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Nov 242013


For those staying in Nashville over Thanksgiving weekend, there’s a great experimental show happening at Betty’s Grill on Saturday, November 30th at 10pm, and it’s FREE. The event features Panama City experimental improv guitarist Scott Bazar with Brady Sharp . The show was set up by the other two bands on the bill: Buddhist Pill (Blake Edward Conley / Joseph Allred) and Skoolgirl (Stan Richardson). When Scott’s original gig fell through, Blake generously offered him a spot on his. Hats off to him.

Scott Bazar has been making multimedia art as early as 1988, performing with artists such as Paul Barker (Hermes Pan of Ministry), Duane Denison (Legendary Shack ShakersThe Jesus Lizard), La Donna Smith (Fred Lane & the Debonaires, editor of The-Improviser), Greg GinnTatsuya NakataniLloyd Kaufman and Killick. Scott founded Pico Dorado, an “improv arcade” where the contestants improvise to projected videos serving as graphic notation. Check out Scott’s work in the videos below.

Although the show is free, Brady may pass around a donation bucket for Scott, who is currently on tour. Support touring artists and donate what you can.

Buddhist Pill is the psych duo of Blake Edward Conley (Droneroom) and Joseph Allred (Poor Faulkner). Joseph performed an absolutely-stunning set of instrumental guitar and harmonium at Noa Noa earlier this month. (See video of the performance here.)

Skoolgirl is the experimental rock solo project of Stan Richardson II. See below for videos of all the acts.

If you’re a Facebook user, RSVP and find out more on the Facebook event page.

Scott Bazar

Pico Dorado Improv Arcade

Brady Sharp

Buddhist Pill


Scott Bazar w/ Brady Sharp, Skoolgirl, Buddhist Pill
November 30th, 2013, 10 p.m.
Free show, 21 and up, cash only.

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Sep 062013


Jeremy Bennett of Lyrebird, Saurus and Santa’s Workshop put together a great lineup of European instrumental bands making their Nashville debut tonight at Betty’s Bar & Grill.

WorldService Project is an English jazz/funk/punk band led by pianist/composer Dave Morecroft and featuring trombone, saxophone, drums, keys and bass.

Nohaybandatrio is an Italian post-rock/funk/jazz trio featuring saxophone, electronics, percussion, bass and guitar.


Jeremy Bennett‘s new electronic project Two.two will open the evening. This is Jeremy’s first show since he’s returned from England, so be sure to welcome him back!

Friday, September 6th, 2013
8:30pm, (probably a $5 cover)
WorldService Project, Nohaybandatrio, Two.two

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-3442

May 152013

Chris Davis is putting on a great noise show tonight at Betty’s featuring Crank Sturgeon (Williamstown, MA),  PCRV (Billings, MT) and Nashville’s own Textbook Punk (Chris Murray from Square People).

Crank Sturgeon’s website says this:

 Accompanied by ridiculous costuming, pointed instructions and parables (gone awry), and even the occasional dirigible or two, these elements intertwine, transforming into space-defying interventions, and invariably involving audience participation.

But you really need to watch a few videos to get an idea of what you’re getting yourself into:

And here’s PCRV:

Crank Sturgeon, PCRV, Textbook Punk
Wednesday, May 15th, 9pm
@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-3442