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

111. Ascend Amphitheater – Opening Week

Happy opening week of Ascend Amphitheater! Over the next few months music legends and fantastic shows will take place under the stars in Music City. And the lineup for Nashville’s latest outdoor venue is outstanding. Every genre is represented and represented well. All the fun begins on July 30 with Eric Church and the last concert of the season will be October 13 with All Time Low. That means you have 3 months to get yourself to Ascend Amphitheater & check it out. See below for the full schedule. Nashville Amphitheater Rendering.jpg

ERIC CHURCH
JULY 30-31

CHICAGO AND EARTH WIND & FIRE
AUGUST 1

PHISH
AUGUST 4

JILL SCOTT
AUGUST 5

MY MORNING JACKET WITH MOON TAXI
AUGUST 6

COUNTING CROWS
AUGUST 7

STEELY DAN & ELVIS COSTELLO
AUGUST 8

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS & MARILYN MANSON
AUGUST 9

TOUR DE COMPADRES FT. NEEDTOBREATHE, DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIGHBORS, AND COLONY HOUSE
AUGUST 14

IDINA MENZEL
AUGUST 15

PETER FRAMPTON & CHEAP TRICK
AUGUST 16

SUBLIME WITH ROME
AUGUST 18

AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD
AUGUST 22

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
AUGUST 28

WHAT WE WANT LIVE FT. UNCLE KRACKER, SUGAR RAY, AND BETTER THAN EZRA
AUGUST 29

ZZ TOP WITH BLACKBERRY SMOKE
SEPTEMBER 1

WIDESPREAD PANIC
SEPTEMBER 5-6

AMERICANA WITH LORETTA LYNN, STEVE EARLE, AND MORE
SEPTEMBER 19

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
SEPTEMBER 23

JANET JACKSON
SEPTEMBER 27

LYNYRD SKYNYRD
OCTOBER 2

CHRIS TOMLIN
OCTOBER 8

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE
OCTOBER 9

GRACE POTTER
OCTOBER 10

JACKSON BROWNE
OCTOBER 11

ALL TIME LOW & SLEEPING WITH SIRENS
OCTOBER 13

111. Ascend Amphitheater – Opening Week

110. Half Christmas Beer Fest presented by Lightning 100

The heat now a days has us dreaming for some cold weather. While it might be a while until the temperature does start to cool that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate likes its Christmas, right? RIGHT! On July 31, you can get all decked out in holiday deco11665502_10153398210873890_179260203480811827_n 2r and head to Riverwood Mansion for the Second Annual Half-Christmas Beer Fest. A full day of DJs, karaoke, and dance floor waiting to be used. There will be over 40 beers to taste. Plus, the place will be decked out in Christmas lighting and there will be a SNOW MACHINE. Yep, a snow machine. That alone show be worth the price of admission. Hope to see you there!

If you need tickets just head to: lightning100.com.

110. Half Christmas Beer Fest presented by Lightning 100

109. First Saturday Art Crawl

Happy Saturday! Hope you are out there having a blast in Music City. And we rymer artcrawl 2already have something for you to do next Saturday. The Downtown First Saturday Art Crawl! Each and every first Saturday of the month, from 6-9pm, art galleries around Nashville offer FREE admission to view their latest exhibits. Over 20 art venues participate, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artworks, offering the opportunity to meet and discuss art with like-minded individuals. It spans across all of downtown, allowing you too see everything at 5th Avenue of the Arts, 5th Avenue South, and in The Historic Arcade. AND just for you we have listed some of the exhibit you will be able to see during the next First Saturday Art Crawl occurring on August 1. Plan to be there!

The Arts Company
Rhythm in Relief: The Art of Lavon Williams
August 1-September 10

The Rymer Gallery
Elizabeth Winnell
August 1-29

Barrett Hedges
August 1-29

Tinney Contemporary
Cuba: reconstructing memories
August 1-29

For more information about the Downtown First Saturday Art Crawl follow: visitmusiccity.com/saturdayartcrawl.

109. First Saturday Art Crawl

108. Ten Things to Do This Weekend in Music City (July 24-26)

It’s HERE! Three glorious days of do what ever you want! Who’s excited? We are and we have once again compiled a list of 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 get started.

Weekend Events

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ALIEN: The Musical – July 23-26
This week at TPAC is ALIEN: The Musical occurring July 23rd through the 26th. The musical explores class struggle, race, power, and generativity by intersecting the lives of two different families over the course of 100 years.

Charleston Meets Nashville – July 25
Chef Daniel Heinze, of McCrady’s in Charleston, will offer a special menu at POP Nashville as part of their Guest Chef Series (City) Meets Nashville.

Icee Ice Day – July 25
Head to the Nashville Zoo to chill out with the animals during Icee Ice Day. There will be FREE ice cream samples, water slide inflatables, and more for families to enjoy.

Mafiaoza’s Music City Brewers Fest – July 25
Over 50 different breweries will be available to try for patrons attending this year’s Mafiaoza’s Music City Brewer’s Fest occurring at Music City Walk of Fame Park. There’s a total of two sessions. One from 12-4pm, and the other from 6-10pm. Roots of a Rebellion, The Get Right Band, DeRobert & the Half-Truths, and more will perform live music throughout the day.

Nashville Flea Market – July 24-26
The Nashville Flea Market will be open July 24th through the 26th at The Fairgrounds Nashville. This weekend’s theme is Americana Cool.

Nashville Wine Auction’s 36th Annual  l’Eté du Vin – July 23-25
Nashville’s 36th annual l’Eté du Vin will take place July 23rd through the 25th. The guest of honor will be Chris Carpenter, a 100-Point Winemaker, and the theme is “Above The Fog Line” in reference to the mountain vineyards that will be focused on during the event. For a full schedule of events just look to: visitmusiccity.com/nashvillewineauction.

Nashville Rib & Jazz Festival – July 25
The Nashville Rib & Jazz Festival will occur at Cumberland Park featuring live music from Tom Hemby, Denny Jiosa, Annie Sellick, and others.

Olde Worlde presents The Ugly Duckling – July 25
The Belcourt Theatre will host Olde World Theatre presents The Ugly Duckling every Saturday from July 25th through August 15.

String City – July 21-25
Families and friends of all ages will love to see String City at the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s a colorful telling of the history of country music in Nashville through puppetry. Show times are 10am and 11:30am each day. The last shows will be tomorrow!

Summer Vintage Baseball – July 25
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is hosting Vintage Baseball.

Nashville Restaurant

The Rosepepper Cantina
This week we felt the need to tell you about The Rosepepper Cantina. You probable already know about this restaurant which resides in East Nashville. They are the ones with the unbelievable funny signs that display in front of the store. Each time we stop by we alway chuckle to see what they came up with next. Their food is amazing, too. One of our favorite meals is the Chicken Fajita Burrito served with fresh guacamole, sour cream, and topped with chile rojo sauce. And you MUST order a pitcher of their house margarita (if you are over the age of 21) to get the full experience. Go check it out and make sure to tell us what you think on Twitter.

Upcoming Concerts

Delbert McClinton with Opener Etta Britt @ City Winery Nashville – July 24
Lucie Silvas @ 3rd and Lindsley – July 24
The Tip, Hot Mayonnaise, Thelma & The Sleaze, Strange Faces @ The Basement East – July 24
Anderson East w/ Benjamin A. Harper @ The Basement – July 24
Counterparts: A Tribute to Rush @ Exit/In – July 24
Elizabeth Cook @ City Winery Nashville – July 25
Stagolee, Francis & The Foundation, Andrew Leahey & more @ The Basement East – July 25
Will Logsdon (Solo) with Elliot Collett @ The Basement – July 25
Summer Palace w/Good Fields, Reservations and Good Buddy @ The Basement – July 25
AJ & The Jiggawatts @ Exit/In – July 25
Doll Parts @ Grimey’s New & Preloved Music – July 25
The Oh Hellos @ 3rd and Lindsley – July 26
Sweet Tea Dance @ The Basement East – July 26
An Evening with Wreckless Eric @ The Basement – July 26
Jennu Leigh, Gunther Doug, and more @ The Basement East – July 26

Next Week

That all we have this week. Hope you have fun out there! Make sure to follow along with us next we as write about Hot Shots Hot Chicken Whiskey, and Bourbon Festival, Ascend Amphitheater Opening Night,  and so much more. See you then!

108. Ten Things to Do This Weekend in Music City (July 24-26)