The Stone Fox brings its blowout block party back to The Nations 

Outside Party Lines

Outside Party Lines

Despite its standing as Music City, Nashville's long been known as a tough town to draw a crowd. That is, unless it's a free show. And summer is the time for free shows. In the past month alone, music fans showed up by the thousands to revel at gratis recurring outdoor concert series like Lightning 100's Live on the Green, Nashville Dancin' at Riverfront Park and Jake Owen's bro-countrified Beach Party on Music Row.

Last year, the local indie-rock scene got in on the action when West Nashville art-rock watering hole The Stone Fox shut down the corner of Indiana Avenue and 51st to throw a blowout block party, Nashville Outlines. An estimated 4,000 people showed up to what the Scene crowned the Best Show of the Year in 2013's Best of Nashville issue to patronize a Fond Object-sponsored petting zoo (returning this year!), to douse members of Music City's hipster illuminati in a Third Man Records-sponsored dunk tank and to rock out to hometown heroes like Ranch Ghost, Tristen, RI¢HIE and JEFF the Brotherhood.

This weekend, Nashville Outlines returns to The Nations for a sophomore run. Not only have the folks at The Stone Fox learned from last year's logistical issues — the crowd far exceeded expectations and the bar lines were hellacious — but the lineup promises to be an even bigger but more smoothly run wingding. Performers this year include: local and critical fave, post-folk guitar virtuoso and Stone Fox co-proprietor William Tyler (playing a rare full-band show); rough-and-tumble trad-rockers Blank Range and Music Band; honey-voiced trad-country newcomer Kelsey Waldon; heartland rockers Andrew Leahey and the Homestead; sprightly indie-poppers ELEL and Sol Cat; psych-rock revivalists The Paperhead; Diarrhea Planet drummer Casey Weissbuch's goofy hip-hop project Punani Huntah; and contemplative modern folkie Rayland Baxter. Also part of the festivities will be a "guerrilla urbanization" installation. Read more about that here.

Unfortunately, Outlines can't announce its 2014 headliner until Friday, the day before the show. Who could it be? A local band currently making a bit of a national splash? Perhaps. An artist already set to appear at another free outdoor show in town this week? Maybe.

Update: Local electro-pop outfit Wild Cub will headline Nashville Outlines.

Email music@nashvillescene.com.

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