March 6: Mode Fresh, Uberphonics, Great Barrier Reefs at the Rutledge

Great Barrier Reefs Rutledge

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

Also: Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Nashville Scene: Swap Meet Symphony Critic’s Pick

Al-D Swap Meet Symphony Nashville Scene Critics Pick

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

January 18: The Sanguine Carnival

Bad Things Vampyre Ball Presents the Sanguine Carnival

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).

Click here to R.S.V.P. to the event on Facebook.

January 11: Al-D, the Grips, DJ Rate, Wally Clark & Swap Meet Symphony

Al-D Grips DJ Rate Basement Fringe

The Nashville Fringe Festival will be kicking things off in the new year with our first show at the Basement: Saturday, January 11. The night will feature Al-D, the Grips, DJ Rate, Wally Clark & Swap Meet Symphony. The Basement is located at 1604 8th Ave S #330, Nashville, TN 37203 // This is a free event, and the doors open at 9:00pm.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, December 14: “What the Blues Has Done for You” with Bayou and the Degradables – 10am @ Smithson Craighead Elementary (730 Neelys Bend Rd., Madison, TN 37115).

Thursday, December 14: Rahsaan Barber’s Jazz At Christmas Time III at City Winery. Doors at 6pm, show at 8pm, tickets $12-$20 (609 Lafayette St., Nashville, TN 37203).

Saturday, December 16: Meant for the Milk Crate at The Cobra feat. Capitol Minds (Virghost, Soulman Snipes & Kxng Klxpsy), SeddyMac, Bobby Exodus, and BLiZZ, with AL-D, E.T., and DJ Vamp. There will be an open mic cypher before and after the show, which begins at 9:30. $5, 21+, 2511 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN.

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

Nashville Scene: Deep Fried 5 & Funkonauts Critic’s Pick

Nashville Scene Deep Fried 5 Critics Pick

Is it 2014 yet? No? Shit. Because we’ve heard that local funk crew Deep Fried 5 are releasing a new record in ’14, and we just can’t wait. It’s been almost four years since the last one — four years of constant shows and nonstop hustle, but no new tunes to bump at the crib — and we’re getting a little impatient. Oh, what’s that you say? Deep Fried 5 are playing a free show at The High Watt to film a new video that will accompany said new album? All right, that works for us, as long as the film crew is ready to spend its entire night capturing all of our funky-fresh dance moves. We’re like a Soul Train line in and of ourselves — think flailing limbs and massive amounts of polyester — and we could definitely turn that clip into the viral sensation of the year.

Sean L. Maloney