Still thinkin' about shorter days, warmer weather, and all of the fun that was had at Pre-Fest? Us too!
Day two of Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor started earlier than the previous day, with sets beginning at noon and continuing on throughout the night into the early hours of the morning (the last band ended at 1:30 AM!). We headed out early for the second day of the festivities and experienced a whole bunch of artists, both new and old -- check out our highlights below with photos from Nick Zimmer Photography. Read More
Pre-Fest, while not mandatory, is certainly recommended. It's like a beginners course to the best three day weekend of the year -- with only a handful of venues, bands that are performing in Gainesville take the stage in Ybor City the Wednesday and Thursday leading up to FEST. Since many bands sets unfortunately tend to overlap in Gainesville, you can easily check out bands in Ybor that you likely won't be able to see over the weekend. It also allows you to open up your schedule in Gainesville for bands that are exclusively playing at FEST, but not at Pre-FEST. This year marks my fourth Pre-FEST, and I definitely noticed that there weren't as many people in previous years. While there are countless factors that could prevent someone from attending both Pre-Fest and FEST, I can't help but wonder if Pre-FEST is something that will continue in the future, of if "they" (the FEST gods) are going to cut its cord in the near future. Only time will tell! Either way, it's a fantastic time and an easy way to start to get out of the "work" mindset and ease into vacation mode.
Click to continue after the jump to hear about a few of the bands that I checked out on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and to see some photos from Nick Zimmer Photography. Read More
This Friday, we're flashing back to September 20, 2017. Alternative hard rock band Trapt played a one-off show at Mercy Lounge (the same small, intimate venue that The Wonder Years recently played at), with support from three impressive more or less local acts. Click to continue after the jump to learn details about the show and view some shots from Nick Zimmer Photography. Read More
The Wonder Years brought their current tour to Mercy Lounge on September 28. This compact venue, nestled in the outskirts of downtown Nashville, was the perfect location for this low key, intimate performance.
With support from Jetty Bones, The Obsessives, and Laura Stevenson, this inclusive tour package was certainly impressive. Continue reading after the jump to hear more about each band, and to check out some shots from Nick Zimmer Photography. Read More
The Smith Street Band, a four piece hailing from Australia (Melbourne, Victoria, to be exact) played a small show in Nashville last week, accompanied by Astronautalis and Sound & Shape. Having only seen The Smith Street Band at FEST in the past, I was unsure what to expect at such a small venue.
While this show took place the same night as the Kendrick Lamar concert at the Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators Hockey team, the people that were at this show very clearly wanted to be there and were having a fantastic time. Read on to hear how the show was, and to see shots from Nick Zimmer Photography. Read More