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
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).
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.
On Friday, February 17 we’ve got a special Friends of the Fringe event on the radar as SPEWFEST hits East Nashville, featuring 21 bands on 3 stages at 2 venues (The East Room and The Cobra). The lineup includes Meth Dad, The Minks, Crease Reader, SEXX, Boyscott, Charlie and the Evil Mothers, The Burps, Telefones, Mouth Reader, Quichenight, The Medium, Lasso spells, Gunther Doug, Harpooner, Spoken Nerd, The Inscape, Liz Cooper, Mom and Dad, Lawndry, Penicillin Baby, and Warm Ryders. The event kicks off at 7pm and you can get more info on the event here.
Main stage – East Room
1130pm – Quichenight
1045pm – Lasso Spells
10pm – Warm Ryders
915pm – Harpooner
835pm – The Burps
8pm – The Medium
730pm – Telefones
Psych Alliance Stage – Cobra(Big Room)
1145pm – Liz Cooper & The Stampede
11pm – Penicillin Baby
1015pm – Lawndry
930pm – Crease Reader
845pm – The Minks
810pm – The Inscape
740pm – Charlie and the Evil Mothers
Liquid Light Show by Silver Cord Cinema.
Puke Stage – Cobra – Front Room
12am – Meth Dad
1115pm – Spoken Nerd
1030pm – Gunther Doug
945pm – SEXX
855pm – Mom and Dad
820pm – Mouth Reader
750pm – Boyscott