For the folks who will be in and around Nashville this weekend, here’s just a small sample of the staggering number of really cool events happening in and around our backyard over the next few days. We at Wannado have decided to highlight these for your enjoyment because they just have that “Nashville feel,” are being organized by local people and organizations, and/or are just that ridiculously awesome. Click the event titles for more information about them.missing or outdated ad config
Kopecky Family Band — Live at Grimey’s
6pm at Grimey’s, FREE
The Kopecky Family Band is ready to release their debut full-length album “Kids Raising Kids”, which dropped on October 23rd. Grimey’s has them playing in the store today for a free, all-ages in-store performance. “Kopecky Family Band encapsulates their hometown of Nashville: emergent, vibrant, Southern, and deeply rooted in a musical background that creates a truly distinctive character.” — Paste
Vanderbilt University Theater – The Taming of the Shrew
8pm on Friday and Saturday, 2pm on Sunday at Vanderbilt’s Neely Auditorium; FREE for undergrads, $10 otherwise
High-stakes confidence man Petruchio comes to town in order to wed and bed a rich heiress. Mayhem ensues when he meets his match in Katherine, the notorious Shrew of this timeless tale of hot love and steamy compromise.
Hike for the Homeless 2012
8am at Edwin Warner Park, FREE for volunteers
Safe Haven Family Shelter is gearing up for our 8th Annual Hike for the Homeless, a Nashville favorite for its heavy dose of outdoor time, friends, family, food and fun. The event includes hiking on two paved trails, a complimentary breakfast and lunch, face painting and inflatables for the kids, live music, and more. Volunteers are needed to help in multiple areas.
New Teacher Conference
8:30am at Tennessee Education Association, $40 to register
This conference is recommended for new and nearly new teachers who are in their first three years of teaching. This conference includes multiple tracks and sessions concerning the topics of Classroom Management Training, Differentiated Instruction, Professionalism and Education, and Your Annual Teacher Evaluation.
Basket Weaving 201
9am at 545 Beech Creek Road in Brentwood; $50 to register, all materials will be provided
You’ve all heard the common joke that parents like to throw at their floundering, undergraduate children. “What are you learning up at the high-dollar college anyway, boy? Underwater basket weaving? Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!” Well kids, here’s your chance to prove mom and dad’s prediction right. Maybe you could weave them a nice breadbasket as a holiday gift.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Noon or 2pm (depending on which ticket you buy) at Nashville Municipal Auditorium; Ticket prices vary, $45 max
Get your friends together for the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’ and barbeque eatin’. There will be 60 Brews and 40 Bourbons. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry and you can also enjoy seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.
First Saturday Art Crawl
6pm at the Historic Arcade downtown, FREE to browse
Presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, the galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art. Over 1,000 people attend this very popular monthly event. Also, our artist friend Kristen Lamb (The Quirky Lamb) will be there too. So, if you missed her at her last art show, here’s your chance to purchase that piece you’ve been wishing for.
Nashville Puppy Up! Walk
11am at the Parthenon Lawn in Centennial Park, $25 to register
The Nashville Puppy Up! Walk is 1 of 40 Walks across the country this year for the non-profit organization, 2 Million Dogs, to raise awareness & research funding for canine cancer. This event is pet & family-friendly and encourages a healthy lifestyle for you & your pet.
Kendrick Lamar — Live at War Memorial
8pm at War Memorial Auditorium, Tickets are $25-$50
Up and coming hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar has been touring all over the US. His new album “good kid. m.A.A.d city” just dropped on October 22nd. Through his efforts, Kendrick was able to showcase to the world his unparalleled ability and humorous word play. Kendrick’s handwork and unmatched talent has allowed him to work with a wide range of respected music vets such as The Game, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Little Brother, Jay Rock, DJ Quik, Scott Storch and Cool & Dre. He is currently working alongside legendary producer Dr. Dre on his highly anticipated upcoming release Detox. Check out the video below for a sample of his sound.