Controversy-prone rapper comes to Municipal

Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 1:00am

Rick Ross

visual arts
"Art After Hours"
participating galleries around town
5 to 7 p.m., free

The clock strikes five and you know it's that joyous time to leave the office behind and head out for a happy hour cocktail. Whether you are an art lover or just looking for a classy way to pass a few hours, you now have a new option every first Thursday of the month. "Art After Hours," the city's first citywide art crawl, is a new program launching to provide art aficionados and patrons a new opportunity to explore the local diverse and growing art scene. Organized by the Nashville Association of Art Dealers, "Art After Hours" is meant to elevate awareness and support of Music City's visual arts. The participating galleries are sprinkled all over town. For a complete list, visit Some event highlights include a wine tasting and lecture by sculptor Johan Hagaman at Cumberland Gallery; an exhibit by Marianist monk Brother Mel Meyer at The Arts Company; a talk by longtime Nashville food and restaurant critic Kay West at Zeitgeist Gallery and much more.
— Alexa Hinton

The Basement, 1604 Eighth Ave. S.
9 p.m., $5

Heypenny will work in a Bonnaroo warm-up show when they play at The Basement. The band earned its way to arts and music festival by winning the third installment of the 8 off 8th competition last month (the Features and Protomen were the other two winners).

Heypenny has earned its party band reputation on the backs of its exuberant live performances, often replete with members dressed inexplicably in old timey marching band outfits.

Taking nothing away from the outstanding lineup on display at Bonnaroo later this month, but Heypenny certainly possess something national indie rock bands do not: self deprecation. Never pretending to take themselves too seriously, Heypenny’s brand of music has always been about simply having a good time. Who knows how that will play at the Bonnaroo local stage. At The Basement on a Friday night, though, it’s probably the best social option in town.
— Nate Rau

School of Seven Bells with Black Moth Super Rainbow
The Exit/In
2208 Elliston Place
8:00 p.m., $14

Black Moth Super Rainbow, who play the Exit/In Friday, are an affront to the lukewarm laptop psychedelics of bands such as MGMT or Of Montreal. Why? Because Black Moth Super Rainbow are strange — really strange. The weirdness starts with the clunky moniker, but hardly stops there. With origins in the backwoods of Western Pennsylvania, group members going by names like Tobacco and Power Pill Fist, and an ambient, swirling sound, the five-piece are longtime outsiders to mainstream popularity. But with their newest album, Eating Us, the band has begun to extend its appeal without making any pop music concessions. Whereas other bands such as the above mentioned turn a trip-hop foundation and sober it up with traditional production and strong melodies, Black Moth Super Rainbow's woozy loops and distorted vocals remain true to the band's odd sound. The result is an excellent album gently damaged in a Kid Aish way, a masterpiece of 3 a.m. headphone music. School of 7 Bells also performs.
— Kyle Swenson

Seventh Annual Catfish Rodeo and Water Festival
Shelby Bottoms Park's Lake Sevier, 1900 Davidson St.
free, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. rodeo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. water festival

The seventh annual Catfish Rodeo and Water Festival is a free, family event aimed at connecting Nashville's children with local waterways. To do so, the Cumberland River Compact and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency team together each June to stock Lake Sevier in Shelby Bottoms Park with 2,000 pounds of catfish and turn youngsters loose to fish til their hearts content (or, two hours). The Catfish Rodeo kicks off at 8:30 a.m., and at 11:15 a.m. awards will be given to the lucky young fisher in each of three age categories who lassos in the largest stringer. There will be limited loaner poles, so children are encouraged to bring their own as well as tackle, bait and a fish cooler. The rodeo is free and open to the first 600 registered kids ages 5-16 (registration begins at 7 a.m.).

The water festival will kick off at 10 a.m. with fishing, scavenger hunts, boating, games, exhibits and water education activities for all ages plus face painting and food.
— Alexa Hinton

music festival
Corner Music’s annual street fair
Corner Music, 2705 12th Ave. S.
noon to 8 p.m., free

A Music City original joins another original on Saturday when Gibson Guitars helps host Corner Music’s street fair with a slew of live music, sidewalk sales, exhibits and in-store demonstrations.

The fest along the 12 South neighborhood benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, pairing local merchants with street vendors, who will primarily be setting up shop in the parking lot of Corner Music and Fork’s Drum Closet. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable items.

Gibson will have an exhibit of the world’s greatest acoustic guitars, while continuous live music wafts from an outdoor stage.

Good food, great music and a volunteer spirit — just the stuff that makes Nashville… well, Nashville.
— Vincent Troia

Rick Ross
Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N.
8 p.m., $29.50-$49.50

Miami rapper Rick Ross has stayed both on top of the charts as well as embroiled in controversy ever since his first disc Port of Miami debuted at the top of the Billboard charts in 2005. The same thing happened with Trilla last year, though initial response to the first single off his latest effort Deeper than Rap wasn’t very positive. But Ross remains in the news for his ongoing feud with 50 Cent, which is being played out both on record and through exchanges on radio and Web sites. Ross also found himself in another controversy recently when a representative of Louis Vuitton sunglasses wrote a blistering letter to the editors of XXL magazine declaring that Ross was wearing counterfeit knockoffs on their cover. Ross has made no response to that charge, but is still going strong with the newest single from Deeper than Rap. He’ll be performing songs from all three discs Saturday night at the Municipal Auditorium along with Gucci Man and Swagga Boyz.
— Ron Wynn

-celebrity fishing tournament/music concert
2nd Annual Porter Wagoner Memorial Artists & Anglers Fishing Tournament weigh-in and concert
Bass Pro Shops Opry Mills
323 Opry Mills Drive, 514-5200
2 p.m., free

Country music legend Porter Wagoner, who died in 2007, loved to bass fish. For the second straight year, a fishing tournament has been organized in his honor pairing country music artists and celebrities with top professional bass anglers out on J. Percy Priest Lake. Any money raised from donations will be given in Wagoner's memory to the Opry Trust Fund.

The weigh-in, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 3:00 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops Opry Mills. It’s worth noting that at last year’s weigh-in, several tournament participants rendered Wagoner songs for the crowd in attendance. To be sure to hear some music, though, show up at 2 p.m. for a concert by youthful bluegrass outfit Green on the Vyne. Students from the music school run by well-known fiddle player Deanie Richardson (of Patty Loveless fame) comprise the band.

Last year's event included 2008 Bassmaster Classic Female Champion Judy Wong, as well as fishing legends Jimmy Houston and Roland Martin. The celebrity winner was Emerson Drive keyboardist Dale Wallace (pictured above with Phoenix Boats founder Gary Clouse, who most likely used his secret weapon, the Buckeye Shad fishing lure, to finish in the competition’s top three). Rebecca Lynn Howard was the top finishing female. Other participants this year include: Bobby Bare, Bo Bice, Eric Church, Little Jimmy Dickens, Sammy Kershaw, Emerson Drive singer Brad Mates, Mel Tillis and Trent Wilmon, among others.

Gone fishin’!
— Drew Ruble

Keyshia Cole
Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave.
7:30 p.m., $39.50, $54.50, $77.50

She’s both an R&B superstar and a reality show phenomenon, though Keyshia Cole’s strong, prominent voice was what initially won her fame. Cole’s 2005 debut release The Way It Is signaled the arrival of a stunning new voice among female R&B vocalists, one that had both range and technique. Her first effort was a platinum seller, while the second one, 2007’s Just Like You, did almost as well. Her third release A Different Me, issued last winter, marked a switch in tactics. There were fewer combative tunes and more story songs, fewer pieces calling for emotional firepower and more requiring careful, smartly paced narratives and versatile treatments. Meanwhile, Cole’s reality show remains as popular as ever, with the third season finale of The Way It Is proving one of the highest-rated programs for the season on BET. Cole comes to the Ryman Auditorium Tuesday night along with opener Keri Hilson.
— Ron Wynn

bull riding
CBR All Star Shootout
Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., (800) 745-3000
8 p.m., $15-$55

Fixtures on the ball sports calendars for decades, all-star events will mix it up with bucking bovines for the first time ever when Championship Bull Riding takes over Municipal ahead of next week’s CMA Music Fest.

CBR will bring its top 16 riders — no entries will be accepted, thank you very much — to its All Star Shootout, where they will compete for a $25,000 winner-take-all prize. All riders will mount at least two bulls; the top eight will progress to a third matchup that will decide the winner.

Fans looking to meet the riders will have plenty of chances starting Saturday, when the first of five local autograph sessions takes place at the Lowe’s store on Dickerson Pike. CBR also is hosting a fan club meet-and-greet Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Select on West End, which will be followed by a party at the Cadillac Ranch on Broadway.

With headline sponsors Owens Corning and Lowe’s leading the charge, the event also will donate a minimum of $20,000 to Tough Enough to Wear Pink, a charity dedicated to cancer research.
— Geert De Lombaerde

Bonnie “Prince” Billy
The Belcourt, 2101 Belcourt Avenue
8 p.m., $20

One of indie rock’s most prolific and consistently excellent songwriters, Will Oldham takes his road show back through Nashville. Under his Bonnie “Prince” Billy moniker, Oldham has released a dozen LPs and EPs since the late 90s.

His newest record Beware has found the same solid critical success of his other efforts. As a songwriter, Oldham remains as accessible as ever with his topics still surrounding simple pleasures like love, music and life itself.

Oldham is a showman and a true professional, whose passionate fans make every performance a true event.
— Nate Rau