Cheekwood has a complicated identity. It is a botanical garden, a museum, a contemporary art gallery and a historic home. It has some of the edgiest, coolest art alongside mainstream blockbusters and traditional work. The balance between staying relevant and maintaining a broad public appeal is no small task.
One challenge Cheekwood faces is how to respond to the smashing success of last year's record-breaking Dale Chihuly exhibit, which came with an equally triumphant nighttime component, Chihuly Nights. If the first installation of Cheekwood Nights is any indication, the answer, it seems, is to go underground.
Friday's event features a highly anticipated performance by Lambchop, a genre-defying Nashville institution that has embodied underground cool since before Pitchfork became a tastemaker and Grimey's record store began hawking vinyl. A loose collective centered around frontman-songwriter Kurt Wagner, Lambchop is one of the most critically acclaimed indie bands ever to emerge from Music City, and could be the poster child for the "We're big in Europe" tagline, having headlined Royal Albert Hall and other prestigious overseas venues. For the uninitiated, imagine a cross between vintage countrypolitan, Memphis soul and shambling indie rock — all with a canon of lyrics that could inspire volumes of literary analysis. Or to put it simply: Thousands of fans around the world would give their left (insert limb or organ of your choice here) to see them in such idyllic surroundings, so don't miss it.
Inside the mansion, visitors can view Cheekwood's Modern Masters and Fabergé exhibits. Outside on the Cheekwood grounds will be the Trains! Tennessee in G exhibit, which will be specially lit for the evening event. Before sundown, guests can also see James Turrell's excellent sculpture "Blue Pesher," which will feature a neon glow around the perimeter at twilight. Vanderbilt professor of philosophy David Wood's land-art installation "Double Heliotrope" will also be on view.
There will be food available at Cheekwood's Pineapple Room, and four bars throughout the garden. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnics to make their experience as unique as the combination of Fabergé eggs, botanical gardens and indie rock. The event begins at 5 p.m.; Lambchop will play at 9. For ticket information see www.cheekwood.org.
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AGGGHHHH that last picture!