As we exit the sumptuous summer music month better known as July, passionate visions of glitterati festivals and drinking wine smuggled into lawn chair amphitheater shows run wild in our memory. But with the arrival of August, we gear up for the purgatorial month-long expanse of the final month touting large-scale festivals and the incoming influx of bands diving into their year-end tour runs. For a month best known as the most historically paltry of live show months, August 2016 in Nashville has an ironic show-laden first week. Here’s a handful of some of the shows happening this week worth checking out.
Frankie Cosmos, Warehouse, Study Hall at The End, 8/1
We talked to Greta Kline (aka Frankie Cosmos) last week about her upcoming Nashville stop at The End – expect to hear an expanded four-piece sound, along with familiar and not-so tunes throughout the set. Touring in support of her excellent 2016 release, Next Thing, the show will be a solid evening of indie punk rock sensibilities. Fellow Bayonet Records signee, and Nashville group Study Hall are providing support. Show at 8. $13 DOS
Us the Duo at Cannery Ballroom, 8/1
If you’re not feeling the indie vibes at The End, then Us the Duo at Cannery might be more your speed. They’re the husband/wife duo that managed to sign to Republic Records after making a name for themselves through 6-second covers on Vine. With that in mind, the folk pop show is going to be all-ages, so their fans can come and see them in the flesh; so if you’re youth averse, its something to keep in mind. Show at 7:30. $20 DOS.
Elenowen at Family Wash, 8/1
Let’s say you are one of those youth-averse types that loves folk music and harmonies, but doesn’t want to mill about amongst a bunch of teens and pre-teens – Elenowen is playing Family Wash with Devon Gilfillian, and Quinn Erwin & the Kids at Family Wash for the American Songwriter and Reverbnation “Discover” series. Show at 7. No cover.
Bryan Ferry at Ryman Auditorium, 8/2
One of England’s most elegantly suave crooners makes his way across the Pond to play the Mother Church. Expect a lot of Roxy Music classics, along with standards, and perhaps some David Bowie covers, considering the two were contemporaries and confidantes. Show at 7:30. GA Ticket $29.
Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy at Ascend Amphitheater, 8/3
The fact that this show has yet to sell out is a damn shame and a fortuitous turn of events, all wrapped up into one. Two living legends that may or may not be on respective farewell tours for their illustrious careers. Beck did release his first new record in six years, Loud Hailer, so he’ll likely be playing a number of tracks from the record, but he’ll surely play more classic Beck as well. Add that to the fact you’re seeing one of the legends of blues, and you’ve got yourself a show. Show at 7. GA $30.
Henry Wagons, Elise Davis at Music City Roots, 8/3
Another solid lineup at the Factory for Music City Roots, this time with Aussie alt-country man Henry Wagons and Nashville-by-way-of-Arkansas songwriter Elise Davis. Rarely is there ever a disappointing Music City Roots, so if you’re feeling like an evening’s jaunt out to Franklin, be sure to check the show out. Show at 7. $10 GA.
YØUTH at Mercy Lounge, 8/3
If you’re afraid of feeling rock n’ roll/blues overload at Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, or not feeling like trekking down to Franklin to see Elise Davis and Henry Wagons, then maybe your best bet on Wednesday night is for the synth-pop vibes of YØUTH and his cohorts at Mercy Lounge. Lively and visceral, YØUTH’s set is bound to be solid mid-week pick up. Show at 8. $10 DOS.
Oh Pep!, Natalie Royal at High Watt, 8/4
Plenty of folk pop this week – and Oh Pep! are yet another band of such ilk to make their way into Nashville, this time by way of Australia. The duo’s debut album, Stadium Cake was released in late June of this year, and they’ve been on the road ever since. Local harbinger of pop Natalie Royal is providing support. Show at 8. $12 DOS.
Future Thieves, Sam Lewis, Morning Teleportation at Basement East, 8/4
The Thunderground Series is back, featuring a lineup of heavy hitters that includes Future Thieves fresh off their Forecastle run, country crooner Sam Lewis, and local electro psych outfit Morning Teleportation fill out a formidable set. Show at 8. $3 DOS.
Andrew Leahey and the Homestead at The Basement, 8/4
He’s a favorite of L/S and he should be a favorite of yours – Andrew Leahey and his backing band of “merry musical men” are playing their album release show at The Basement this Thursday night. Titled Skyline in Central Time, expect Leahey to play plenty of his Heartland Rock n’ Roll to help you close out your week. Show at 9. $5 DOS.
Fancy Hagood at Basement East, 8/5
One of Nashville’s best kept secrets (or not, depending how you look at it), Fancy Hagood (aka “Who is Fancy?”) is playing an ultra-rare Nashville show. Despite originating Fancy’s career, Hagood tends to spend most of his time on the coasts, as a pop music provocateur. Its an early set, but don’t expect it to be an easy show to get into, as it’ll fill quickly, no doubt. Support from Sinclair. Show at 7. $12 DOS.
Austin Manuel, Good Buddy at The Basement, 8/6
Plenty of local show goodness this week, and Austin Manuel’s album release show this Saturday at The Basement is no exception. Celebrating his June release Up the Ridge, its one of the best local releases of the year, and its more than worth checking out the release show that also features ambient bedroom folk rockers Good Buddy. Show at 7. $5 DOS.
case/lang/veirs, Andy Shauf at Ryman Auditorium, 8/6
If you can’t make it into the Austin Manuel/Good Buddy show (or feel like trying to pull double duty), then you might want to check out Neko Case, k.d. Lang, and Laura Veirs at The Ryman. A relatively unexpected collaboration, the trio has produced an utterly winsome debut that would likely make for a great live show. Andy Shauf provides support (and will be playing The Basement later this year). Show at 8. $32.75 for GA.
Shelly Colvin, Vanessa Carlton, John McCauley, Justin Collins at Basement East, 8/7
Four on the Floor, baby! Another great lineup of local acts happening this weekend at the Basement East. Sets from Shelly Colvin, Vanessa Carlton, John McCauley, and Justin Collins all swapping songs with one another for a evening of unexpected song iterations. Show at 7:30. $12 DOS.
Barns Courtney at 3rd & Lindsley, 8/7
Do you like Ed Sheeran? Do you want to see a younger, less dweeby, before-he-blows up version of Ed Sheeran? If you answered “yes” to any of the aforementioned questions, then checking Barns Courtney out at 3rd & Lindsley is your best bet to seeing the next best thing since, well, Ed Sheeran. Show at 8. $10 DOS.