Not Going to SXSW? Here’s Your Ultimate Guide to Staying Put Right Here in Nashville (Part 1)

Contrary to popular belief, not every last human being on earth is in Austin this week - and there are still great shows right here in town.

HappeningContrary to popular belief, not every last human being on earth is in Austin this week. Some of us are still looking to the best local venues and hangouts to provide us with mid-week and weekend entertainment, and as sure as Nashville is deemed music city, each night offers plenty of options to inebriate in Tennessee whiskey and artistry. Stuck behind in town and wanting to see some good music to distract yourself from your hashtag-SXSW infiltrated Twitter feed? Read on.


Cut/Copy at Marathon Music Works ::: Australian electro-pop group Cut Copy take over Marathon Music Works tonight, a show that ensures organic highs via their syncopates synth pop bands. You’ve probably heard their single “Take Me Over” from our friends over at Lightning 100; it a song that eases morning commutes, afternoon anxieties, and awakens the mind with as much spark as a strongly brewed cup of coffee. $25 dollars at the door.

The Jack Silverman Ordeal at the Stone Fox ::: Celebrating the diversity of local artists is as possible any night of the week in the comfort of our own backyard. Tonight, the Nashville Fringe Festival brings us the Jack Silverman Ordeal, featuring Viktor Krauss with Tracy Silverman. You may know Silverman as the Nashville Scene’s managing editor. Turns out he’s also a profoundly talented guitarist, capable of crafting provocative mood-setting music, setting the stage for a comical, Cohen-brothers type throwback film. This isn’t one to miss, especially because it’s free and in one of the coziest venues our city has to offer for a windy day.

– Country Western Residency at the 5 Spot ::: A great choice for a laid-back ambiance to get you through the middle of your Nashville-bound week, to sling back a few beers and listen to live American-inspired music.


Lauren Farrah, The Static Trees, Charlie Whitten at Foo Bar :::  This is one of our favorite places to usher in the soon-to-be weekend, especially when we can mix whiskey, cigarettes, and a game of pool with local talent. Tomorrow night, the sultry songwriter Lauren Farrah will be sharing with her rich melodies and songwriting prowess, featuring poetic waxing on all those existential subjects that cause us to drink a few too many. Farrah is joined by Static Trees, a garage band with roots heavily grounded in the best of classic blues and rock, and Charlie Whitten, a newly minted folk-rock singer who will be gracing us with some fine tunes before heading down to Austin, himself.

Communion Nashville March Club Night Feat. Pearl And The Beard, Buffalo Clover, Gabriel Kelley, The Get Togethers, Phin, Koa at Mercy Lounge. Communion, the artist-led organization founded by Ben Lovett, Kevin Jones, and Ian Grimble, has never let us down in featuring talented artists we should all know and love. Tomorrow night, Brooklyn-based Pearl and The Beard shower us with their orchestrally edgy compositions; with a foot in every genre, the band has shared the stage with bands including Lucius, The Drums, and The Lumineers. Kings and Queens of southern soul Buffalo Clover bring us the warmth of their blues-based big band sound, along with the authentic and sensitive work of Gabriel Kelly, the biographically rich anthems of The Get Togethers, Phin, and Koa. Look here for more info.

Holly Williams with Anderson East, Levi Hummon at 3rd & Lindsley. My favorite venue for hiding in a dark corner and gorging myself on nachos and Jack and Cokes has finally picked up my subliminal cue to feature Holly Williams and Anderson East. Williams cuts through the crowd with a songwriting style that epitomizes the successes of country music; her lyrics are earnest tales, sincere and personal in their first-person delivery. Blog favorite Anderson East has a voice that is so haunting it will quite literally bring every whisper of a music venue to a halt, whose music has gotten me through many an episodic crisis since transplanting to Tennessee. The two are joined by talented newcomer Levi Hummon. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 6pm.

Buddy Miller at the Basement. “It Hurts Me” is one of my favorite folk tracks for a relationship’s rigor mortis, and The Basement is my favorite venue for introspection and fleeting glances at attractive strangers. Miller’s soulful country inflections speaks to the longtime talent of a musician whose career has been built out of sheer diligence and consistently effortless talent, not one formed inorganically in the pursuit of a glimmering fifteen minutes.  Tickets are only $10, and it will be an 8th avenue night that celebrates the longevity of outlaw-country and Miller’s timeless career.

Come back Friday for Part II!!

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