Archive for the ‘Performance Venues’ Category

Not that I’d want to be a staff writer, but still…

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

After a lovely dinner at Rosario’s (I mean it! it was good, despite what that mean old Chris Chamberlain would have you believe), we decided to drop in to Edgehill Studios Cafe across the street to see who was playing. It was two guys who sounded pretty good so we stuck around, but we couldn’t determine what their names were — there didn’t seem to be a schedule posted anywhere. (We also spotted Karen Keely from 95.5 The Wolf hangin’ out with a “Cutie Wolf” t-shirt on.)

Anyway, one of the writers announced a song called “Makes Me Wanna Pray” by saying it was on hold with Martina McBride (and I couldn’t help but think of Lindsay). The song wasn’t bad, but I was more interested in how much he sounds like Collin Raye.

Both writers were enjoyable, but Collin Raye Guy got me curious so I looked him up. His name is Jared Johnson and it turns out he’s with Big Loud Shirt. Staff songwriter at Craig Wiseman’s company? Now that’s a gig to have. I’m betting that “Pray” song gets cut, and I’m even betting it’s a single, and heck, why not, I’ll even bet that it charts. People seem to love sad songs that make them feel all holy.

Musical mathematics (drive-time playlist edition)

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

No Doubt - ska + skater punk = Be Your Own Pet

Lighten up!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

How very amusing. I was trying to find information on when The Mattoid will be playing anywhere in town next, and I stumbled across this review of the “Hello” CD, which starts with the heading “Definitely Not Lionel Richie” and concludes with a question: is it a joke or isn’t it?

Um… hello?

What must be said about my experiences with The Mattoid is that, like perhaps a fair few Nashvillians, I first heard The Mattoid perform when he was using the name Urban Peasant and he played the open mic at the Bluebird Cafe.

Did you catch that? He was playing the Open Mic. At the Bluebird Cafe. Get it?

The Bluebird! Billed as “the legendary Bluebird Cafe.” Where all kinds of famous country singers have played. Where the biggest songwriters in town play every night.

Karsten and I were practically on our feet for his performance, it was so hilariously absurd and out-of-context. Meanwhile, the folks at the tables near ours were unrepentantly holding their mouths agape. Literally — jaws hanging wide open.

It was great. Performance art at its finest.

We’ve gone to see The Mattoid a few times since then, and he puts on a great show. If you don’t take it too seriously, you might just laugh out loud during the performance. And — hello! — that just might be the point.

Vacation, day #6

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

We received word from our apartment property manager yesterday that they were doing some work this morning requiring us to move our car from the lot by 8:00 AM, so it seemed like a good morning to go out for breakfast. Headed over to Murphy’s Loft Cafe (formerly the Red Rooster Cafe) for day-old muffins (only $1!) and coffee & juice. We enjoyed the opportunity to sit outside and leisurely sip our drinks.

Then, since all clothing at Salvation Army is 50% off on Wednesdays, it was time to do a little thrift shopping. Didn’t really find anything, which is just as well since I just bought a zillion new-to-me articles of clothing a few weeks ago.

Alright, now this is kind of embarassing. I had a coupon from the back of a Kroger receipt for a week free at Curves, which is right down the street. I thought, hey that’s convenient — I won’t have to go the office and I can still work out. I didn’t know. I swear I didn’t know! I thought it was a gym. It’s not a gym. It’s some kind of demented 30-second rotation half-hour fitness program and weigh-you-in and take-your-measurements thing. I listened politely to the woman give me the tour of the place but as soon as she said “Alright, let’s take your measurements!” I said “I don’t think I need to waste any more of your time. I don’t think this is right for me. I thought it was a gym. I was looking for treadmills. Cardio equipment. Things like that.” And she said, “Yeah, I can look at you and see you don’t need to lose weight, but I didn’t want to say anything.” She didn’t want to say anything? Until what? Until I actually did lose weight? That place is weird. Weird weird weird.

So anyway, I left, but I was all psyched up for a workout, and now I had to decide if it was worth it to me to go to the office and risk feeling stress on my vacation just to work out. And then it dawned on me that I could run in Centennial Park instead! But I was nervous about that because I haven’t run on pavement since my injury. And then I remembered that I had my rollerblades in the trunk. So I got good and warmed up by rollerblading five laps on the mile loop and then felt comfortable running two laps.

Got back home, showered, dressed, and went out with Karsten to Kalamata’s. I ordered their baba ghannouj for the first time, and it was wonderful. Nice and smoky, just the way I like it.

Went furniture-browsing (”furniture-ogling” is more like it) at Nouveau Classics and 2 Danes. Must get rich so I can afford cool mid-century modern and contemporary Scandinavian furniture in my home. Someday.

Dinner at Tayst. Yum! We started with the Chickpea Cake, which was served in some kind of delicious sauce. I can’t remember how it was described on the menu and I know I can’t do it justice, but it was unbelievably good. Followed that with the Bibb Salad with (I think it was) fennel-infused walnut oil vinaigrette. For the entree, we split a very elegant baked potato with vegetable spears marinated in a ginger sauce and served in a half-red, half-yellow pool of gazpacho and ginger sauce. I finished with a scoop of raspberry-black licorice sorbet, which was just about the best thing I’ve ever tasted. It was spectacular, although Karsten says it was a bit dada for his preference. Still, he had to admit that the service was outstanding and even if the menu was a bit pretentious, the service certainly was not.

After dinner, we decided to swing by the Commodore Bar & Grill, which is one of the writers’ nights venues that became popular after several of the other ones mysteriously shut down last year within several weeks of each other. Anyway, after all this time, we’d still not checked it out. We ran into a friend who was playing a feature set tonight, so that was a nice surprise.

And then it was back home. And now I’m getting sleepy. It’s been a good, long day.

Out & About: Rob Wolf

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

K&K out at Commodore Lounge to see Rob Wolf play. That guy is a fantastic performer! If you ever have the chance to see and hear him, don’t miss it.

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis
[Don Ellis is a great guy and very entertaining host. We highly recommend his writers' nights if only so you can hear him do a spot-on impersonation of Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, or Lee Greenwood.]
Cocktails Bar & Grill
[Cocktails is the lower level of Anthony's Showplace, which is a little strange. Only in Nashvegas do some of the hottest songwriters on the radio play a live show at a bar attached to a strip joint.]
408 George L. Davis Blvd. (Charlotte Ave. & I-40)
One block from NES downtown.
Phone number is 256-1130
8:00 to 10:00 PM No cover & free parking

This week’s lineup:

  • Andy Childs: In the last couple years, has been the lead singer for Warner Brothers’ Recording artists Sixwire, also recorded a solo album on RCA. A great singer songwriter.
  • Clint Daniels: This Universal South Recording artist has a big future ahead of him. See him up close and personal with his great original music. Has already penned hit songs like “Broken Heartsville” for Joe Nichols.
  • Greg Holland: This former Asylum Recording artist has been busy writing new songs for his future project. Hear him debut some of those songs. [We've heard Greg play. He's great. Not to be missed.]

Out & About: Dani Carroll @ Bluebird

Friday, June 11th, 2004

K&K out to see Dani Carroll at the Bluebird Cafe with Reese Wilson and friends. Fantastic show!

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

K&K out at Don Ellis’ writers night at Cocktails Bar & Grill.

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis with Dani Carroll

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004

K&K at Don Ellis’ writers night at Cocktails Bar & Grill. Saw Dani Carroll play again — we used to see her a lot at the Broken Spoke. Talked with her for a while afterwards, and she mentioned an upcoming show at the Bluebird. We’ll be there for sure!

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis

Tuesday, May 18th, 2004

K&K at Don Ellis’ writers night at Graham Central Station.

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

K&K at Don Ellis’ writers night at Graham Central Station.

Chicago songwriters on the loose in Nashville!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

I had such a blast Tuesday night. Some songwriting friends from Chicago were in town, and we went to see a round at Caffeine that included Marc Alan Barnette, who always puts on a lively show with songs like “There’s Too Much Blood In My Alcohol Level.” After the show, our friends were chatting with Marc Alan, and he invited us all to join him next door at Tin Roof for a beer.

I’ve met Marc Alan several times, but had not hung out with him — he’s a total nut, and had us all in stitches. He knew everybody in the bar, it seemed, and he introduced us to several hit writers who happened to walk by, including Don Rollins, who co-wrote “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

One of Marc Alan’s friends who hung out with us was Brian Haner, a phenomenal guitarist from L.A. who used to play in Frank Zappa’s band and has done session work for the likes of Paul Simon. He was a great conversationalist — I hope to hang out with him again next time he’s in town.

Out & About: Marc-Alan Barnett

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004

K&K are headed out with Bob Osgood and Sam Cornett to Caffeine to see Marc-Alan Barnett. MAB is a mad dog on stage. If you ever have a chance to see him, go! If you’re there tonight, introduce yourself!

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis

Tuesday, April 6th, 2004

K&K at Don Ellis’ writers night at Graham Central Station.

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis

Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

K&K at Don Ellis’ writers night at Graham Central Station.

Out & About: Randy Barber & Matt Ramsey @ Bluebird

Sunday, September 7th, 2003

At the Bluebird Cafe tonight cheering on Randy Barber and Matt Ramsey.

Performing: French Quarter Cafe

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003

Kate performed tonight in a round with Lair Morgan at the French Quarter Cafe.

Performing: Hall of Fame Lounge

Friday, April 11th, 2003

Kate performed tonight at the Hall of Fame Lounge in a round with Lair Morgan and others.