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Jun 072015


Our house venue Noa Noa opens its doors again (temporarily) on Tuesday, June 9th at 9:30pm to host the triumphant return of instrument designer, circuit bender, and ambient composer Tim Kaiser. Also performing are fellow Circuit Benders’ Ball alums Carl Oliver (improvised Eurorack synthesis) and Brady Sharp (PureData-manipulated guitar). Don’t miss it! The chances to see a show at Noa Noa are few and far between. Come to think of it, we need to clean the basement.

More info on the Facebook event page. Check out the videos below to see if it’s your thing.

Tim Kaiser, Carl Oliver, and Brady Sharp
June 9th, 2015, doors at 9 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. sharp, $10, all ages, byob

@ Noa Noa (house), 620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Park in front lot and surrounding business lots.

Jan 152015
Poster by Joseph Allred

Poster by Joseph Allred


Yes, you heard right. Noa Noa is back. Well, for one show at least. My partner in crime Erica Ciccarone organized a show for her old New York City friend Mishka Shubaly. Mishka has been blowing up lately. Kindle Singles bestsellers. Touring with comedian Doug Stanhope. Releasing his new album Coward’s Path.

If you aren’t familiar with Mishka, watch this video for a quick primer:

Also performing is Seattle-based songwriter Star Anna, who has a killer voice and a great songwriting talent. Here she is performing with Mark Pickerel from the Screaming Trees:

The show also features Joseph Allred, for my money one of the most talented musicians in Tennessee. Here he is performing at Noa Noa in 2013.

Don’t miss this! This is probably your only chance to see a Noa Noa show in 2015. More info on the Facebook event page.

Mishka Shubaly / Star Anna / Joseph Allred
Friday, January 16th, 2015, doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9p.m.
@ Noa Noa (house), 620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

Donations to performers encouraged. Park in driveway or surrounding business lots.

Jun 192014



As I wrote last week, Noa Noa house will be going on hiatus for a while. The final show will be Saturday, June 21st and will feature Louisville’s Cher Von, NYC’s AllOne, Regdar and the Fighters, and Mr. Collins’ Bollocks. The lineup was organized by Regdar’s Stephen Smith.

If you read this blog much, you know how much I love Cher Von. She recently performed an amazing improv at the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball. Now come see her perform her looped pop oddities before she’s a mega-star.

I don’t know a great deal about AllOne, but his Bandcamp says he’s an,  “experimental hip-hop lyricist, performance poet, singer/songwriter, author, and beat-boxer.”

Regdar and the Fighters is a duo featuring robot / Dance Dance Revolution pad Regdar and his human “fighter” Stephen Smith. Stephen does a lot of good things for Nashville’s music scene, and he was a huge help with previous Circuit Benders’ Balls.  He’s organizing the music for the 2014 Nashville Mini Maker Faire, and I’m excited to see what he will bring.

Mr. Collins’ Bollocks is a Genesis cover band, yes, GENESIS!, by local photographers Ray and Wendy. They had me at Genesis cover band.

For more info, check the Facebook event page.

Cher Von, AllOne, Regdar and the Fighters, Mr. Collins’ Bollocks
Saturday, June 21st, 2014, doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. sharp., $5 to touring bands

@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Park in driveway and surrounding business lots.

Jun 102014
Beef Oven live at Noa Noa

Beef Oven live at Noa Noa

You might know that I occasionally host shows at my house venue Noa Noa. For several years, my roommate Tommy Stangroom (who moved out in March) and I would lend our basement and backyard to local and touring experimental and rock n’ roll bands.

My current housemate and I decided to put house shows on hiatus for an indefinite amount of time. The final show will be Saturday, June 21st, 2014 for Regdar and the Fighters, AllOne, Cher Von, and Mr. Collins’ Bollocks. We’re doing this so that we can focus on personal projects. We do still hope to occasionally host small gatherings at our place — game nights and whatnot.

I’m also putting my show-booking at other venues on hiatus. If a band asks you for recommendations for people in Nashville to contact about booking shows, I’d like to request that you do not include me in that list. Booking shows and meeting people from around the world has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I don’t regret a single show I’ve helped book. I just want time to focus on other stuff.

If you’re an out-of-town band looking for a show in Nashville, I’ve compiled a list of venues to contact. I am not including house venues or names of individuals because I don’t want to give out their contact info without permission. Here’s the list of places I’ve had success booking shows in the past:

Betty’s Grill, 407 49th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209, (615) 297-7257, call or message on Facebook.
Dino’s Grill, 411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206, (615) 226-3566, call.
Cafe Coco, 210 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 321-2626, see page for booking instructions.
The Stone Fox,  712 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209, (615) 953-1811, booking@thestonefoxnashville.com, call or e-mail.
The End, 2219 Elliston Pl., Nashville, TN,(615) 321-4457, booking@endnashville.com, call Mon–Sat / 12n–5pm or e-mail.
The Springwater, 407 49th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209, (615) 297-7257, see page for booking instructions.
The East Room, 2412 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206, (615) 335-3137, BenJonesEastRoom@gmail.com, call or e-mail.

Be forewarned, if you don’t have some sort of following, most of the venues will not reply to your messages. They get inundated with requests. But if you contact enough venues, if you’re good, and if you provide links to your music (Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube, etc), you just might receive a few replies. Make it clear to them that you know you’re responsible for bringing the fans in. Venues can grow weary of being blamed for nobody showing up when the out-of-town acts didn’t put in the work to promote the show. Yes, I know, in a perfect world, the venues themselves would promote the show. But outside of a mention on their show calendar page and maybe a Facebook event page, they don’t. So you need to.

I also recommend asking local bands to share the bill with you. They’re often the best connection for finding a place to play. Also, take some time to research the local scene. Ask around (not me 😉 ) where house shows are happening these days.

Also seek out unconventional spaces. Some of the best shows I’ve seen in Nashville have been at art galleries, warehouses, and restaurants.

I hope this helps a bit. Good luck!