From the department of OH SHIT: Soundland is postponed until 2013. Straight from the horse’s mouth:

We’ve been so excited to bring you an all-new outdoor SoundLand experience in 2012 and have been working for months on creating a one-day extravaganza Oct. 6th at The Lawn at Riverfront Park. Unfortunately, issues out of everyone’s control have caused us to put this vision on hold until 2013.

Ticket buyers: check your email for details.

Well that sucks. I think the idea behind Next Big Nashville and Soundland is a great one, and I think their mission is not over. So don’t fear- I have no doubt they’ll be back next year with a bigger and better festival. Also, there are still plenty of good events happening on that weekend:

PS – we will still have some great shows happening over the original SoundLand weekend with JD McPherson, Jonny Corndawg, Generationals, The Tontons, HUSTLE: The Biggest Dance Party of the Year, and others. Stay tuned here in the coming days for details.

Personally, I’m a fan of Generationals and will make an effort to see them wherever they end up playing. And that HUSTLE dance party will be off the chain- it’s all of this town’s finest dance party producers all in one night/event. That’s an OH SHIT in the good way.

A Few Good Shows: 8/3/12

August 3, 2012

As usual, there’s no shortage of good shows to see in Nashville this weekend, both local and non-local. Here’s what sounds good to me.

FRIDAY:

Ponychase w/ Deloreans and Echo Group @ the 5 Spot. 9pm $5 21+

Majestico, Magnolia Sons, and Jamie Kent & The Options @ 12th & Porter. 9pm $10

Quichenight album release w/ Fancytramp, T. Rust, and New Pleasure @ The End. 9pm $5

Diarrhea Planet, The Weeks, Grass Giraffes, Junior Astronomers, and No Regrets Coyote @ Mercy Lounge. 9pm $7

SATURDAY:

Poly album release w/ Cortney Tidwell and Natalie Prass @ Zombieshop. 8pm $7

Ill Communication: A Tribute to the Beastie Boys @ Exit/In. 9pm $8

P.S. In case you missed it yesterday, the official lineup for Soundland 2012 was released. The headliner is My Morning Jacket, with support from Divine Fits, Young the Giant, Johnny Corndawg, JD McPherson, The Weeks, Kopecky Family Band, Wild Cub, Night Beds, PUJOL, Nikki Lane, Mystery Twins, and Kansas Bible Company. A fine lineup featuring a good mix of established locals, up-and-coming locals, and THE go-to outdoor festival act MMJ. Good job Jason, Janet, and all others who work so hard on this event every year!

Have a great weekend!

 

The waters surrounding 2012’s Soundland have been eerily quiet the past few months, but yesterday the announcement was made that the festival (summit? conference?) has been scaled back to one day, October 6th, and will take place downtown on the Lawn at Riverfront Park. It sounds like the event is moving toward more of a standard outdoor festival vibe than the SXSW-style/club-hopping-industry-showcase vibe of years past. The official lineup announcement is tomorrow, August 2nd. However, they rolled the dice and ran a special earlybird ticket sale for 48 hours only- $30. From the email blast:

The all-new SoundLand features a one-day outdoor extravaganza October 6, 2012 with music, art, food, and more in our biggest venue yet.

I’ve no doubt the shrinkage can be boiled down to an issue of quality vs. quantity, and this festival is run by some talented and smart people, so they chose to make Soundland 2012 one totally awesome day, rather than 4 pretty good days. I’m looking forward to the lineup announcement!

A Few Good Shows: 9/9/11

September 9, 2011

Soundland is quickly approaching and the $55 wristband price expires TODAY at noon, so if you’ve been putting off buying one, this is your last chance to get them before the price goes up. A wristband gets you into all the shows, including M.Ward at War Memorial Auditorium, Ghostland Observatory at the Cannery, Foster the People at the 12th Ave block party stage, and everything else. Get them before it’s too late.

Now for this weekend’s goodness:

FRIDAY:

Cassino, The Silver Seas, Ryan Case @ The Basement. 9pm 21+ $7

Girls & Boys Nashville presents Classixx, Justin Faust, Crizzly, Coach and Hands Off Sam @ The Cannery. 9pm $10

And as I told you yesterday, I will be DJing alongside Dali Drama and Losici at the Wine Loft for Vitalic Noise’s new weekly party CRAVE. It’s FREE and goes from 10pm till last call.

SATURDAY:

Grimey’s presents the 12th south concert series ft. The Coolin’ System, D. Watusi, and Turkeys at Sevier Park. Starts at 6pm sharp and it’s FREE. Turkeys is the name of the supergroup featuring Jessi Darlin (of Those Darlins), Joey Scala (formerly PUJOL), Sean Thompson (formerly PUJOL), Jamin Orrall (JEFF the Brotherhood), and Luke Schneider (Cortney Tidwell). They played their debut show at Dino’s a few weeks back as a nameless band, so it’s good they finally settled on a name (and a fitting one at that).

Tetsuo w/ the 1-10’s @ Springwater. 21+ 10pm $5

SUNDAY:

Ben Swank presents Hate Life ft. the Black Belles (who backed Stephen Colbert on “Charlene II [I’m Over You]”) @ The Basement. 9pm 21+ $5

Have a great weekend!

 

Yesterday afternoon Soundland, Next Big Nashville’s new project, released their initial lineup. Like I said I’m not 100% sold on the name Soundland, but the lineup is looking better than ever. M. Ward, Justin Townes Earle, Ghostland Observatory, JEFF the Brotherhood, Dawes, Bonobo, PUJOL, Caitlin Rose, Chancellor Warhol, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Paper Route, and Jessica Lea Mayfield makeup the initial A-list. The super cheap early bird tickets sold out, but you can still get discounted advance tickets until the end of July. Don’t miss out on this one.

Now for this weekend’s rundown:

FRIDAY:

Sebastian Speaks Second Annual Fifth Anniversary Bash ft. KORT, The Tyler Family Band, D. Watusi + more @ VFW Post 1970. Local guitarist William Tyler (Lambchop, Silver Jews, Lifeboy, etc…) has been quietly running his Sebastian Speaks label for many years. But now the label is releasing the debut record from KORT, a new collaboration between Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and the amazing Cortney Tidwell. So, this will be an amazing show. Albeit at an odd location…

The Old 97’s w/ Those Darlins and Robert Ellis @ Mercy Lounge (night 1 of 2). 9pm $20

SATURDAY:

The Protomen w/ The Non-Commissioned Officers @ 12th & Porter. 9pm $10 (Act I vinyl release show.)

The Old 97’s w/ Those Darlins and Robert Ellis @ Mercy Lounge (night 2 of 2). 9pm $20

Have a great weekend!

 

If you’re a Nashvillian and even remotely connected to the music scene, you’ve probably heard by now that the annual Next Big Nashville festival/conference has changed their name to Soundland. Or at least Next Big Nashville Presents: Soundland. Click that link to visit their website, and you’ll notice that most everything still includes “Next Big Nashville” in the name, and the old logo is on the banner in the new logo. The event will become somewhat more focused on one area of the city- 8th Ave South. That means Mercy Lounge/Cannery/Third Man Records/The Basement/Grimey’s, but also 12th & Porter, MAI, Station Inn, Public Square Park, and others, with “fieldtrips” and artist-led workshops/seminars. There will also be a larger-than-ever outdoor main stage. All that and more can be found on the website’s FAQ.

All of what they’re doing sounds great- it’s exactly where the festival needs to go IMO. But I’m not sold on the name. Soundland sounds like a game to me. More specifically, a board game. I guess that’s because of Candyland. It just doesn’t sit right with me. Don’t get me wrong, I love this festival and city/music scene and will support them/work with them however I can. And I hope I’m wrong about the name… but I just can’t say “Yes, Soundland is a good name for this event” at this point in time. I look forward to the announcement of more details, especially the lineup. Make sure you follow them on twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

Oh, and apparently Jay-Z is a fan of JEFF the Brotherhood.

As usual, I will be photographing this year at Bonnaroo for the Scene/Cream, so I will not be posting this Thur.-Sun. I may or may not have something worth blogging about tomorrow, so we’ll see. If not, I bid you adieu until next week.