Upcoming Events:

Thursday, January 31: What the Blues Has Done For You with Bayou & the Degradables at Meigs Middle School / 12pm.

Monday, February 4: What the Blues Has Done For You with Bayou & the Degradables at Harris-Hillman School / 12:30pm.

Wednesday, February 6: What the Blues Has Done For You with Bayou & the Degradables at Harpeth Valley Elementary / 1:20pm.

Saturday, February 9: Cold Lunch Records presents SPEWFEST IV, featuring 30+ bands* at The Cobra and The East Room. The event kicks off at 3pm, but please click through here to the event page for more details and ticket information.

Wednesday, February 13: What the Blues Has Done For You with Bayou & the Degradables at Two Rivers Middle School / 2:10pm.

Saturday, April 7: Friends of the Fringe = Radio Free Nashville’s annual birthday bash at Yazoo Brewery with Fringe Radio Host AL-D DJing + much more / 5pm-8pm.

*Full lineup: Omni • Chrome Pony • Tim Gent • Sad Baxter • Glove Boa • Only • H.A.R.D. • Microwave Mountain • Ex-Gold • Heavo. Crease Reader • Telefones • Snake Cheney • Z • White Woolly Lacquer • Mouth Reader • Quiet Oaks • The Holifields • Lul Lion Brian Brown • Bleary • Material Girls • Peachy • Johnny Conqueroo • Eve Maret • GUN • Shouldies • Talk Show Circuit Grumpy • Shell of a Shell • Three Dollas • Kent Osborne Depression Breakfast • Tennessee Muscle Candy • Future Crib Shoe • Iven

[Click here for a complete listing of past events, and here for a Fringe Radio Show archive.]

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).

[Download MP3 file here]

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]