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What Do You Wannado? Your Guide To A Nashville Weekend

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24 hours to go.

We agree with Rob Schneider (who just left Nashville after an awesome stint at Zanies last weekend): You CAN do it. Only 24 hours standing between you and 5pm on a Friday, the universal sign that it’s time to clock out, kick back, and plan some fun. It’s been a crazy week in the 615! Those mid-week storms were QUITE loud, and our fearless leader when it comes to weather reporting, @NashSevereWx (seriously, you want to give him a follow), kept his eye on the tornados like he would watch “anyone who wanted to take my daughter on a date”. You probably had some stressful nights and lost a bit of sleep with the high Tennessee winds howlin’. It’s time to release that stress and let loose this weekend, y’all! We have just the thing(s). Here’s what is going on in Nashville this weekend:

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Thursday

Get Spirited With Brandy-Swillin’, Sir Paul, & Supper + Song

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FOR THE YOPROS:

YP Nashville Connect, Rocketown: Break out those business cards, yo-pros! You’re going to need them. This networking event is being held at Rocketown, with display booths from over 25 young professional organizations (including Team Green), door prizes, and free food! Wear that fall blazer, champ.

FOR THE SPIRITED:

Brandy: America’s First Distilled Spirit, The Skillery: You’re going to get some quality time with Brandy (and no, not “Moesha” Brandy). America’s first distilled spirit is a cocktail staple, and we know you wanna learn about it! Enjoy a cocktail class from the creators of the brandy bar for Gray’s On Main, Jon & Lindsay Yeager of PourTaste. People are going crazy for their drinks (hello, Forbes), and they can teach you how to make them!

FOR THE ACTIVE:

Edwin Warner Park Night Hike: The title says it all. Strap on that headlamp and bring your walking shoes…it’s going to be a fun night!

FOR THE COMMUNITY ‘GRAMMER:

Supper + Song, Imogene + Willie: The hugely popular city-wide party shows off what Nashville does best: music, twinkly lights, and wonderful conversation amongst a deep-rooted community of cool people. Bonus? This round is presented by the folks at Warby Parker, who just moved into town. Let’s make them feel welcome! Free blankets, popsicles from Las Paletas, Mas Tacos, Yazoo beer – a true Nashville night. Another bonus? Hurray For The Riff Raff! is playing right off their Ryman show. Magical.

FOR THE EPIC MOMENT:

Paul McCartney, Bridgestone Arena: SIR PAUL FREAKING MCCARTNEY. If you’ve never seen the Beatle in person, get ready to be struck by insane levels of true delight. He’s known to break out into jigs. We hope you already got tickets to this (it was in our October round-up), but check Craigslist to see if anyone is selling them last minute.

FOR THE FUNKY: 

Lettuce, Cannery Ballroom: Seriously, you aren’t ready for the insane levels of funk that Lettuce brings. Horn sections, group vocals that sound like a million Otis Reddings scatting in unison, maximum grooves for your step-touching. You just must head to Cannery for this funktastic show, y’all.

Friday

Books, Bikes, & Benevolence

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FOR THE BENEVOLENT:

Fresh Food Giveaway, Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic: Hands On Nashville always brings us such wonderful ways to serve! Volunteer and help hand out fresh food to the community. This is a joint venture between Catholic Charities’ Loaves and Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank. We can’t think of a better way to start your weekend than by giving back!

FOR THE WHIMSICAL OUTDOORSMAN/WOMAN:

A Halloween Bike Party, Centennial Park: Bring your Halloween best and meet at Centennial for the active party to end all parties. Nashville Bike Party throws this annual shindig, which includes a costumed community bike ride, a costume contest, an afterparty, and beer/bragging rights for the winner of said contest. These people bring their A game. Don’t just throw on a pair of mouse ears.

FOR THE CULTURED:

Swan Lake, TPAC: You’re going to be mesmerized, y’all. Enjoy a classy night out on the town at Nashville’s premier venue for theatre/dance, Tennessee Performing Arts Center. This is better than watching Black Swan on your couch, promise!

FOR WHEN YOU JUST GOTTA DANCE:

QDP, The 5 Spot: A Queer Dance Party at one of our all-time favorite East Nashville hangouts? Count us in. All we wanna do is feel that groove, y’all.

FOR THE INDIE POP LOVERS:

OK Go!, Mercy Lounge: They’re the “world’s most creative band”! Whether they are filming a music video on treadmills or performing on a Nashville stage, there’s no tellin’ what this group has got up their sleeve. Gonna be a fun one!

FOR THE BOOKISH:

Author Event with William Halton, Parnassus Books: We could sing Parnassus’ praises for the next fifty years without taking a breath (that is hyperbole, yes, but we really dig them). The local bookstore has gotten a ton of attention on the national stage, which allows them to bring in some great authors for literary events! Great place to spend a calm Friday.

FOR THE FAMILY:

Ghouls At Grassmere, Nashville Zoo: Just one of the cutest events of the year! Dress up your toddlers like pumpkins (because aren’t baby Halloween costumes the primary reason people even have children?) and head to Nashville Zoo. There are trick-or-treat stations, haunted hayrides, carnival games, and more! This is a wonderful place to make some memories, parents!

FOR THE COMICALLY ROWDY:

Reformed Whores, Zanies: If their name didn’t convince you, here is this comedy duo’s description: “If Tenacious D and Dolly Parton got drunk and had a baby it would be the musical comedy duo Reformed Whores!” They have something called “Ladies Don’t Spit”. Get on this, folks.

Saturday

Murder Mysteries, Midnight Movies, & Musical Mayhem

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FOR YOUR WEEKEND EXERCISE:

Rock & Road Marathon Relay, Warner Park Nature Center: Get a 2-4 person relay team together and have a blast! Warner Park has lots of wonderful twists and turns, and you’re going to discover them all in this unique relay event. What makes it even better? Proceeds benefit Friends Of Warner Parks, who always make our city look extra beautiful.

FOR THE HISTORICALLY INCLINED:

Ranger Guided Bike Tour in National Battle Fields:  Join the friendly folks from Nashville Hiking Meetup and Slow Riders for an event that will be fun AND educational. Bring those bike helmets and get ready to get all the Civil War trivia, because this bike tour is led by a really knowledgeable park ranger.

FOR AN IMPORTANT CAUSE:

Wounded Warrior Project: It’s hard to think of a worthier cause than the Wounded Warrior Project. Support our troops and enter the race! The start and finish line is at Battleground Academy in Franklin, and the first 1,000 sign-ups get a free Under Armour running jersey.

FOR THE PICTURESQUE PARK/MUSIC MOMENT:

Musicians Corner Presents Oktoberfest, Centennial Park: OH YEAH. This is going to be a midday partay. MC is fencing in the event, which means you are free to take your booze wherever ya like! There will be Yazoo kegs, food trucks, and music from the following: Delta Saints (woah-oh-oh-ohhhh), Kink Ador, The Vespers, Twin Forks (Chris Carraba’s project), Running Roots, Myochi, and Kevin McGoldrick. We’ll see you there, Nashville!

FOR THE INDIE ROCK LOVERS:

Lightning 100 & Marathon Village’s Blocktoberfest Block Party: This lineup is just a who’s who of the indie rock scene, in Nashville and beyond. Locally beloved indie radio station teams up for a fun, neighborhood-focused bash for the ages with performances from Walk The Moon, Self, Boomforest, Vinyl Thief, Repeat Repeat, and Scars on 45. Can’t wait!

FOR THE AWESOMELY NERDY:

Nerd Night: Murder Mystery Tour, Belle Meade Plantation: Wear your jewel tones, because you are going to be channeling your inner Angela Lansbury (or, for the less than 60 crowd, channel Jennifer Love Hewitt in Ghost Whisperer). This nerd night is going to take you on the spookiest tour in town. Belle Meade Plantation is creepy as all get out. You can’t comprehend it till’ you go. This is your night!

FOR THE BOSSES:

The Long Players Perform Springsteen’s “Born In The USA”, 3rd & Lindsley: Didn’t get to see The Boss at Bridgestone a few months back? Here’s the next best thing (and we have to say, it’s pretty amazing). The Long Players have been owning the Nashville music scene since 2004 and have been featured on NPR, AP, and more. They’re bringing us a real treat Saturday night: the music of The Boss. Bring your denim jackets and get ready to dance like Courteney Cox.

Sunday

Acoustic Sets, Indie Films, & Workshoppin’

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FOR THE ACOUSTIC ENTHUSIAST:

Chris Stapleton, Steve Moakler, & Magnolia Sons, Centennial Park: We love us some Moakler, y’all. We are so pumped to see him play alongside some of Nashville’s best in a prime location! There’s just something about a Sunday in the park, listening to the sweet sounds of an acoustic guitar (when it isn’t being played by that weird guy from your college under a tree).

FOR THE FILM BUFF:

The Green Prince, Belcourt Theatre: This German/Israeli film has people talking. Based on a true story that has more drama and intrigue than any of the Bourne movies (which we thought was impossible), The Green Prince is the story of the son of a founding leader of Hamas, who becomes a spy for Isreal. What a film. You’re going to want to see this one.

FOR THE AUTHENTIC NASHVILLE AFTERNOON:

“Mississippi Millie” McLaine Plays Delta Blues, Cheekwood: This is sure to be a lovely event. Mississippi Millie has a golden voice and sass for days, and she’ll be doing a set in the prettiest landscape in the south – Cheekwood! Bring the whole family down in your fall sweaters and get ready for a photo opp!

FOR THE HEMINGWAYS:

Craft Intensive: The Possibilities Of Plot, The Skillery: Calling all aspiring Hemingways (minus the booze and womanizing, of course)! The Skillery and The Porch Writers’ Collective are doing another round of writing workshops, and this one is going to help you drive that plot home.

FOR SOME QUIRKY TUNES:

The Whistles & The Bells, 3rd & Lindsley: The Whistles & The Bells are crazy unique. A sound that mixes banjo, soaring group vocals, electronic grooves, and a frontman that is somehow theatrical, rhythmic, honest, and melodic – we’re so there. The mandolin/trumpet breakdown on “Mercy Please”? HAVE MERCY PLEASE. We can’t handle your grooves.

 

So, as you can see, it’s going to be a pretty fantastic weekend. We’ll be gearing up for Halloween (be looking on Wannado for all your Nashville Halloween needs – we’ve got some tricks up our sleeve) and hitting the town this weekend. Grab Wannado, and we’ll see you out there!

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