May 262015


There are many things to do this Saturday, but two events are especially worth your time. At abrasiveMedia at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., alt-classical ensemble Chatterbird will be premiering Minor-Born, a new commission by Nashville composer/songwriter/pianist Brooke Waggoner. Expect toy pianos, typewriters, saxophone, electronics, bassoon, and more as they perform works by Daniel Wohl, Logan Castro, Bryan Clark, Jacob TV, Alex T. Leach, Randy Woolf, Gene Koshinski, and Ted Hearne. Tickets are $15 in advance at this link or $20 at the door. This show will very likely sell out, so advance purchase is highly recommended. More info at the Facebook event page.

Next is the final show at The Rushmore house venue’s current location. The bill features Circuit Benders’ Ball alum Cher Von, Modular Art Pods alum Kyle Numann, and Nashville songwriter Justin Goldman. I’ve written about Cher Von plenty of times in the past. She’s a true original, a phenomenal melody writer, and star in the making. The show starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $3 cover. More info on the Facebook event page.

Watch the videos below to see what you’re in for.

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Chatterbird presents: MINOR-BORN, by Brooke Waggoner
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $20
@ abrasiveMedia, 438 Houston St, Suite 257, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Cher Von, Justin Goldman, Kyle Numann
9 p.m., $3
@ The Rushmore (house), 724 26th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

May 232015
Jill Burton and Misha Feigin. Image courtesy of FMRL.

Jill Burton and Misha Feigin. Image courtesy of FMRL.

There are few opportunities in Nashville to see free-improvising movement artists or Russian guitar virtuosos. To see them perform as a duet? Well, that just never happens. Except tonight at Portland Brew.

FMRL Arts presents the accomplished performance artist, extended vocalist, and energy worker Jill Burton and Moscow guitarist and free jazz/folk artist Misha Feigin. The Cherry Blossoms’ John Allingham will also perform. Watch the videos below to see what you’re in for. More info on the Facebook event page.

MRL Presents Jill Burton and Misha Feigin with John Allingham
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 9 p.m.
@ 12 South Portland Brew, 2605 12th Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37204

May 012015



Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers organized a weekend residency with School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor James Connolly, who creates instruments by hacking old audio/visual equipment. On Saturday, May 2nd at Coop Gallery in the Arcade, Connolly will perform RGB.VGA.VOLT, a work performed on a synthesizer made from cathode ray tube monitors. According to Connolly, the synthesizer was inspired by Nam June Paik’s television synthesizers and the early video synth, the Sandin Image Processor.

There will be two performances: one at 7 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. While you’re at the Arcade, enjoy the rest of the Downtown Art Crawl. Joe Nolan at the Nashville Scene has the details on the rest here.

Apr 112015


Whoa! Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston will return to Nashville tonight for an intimate performance at Emma Bistro, presented by FMRL Arts (Chris Davis and Tate Eskew). They performed a jaw-dropping set 3 years ago at the Downtown Presbyterian Church, and I got it all on tape. Listen to it here: Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston Artist Showcase.

This time around, they’re joined by the phenomenal free-improv pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn. Three virtuoso performers in one night in the most comfortable performance space in Nashville. Don’t miss this!

FMRL presents Trevor Watts/Veryan Weston and Susan Alcorn
April 11th, 2015, 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, $20
@ Emma Bistro, 11 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN