Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit | Danny Clinch
The Music City Skinny is a weekly roundup of Nashville arts and entertainment news from around the web.
CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival Stories (NowPlayingNashville.com)
NowPlayingNashville.com staff did their best to be at both major Middle Tennessee music festivals this past weekend, and they’ve got the stories to prove it! Visit our stories section now to get caught up on our coverage, including show reviews from Bonnaroo from the student journalists of the MTSU/Seigenthaler News Service.
Nashville celebrates Tupac Shakur with weeklong festival (The Tennessean)
In the past two months, Nashville has hosted a massive concert tribute to Merle Haggard and a multiday celebration of all things Elvis. This week another musical legend will be remembered in grand fashion in Music City: Tupac Shakur. The late rapper is among the most iconic musical figures to emerge in the last 30 years, and his legend has only grown since his death in 1996.
Resistance, a Pride-themed performance from Nashville in Harmony (Out and About Nashville)
Recent challenges to LGBT progress demand a bold and unified message, and in their upcoming Pride show, the voices of Nashville in Harmony, 100 strong, raise songs that focus on building community and creating social change, including “Imagine” (The Beatles), “Larger than Life” (PinkZebra), “MLK” (U2), and the hit song from Jordan Smith (The Voice) “Stand in the light and be seen as we are.”
Historic Ryman Auditorium Unveils Lifesize Statues of Musical Icons Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe (The Tennessee Tribune)
Grand Ole Opry stars Brad Paisley and Ricky Skaggs honor Dickens and Monroe at unveiling ceremony
Samantha Saturn Brings Back A Beloved Nashville Tradition (Nashville Arts Magazine)
American Artisan Festival Returns to Centennial Park June 16–18
Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn to host bluegrass awards (The Tennessean)
Banjo-playing power couple Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have collaborated on several projects, including a self-titled, Grammy-winning album and their son, Juno.
Frist Center presents Australian Aboriginal Art exhibition (Nashville PRIDE)
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts opens an exhibition that explores the flourishing of indigenous Australian painting and sculpture that has occurred since the 1970s. Entitled Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection, the exhibition celebrates the artistic traditions of the oldest continuous culture on earth.
Jason Isbell Forges His Own ‘Nashville Sound’ (Nashville Public Radio)
Jason Isbell may not have his own key to Nashville’s beloved RCA Studio A, but he is someone who can head in by the back door, warmly greeted by an engineer. That Isbell seems to have the run of the place isn’t surprising: After all, this was where the guitar-slinging singer-songwriter and his band, The 400 Unit, crafted a brand-new album that also pays tribute to this space.
Spliff Happens: ACT 1’s Musical Satire Reefer Madness Is a Big, Fat Hit (Nashville Scene)
Sometimes mediocre source material — whether it’s a play, a novel or a movie — can work much better in a musical context. In the case of Reefer Madness, launched last weekend by ACT I, ridiculously bad source material inspires a wildly ludicrous but highly entertaining musical satire, brought to the stage with unabashed determination by director Jason Lewis.