Outdoor pickin’, Hawaiian-twang, fuzzy rock, jazz and pies. Have your pick this weekend here in Nashville, as the horses trample in Kentucky and the tequila flows cheaply and nauseatingly everywhere else.
Have Spotify? Listen to a mix of the bands listed below, and decide for yourself what sounds good, right here.
– Courtney Jaye with Birdcloud and Denny and the Jets (subbing for Nikki Lane, now on tour with Spiritualized) at the Basement, 9 p.m. Finely crafted country with a tropical twang.
– The Full Moon Picking Party at Warner Park kicks off its 2012 season tonight. Bring an “approved bluegrass instrument” and you’ll get in for five bucks. In other words, not your dusty Flying V.
– Lions for Real at 12th and Porter. A local band who takes their name from one of my favorite poems from my favorite poet? Generally enough to get my attention. Their crunchy, bluesy rock might get yours.
– Charlie Hunter at the Family Wash. To be honest, Hunter isn’t one of my favorite current jazz musicians – that honor goes to the likes of Ken Vandemark, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran. But seeing someone the caliber of Hunter – whom I’m pretty sure I once had to pay 40 dollars plus two drinks to see live in a much bigger venue in NYC – at Family Wash, for free, with a pie in the oven and a Guinness in the hand makes for a might fine night. Watch a video of him rip through “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” here. 9 p.m.
– Kansas Bible Company at the 5 Spot. Big band, big brass.
– The Melvins at Exit/In. 9 p.m.
– Mike Farris with Ray Wylie Hubbard at 3rd & Lindsley. 8 p.m.
Also this weekend, on Saturday:
– Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park with Sugar and the Hi-Lows, Anderson East, Escondido and more. 3 p.m. Free
– Royal Bangs with Fly Golden Eagle at The End. 9.m.
– Diarrhea Planet at The High Watt. 9 p.m.
– Vandaveer at The Basement. (I did a pick on this one for the Scene). 8 p.m.
– PUJOL (opening for Screaming Females) at The End. 9 p.m.