegrass in the past few years — have done well with the project in various locales, but this is the first time they’ve brought the show to their hometown folks, and they’re plenty pumped about the prospect. The set list (or should that be program?) is built on material from their last two albums, and a preview of songs from their next release is promised too.
 

 

Sebastian Speaks' First Annual Five-Year Anniversary and Hands Off Cuba Record Release feat. Forrest Bride, Deluxin', The Looking Glass & Black Swans

 

Sat., April 17, 8 p.m.
@
Hillwood Strike & Spare 3710 Annex Ave. (map)
Nashville
Charlotte Pike/ Sylvan Park/ West Nashville
 

 
If you consider yourself a follower of Nashville art rock, then you’re likely well-acquainted with the collective body of work that features familiar sidemen Ryan Norris, William Tyler and Scott Martin — the power trio that makes up much of the sonic muscle behind indie faves Lambchop and Cortney Tidwell. Helmed by multi-instrumentalist Norris and drummer Martin, Hands Off Cuba is one of a myriad of projects that also include Tyler (guitar), along with bassist Adam Bednarik and fellow multi-instrumentalists Ben Marcantel, Jonathan Marx and Matt Glassmeyer. Having risen from the ashes of long-defunct local favorites Character, H.O.C. — along with their overlapping musical collective Forrest Bride — have established a fluid Music City continuum of instrumental Kraut-informed post-rock that makes more refined local listeners rightfully feel lucky to live in Nashville. After having established themselves locally and beyond — via touring, local gigs, a couple of EPs and a handful of remix projects — the band now releases its long-awaited debut full-length From Arrival to Survival. Assimilating the aesthetics of influences such as Brian Eno, Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, Tortoise and Can, the record is a hauntingly gorgeous auditory landscape of moods, melodies and beats — both electronic and organic — that is cerebral and ethereal. In keeping with their unorthodox musical approach, the band will celebrate with a release show at West Nashville’s bowling mecca, the Hillwood Strike and Spare. The event also doubles as the “First Annual Fifth Anniversary Party” for William Tyler’s Sebastion Speaks label — on which the record is being released. Sharing the bill are partners-in-crime Forrest Bride, The Looking Glass, Deluxin’, Columbus, Ohio’s Black Swans and Tyler’s own Paper Hats. The potential cherry-on-top is a rumored performance courtesy of socially perverse local puppeteers Pull the Strings Players.
 

 

Dave Barnes w/The Three Amigos

 

Fri., April 16, 9 p.m. and Sat., April 17, 9 p.m.
@
Exit/In 2208 Elliston Pl. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
A skillful songwriter with a gift for big hooks and an unobtrusively old-school production aesthetic, Dave Barnes pays tribute to reggae, ’70s soul and classic pop on his new full-length What We Want, What We Get. A South Carolina native who grew up in Mississippi, Barnes sounds at home with retro-soul on What We Want tracks such as “Chameleon” and “Someone's Somebody.” He writes tricky melodies with interesting chord changes, while Ed Cash's production adds organ and horns to the mix. Still, Barnes' examinations of romance and self-determination are a trifle uninflected — he can seem a manipulator of tropes and nothing more. What We Want succeeds on the strength of his sweet-and-sour singing and some lean, attractive arrangements. He's not yet a soul auteur on the level of Lewis Taylor or Terence Trent D'Arby, but “Chameleon" sounds like prime Walter Becker — with a clean conscience, of course. $15

Jami Grooms

 

Fri., April 16, 6 p.m. and Sat., April 17, 9 p.m.
@
Wildhorse Saloon 120 2nd Ave. N. (map)
Nashville
Downtown
 

 
 

Club

Sunglasses at Night Dance Party

 

Sat., April 17, 6 p.m.
@
Rcktwn 401 6th Ave. S. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
$5
 

Jack Pearson

 

Sat., April 17, 7 p.m.
@
Third & Lindsley 818 3rd Ave. (map)
Nashville
Nolensville Rd./ Woodbine/ Murfreesboro Rd.
 

 
$10
 

 
The Coolin' System W/Mary Nails & The Distribution

 

Sat., April 17, 9 p.m.
@
The 5 Spot 1006 Forrest Ave. (map)
Nashville
Five Points/ Shelby Bottoms
 

 
 

John Cowan CD Release Show

 

Sat., April 17, 9 p.m.
@
Station Inn 402 12th Ave. S. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
$15
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Lord T. & Eloise w/RIO

 

Sat., April 17, 9 p.m.
@
Mercy Lounge 1 Cannery Row (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
$8-$10
 

Suzanne Vega

 

Sun., April 18, 8 p.m.
@
The Belcourt 2102 Belcourt Ave. (map)
Nashville
Belmont/ Edgehill/ Hillsboro Village
 
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For better or (probably) worse, Suzanne Vega is best known in the U.S. for DNA’s sinuous, bass-heavy remix of her song “Tom’s Diner” — a litany of observations about the NYC restaurant that would later serve as the regular rendezvous point for the characters on Seinfeld. Her consistently adventurous songwriting throughout the ’90s should have deepened her fame — especially with the daring leap she took from the introspective folk of “Luka” to the buzzing, clattering environments of 99.9F — but so it goes. Vega recently re-upped “Tom’s Diner” with The Roots in an appearance on Fallon, and she’s touring in support of Close-Up Vol. 1, a collection of love songs that are no less powerful for being less well-known. $40
 

Collegium Vocale

 

Sun., April 18, 4 p.m.
@
Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music 2400 Blakemore Ave. (map)
Nashville
Belmont/ Edgehill/ Hillsboro Village
 

 
 

Sunday Spotlight feat. Star & Micey

 

Sun., April 18, 6:30 p.m.
@
Bluebird Cafe 4104 Hillsboro Rd. (map)
Nashville
Green Hills
 

 
free
 

Benji Brown Presents: Echoes in Red Tour feat. Joan Red, Echovalve, Stilldown & more

 

Sun., April 18, 8 p.m.
@
The Rutledge 410 4th Avenue South (map)
Nashville
Downtown
 

 
$8-$10
 

Chip Robinson w/Kasey Anderson

 

Sun., April 18, 8 p.m.
@
The Basement 1604 8th Ave. S. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
$5
 

Rick Huckaby w/Yarn

 

Sun., April 18, 8 p.m.
@
Third & Lindsley 818 3rd Ave. (map)
Nashville
Nolensville Rd./ Woodbine/ Murfreesboro Rd.
 

 
$7
 

Owl City

 

Mon., April 19, 6:30 p.m.
@
War Memorial Auditorium 301 6th Ave. N. (map)
Nashville
Downtown
 

 
Pop tunes that burrow into your brain are called earworms. Owl City’s platinum-selling ditty “Fireflies” is a glowworm, pulsing rhythmically in your cranium along an endless electromagnet algorithm. “Fireflies” is a friendly worm, dwelling in your brain like a good guest, never being irksome or making a mess in your frontal lobe. Owl City (aka Adam Young) has taken a lot of criticism for sounding remarkably like Death Cab vocalist Ben Gibbard’s now-on-hiatus outfit The Postal Service. Well, so what. Taken on its own terms, Owl City’s oeuvre isn’t bad for a 23-year-old recently liberated from his mom’s basement in frosty Minnesota. If sometimes his kiddie-piano approach is a little too simplistic (“Hello Seattle”) or lacking in focus (his new single “Vanilla Twilight,” whose video features a bunch of people — including Shaquille O’Neal — staring at the sky), it’s still good pop. And the fact that it helps adolescent music nerds around the world believe there’s a future beyond the basement, well, that’s just an extra little hospitality gift. $20

 

 
Road to Bonnaroo 8 off 8th feat. The Dozen Dimes, Caitlin Rose, The Effects, AutoVaughn, Majestico, Mikky Ekko, The Nobility & The Deadstring Brothers

 

Mon., April 19, 9 p.m.
@
Mercy Lounge 1 Cannery Row (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
Seems every other week the Scene cover story deals with fighting of some sort — wrasslin’, mixed martial artistry, etc. — but the real throwdown in town this summer has once again been the battle for a spot onstage at our backyard megafest, Bonnaroo. Stepping into the ring on this week’s card, the third of four in the prize-fighting series: the highwire power-pop of AutoVaughn, the earnest Appalachian tilt of Deadstring Brothers, the tuxedo-clad doo-wop of Dozen Dimes, the glammy beard jams of Majestico, the paint-faced pop squawk of Mikky Ekko, the Kinksy indie-pop of The Nobility, the salty American bang of The Effects and the Ronstadt-cowgirl narratives of Caitlin Rose. Free
 

Wild Horse 2nd Annual House Band Competition

 

Mon., April 19, 4:30 p.m.
@
Wildhorse Saloon 120 2nd Ave. N. (map)
Nashville
Downtown
 

 

 

Back to the Music 5

 

Mon., April 19, 6 p.m.
@
Twelfth and Porter 114 12th Ave. North (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
free

 

Vince Gill

 

Mon., April 19, 7:30 p.m.
@
Ryman Auditorium 116 5th Ave. N. (map)
Nashville
Germantown/ Jefferson St./ Fisk
 

 
$29.50-$39.50
 

Lee Roy Parnel & more

 

Mon., April 19, 8 p.m.
@
The Basement 1604 8th Ave. S. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
$12
 

Lee Roy Parnel

 

Mon., April 19, 8 p.m.
@
The Basement 1604 8th Ave. S. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
$12
 

Club

Luke Dick w/Dameon Allensworth, and Juliana Cole

 

Mon., April 19, 8 p.m.
@
The Rutledge 410 4th Avenue South (map)
Nashville
Downtown
 

 
$5
 

100 Monkeys

 

Mon., April 19, 9 p.m.
@
Exit/In 2208 Elliston Pl. (map)
Nashville
Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ West End
 

 
$13-$15
 

 Club

David Ball CD Release

 

Tue., April 20, 7 p.m.
@
Third & Lindsley 818 3rd Ave. (map)
Nashville
Nolensville Rd./ Woodbine/ Murfreesboro Rd.
 

 
Ball’s moment in the mainstream limelight came and went some time ago, but if ever there were an artist whose career exemplifies the virtues and rewards of modest persistence, it’s Ball. His new album, Sparkle City, dishes up a set of flawless performances that cover the country music waterfront with knowing affection and a fine eye for detail, from the raucous good times of “Country Boy Boogie” to the just-right blend of prettiness and melancholy in “Tulsa.” Ball’s band, the Pioneer Playboys, keep up with him without getting in the way, and Ball himself is singing better than ever, with an unerring command of phrasing and dynamics that makes listening a pure pleasure. The result is a deeply satisfying slice of country that upholds tradition without beating you over the head with it. free
 

 Club

Naked Without Us feat. Perrin Lamb, Tristen, Jessica Campbell & The Mercy Bird

 

Tue., April 20, 8 p.m.
@
The Rutledge 410 4th Avenue South (map)
Nashville
Downtown
 

 
Our local, aspirant music-meets-fashion festival is back for its fourth year. While it's easy to write the whole thing off as the Not Quite as Big Nashville Festival or just laugh at the idea of Nashville attempting to be fashionable, you got to give the folks credit for trying to do something other than live complacently among the slobs and slouches that epitomize Nashville style. With six days of rock and fashion shows, NWU aims to shine a light on the more forward-thinking acts amongst us, including De Novo Dahl — whose new album Tigerlion is phenomenal — Armed Forces — whose “Radical Luv” is such a good tune that even Nashville Cream’s anonymous curmudgeons have endorsed it — and Duck McFli, one-half of electro-rap duo the N.O.B.O.T.S. and fashion hustler in his own right, along side a whole slew of up-and-coming local designers. $5
 

 

 

 

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