Most people did not spend seven days celebrating their seventh birthdays, but then Mercy Lounge isn't most people — it's a club, after all, and a pretty good one at that.
In its relatively short life, the Lounge and its downstairs sister, The Cannery Ballroom, have played host to some of the local rock scene's most memorable shows. (No offense to The 5 Spot, Exit/In, The End and others, of course, who've had their share of good'ns as well.) News of a White Stripes show at the Ballroom back in 2007 — at the time, their first in two years — nearly shut down the Scene's music blog, Nashville Cream, as commenters went apoplectic with a combination of glee, anxiety over ticket availability and other feelings we probably shouldn't print. And while it was arguably less incredible than Metallica's secret fan club show at The Basement, John Fogerty's marathon, rafter-shaking throw-down at Mercy Lounge was no less awesome.
Mercy has become a major hub in the local music scene, and was home to two of last year's most galvanizing show series: Nashville Cream's decades-spanning cover nights and the no-antics-barred, all-stops-out quest for Manchester glory that was Road to Bonnaroo — both iterations of the club's ongoing Monday night 8 off 8th series.
The club's weeklong homage to itself kicks off Saturday night with the city's premier homage-payers, with The Guilty Pleasures, The Long Players, Weekend Jimmy and My So-Called Band. Caitlin Rose and Jordan Caress, Tyler James and Kate York, Pico vs. Island Trees, Keegan DeWitt, Daniel Tashian and others are slated to continue the homage payments Monday with an 8 off 8th dedicated to the band that wrote the book on how not to interact with your bandmates, Fleetwood Mac. Tuesday brings Happy Salmon Productions to the house, then Brenn, Modoc, Effects, Cassino, Wailin' Canes and The Jane Shermans on Wednesday, courtesy of Naked Without Us. The weekend rounds out with appearance by, among others, The Non-Commissioned Officers, Space Capone, The Protomen, Heypenny, AutoVaughn, Dozen Dimes (reportedly a doo-wop project featuring Matt Friction and Brandon Jazz), Madi Diaz, De Novo Dahl and more of the Lounge's favorite locals (including some "special surprise guests"). Local electro-promoters Happy Valley hosts the party Friday night in The Cannery.
As first reported on Nashville Cream
The least metal news to hit Nashville in quite some time: The American Carnage Tour, featuring Slayer and Megadeth, has been postponed, meaning the show originally planned for Jan. 31 at Municipal Auditorium will be rescheduled for another, yet-to-be-determined time. Meanwhile, Slayer bassist Tom Araya will undergo back surgery, probably with anesthesia.
Across the pond, The Daily Mirror reported last week (in an article containing the phrase "yee-hah!") that Kings of Leon will be opening for The Features at Exit/In Feb. 5, as a way of celebrating their signing The Features to their new label imprint. (KOL's 429 Records re-released The Features' Some Kind of Salvation last year.) According to The Features' management, this is not true, and Majestico and Cortney Tidwell will open the show. Eager KOL fans have been known to show up anyway, though — just ask the folks at Mercy Lounge.
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