Seasonal depression is a bitch. Over the past month, I've come to know it well. And it's not your garden variety causes like finding the holidays depressing, cold weather-induced lethargy or clinically diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder, either. No, the reason I've been oh so woebegone over the course of my annual bro-down with Jack Frost is because -- since the end of November -- The Mercy Lounge's weekly rock 'n' roll trivia event has been on hiatus. You see, my team -- The Fucking Champs -- consistently dominates the competition with the bottomless pit of factoids we have at our collective disposal. My cohorts -- who include Matt Friction, Sean Maloney, Seth Graves and P.J. Kinzer -- have little else in our lives to be proud of, hence the winter of shame.
Well, today the murky pea soup clouding our morale has turned to thundershowers of joy as rock 'n' roll trivia returns to Mercy Lounge tonight. Henceforth, the weekly event will go down every Monday at 7 p.m. -- as a lead-in to 8 off 8th. In addition to the new time slot (the NBC late night debacle has obviously seeped into my diction) the event has a new sponsor: East Nashville's The Groove record shop. In addition to the prize money -- first place takes a $50 bar credit, second place $25 and third place $10 -- the winning team will also get a $50 gift certificate to The Groove. Additionally, The Groove will give away a gift pack of staff-selected records and CDs in a monthly drawing.
Tonight's triumphant return of trivia coincides with a Fleetwood Mac-themed 8 off 8th, which -- as part of club's Seventh Anniversary Series -- will feature artists the likes of The Bridges, Caitlin Rose and Jordan Caress, Pico vs. Island Trees, Tyler James and Kate York, Keegan DeWitt, Judd and Maggie & Weekend Jimmy and the Easy Party, covering the hits and deep cuts of the Mac. I'm banking it on being more rockin' than when the actual Fleetwood Mac came to Sommet Center last June. Caitlin Rose is stoked. Peppered among all the Rumours coming of the stage tonight, will be announcements of the 32 local bands selected to play this year's Road to Bonnaroo series. All this shit is free, so come on down and compete for second place in trivia, before enjoying a night of second hand news.