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We are back, my lovelies! I got my wine and my high cheese tolerance. Let’s dive right in!
While last season left us with the MOST predictable cliffhanger ever in the history of television, we are obviously not going to kick things off with Deacon. Instead we start off with the LA premiere of Juliette’s Patsy Cline biopic (and horrible movie title) Shenandoah Girl. Juliette arrives at the premiere – surprise surprise – alone. Now, she does have a weird Jeff-type guy (Patrick) around her, but it’s obvious she still has her head planted firmly up her own ass. It seems she is peeved that Layla is also walking the movie premiere red carpet and Juliette’s claws are ready to scratch. And what could make the red carpet vomit green? You guessed it, Puke (AKA: Luke) shows up. Juliette is opening for Puke and they are playing the Staples Center later in the week.
We first see Rayna moping around her house, checking on her kids and going to bed alone. We are meant to believe Deacon is no longer with us. But, let’s face it. Nashville without Deacon would be like RuPaul’s Drag Race without RuPaul. Not gonna happen.
We next see Rayna on the phone with Bucky and they’re discussing Juliette dissing Rayna in the press after Juliette left Rayna’s label for Puke Records (Luke’s record label. The name of his label is so stupid it literally hurts my fingers to type it.) Rayna next loads up her kids in the car to go see Aunt Beverly. In the hospital. Because DUH she had an aneurysm and Deacon walks into her hospital room fit as a fiddle. He stayed the night in the hospital room with his sis, who is in a coma.
With skeletal Scarlett’s mom in the hospital (and eating better than her daughter via the feeding tube), our skinny, bad-accented blonde isn’t showing up for band meetings with Gunnar and their manager is worried. And while we all hoped Gunnar and Scarlett would ignore the stereotypical storyline the Nashville writers keep tapping out to keep them separated, we got no such luck! Scar Scar is still shacking up with Dr. Hottiepants (Caleb) and Gunnar is still pining away for her.
Avery is living in Ohio with his parents and is being a great father to his baby daughter, Cadence, while Juliette lies about her spawn to the media and anyone else who will listen. And she is really aiming for that mother of the year title (with it being the fourth quarter and all.) We next find Juliette at a post-premiere party drinking and puking her guts out. In tears, alone with her puke and toilet bowl, she calls Rayna begging for help, but hangs up before Rayna can even figure out where she is calling from. So, what does Rayna do? Despite all of the horrible things Juliette has done, Rayna hops a plane to fly across the country and check on her. Seems totally logical.
Avery also has one of those moments (even though Juliette nearly caused their infant real physical harm) and he texts her the message “We’re still here.” When Juliette doesn’t respond, he tells his mom that he still isn’t ready to give up on his marriage (though the rest of free world is.) His dad wants Avery and the baby to stay in Ohio with them and make a new life.
Not doing much better is Will, whose career has essentially been on hold since he came out of the closet. He has been sleeping all the time and growing a gross hipster beard. Scarlett is enough hipster for one show, Wilma. When he whines about his sitch to Gunnar, he talks him into showering and at least getting off the couch.
Layla is doing her best to ride Juliette’s coattails, but Patrick is doing Creepy’s work while Layla and Juliette are on the road and they are trying to keep Juliette from clawing her eyeballs out. If you ask me, they should just put them in a bag, seal it, and sell tickets. Then, they could have the money to keep Nashville going for 20 more seasons!
While Maddie and Daphne bitch about Rayna bailing on them for crazy Juliette, they both get letters from their jail bait father, Teddy. Daph eagerly opens hers while Maddie tears hers up and tosses it in the trash. Of course she does. It wouldn’t be an episode of Nashville without Maddie overreacting.
Since Steven Tyler is trying to give it a go as a country artist, I’m not surprised he is on the show. What does surprise me is his creepy new porn stache. We have enough creepy guys on this show, Steven. Plus, you’re rock royalty. Shave. I don’t need any more nightmares involving characters from Nashville. But anyway, he is going to join Juliette on stage while she is performing at the LA concert. Together they sing the most covered song in country music, “Crazy.”
And just when we thought the days of awkward run-ins with Puke and Rayna were over, no! This tired gimmick is made fresh with a new season. Rayna is looking for Juliette and confronts Luke about how Juliette has had no time off and hasn’t seen her husband and baby in weeks.
Thank you sweet baby Jesus and Pope Frank, too! Will takes a long look in the mirror and begins shaving that rat off of his face. Then, he goes out with his cute songwriter boyfriend, Kevin. He can’t enjoy his evening because he feels like everyone is staring at him. Then, things get worse when a random hoochie mama he hooked up with last season walks up to the table and calls him a liar – while the entire restaurant looks on. So, Kevin takes their evening over to Church Street where Will is incredibly uncomfortable and walks out. And YASSSSSS BISHHHH, they were at Tribe!! But as fabulous as Tribe is, Will feels out of place pretty much everywhere he goes.
Skinny and Gunnar meet up to record and it’s the first time they’ve seen one another since their love bird duet on the roof of the hospital the night of Beverly and Deacon’s surgery. But their work turns into passion when they start kissing and Scarlett puts a stop to it even though she wants her consignment of Gunnar sausage. I do have to commend the Nashville writers for finding about 20 different ways for Gunnar and Scarlett to argue when they should be making out. She tells Gunnar she loves Dr, Hottiepants. Then Gunnar (AKA: Captain Obvious) comes back with “But, you’re not IN love with him.”
Rayna finds Juliette backstage drinking and, of course, Juliette plays off her drama-filled phone call as a butt dial. Rayna reaches out and tries to be a friend Juliette ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT deserve. Instead of being human for once, Juliette insults her and once again pisses friendship down her leg for no other reason than to be a raging bitch. But Rayna can’t stay in LA. It looks as if Beverly is coming out of her coma.
While still in her lashing out mode, Juliette next hones in on Layla, who moseys in looking for Patrick. Juliette tears into Layla, and while doing so, lets it slip that she and Jeff once had a fling. Juliette is in rare form, pointing out that at the end of the day, Creepy will be championing her and not Layla because Juliette is the bigger star. Adding insult to injury, Juliette tells Patrick she wants Layla gone from the tour immediately.
Deacon comes home from the hospital and catches Daphne and Maddie fighting. Daphne is jealous that Maddie’s real father is there for her while Teddy sits behind bars. Speaking of daddy issues, Avery realizes his home is Nashville with or without Juliette and he loads up Cadence and begins the journey home. Where is he going to live? With Gunnar and Will, of course. This would be a good time for the Nashville writers to NOT watch the movie Three Men and a Baby.
Instead of recording with Gunnar as they have always done, Scarlett records her tracks separately and Gunnar is disappointed to learn he’ll be recording alone without her for the first time since they started working together. And where was that scrawny little quasi-hipster? Lying to Dr. Hottiepants and telling him she loves him.
We end things with Rayna driving to work, listening to a couple of local disc jockeys harping on Rayna’s inability to keep decent talent at her record label, Highway 65. Maybe she should sign Steven Tyler. I hear he needs a country career. And a good shave.
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For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.