* Charles Walker & The Dynamites Love is Everything album release show at Mercy Lounge.
* Dr. John and the Nite Trippers at Franklin Theater ::: There is only one version of one song in the world that I can listen to ad nauseam without tiring of its content; it is Dr. John‘s “Such A Night,” performed with The Band at The Last Waltz. Combining jazz and blues with a boogie-woogie based piano, Dr. John’s three-minute performance brings me more guaranteed satisfiaction than a bottle of Riesling and a pack of Turkish Silvers. If you know me at all, then you know this is an unprecedented statement.
Dr. John’s Mardi Gras costumery and raggedy voice has uniquely chronicled my upbringing, so much so that my now Seattle-based brother’s first email address was firstname.lastname@example.org. (This address is probably still active; please feel free to send him love-mail.) Although we have dispersed in location, our shared love for Dr. John emanates through the distance, and there is probably a moment every month or so when I can count on the idea that all of my family is watching Mr. Rabeneck romanticize the notion of one, lovestruck night on the 1976 stage of the Winterland Ballroom.
Although I wasn’t born in time for this fateful performance of “Such A Night,” I still recreate its sanctity by seeing the doctor every time he comes to town; this time, it will be tomorrow night at The Franklin Theater. Friday nights sing the praise of escapism for most nine-to-five Americans, and Dr. John’s legendary charm will provide notes of creole comfort into what might otherwise be just another half-hearted Thank God It’s Friday. It will be classier than my usual bar nights, and a special occasion to forego whiskey for wine. – Emily
* Elise Davis w/ Dave Armstrong at the High Watt.
* Cheap Time with Fast Girls at the Stone Fox.
* Penicillin Baby, Elk Milk, Golden Spurs, & Shy Guy at Springwater.
* St. Paul & The Broken Bones w/ DeRobert & The Half Truths at the Basement ::: soulful, southern, orchestral sound. Be prepared to be blown away by singer Paul Janeway’s pipes. Rumored to be the next big thing.
* Modoc, Tesla Rossa, The Rouge and more at Mercy.
* Ned Van Go CD release at The Rutledge.
* Roy Ira w/Phantom Farmer at FooBar.
* The Black Lillies at 3rd and Lindsley.
* Nashville Sunday Night feat. Luella & The Sun w/The Black Cadillacs at 3rd and Lindsley ::: Nashville, it’s Sunday night and you know what that means. Or maybe you don’t, so I’m here to tell you. Every Sunday night Lightning 100 broadcasts a live show from 3rd and Lindsley. And the bands are usually awesome. Tonight, is no different. The famed Luella and the Sun are playing a show with The Black Cadillacs. The show starts at 8pm and its only $10. So you should probably go. If you’re not familiar with Ms. Luella and the band then you can check out one of their performances from SXSW that NPR’s Front Row decided to film (no big deal).
Though the band is Nashville-based, most of the members actually hail from all over the country, anywhere from Arkansas to Cleveland. Only one of the members is actually from TN. Upon listening to the band for the first time, I was blown away with Luella’s voice. I have literally never heard anything like it. And there’s nothing out there to compare their sound to either. It’s definitely a different drum they are marching to and they are slowly but surely taking Nashville and the rest of the country by storm. This is one Sunday night in Nashville that you should.not.miss.
The Black Cadilliacs are another one to watch as they deem their music ‘blues-based indie rock’. And like, who doesn’t love those two genres? The boys are from Memphis (the blues capital) so, need I say more? They say their sound spans from ‘riffy blues rock to neopsychedelic jams’ which is exactly what I hear when listening to these guys. Someone please go to the show for me (as I’ll be working hard for the $$) just don’t tell me how good it was after. – Mallorie