Kicking off the evening at 6 will be the "Taste of Music Night" cocktail supper, which is included in the ticket price for the concert. The menu features a smorgasbord of the best chefs and caterers in Nashville, including F. Scott's, Silo, Panache, Jamie Kay, Bang Candy Co., Bongo Java and others, as well as wine provided by Lipman Brothers. Don't be put off by the fact that the dinner will be served in USN's new cafeteria. Recently renovated, it pretty much a seriously badass cafeteria.
At 7, the musical portion of the evening kicks off with special guests special guests Jay Knowles, Andy May and Clay Mills, who between them have an alphabet soup of awards and nominations (Grammy, IBMA, ASCAP, etc.) and who also happen to be parents of USN students. The headliners of the evening are Trigger Hippy, a supergroup made up of USN dad and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, vocalist Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, guitarist Audley Freed, and bassist Nick Govrik. Their performances are an energetic modern take on old-school soul and roots rock.
I mean, come on! Joan Osborne in the same auditorium where I played Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls? Have you ever seen Joan Osborne live? Her smoldering voice almost burned down 328 Performance Hall at a show I was at over a decade ago. Think what she'll do to you in this intimate setting.
At $75 for the food, the wine and two amazing musical acts, that sounds like a can't miss to me.
Tickets are available only online here, and they do expect the event to sell out so don't dawdle. You'd hate to miss the opportunity to get your ears pinned back by Ms. Osborne.