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.

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

Fringe Radio Show with Al-D (December 16, 2013)

The December 16 edition of the Fringe Radio Show with Al-D features Nick Melidis, aka DJ Rate (of The Boom Bap). During the episode the duo discuss Vitamin D, Free Delivery, the upcoming Boom Bap with Wick-It the Instigator, and the forthcoming January Nashville Fringe Festival event featuring the Grips (of G.E.D. Soul Records) and Swap Meet Symphony (Al-D’s group).

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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

Fringe Radio with Al-D (December 9, 2013)

Tracks featured in the December 9, 2013 episode of Fringe Radio with Al-D (featuring guests Oscar Utterstrom and Michael Whittaker):

“Home,” the title track from Oscar’s 2008 album, Home
“Prelude,” taken from Oscar’s new album, Departure
“Take the High Rhodes,” from Michael Whittaker’s new album, Southern Exposure
“Africa,” from Michael Whittaker’s new album, Southern Exposure
“Gratitude,” featuring Bobby Exodus, from Oscar’s new album, Departure
“Saloua,” featuring Mounir Troudi and Swiss rapper Nya, from Saloua by Swiss-French trumpet player Erik Truffaz
“Snow,” taken from Oscar’s new album, Departure

[Download MP3 file here]