Wednesday, October 24: What the Blues Has Done For You with Bayou & the Degradables at Wright Middle School / 180 Mccall St, Nashville, TN 37211.
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.
Wednesday, January 22 Jesse Lafser & Brian Wright will be performing at the historic Station Inn. Doors are at 8pm, the show begins at 9pm, and tickets are $10. The Station Inn is located at 402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203.
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.
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.
Oscar Utterstrom and Michael Whittaker will be playing the Five Spot this coming December 19. Doors are at 6:00pm and the cover is $5.
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!)
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.
The Tennessee Women’s Theater Project presents “Voices of Nashville” by Christine Mather and Sara Sharpe. This is a free event, taking place November 9 at 3:00pm, at Casa Azafran | 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211.
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.)