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.)
The Basement will be hosting Tesla Rose + repeat repeat + Heavy Sole + the Dirty Things this coming Thursday, October 31. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm, $8.
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!)
Bands for the event will begin performing at 4pm, and will include Waterfall Wash, Vinyl Thief, Slick, and Roots of a Rebellion. “Halloween” will hit the big screen at 8pm. Tickets are $5, and the event takes place at 1604 Shelby Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206.
Eric Brace presents “Hangtown Dancehall,” a folk-opera featuring Kelly Willis, Eric Brace, John Wesley Harding, Andrea Zonn, Jon Byrd, Peter Cooper, and more. The show will take place at 3rd & Lindsley Saturday, November 2, 2013. Tickets are $10 (limited reserved seating tickets are available for $20). Doors are at 6pm, and the show begins at 7pm.
Friday, October 25, The End will be hosting BloodDrive, Hurts to Laugh, and Lurancy Vennum. Tickets for the event are $5. Doors are at 9pm.