Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Festival Tonight at @nashfarmmarket

The final Night Market of the 2014 season! Enjoy shopping, wine from the cash bar, live music, artisan booths, kids' activities and much more. Market House restaurants and shops will be open. Vendors in the farm sheds will sell local produce, meat, cheese, plants and more! This event will feature a pumpkin theme and will kick off a weekend of pumpkin carving, painting and family-friendly activities at the Nashville Farmers' Market.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 5 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE FARMERS' MARKET FREE

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Steve Boone's "Hotter Than a Match Head: Life on the Run with The Lovin' Spoonful" is a Treasure Trove of Delights

On October 15, 1967, bass player Steve Boone took the Ed Sullivan Show stage for the final time, with his band The Lovin’ Spoonful. Since forming in the basement of a Greenwich Village hotel in early 1965, Boone and his bandmates had released an astounding nine Top 20 singles, the first seven of which hit the Billboard Top 10, including the iconic Boone co-writes “Summer in the City” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.”

Little did Steve Boone know that the path of his life and career would soon take a turn for the bizarre, one that would eventually find him looking at the world through the bars of a jail cell. From captaining a seaworthy enterprise to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. from Colombia, to a period of addiction, to the successful reformation of the band he’d helped made famous, Hotter Than a Match Head: My Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonfultells the story of Boone’s personal journey along with that of one of the most important and enduring groups of the 1960s.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nashville's @TennesseeTitans Tie for Last in NFL Popularity, Full #Titans and NFL Rankings

For 2014, the Tennessee Titans have tied the Jacksonville Jaguars as the least popular team in the National Football League. Sadly, the Titans are used to their poor ranking as shown by their historic rankings in the Harris Interactive Poll.

Titan rankings in 1998 = 29, 1999 = 31, 2002 =  17, 2003 = 14, 2004 = 23, 2005 = 25, 2006 = 15, 2007 = 26, 2008 = 25, 2009 = 9, 2010 = 21, 2011 = 21, 2013 = 31 2014 =31

Full NFL Popular Team Rankings for 2014

Denver Broncos  1
New York Giants  2
Green Bay Packers  3
Dallas Cowboys 4
Pittsburgh Steelers 5
Seattle Seahawks 6
San Francisco 49ers 7
New England Patriots 8
Chicago Bears 9
New Orleans Saints 10
New York Jets 11
Minnesota Vikings 12
Detroit Lions 13
Washington Redskins 14
Philadelphia Eagles 15
Miami Dolphins 15
Cincinnati Bengals 17
Oakland Raiders 18
Arizona Cardinals 19
Cleveland Browns 20
Buffalo Bills 20
Atlanta Falcons 22
Baltimore Ravens 23
San Diego Chargers 23
Kansas City Chiefs 23
Indianapolis Colts 26
Houston Texans 27
Carolina Panthers 28
St. Louis Rams 29
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30
Jacksonville Jaguars 31
Tennessee Titans 31

Crown Prince of the Mud Diggers @LennyCooper44 Partners with @MonsterXtour

Average Joes Entertainment’s Lenny Cooper and Monster Truck Entertainment have joined forces for the 2015 season of the Monster X Tour.  Cooper is set to be the musical entertainment for five shows on the upcoming Monster X Tour kicking off January 9 in Augusta, GA.  Cooper’s concerts will feature the new Monster X Tour theme song, “Flex That X,” found on Cooper’s recently released third studio album, The Grind.

 Monster Truck Entertainment’s Monster X Series provides quality, safe, family entertainment that features all the top Monster trucks battling it out. In addition to appearances by Lenny Cooper, these extreme live events also include pit parties and driver autograph sessions, freestyle motorcross, quad wards and truck rides. Tickets are on sale now and available here.

“I'm so happy to say I'm going to be a part of the Monster X Tour,” states Lenny Cooper. “It's going to be fun to be able to play in front of thousands of people and give them some great music. I’m ready to turn it up and 'Flex That X!'”

"Teaming up with Lenny was such a natural fit," said Monster X Tour COO, Tony Maderazzo. "We all have the same passion for BIG trucks with BIG tires and a ton of Mud Slingin’ action!”

Cooper’s Monster X Tour appearances include the following dates:
January 9-10 - Augusta, GA
January 16-17 - Jackson, MS
February 6-7 - Estero, FL
February 20-21 - Montgomery, AL
February 27-28 - Asheville, NC

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Americana Folk Rockers @Clopezmusic's EP is out today - have you listened yet?

Having one foot planted in the folksy, fiery twang of modern-day Americana and the other inching toward the rootsy rock & roll of early Sun Records, the West Virginia-based Christian Lopez Band is ready to make a lasting mark. Recently signed to Blaster Records, the band is set to release their debut EP, Pilot, on October 14th.

At 19 years old, front man Christian Lopez is growing into one of Americana’s most promising new performers and songwriters.  Lopez sought out and signed a management deal with Rock Ridge Music at the end of 2013, who in turn, immediately played the initial demos for Blaster Records President, Derek Simon.  In old school style befitting an artist who cites classic influences like The Band, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, a deal was struck after the first listen.

“The decision to sign Christian practically made itself,” says Blaster Records President Derek Simon.  “He’s such a special talent and his poise and presence make it easy to forget just how young he is.  There’s a shared vision between Christian, his management and our team and it just makes sense for us to be working together.”

Things kicked into high gear after bringing on producer Dave Cobb (recent Rolling Stone Country story on Dave Cobb), the man behind critically-acclaimed Americana albums like Jason Isbell's Southeastern and Sturgill Simpson'sMetamodern Sounds in Country Music. A window in the producer’s busy schedule allowed Lopez to get into Cobb's Nashville studio in April 2014 to record Pilot, a five-song EP that also highlights bandmate Chelsea McBee, an old-time banjo picker.

“Blaster Records truly believes in me, and that's really the greatest thing an artist could ask for in a label,” says Lopez.  “I'm very proud and excited to be working with Blaster, and the work we've done so far has felt very natural and very right. They are passionate about music and have made the songs that I've carried with me for my entire lifetime actually come to life.”

Lopez began playing piano at 5 years old, picked up the guitar at 9 and began writing songs as a teenager. Backed by a group of local pickers, he started touring before he could legally drive and racked up a long list of accomplishments along the way, including stints on the Warped Tour and the Belk-sponsored “Modern Southern Music” tour, which found him performing pre-show on bills with Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band.  Armed with their first label release and a passionate team behind them, the band will remain on tour throughout the fall while Lopez continues writing new material for a forthcoming full-length album.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Singer-songwriter @TobyLightman Announces Tour Dates for New Album "Every Kind of People"

New York based singer-songwriter Toby Lightman is set to release her new album digitally, Every Kind of People out on Oct 27th produced by Curt Schneider (Lissie, Natasha Be Bedingfield). The 12-track album portrays Toby's long time affair with living in a bustling city coupled with the highs and lows of the human condition.

Every Kind of People ranges from the rhythmic truth of the title track and single, "Every Kind of People" to the tumultuous fear of a broken heart in "Running from Love." Toby channels the nostalgia of youth on "Whatever Happened," and the illuminous humor of vulnerability on the upbeat "Hangin out to Dry."  Toby cries out from the devastation of a fight with a lover on "When You Ran" and spits sarcastic wit on the satirical "Brand Spankin New."  The album takes you into Toby's world when she describes the moment she knew she found her now husband on "Bumps in the Road" and, continues on the journey to illustrate the meaning of love on the epic track "My Love and Me."

"I spent years writing songs about my life and my own personal love and loss for this record, only to realize that my stories were also being played out in front of me on the street. From the girl that's standing on the street crying, to the older man sleeping on the subway heading home from a long day of work.  I feel all of them.  We are all feeling the same things, I know we all are feeling the same things, and that's what I tried to convey in these songs."

To support the new release, Toby has embarked on a east coast run of dates that kicked off on Oct 9th at the YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY and will take her through the Rockwood Music Hall Residency in NY on Oct 16th and Nov. 20th in a intimate story-telling setting with the themes of "Night for Love" and "Night for Life." Toby will continue performing songs from her new album in Philadelphia, Vienna, VA and concluding in Manhasset, NY on Dec. 12th. She will be back on the road at the top of the year beginning Jan 20th at the Workplay Theatre in Birmingham and will hit cities such as Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, N. Augusta,  Greenville  and Chapel Hill, with more dates to be announced for 2015. Full dates are below.

Since her last album, Toby has been highly successful and prolific in writing and performing songs for film and television. Some current uses include music from her cataloge featured in the upcoming episodes of E! Network's Total Divas, NBC's About A Boy and Believe, MTV's Scrubbing In, the feature film American Girl and a commercial sync for Petsmart. Toby also had five songs featured in a single episode of the Jennifer Lopez produced ABC Family series, The Fosters.

Track Listing:

1 Every Kind of People
2 Running From Love
3 My Love and Me
4 Hangin Out to Dry
5 Your Welcome
6 Whatever Happened
7 When You Ran
8 Bumps in the Road
9 Brand Spankin' New
10 Slowly
11 How Do You
12 Talking Too

FULL TOUR DATES:

10/ 9/14                    YMCA BOULTON CENTER - HOWIE DAY
                                      BAY SHORE, NY

10/16/14                   NYC RESIDENCY - "NIGHT FOR LOVE"
                                       NEW YORK, NY

11/20/14                   NYC RESIDENCY - "NIGHT FOR LIFE"
                                       NEW YORK, NY

12/3/14                     WORLD CAFÉ LIVE
                                      PHILADELPHIA, PA

12/4/14                     JAMMIN JAVA
                                      VIENNA, VA

12/12/14                   SOULFUL SUNDOWN SESSIONS
                                      MANHASSET, NY

1/20/15                     WORKPLAY THEATER
                                      BIRMINGHAM, AL

1/21/15                     EDDIE'S ATTIC
                                      ATLANTA, GA

 3/13-14/15             OFF THE RECORD FESTIVAL
                                      (RYAN STAR, BRENDAN JAMES, TODD CAREY)
                                      CHARLESTON, SC

3/14/15                     DOWNSTAIRS LIVE
                                      N AUGUSTA, SC

3/15/15                     MOE JOE'S GREENVILLE
                                      GREENVILLE, SC

3/18/15                     THE EVENING MUSE
                                      CHARLOTTE, NC

3/19/15                     LOCAL 506
                                      CHAPEL HILL, NC

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Southern Festival of Books Kicks Off Today

Now in its 26th year, the Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that provides book-loving guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite authors. Award-winning authors headlining the festival include Ishmael Beah, Pat Conroy, Jasper Fforde, Lev Grossman, Christina Baker Kline and many others. Plus, food vendors, a children’s stage, live music, a café stage, author readings, book signings and much more!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, FRIDAY: NOON - 5 PM; SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM; SUNDAY: NOON - 5 PM
LOCATION: WAR MEMORIAL PLAZA FREE

Video of @TheSwonBrothers Singing "Pretty Beautiful" with @PS22Chorus

CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees The Swon Brothers– Zach and Colton – have been performing professionally since childhood, so they felt right at home during their October 1 visit with the acclaimed PS22 Chorus of fifth-grade students from the PS22 elementary school in Staten Island, New York.

Featured on Oprah, NBC Nightly News, Anderson Cooper 360° and more, the chorus has been recognized for their outstanding musical and academic accomplishments.

PS22 Chorus Director Gregg Breinberg and the children spent two hours outside of normal school hours to ask questions of the Swons and rehearse a performance together of the song “Pretty Beautiful,” one highlight of the duo’s self-titled Arista Nashville debut album, releasing October 14.




In the wake of their visit, Colton Swon shared, “It was such a great time performing with the PS22 Chorus. They’re so talented and really bring music to life in such a unique way.”

Zach Swon added, “We’ve been on the run so much lately that it was great to have the chance to slow down for a few hours and share that pure, simple love of music through the eyes of these incredible kids. It was just an amazing experience.”

Co-produced by The Swon Brothers and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans), the duo’s album is currently available for pre-order, with purchasers immediately receiving the hit first single “Later On,” as well as “Pray for You” and “Pretty Beautiful.”

This coming Monday, The Swon Brothers will be returning to New York for a Columbus Day performance on NBC’s Today show.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Game Night Info for the @PredsNHL Season Opener Tonight at @BrdgstoneArena

The Nashville Predators open the 2014-15 campaign tonight at 7PM at Bridgestone Arena as they host David Legwand and the Ottawa Senators at Bridgestone Arena.

Puck drop of the 16th NHL season in Nashville comes with plenty of changes, including a new head coach in Peter Laviolette, as well as forwards James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, Olli Jokinen and Derek Roy and defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

Thursday's home opener also marks the return of Legwand to the Music City. The former Preds forward spent all of his 15 NHL seasons in Nashville before being dealt to Detroit at the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline. Legwand signed a two-year deal with Ottawa this past July.

The Preds open the season at home for just the second time in the last seven such occasions. Nashville is 7-7-1 all-time in season openers and 2-1-2 in their last five.


Fans will want to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. this evening for a very special on-ice video presentation that will commence before the opening faceoff.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Call by @EastNashUnited Urging @MetroSchools Director to Revisit Consultant's Reports on Struggling Schools

An organized group of East Nashville residents is calling on Nashville schools to re-examine a consultant’s series of reports on some of the city’s struggling schools.

The request by East Nashville United — the parent-led coalition formed in September after the abrupt announcement of sweeping changes to East Nashville schools — asks Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Jesse Register to brief the school board and the public on how, or if, MNPS addressed the detailed findings laid out in the reports.

MNPS paid the Tribal Group, a British Consulting Group, $3.5 million to study nearly 40 schools, including Bailey, Jere Baxter and Gra Mar Middle Schools and Stratford and Maplewood High Schools. Although the  reports provide a wealth of information on the challenges each school faces, MNPS has been noticeably silent on the Tribal Group’s evaluations. In fact, last year MNPS rejected media efforts to obtain a copy of one of the group’s reports assessing the central office: http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2013/09/06/foia-friday-the-tribal-reports

John Haubenreich, the chair of East Nashville United (ENU), says that MNPS can’t dismiss the findings of its own paid consultant.

“We’ve heard so much talk of school closings, charter conversions and a rash All-Choice plan that would divide neighborhoods,” Haubenreich said. “What we’re asking for instead is a serious look at the needs of our schools and how we can provide them. The Tribal reports provide as good a starting place as any.”

Haubenreich says that Dr. Register must address the problems underscored by the the group’s findings. For example, at last week’s community meeting at Jere Baxter Middle School, a teacher spoke of how the school, which hired a new principal this year, lacked stability. With the school in a constant state of transition, she said, it was difficult to develop plans to meet the needs of its students.

The Tribal report on Jere Baxter observed the same problem. In fact, the report, conducted in 2011, noted that a recent shift to a new education model “brought considerable uncertainty to the school.” The report also noted that it was challenging for the school to “develop continual improvement against a background of significant change.”

Haubenreich says East Nashville United welcomes an East Nashville plan, as long as it builds on genuine community input and critical information already available.

“What we have asked for from Day 1 is a methodical, community-driven blueprint for our schools,” Haubenreich says. “We think the Tribal reports offer useful information from our teachers and students, both about their schools and central administration. Why would we develop a plan that doesn’t take advantage of that?”

The Tribal reports provide distinct portraits of each school. They show the effectiveness of the leadership, the concerns of the teachers and, in general, the culture of the school. They also examine the quality of instruction, the use of data and the distinct behavioral issues each school faces. Most of all, the Tribal reports lay out detailed “areas of improvement” that could shape a strategy to close the performance gap of low-income children.  (You can read the reports here.)

In light of the renewed attention focused on the consultant’s reports, Jai Sanders, one of the founding members of East Nashville United, says that MNPS should brief the school board and the public about the findings of the Tribal Group.

“We’re actually stunned this hasn’t been done already. We have detailed reports about several East Nashville Schools and we don’t know how MNPS addressed these findings.” says Sanders, a parent at Inglewood Elementary.

“Sometimes we feel like the leadership at MNPS is juggling ideas around with no real strategy, moving on whatever it heard last,” he says. “Revisiting the Tribal reports is a good way for MNPS to regain credibility.”

Last week East Nashville United called on Dr. Register to push back his plan to reorganize schools in East Nashville. Register has said his plan will be finalized by January 1st. ENU wants MNPS to use remainder of the school year to develop a thorough, transparent plan that addresses the diverse needs of its unique schools.

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