The days are getting longer, the sun is getting brighter, the college students have been set free and the charcoal briquettes have been set ablaze. Summer officially begins in June, but for most people, the season has already arrived. Here are a few things to look forward to between now and Labor Day; expect to hear dispatches from these happenings (and others) in upcoming "Group Therapy" columns.
Bridgestone Dancin' in the District, beginning June 19 The weekly outdoor music fest returns to Riverfront Park on June 19. Cake kicks it off, followed in the coming weeks by Fuel, Cypress Hill, Bela Fleck, Live and many more throughout the summer. The Saturday shows run through Sept. 18 (with no shows on July 3 or Sept. 4). Gates open at 4 p.m. and the music starts at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the gate. Go to www.dancininthedistrict.com for more info; a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Metro Nashville Public Schools.
16th Annual Yardball Open, May 29 Some people consider Steeplechase to be the social sporting event of the year. Others say it's Yardballa three-on-three, half-court double-elimination basketball tourney held each year at the Terry household, at 4718 Granny White Pike. Yardball was started 16 years ago by Justin Terry, the oldest of three brothers. What was once a small neighborhood gathering has turned into a hugely anticipated event. There are usually at least 30 or so teams that compete, plus more than a hundred spectators of all ages. Mama Terry cooks hundreds of hot dogs, Dad Terry refs the games, people drink, cheer and splash in the pool, a DJ spins tunes and graffiti artist "Pako" creates a new mural each year. The competition begins at noon and heats up as the day goes on. Winners get serious bragging rights and their names on the new mural. Yardball is open to the public, but BYOB and big respect to the Terrys, please.
iParty Tuesdays at Bar Twenty3, beginning June 1 Think you've got the best taste in music? Load up your iPod with a thematic 30-minute playlist and get ready to iBattle. Hosts iMoon (Jason Moon Wilkins) and iMickey (Mickey Parks of Grimey's Records) will draw names to select the night's guest iDJs. The organizers mean for these events to serve as an "unofficial hang for Nashville's non-commercial-country, non-CCM scene." iDJ sets will be 30 minutes long, and the rules are that you must select an "iName" and you must have an iPod and a theme (e.g., "late-'80s beat-box 'n' scratch classics"). All music is welcome except death metal, commercial country or anything that's obviously offensive. Choose your tunes wisely. Critiquing each other's selections is half the fun. iParty continues the first and third Tuesday of each month at 9:30 p.m.
Nashville Scene and WB-58 Movies in the Park, beginning June 2 Running every Wednesday during the month of June and into the first week of July, this perennial summer favorite returns with the baddest bunch of flicks yet. More than 30,000 people visited the Centennial Park Bandshell last summer for free movies under the stars. Here's your hint for the June 2 flick: Life is a banquet and a picnic with this fiery aunt. On June 9, come see my buccaneer dream-boyfriend drink rum and shiver me timbers. Call 244-7989, ext. 650, for more info.
Sunday Tea Dance at The Merchants, June 6 A "tea dance" is a Sunday-afternoon dance party that either lets you down easy or keeps the groove going. Join the Elevator Music Collective and special guests for swanky sets under the setting sun on The Merchants' fine patio. The 21-and-over event runs 4 to 9 p.m., and there's no cover. For info, call 254-1892 or visit www.mindubonline.com.
Jungle Nerd Recordings and Experimental Division Nashville's 2nd Annual "Family Reunion BBQ," June 6 Last year, more than 300 members of the electronica and dance music scene's "family" came to eat, drink, dance and listen to their favorite DJs in the great outdoors. The event takes place at the Centennial Park Bandshell, and it's free. For details, go to www.scenetennessee.com.
Amy Waddell, photos by Darek Bell
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