December 28: Deep Fried 5 & Funkonauts at The High Watt

Deep Fried Five High Watt

Deep Fried Five and Funkonauts will be playing a free show on Saturday, December 28th at The High Watt in Nashville, TN. There will be a live film crew, which will be filming the entire night (including everyone in the crowd!). Doors are at 9:00 pm, and The High Watt is located at 1 Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

For more information, RSVP to the event via Facebook.

Nashville Scene: Holiday Fringe Critic’s Pick

Nashville Scene Critics Pick Oscar Utterstrom Michael Whittaker

While steeped in musical history, Nashville has never taken to jazz as it has other American-bred genres of music — we’ve always favored twang over trumpets. Despite the city’s hillbilly heritage, local trombonist Oscar Utterstrom seems primed to find the audience fellow instrumentalists Philip Glass and Steve Reich have enjoyed over the past few decades. While Glass and Reich skew more orchestral, Utterstrom’s trombone playing channels the same sparse minimalism and restraint that’s helped the two composers earn much of their acclaim. Utterstrom’s 2012 release Departure comes across as a deconstructed and updated take on Kind of Blue or Mingus Ah Um, with its unhurried melodies and spacious accompaniment. At The 5 Spot, local pianist/composer/movie-score-man Michael Whittaker will join Utterstrom and his quartet for a night of seasonal tunes as part of the Nashville Fringe Festival.

Jared Sullivan

Nashville Scene: JunkYard Horns Critic’s Pick

JunkYard Horns Nashville Scene Critics Pick

What do you get when you cross South Park, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, King of the Hill and The Ricky Gervais Show? Frankly, I’m not sure either, but you can see it for yourself at the latest installment of angel of the arts Jan Bossing’s Nashville Fringe Festival. That’s when saxophonist Chris West and his criminally funky JunkYard Horns will debut a new cartoon — starring none other than themselves, along with a cast of fictional characters — during their performance at The Building in East Nashville. We’ve raved about the JunkYard Horns in these pages before, and for good reason: With seven of Nashville’s best horn players backed by one of the nastiest rhythm sections this side of Jupiter, they could peel the gold leaf off the Athena statue in Centennial Park. In fact, according to cartoon character Kyle Goldstein, they even made his scrotum bleed a bit. We always thought of The JunkYard Horns as an animated band, but this takes it to a new level. (In a related development, bassist Jerry Navarro’s bitchin’ ’fro finally gets the cinematic treatment it deserves!)

Jack Silverman

November 20: JunkYard Horns at The Building

Junkyard Horns Nashville Fringe Festival

Jazz saxophonist Chris West is bringing a very special presentation of JunkYard Horns to the Building, featuring a 12-piece funk/jazz band, Wednesday, November 20, 2013! (The event also features animation segments and special surprises.) JunkYard Horns’ music has been dubbed “Tower of Power meets James Brown meets Frank Zappa!” Doors are at 7:00pm; the show starts at 8:00pm; cover is $5.

For more information, RSVP to the event here via Facebook.

November 2: The East Nash Halloween Bash

East Nash Halloween Bash

The Nashville Fringe Festival is proud to help present The East Nash Halloween Bash featuring Gavin Shea, Guthrie Brown, Hide Your Mama & the Canyon Riders. The event will take place Saturday, November 2 at East Centric Pavilion / $15 or $10 with a costume / 3pm – 8pm. ($200 Best Costume Prize; $100 Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest; $100 Halloween Painting Contest.)

October 28: Nashville Jazz Orchestra at 3rd & Lindsley

Nashville Jazz Orchestra It Aint Necessarily So

Jazz Music City Records and the Nashville Fringe Festival present the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, directed by trumpeter/composer Jim Williamson, along with the Jazz Music City All-Stars (featuring Rahsaan Barber, Imer Santiago, Bruce Dudley and Marcus Finnie). The NJO will be performing a special concert celebrating the release of “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” a dynamic big-band recording of music by the great George Gershwin.

Monday, October 28 at 7pm @ 3rd and Lindsley // $15 cover (includes a copy of the NJO’s new CD!)