118. Trivia Time: Acme Feed & Seed

You may know a lot about nothing or a little about everything. If you fit into either of these categories, enjoy a Wednesday night at Acme Feed & Seed. Trivia is hosted at 6:30 on the second floor lounge. Prep your team for a couple of hours of great drinks, good food, and a bit of rowdiness. The lounge has a great list of cocktails, beer and wine that you’ll be sure to Second Floor Lounge - Emily Hallfind perfect, sushi from Nashville’s infamous chef Sam Katakura and other appetizers like the nachos, which easily feed a group of five. Trivia nights at Acme bring in both locals and tourists alike – all wanting to be a part of the friendly Southern competition.

Don’t forget to sprinkle in some time before on the 4th floor rooftop bar overlooking the Cumberland River and Broadway. Then after trivia, take a listen on the first floor where there’s always nightly live music.

For more information about Acme Feed & Seed go to: theacmenashville.com.

118. Trivia Time: Acme Feed & Seed

117. Tomato Art Fest

Put on by the owners of the Art and Invention Gallery, the Tomato Art Festival is an art show celebrating the tomato during late summer. They have poem contests, tomato contests, bloody mary contests, and so much more. The festival is FREE and takes place in East Nashville’s Five Points area. There are multiple stages throughout the area, which hosts FREE music for eveeast nash tomato fest signryone to enjoy. This year’s lineup includes Them Vibes, MYZICA, Kink Ador, and more (see below). And, of course, just for you we have displayed all the fun one can have on August 8. But it’s not everything. Make sure to take a look at their website (www.tomatoartfest.com) to see some of the upcoming events and things you may experience.

Activities & schedule (just click on the link for more information):
East Nashville Tomato 5K
7:00am for children, 7:30am adults
Faux Paw Fashion Show (Dog Fashion Show)
Tomato Art Cornhole Tournament
11am until champion is crowned
Biggest/ Littlest/ Ugliest Tomato Contest (drop off between 10am-12pm)
Winner selected 1-1:30pm

Music Lineup
Xfinity Main Stage
Boy Named Banjo
Fanny’s House of Music Take Back the Power
Magnolia Sons
New City Savages
Kylie Morgan
Kink Ador
Them Vibes
Edley’s Bar-B-Que Stage
Carolina Story
Jessica Dawn
Shannon Labrie
The Highjivers
Nathan Belt & The Buckles
Don Gallardo
117. Tomato Art Fest

116. Nashville’s Ink-N-Iron Festival

Prepare yourself. Because next week is Nashville’s Ink-N-Iron Festival. It is going to be AWESOME. Four days of amazing vehicles, tattoo artists showing their skills, and an IMG_6601amazing lineup that will rock your face off. Just to name of few there will be Merle Haggard, Coheed and Cambria, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. It all begins on August 6th and lasts until the 9th. For all the details about what you can experience just head on over to visitmusiccity.com. They have displayed everything you need to know, plus ways to get ticket. Hope to see you there!

Last time we checked, Visit Music City was running a couple contest to win tickets, too. Take a look:
Facebook: Facebook.com/NashvilleMusicCity
Instagram: Instagram.com/VisitMusicCity
Twitter: Twitter.com/VisitMusicCity

116. Nashville’s Ink-N-Iron Festival

115. Eleven Things to Do in Music City this Weekend (July 31-August 2)

Hello Friday. No time to chit chat because there’s way too much to do. Concerts, festivals, art crawls, and more! Just take a moment and look at what’s happening this weekend, a Nashville restaurant to try, and upcoming concerts to plan your weekend. Then, check out what will occur the following week. Let’s do this.

Weekend Events

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Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston – August 1
Art enthusiasts will love to take part in Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston. The event takes place every first Saturday of every month featuring a ton of galleries that display new groundbreaking art plus live music.

Barbershop Harmony Festival – August 1
Over 30 different performing groups will play for FREE at 6 different public locations during the Barbershop Harmony Festival. The locations include the Nashville Farmers’ Market, Victory Park, Adventure Science Center, Church Street Park, Legislative Plaza, Centennial Park, and a few pop-up surprises as well. The musical talent will include everything from quartets to choruses numbering up to 50 singers. It’s going to be unbelievable and you should try to make it to at least one of the stages!

Community FREE Day at Ascend Amphitheater – August 2
If you haven’t heard, Nashville’s latest outdoor venue, the Ascend Amphitheater, just opened yesterday. And they are hosting a FREE community day for everyone to come see the new place. There will be live music, food, and more for families to enjoy. Come see!

First Saturday Art Crawl – August 1
This weekend the First Saturday Art Crawl will celebrate their ninth birthday. That’s nine years of offering free admission to see the latest exhibits at art galleries around Downtown Nashville. All the fun will begin at 6pm and the event lasts until 9pm. Also, please don’t forget about the Gray Line trolleys. They are FREE to ride during the First Saturday Art Crawl and safely transport you throughout downtown to see the different galleries.

Frist Fridays – July 31
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts concert series Frist Fridays continues with live music from The Long Players Perform David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.

Half Christmas Beer Fest – July 31
Riverwood Mansion is hosting Lightning 100’s Half Christmas Beer Fest. By attending this one-of-a-kind event you can enjoy over 40 beers, Christmas lighting, and a snow machine. Yep, a SNOW MACHINE. Oh, and holiday wear is encouraged.

Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival – August 1
You may experience over 12 Nashville hot chicken restaurants and sample unlimited bourbon and whiskey tastings at the Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival at Bridgestone Arena.

Legally Blonde The Musical – July 31-August 2
Fans of the popular movie Legally Blonde have to go see the musical at Nashville Children’s Theatre happening all weekend long.

Olde Worlde presents The Ugly Duckling – August 1
The Belcourt Theatre will host Olde World Theatre presents The Ugly Duckling every Saturday until August 15. Showtimes are always at 10am offering the perfect morning activities for children.

Songwriters Round ft. The Peach Pickers – August 1
There is a special songwriter round featuring the Peach Pickers at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum you may attend.

Soul Food Fest – August 1
Cameo, Dru Hill, Monica, The Ohio Players, and more will perform live during the annual Soul Food Festival occurring at Nissan Stadium. Plus, don’t forget about all the amazing soul food that will be present for you to eat at this amazing festival.

Nashville Restaurant

The Flipside
This weekend head on over to The Flipside. A groovy place that is decked out with 1950s decor. Their menu features something they call Jack’s Chicken and they serve it in 15 different ways. Pretty much it’s a chicken breast pounded thin with seasoned bread crumbs and then pan sautéed in extra virgin olive oil. One of our favorites is the Popeye served with spinach, tomato, mozzarella, and balsamic drizzle. AND don’t forget to order their amazing wonderful Tater Tot Nachos. You won’t regret it. Go check it out and make sure to tell us what you think on Twitter.

Upcoming Concerts

Eric Church @ Ascend Amphitheater – July 31
Shania Twain @ Bridgestone Arena – July 31
An Evening with the Monkees @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – July 31
Ladiez Night with Kyshona, Mary Bragg, Nicole Boggs, and Daphne Willis @ The Basement – July 31
Al-D & ET w/ The Nashville Horns, Back Pockets, Cole Jonique @ The Basement East – July 31
The Old Ceremony @ City Winery Nashville – July 31
Full Moon Pickin’ Party @ Warner Park – July 31
Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple @ Ryman Auditorium – July 31-August 1
Little Tybee w/ Myrra and Poly @ The Basement – August 1
The Watkins Family Hour ft. Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creak and more @ City Winery Nashville – August 1
Blackfoot Gypsies, Hillybilly Casino, Smoking Flowers, and Lonesome Town Drifters @ The Basement East – August 1
NWA Tribute @ Exit/In – August 1
Sky Hump: A Tribute to Dave Cloud @ Springwater Super Club – August 1
Jonell Mosser @ 3rd and Lindsley – August 1
Framing Hanley @ Marathon Music Works – August 1
Chicago and Earth, Wind, & Fire @ Ascend Amphitheater – August 1
W/White Lighter(s) (Final Show) FREE @ The Basement – August 2
Traveller ft. Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis & Cory Chisel @ The Basement East – August 2
Deep Purple @ Ryman Auditorium – August 2
An Evening with Watkins Family Hour ft. Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek and more @ City Winery Nashville – August 2

Next Week

And there you have it. A weekend full of great music, good fun, and in Music City. Please follow along with us next we as write about Ink-N-Iron Festival, Tomato Art Fest,  and so much more. Until then.

115. Eleven Things to Do in Music City this Weekend (July 31-August 2)

114. Nashville Rockstar – John Lasater

Time for another Nashville Rockstar. This time we’re heading inside a Music City kitchen to introduce you to the man behind the spice blend of Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Mr. John Lasater. His work as Executive Chef & Director of Operations at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken has propelled Nashville’s staple cuisine to a national level and also provides some of the best flavored hot chicken known to the universe. And while he might not write songs or play an instrument, it doesn’t stop people from singing their praises for his spicy poultry. This fact alone makes him a perfect Nashville Rockstar.

John Lasater graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York and has worked at several Nashville restaurants including Capitol Grille in Hermitage Hotel, Flyte World Dining & Wine, and Porter Road Butcher before joining the Hattie B’s Hot Chicken team inHattie Bs 2 highres 2012. It took him six months to create the spice levels you enjoy today. He worked with dry rub, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper, and more until he finally got it right. Now, what’s truly amazing is his consistency. His basic understanding to have each level of heat constant on a daily basis is what have people coming back more and more. That way no matter what you order, or on what day, you are sure to have the same taste as the last time. With these facts and attention to detail it’s no wonder Forbes had this to say about him in their “30 Under 30″ article: “His Hattie B’s has changed the way hot chicken is viewed in the South”. We couldn’t agree more.

Now a days it’s hard to go to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and not see a line at their store in Midtown. They opened up a new shop about over a year ago on Charlotte Avenue and the place always seems busy. Now, they are expanded to Birmingham. Growth is a sign of something great. Of something that is being appreciated from everyone and it is due largely to the efforts by John Lasater. So, thank you John Lasater, and keep rockin’.

114. Nashville Rockstar – John Lasater

113. Soul Food Festival

Deep traditional soul food cooking needs a festival of its own. And that’s exactly what the Soul Food Fest sets out to do. For nine years they have brought families and friends together for a day of fun with great food and live music. This year is no exception as they are bringing you THREE days worth of fun. Friday, July 31, The P189079_198565503501516_4079929_n 2latform will host The Soul Food Comedy Jam with Chris Thoas, TP Hearn, Shuck Ducky, and live music by Rick James Stone City Band. The following day, on August 1, enjoy ribs, catfish, corn on the cob, burgers, baked beans, collard greens, chicken, pie, and other soul food items while listening to funky tunes from Cameo, Dru Hill, Avery Sunshine, The Ohio Players, and more during Soul Food Fest at Nissan Stadium. THEN, on August 2 head back to The Platform for Sunday Serenade that will have live performances from Norman Conners and the Starship Orchestra, Jean Carne, Tom Brown, and others. Do you think you can handle that much fun?

For tickets follow: ilovesoulfood.com.

113. Soul Food Festival

112. Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival

There’s a festival occurring this weekend that has a few of our favorite things. They named it Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey, and Bourbon Festival, but for us we are calling it the Disney Land for adults. Over 12 different Nashville Hot Chicken rHotShots_spotestaurants will be there for you to try. Please an unlimited amount of whiskey & bourbon tastings from local places and distilleries from around the world. Not only all that, but you can also experience appearances by Nashville Predators broadcast and local television personalities, Predators’ mascot Gnash, live music, and more. It’s all going down this Saturday, August 1 at the Bridgestone Arena. Come join us in Disney Land, I mean the Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival.

Tickets can be found here: bridgestonearena.com.

112. Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival