By day, Jack Silverman is the Scene’s mild-mannered managing editor, assigning coverage here, repairing a split infinitive there. But when darkness falls, he takes up his ES-335 and unites with a rotating cast of badass local players — tonight he’ll feature Alison Krauss’ brother/Lyle Lovett’s longtime low-notesman Viktor Krauss on bass — bringing us space odysseys, hot crime jazz, and other instrumental selections that might make you question the funkiness of the proverbial mosquito’s tweeter. Starting the evening off is virtuoso violinist Tracy Silverman (no relation — we knew you were going to ask), a stylistic chameleon whose six-string electric fiddle and looping pedal lend themselves to Hendrixian theatrics as easily as the pieces composed for him by minimalist maestros like Terry Riley and John Adams. One question remains: Can a cozy West End eatery contain the cosmic power unleashed when Tracy sits in with The Ordeal, morphing them into … The Silvermen?
— Stephen Trageser
For four years, Whit Hubner’s Mando Blues Show has been rollin’ and rockin’ on the airwaves of Radio Free Nashville. Recorded at Omega Lab, a full-service recording studio in an army tent tucked away in the wilds of western Davidson County, the show treats the blues as a thriving free-range critter rather than a sawdust-stuffed bit of musical taxidermy. This special birthday celebration brings the gutbucket out the woods and plops it down right at the gateway to Music Row. The festivities will feature 16 bands on two stages for a daylong jumpin’ juke of hittin’, gittin’ and 12-bar blues.
“Night of the Silvermen,” a free event taking place at the Stone Fox March 12, will feature the Jack Silverman Ordeal (with Viktor Krauss), with electric violinist Tracy Silverman opening. Tracy will go on around 8:15 with the band starting about an hour later.
The Stone Fox is located at 712 51st Avenue N. Nashville, TN 37209.
The Mando Blues 4 Year Anniversary Celebration at Soulshine Pizza Factory. Two stages full of great bands and artists steeped in their love of the Blues. So far we have confirmed Charles “Wigg” Walker, Kim Logan, Night Owl, John D’Amato, Amanda Broadway, The Jake Leg Stompers, Blackfoot Gypsies, IBC Finalist Matt Tedder, Skinny Buddha, Corey Mac, Etta Britt and Amy Hart. There will be a crawfish boil and great beer prices. Make plans to spend a fun day with us as we celebrate four years of producing the most unusual and fun radio show. Music from noon to Midnight! No cover charge!!! 1907 Division Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203 | The event starts at noon.
[Mando Blues is a radio show showcasing the Blues with live guest performances, interviews and deep cuts from every period & sub-genre of the Blues. Recorded at the Omega Lab, a one-of-a-kind 5.1 surround sound studio built on a hill in the woods Pasquo, TN (West Nashville). This is the four year anniversary of the start of the project. In that time over 200 acts, over 600 musicians, from over 25 states and 6 countries have appeared on the show.]
Thursday, March 6, Mode Fresh, Uberphonics & the Great Barrier Reefs will be performing at the Rutledge (410 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville 37201). Cover is $5, doors are at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8:00pm. *Special Programming Note: representatives from the bands will be guests with Al-D on the February 24 episode of the Fringe Radio Show – tune in at 6:00pm on RadioFreeNashville.org.
Saturday, February 1, the Performing Artist Co-op at Five Points will be hosting a dual CD release party featuring the Cotton Blossom Band & Debbie Bond and the Truedats | 107 North 11th St., Nashville, Tennessee 37206 | $15 at the door.
You know who had a helluva a 2013? Al-motherfuckin’-D, that’s who. The dude has been playing all sorts of shows — art, hip-hop, whatever kinda shows you’ve got — dropped a dope mixtape, and won a Best of Nashville. But 2014 has ushered in the same old plan for ol’ Al-to-the-D: Hustle, hustle, hustle. His first gig of the year features some of the city’s finest and funkiest bands and DJs, plus a whole slew of MCs, all throwing down in one giant orgy of a hip-hop night. Plus it’s all hosted by Music City’s Sultan of Suave, the Duke of Dashing, the one the only Grand Marshal of Gummy Soul, Mr. Wally Clark. Which is a damn solid way to start off your new year. The show is free, and it’s presented by Nashville Fringe Festival.
—Sean L. Maloney
Saturday, January 18, Bad Things Vampyre Ball Presents the Sanguine Carnival at Exit/In (2208 Elliston Pl; Nashville, TN 37203). The event features DJ Lore, Asylum Burlesque Revue, Shane Valentine, BloodDrive, Vertical Tangents, & Joe Kelley. Entry is $20 in advance, $25 at the door (VIP tickets are available for $50 – $150).