The Fall 2014 Nashville Fringe Festival Sampler features contributions from Al-D, Chris West, the Coolin’ System, E.T., Greg Bryant Expansion, Hide Your Mamas, Justin Kalk Orchestra, Markey Blue, and Quiet Entertainer. Listen below, or download the entire sampler by clicking here to sign up for the Nashville Fringe Festival’s newsletter.
(Downtown Nashville skyline image courtesy of Giovanni Rodriguez.)
Sunday, September 28 Markey Blue will be performing at the Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar in Printer’s Alley. This “Women of Blues” event will also feature Etta Britt, Cara Lippman, Eight o’ Five Jive, and the Dana Robbins Band. The show is also serving as a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank, so please bring canned goods with you to show support. The event begins at 7:30pm.
“I think in life you need to reinvent yourself,” reflects Markey — the namesake and frontwoman of the Nashville blues act Markey Blue — via email. “I don’t believe in being stagnant,” she continues, “[I] always wanna be growing, learning, and getting better at a craft.” However broad the statement, if ever there were a person to which the term “reinvention” could be ascribed, it’s Markey. The band’s debut album, Hey Hey, started with a meeting between Markey and guitarist Ric Latina, conceptually evolving from a four-track EP to a full-length release, and in the process morphing from a more traditional blues sound into a self-described genre bending “New Indie Soul/Blues” mix. “I had to re-learn how to sing. My gut bucket belting was not gonna work for this project. And Ric, holy cow he really worked to find different sounds for this album.” Markey’s history of reinvention runs far deeper than this most recent musical shift though, as her journey as an entertainer winds back through country music, the Pacific Northwest, and periods working as both a stand-up comic and impressionist, which all kicked off at the age of 19 when she became the youngest chorus member among one of Las Vegas’ premier dance troops.
East Nashville Underground presents the second annual Pumpkin Ale Patch, featuring Twiggs, Churchyard, Justin Kalk Orchestra & a screening of John Carpenter’s Halloween. “Make s’mores, sit around the fire, dance in the yard, get into the bands, try new beers, meet the neighbors, watch old classics, and take home pumpkins.” The event takes place Friday, October 24 from 6:00pm to midnight | $5 | BYOB, but there will be beer on site if you want, though pumpkins + seasonal beer are limited to the first 125 people | 1604 Shelby Ave. (park on Shelby Ave. & enter through the alley on 16th to come around to the back of the house, and please be respectful of neighbors).