I had a jam packed Memorial Day weekend participating in some of my favorite of activities – supporting my friends and family. In this week’s weekend recap I’l highlight my experiences with:
New Nashville Wednesday – hosted by Jon Lucas Music
Cultivation – hosted by Rick Wilkerson Music
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
Creative Soul Music Academy
Lost in the City Nashville
Here we go!
New Nashville Wednesday is hosted by Jon Lucas Music at the Night Owl. I supported my buddy Jon Lucas and the band playing original and covers music. New Nashville Wednesday happens each Wednesday at the Night Owl. It’s a low key and laid back live music event in Antioch and the band will captivate your attention as it did mine. I support, and you should as well!
Thursday I attended Rick Wilkerson’s project event “Cultivation“, sponsored by Mollett Investment Services, SpreadLuv615, Genesys Menswear, and Best Day Ever Event Planning. True to the definition of the word, the event provided the arts and entertainment on an atypical side of New Nashville with a goal of cultivating the “Music City” across ALL sides of Nashville.
Think about it. Where can you go and hear some of Nashville hottest local musicians perform in the Antioch – Harding Pike area. No where. Rick Wilkerson’s goal is to Spread luv to the “Music City” outside of the city limits. He states “the reason why it’s called Cultivation is simple. We must grow. [and] If I and other artist don’t create the atmosphere, who will?”
Jarrett Strickland, Financial Adviser for Mollett Financial provided NSB.com with a quote:
“Artist’s are the life blood of Nashville. They keep the city cool, fresh, and most importantly, music is the leading economy of the city. It is vital for other industries to support the arts and the people who give us their heart and soul with every note they play. Rick Wilkerson is a musical power house who has his finger on the pulse of the visual, physical and musical art scene in Nashville. If you are not aware you should be.”
As for myself, I had a wonderful evening with the sounds of bass rifts, drum solos, jazz piano, and sultry saxophones original music and covers. Jammin!! The next Cultivation is scheduled for June 23rd. Follow Rick Wilkerson Music’s Facebook Fan Page for details.
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar is a Mardi Gras style bar in the middle of downtown Nashville. Saturday was my first time there and I had a blast listening to the live band featuring Emoni Wilkins (who can sing her face off). Computer Love, I Will Always Love You, and Purple Rain were some of the songs performed. And to top if all off, I had one of Thee Best Fried Catfish and Fried Shrimp Basket I’ve ever had, hushpuppies included. I definitely would recommend Bourbon Street for a date night of “dirty dancing” with your boo or a girls night out, singing at the top of your lungs (one of each for me please)!
Creative Soul Music Academy students hosted its summer recital at Father Ryan High School, in the Performance Hall. On Sunday. May 29. At 3pm (at least that’s how it resonated in my head all week because I could not forget this recital. I had to see a special performer). Students from children, teens, to adults performed R&B and Soul music on the piano, drums, bass guitar or using their vocal instrument. Old school classic songs such as Earth Wind and Fire, The Commodores, and contemporary artists like D’Angelo were performed by the students, which made it less of a recital and more of a show. It was so endearing to see children as young as the age of five playing along side Nashville talent such as Rick Wilkerson (Cultivation), Brandon Newsome, and Jon Lucas (Jon Lucas Music), just to name a few. I was so very impressed and proud of Makaila’s performance as she sang and played the piano. Check her out and show her some love in the comments:
I was so inspired in fact, that I signed up for piano lessons myself.
If you want to learn an instrument from an All Star cast of men and women who embody passion and soul, I’d recommend Creative Soul Academy. Check out their website here.
Finally — I ended the Memorial Day weekend on a boat at Percy Priest Lake. Lost in the City Nashville hosted a Memorial Day Boat ride serviced by Nashville Boat Rental. Being only 25 minutes outside of Nashville, the convenient access to Percy Priest lake is another perk of living in New Nashville. We were among kindred spirits as other boats of all sizes, jet skis, banana boats and inner tubes whizzed by. I even saw DJ C-Lo on the jet skis. Check out the video collage by Lost in the City Nashville to see how our day on the lake panned out. (note video is intentionally muted due to copy right laws).
Fun filled weekend in Nashville, and it’s only the beginning of the summer. Welcome Summer Sixteen.
Karla is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University which a degree in Sociology, and is currently pursuing a MBA at Bethel University. She is a Nashville Native and Lifestyle Blogger; a Free Spirit, and a Music Lover. To subscribe to her monthly newsletter click here. She can be reached via email: karla@