Upcoming Events:

April 4: Raw Proof on the Fringe Radio Show

April 24: Black Holler premiere showing at The Belcourt. Follow the film’s Facebook or The Belcourt’s website for ticket and showing details.

April 25: Blues in the Schools – What The Blues Has Done For You? at Antioch High School School @ 9:30am

May 6 & 7: Friends of the Fringe event = Nashville Taco Fest at the Nissan Stadium Parking Lot, featuring Taco Trucks and Vendors, Hot Pepper Eating Contest, Taco Eating Competition, Club Ibiza Salsa Dance Tent, Mechanical Bull, Mariachi Bands, Margarita Mixdown Competition, Chihuahua Costume Contest, Specialty Margaritas, Kid Zone, VIP Experience, Hourly Taco Giveaways & Live Bands. Portions of the proceeds will benefit multiple area non-profits including Opportunity Now Initiative, East Nashville Athletics, Conexion Americas, Be About Change, and the Lydia Smith Sickle Cell Foundation. Click here for tickets to the event.

May 16: Blues in the Schools – What The Blues Has Done For You? at Lockland Elementary Design Center Gym @ 1:30pm

[Click here for a complete listing of past events, and here for a Fringe Radio Show archive.]

Nashville Scene Critics Pick: Meant for the Milk Crate

Spring is in the air (when the snow isn’t falling, anyway), and AL-D and E.T.’s quarterly hip-hop showcase is bringing some bands into the mix to keep the action fresh. This time out, half of the bill is dedicated to purveyors of soulful and funky instrumental sounds ripe for rapping — check out Magic in Threes from the G.E.D. Soul family, who spent 2016 writing and recording one new song every week, and Street Band Clan, who stir elevated jazz into the pot. Expect some excellent live-band hip-hop action, since the MCs on deck have experience working with these particular groups. The last time we saw the masterful Rashad tha Poet work a room, Street Band Clan was backing him up, and Wally Clark, known for his sample sorcery, actually graced some of last year’s Magic in Threes tracks with his deceptively laid-back drawl. DJ Vamp will tend to the 1s and 2s, and your gracious hosts will lay down a few bars between sets. As always, the night concludes with an open-mic cypher. If you can’t stick around, word to the wise: AL-D also hosts a weekly cypher every Tuesday at Bearded Iris Brewing in Germantown. STEPHEN TRAGESER, Nashville Scene

Preview: JusBam on the Fringe Radio Show

For the March 13 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host E.T. will be speaking with JusBam.

Featured on MTV’s True Life “I’m a Battle Rapper” episode, where she became the first female inductee to the Rap Olympic Team, JusBam will be breaking down her 2015 release, WhoIam.

The Fringe Radio Show will go live Monday night at 6:00pm (Central) on Radio Free Nashville 103.7 FM (which is also streaming online at RadioFreeNashville.org).

Preview: Dave Singleton on the Fringe Radio Show

For the March 6 edition of the Fringe Radio Show, host AL-D will be speaking with Dave Singleton of Magic in Threes. Magic in Threes will be performing as part of the upcoming Meant for the Milk Crate showcase at The Cobra, which takes place March 18 and also features the Street Band Clan, Rashad Tha Poet, Wally Clark, AL-D, E.T. & DJ Vamp. Click here for more details on the event’s Facebook page.

AL-D will also be taking a call from Porter, previewing the upcoming March 7 Tuesday SuperCypher at Bearded Iris Brewing.

The Fringe Radio Show will go live Monday night at 6:00pm (Central) on Radio Free Nashville 103.7 FM (which is also streaming online at RadioFreeNashville.org).

March 18: Meant for the Milk Crate at The Cobra

The Nashville Fringe Festival is proud to support Meant for the Milk Crate, which will be hosting its next quarterly showcase March 18 at The Cobra. This installment of the show will feature G.E.D. Soul’s Magic in Threes, Street Band Clan, Rashad Tha Poet, and Wally Clark, with AL-D, E.T. & DJ Vamp holding things down throughout the night. The show gets going at 9:30. Tickets are $8 and the show is 21+. For more information, head to MFTMC’s Facebook page.