Staff picks: Heavy metal gods return to Nashville

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 11:59pm

Rodin Sculpture Sale

Bella Luce Estate
414 Lake Dr., Franklin
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., $15

It’s not every day that Nashvillians can buy sculptural works — in this market, no less — derived from the legendary Auguste Rodin.

This weekend, a selection of 23 posthumously cast original Rodin bronze sculptures from the Masters Edition Collection (which includes 72 sculptures by Rodin) will be on exhibition and for sale to collectors at Bella Luce, the Williamson County private estate home built by Jimmy and Rhonda Franks.

A private gala event, held Sept. 9 and which featured the work of Frederick Hart, Matt Lamb, Benny Andrews, Bruce Peebles, Gustavo Torres, Jane Braddock, John Davis and Charly Palmer, opened the event.

For the four days, Bella Luce will be open for public viewing and for the chance to buy the art.
Tickets are $15 with proceeds going to benefit Williamson County-based New Hope Academy, a private preparatory school that serves students (many attending thanks to private donations) from economically, racially and culturally diverse families.

“We believe that this is one of the most important and impressive exhibits of work by such major artists ever to be brought together for our local audience,” said John Davis of Dragon Fine Arts, a fine art consulting firm that, in association with Twenty 21 Collections/Gallery Rodin, is producing the exhibition.

“The possibility to view and purchase great works by Rodin and others right here in Nashville — and not have to travel to New York or Chicago — is recognition of the quality and selection of great art shown in Nashville today. This is a rare opportunity for private collectors.”

Of note, the exhibit will include posthumously cast pieces of some of Rodin’s most famous works, including The Age of Bronze and The Kiss.

— William Williams

Son Volt

2208 Elliston Place
8 p.m., $20

In the epic Americana showdown that followed the break-up of pioneering cowpunks Uncle Tupelo, former-friends and songwriting partners Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy squared off against one another via their new bands, Son Volt and Wilco, respectively. However, after scoring a critical victory with Son Volt’s debut album Trace, Farrar’s subsequent work with the band took a backseat to the sonic pop experimentation that has defined Wilco’s output.

After a late ’90s try at a solo career, Farrar quietly restarted Son Volt with a new line-up with 2005’s Okemah and the Melody of Riot and since has released two more albums of raw county-tinted rock and roll. The latest release, American Central Dust, pulls back on the guitar punch evident in that earlier release, but still puts forth an impressive collection of Americana songs channeling Steve Earle or a calmer Replacements.

Producer Joe Henry, well known for his work with soul legends Solomon Burke and Bettye LaVette, was responsible for mixing the album.

— Kyle Swenson

Metro Council 9/11 Memorial Observance

Historic Metro Courthouse, One Public Square
Noon, free

It's hard to believe nine years have past since one of the single most significant events in American history rocked this great nation. On that fateful day, Sept. 11, 2001, the United States suffered a major attack that continues to be remembered.

District 27 Metro Councilman Randy Foster has taken the lead on planning 9/11 memorial services. This year’s Council memorial will take place on the steps and front lawn of the Metro Courthouse. Council members will offer readings and prayers in remembrance of the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Students from Fisk University will present choral selections for the event as well. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held inside the Council chambers on the second floor of the Courthouse.

All Nashvillians are invited to attend the memorial, which will also be rebroadcast at a later date by Metro Channel 3.

— Nate Rau

Nashville Symphony opening night with Lang Lang

Schermerhorn Symphony Center
One Symphony Place
8 p.m., SOLD OUT

The New York Times touted classical pianist Lang Lang as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet.” Time magazine listed him as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” He performed during opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics.

Judge Lang Lang’s talents for yourself this weekend as he brings his exuberant stage presence to the Nashville Symphony's opening night.

The all-Beethoven event featuring three powerhouse works kicks off the Symphony’s 2009-2010 season. The evening begins with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, moves on to the master’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and closes with the powerful Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.”

With the show sold out, you can still watch a live simulcast outdoors via a 9-by-16 video screen at One Symphony Place in front of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. If you can’t make it in person, there is a live pre-concert webcast starting at 7 p.m. at

— Sherry Phillips

Taylor Swift

Sommet Center
501 Broadway
7:30 p.m., $22.50, $42, $52

There is an altitude beyond which your star must ascend before you can rap about how gangsta it is to bake cookies in a parody of yourself — as Taylor Swift did alongside Mr. Auto-Tune himself, T-Pain, at the CMT Awards in June — and know that people will both get the joke and not think it’s on you.

So at this point, Earth’s probably looking like a wad of bluish chewing gum stuck on the wall of the cosmos for Swift, who was born the same year country’s “Class of ’89” matriculated and whose grasp of both the Internet and the art of not over-singing have launched her into the outlying galaxies of fame.

Seriously: Straight boys are covering “Love Story” and not switching up the Romeos and Juliets. That’s power.

— Steve Haruch

4th Annual Jeffrey Steele Bootcamp Writer’s Night

Edgehill Studios Café
1201 Villa Place
6 p.m., $5

Two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year and three-time NSAI Songwriter of the Year Jeffrey Steele (“The Cowboy in Me,” “Brand New Girlfriend,” “International Harvester,” “What Hurts the Most,” among many, many others) will be running his 4th Annual Songwriting Boot Camp at BMI’s Music Row offices this Thursday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 13.

Twelve up-and-coming songwriters were hand selected to participate in this one-of-a-kind career-building experience, and will be spending time co-writing, receiving one-on-one coaching from Steele and doing other industry-related activities.

Saturday night at Edgehill Studios Café, those songwriting aspirants — along with Steele himself — will take to the stage (at least that’s what happened last year) to show folks what they’ve got.

Worried these unpublished writers won’t be worth the price of admission? Consider that past boot campers have included Jennifer Adan, who co-wrote Blake Shelton’s No. 1 hit “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” (one of my personal favorites in 2009). 2006 Bootcamp Alum Melissa Bollea was named “The Most Promising Female Songwriter 2008” by the Tennessee Songwriters Association.

Support local songwriters — even the up and comers. They’re a huge part of what makes Nashville, well, Nashville.

— Drew Ruble


Sommet Center
501 Broadway
7 p.m., $52 or $72

The California heavy metal gods will return to Nashville almost a year to the day after their latest album, Death Magnetic, debuted at No. 1 and re-energized their global fan base.

The Sommet show will kick off the latest North American leg of Metallica’s World Magnetic Tour that will run through mid-December and reach from South Florida to Winnipeg to San Jose. The shows on previous legs of the tour have typically topped two hours and seen the band play about half of Death Magnetic in addition to tearing into classics like “Master of Puppets,” “Whiplash” and “Blackened.”

The band’s stage will be placed at center ice for an in-the-round feel its members began developing almost two decades ago on their Black Album tour. Drummer Lars Ulrich late last year told Rolling Stone the layout “completely exposes every nuance and that adds a real tone of vitality and excitement.”

Veterans of Metallica concerts know there was plenty of vitality there to begin with. For the uninitiated, this show is a chance to take in live metal at its fastest, loudest and finest.

— Geert De Lombaerde

Memphis at MTSU

Floyd Stadium
1500 Greenland Dr., Murfreesboro
6 p.m.

Both MTSU and Memphis Tigers are rebounding from decisive losses, the Blue Raiders to Clemson (37-14) and the Tigers to Mississippi (45-14).

Saturday’s intrastate battle may be decided by the quarterbacks.

Of note, Middle Tennessee signal caller Dwight Dasher fashioned some respectable numbers against Clemson, passing for 204 yards (completing 20 of 42 attempts) and running for 61 more (on 3.2 yards per carry). He also completed passes to 10 different receivers, an impressive number. However,
Dasher suffered three interceptions and was sometimes ineffective in key situations.

Tiger quarterback Arkelon Hall struggled through a game that bordered on horrendous. He was only 15 of 30 for a mere 110 yards (an anemic 3.7 yards per completion), lost eight yards on five carries and totaled two interceptions. Hall has never shown he can effectively or confidently complete passes of 15 or more yards and word in Memphis is that strong-armed, sixth-year senior Will Hudgens might be the starter.

The Memphis defense limited a high-powered Ole Miss offense to a respectable 349 yards, a fact that could be troubling to a modest MTSU running game led by Dasher and Phillip Tanner.

An interesting tidbit: The Middle Tennessee roster offers only one player standing 6-6 or taller. In contrast, Memphis counters with a roster of 10 players at least 6-6, as the Tigers might be one of the nation’s five tallest teams.

— William Williams

1 Comment on this post:

By: gdiafante on 9/11/09 at 1:02

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