As you well know by now, Third Man Records Nashville is devoted to bringing A+ art and entertainment to our Nashville Blue Room. We're so devoted, that we're about to up the ante and, despite our doctors' recommendations, TRIPLE the number of live events that take place in our space. Call it march madness. Call it over-achieving. Call it spring fever. Whatever you call it, you can place the blame solely on our insatiable artistic appetites. Do you ever discover something that makes your eyes a little wider, your brain spin inside your skull, and your heart explode with the feeling that something truly beautiful — in the broadest sense of the word — is happening? Inspiration. We feel that every damn day around here, and how would it be fair of us to keep all these revelatory treasures to ourselves? Well, it wouldn't. So, behold, the events of the first two weeks (and some change) of March:
March 1st: Peripheral Visions 01 (8pm, 7pm doors): The first screening of an ongoing cult-film series, taking place on the first Tuesday of every month, co-sponsored by the much-missed Belcourt Theatre. The inaugural movie to set the tone for monthly programming is The Dion Bothers AKA The Gravy Train. One of the top-requested titles by cult-movie fans at the Belcourt over the years, this film was "A favorite of Quentin Tarantino (who showed it at one of his QT fests at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse) and David Gordon Green (who told The AV Club it was "the funniest movie ever made"), it's a 1974 buddy caper movie starring Stacy Keach and Frederic Forrest as coal miners turned inept armed robbers." (Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene) $10. Tickets, more info, and trailer available HERE.
March 4th: Juan Wauters with Tall Juan and The Funs (+ a pre-show in-store with Ornament) (7pm, 6pm doors): Many of you will recognize the voice of Uruguayan Juan Wauters as the singer of the Beets, described by Pitchfork as "a bratty, separatist band whose songs were anchored by declarations so simple they sounded like Zen aphorism." We truly can't imagine that Wauters' unscrubbed solo work is anything besides Universally likable, and if there was ever a better soundtrack to the world awakening from Winter doldrums to bask in the simple delights of Springtime, well, we haven't heard it. $8. Tickets, more info, samples of Juan doing his thing HERE.
March 5th: Why the Mountains are Black Release Party (5-7pm): Why The Mountains Are Black is one of the most visceral and compelling releases Third Man Records has ever dared press to wax, and it bums us out that there is no way for the musicians it features to grace our Blue Room stage, being that the music was all recorded pre-1960. So, how can we celebrate the weird and wonderful world of Primeval Greek Village Music? A party, of course! Master producer, curator, sound-engineer, and writer, CHRISTOPHER KING, will join us to play us selections from his extensive personal 78 collection, discuss the fieldwork that went into this incredible compilation, and toast this record's existence in the world, never to go out of press as long as Third Man Records has anything to do with it. Free and open to the public. No ticket necessary. Learn more about Why The Mountains Are Black HERE.
March 11th: Third Man Books Birthday Party (7pm): HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIRD MAN BOOKS! Prepare your ear-holes, eye-scopes, and in-sides. We're celebrating the first anniversary of Third Man Books with poets Sampson Starkweather, Ana Božičević, Adia Victoria, a short film by best-selling and grammy-winning writer/filmmaker Robert Gordon, and a RARE solo performance of original music by Jack Lawrence (Dead Weather, Raconteurs, Greenhornes). Tickets, more info, very convincing samples of artistic offerings, HERE.
March 12th Freakin' Weekend After Party PORTAL (11:30-4am): Happy Holidays, Nashville. It's that time of year again! If partying all week with SheerMagDowntownBoysBrothersShadraqBullyTwinPeaks BlankRangeLeeBainsStudyHallSlammersExCultWhiteReaperGuerillaTossCFMDiarrheaPlanet NotsBigUpsGrowwingPainsSavoyMotel and the formidable media magnates of Nashville's Dead leaves you still standing and begging for more, join us for witching hour mayhem set to PORTAL's jackin' old school house selections. $5. Tickets and more info available HERE.
March 16th: Blitzen Trapper with Lauris Vidal (8pm): Under the stewardship of Sub Pop and Vagrant Records, Oregon's Blitzen Trapper is 8 studio albums deep into the a successful career as a modern folk-rock band, led by Eric Earley, dubbed by Paste as the "Tommy Petty of the Northwest." Earley's songs read like stories you couldn't sworn you've heard before, and his band's straightforward and every-so-slightly anthemic landscapes make for nearly Universal likability — a real feat in these days of niche tastes and fragmented genres. Blitzen Trapper brings their (quite welcome!) Pacific Northwestern sensibilities, along with swampy and distinctly Floridian opener Lauris Vidal to whet our collective whistle, to the Blue Room Stage on March 16th. More information and tickets available HERE.
Stay tuned for our next batch of events, coming at you in the next week. The second half of March will be just doctor-not-recommended as the first half. And, April? Don't even get us started on April...