Brooklyn-based rockers have name-dropping rights

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 12:00am

White Rabbits

Unknown Hinson
2208 Elliston Place
9 p.m., $15

Hank Williams III (Hank3) has Unknown Hinson's face tattooed on his bicep. Billy Bob Thornton names Unknown as one of his favorite songwriters and a genius picker. Marty Stuart introduced Unknown as his illegitimate brother at the Ryman Auditorium and is placing Unknown on the front cover of his upcoming book of personal photographs.

I was living in Hinson’s North Carolina television market when the self-proclaimed King of Country Western Troubadours first gained regional popularity with his self-produced television show in 1992. Interestingly, Unknown is now gaining newfound television notoriety as the voice of lead character "Early Cuyler" in the Cartoon Network Adult Swim show about hillbilly squids called "The Squidbillies."

Hinson’s most recent CD release, “Target Practice,” melds weepy twang and searing guitar riffs with white trash lyrics that speak of love-gone-bad and the dark side of the honky-tonk lifestyle. Expect more of the same tonight at the Exit/In.
— Drew Ruble

Chicago Afrobeat Project
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row
9 p.m., $10

The percussive, propulsive sound of Afrobeat was developed by Nigerian bandleader, songwriter, vocalist and instrumentalist Fela Anikulapo Kuti as an innovative blend of West African rhythms and contemporary American and African-American styles like jazz, funk and soul. Today Kuti’s successors include the Chicago Afrobeat Project, a modern band that brings some 21st century flavor to the mix, adding bits of hip-hop and rock along with high-life and the Afro-Cuban grooves more familiar. Though not as well known in this part of the country, the Chicago Afrobeat Project does more than 100 live shows a year, both regionally and internationally, and are now beginning to expand into other areas across the country, including the South. They’ve just released their second CD A Move to Silent Unrest. A rousing unit, the Chicago Afrobeat Project comes to the Mercy Lounge Thursday night.
— Ron Wynn

grand opening
West Nashville Farmer’s Market
Richland Park, 46th and Park avenues
9 a.m.-noon, free

Food remains one of the largest budget items for most families looking to save money in these tough economic times, and many shoppers are turning to local farmers for good quality and cheaper prices. Starting Saturday, families get some help with this opening of a new, collaborative farmer’s market. It will offer customers a variety of choices in local, affordable organic food and wares.

The community-based organization Good Food for Good People has spearheaded the venture, working with neighborhood associations Sylvan Park and R.U.N. (Robertson, Urbandale, Nations) to host it. Vendors include Delvin Farms, Foggy Hollow Farm, Richland Gardens, Timbertop Farms and Fresh Harvest.

Sean Siple heads Good Food for Good People that works to increase residents’ access to healthy food through their local farmer network activities, community garden development and a variety of educational partnerships with local schools and community groups. Part of its mission is to serve the needy as well.

For the grand opening, local vendors will also be on hand, including Tennessee Cheesecake, The Green Wagon, Rhino Books, Fido, Portland Brew and Star Bagel. Organizers hope to make the market a Saturday morning staple.
— Vincent Troia

Tennessee Titans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LP Field
One Titans Way
7 p.m., $43-$83

How’s that Kerry Collins to Nate Washington pass-and-catch connection going?

What does LenDale White look like in person after shedding tequila and 30 pounds along with it?

Can the defensive tackle by committee approach replace Albert Haynesworth on the Titans’ defensive front?

What’s the next step in Vince Young’s resurgence?

Can we please find a return man?

Continue the search for answers to those burning questions as the Titans return to live action (albeit preseason action) at LP Field this Saturday night.

Is this finally our year?
— Drew Ruble

Nashville Rollergirls Intraleague Bout
Tennessee State Fairgrounds
625 Smith Ave.
7 p.m., $5, $7 for kids 7-12

The Nashville Rollergirls have two official seasons each year. The first features the organization’s All Stars and Brawl Stars team competing against teams from other leagues around the region. The second is the home season, in which league members battle it out for city bragging rights.

Two of the Nashville Rollergirls’ three teams, the Damsels of Distress and the X Pistols, will show down this weekend in a rematch of last year’s championship bout. To round out their rosters to a full 14 — and to supplement for injured or otherwise incapacitated skaters — the Rollergirls will bring in stars from leagues in Louisville, Evansville, Birmingham and Atlanta.

Attendees can bring with them canned goods to benefit the YWCA of Middle Tennessee, which works with victims of domestic violence. Those who drop off food will get Rollergirl swag, but everyone will get to enjoy the intermission show put on by the Rollergirls Jeerleaders and DJ Fat Andy.
— Geert De Lombaerde

Dore Jam 2009
Vanderbilt’s John Rich Practice Facility
corner of Jess Neely Drive & Natchez Trace
4-6 p.m., free

Vanderbilt will hold Dore Jam 2009, 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the John Rich practice facility adjacent to the McGugin Center.

It is the eighth consecutive year the university has held its Fan Day, when VU supporters can meet with players and coaches and take part in interactive games.

However, it is the first the event has taken place following a winning season and a bowl victory. The Commodores went 7-6 and defeated Boston College 16-14 in the Music City Bowl. It was their first winning season since 1982 and their first bowl victory since 1955.

Team posters and schedule cards will be distributed at no cost. Copies of the 2009 media guide as well as season tickets will be available for purchase. Teams to play at Vanderbilt Stadium this fall will include Ole Miss, Georgia and Georgia Tech, all ranked among the preseason top 15.

Attendees can see how fast they can run the 40-yard dash or throw a baseball. Youngsters can play on an inflatable giant slide or in the bounce house.

Live entertainment will be provided by Soul Incision, a band comprised of Vanderbilt employees and physicians.

Admission and parking are both free. Fans are asked to park in Lot 73, which is located across Natchez Trace from the football practice facility and track complex.
— David Boclair

Heartless Bastards with Colour Revolt
2208 Elliston Place
9 p.m., $14

Although the group released its first two albums as a trio, Ohio-based Heartless Bastards has always only been the moniker behind singer and guitarist Erika Wennerstrom – or more accurately her voice. The brassy wail that bullies around the band's bluesy rockers, Wennerstrom' voice is a longtime favorite with critics, who have likened her to the unruly lovechild of Robert Plant and Janis Joplin. For her third and latest Fat Possum release The Mountain, Wennerstrom dropped the original line-up in favor of a rotating crew, creating a more nuanced sound blending Crazy Horseish guitar drones, pedal steel and strings. Producer Mike McCarthy – well known for his work with Spoon, Trail of Dead and the Features – helmed the project, and like his work with the other groups he has been able to expand Heartless Bastards sound without creating something out of character. Oxford, Miss.-based Colour Revolt opens.
— Kyle Swenson

White Rabbits
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row
9 p.m., $15

White Rabbits is one of those bands that can name drop with the best of them. They are on the same label – TBD Records – that Radiohead calls home. They’ve toured with big name indie acts like The Walkmen, and their latest album It’s Frightening was produced by Spoon frontman Britt Daniel.

While on the topic of names, don’t make the faux pas of putting the word “the” in front of White Rabbits. The Brooklyn-based group is pretty particular about its name. Fortunately for Nashville music fans, White Rabbits is also particular about their live shows. With a healthy lineup featuring six members, the band is known to arbitrarily switch instruments on stage. And with several of their members having played in ska bands, they have the propensity to keep it loose and dancey, which is a good thing.

To top it off, White Rabbits is playing with veteran indie group and fellow Brooklyanites the Fiery Furnaces.
— Nate Rau

Sex, Dreams & Self Control
Bongo After Hours Theatre
2007 Belmont Ave.
7 p.m., $12.50
• This show contains strong sexual content and adult language.

I love a big, splashy Broadway production as much as the next girl. But when it comes to raw power and intimate story telling, there’s nothing quite like a one-man show. Next Wednesday, Bongo After Hours Theatre welcomes back Sex, Dreams & Self Control — an original one-man show created by Kevin Thornton of the band Waves on Waves.

Billed as a “humorous, yet touching coming-of-age tale,” the show offers a unique blend of storytelling, stand-up comedy and an alternative folk rock score that is genuine, witty and often poetic. Thornton draws in his audience through a mix of song and story, recreating his experiences growing up gay in a conservative, Midwestern family. But more than chronicling the standard trauma of growing pains, Sex, Dreams & Self Control captures the humor and innocence of self-discovery.

Thornton has received excellent reviews from coast to coast and will soon be heading to the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, so this is a great opportunity to catch the show. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from the performance will go to support Tennessee Equality Partnership.
— Amy Stumpfl


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