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Maddie is shooting a mascara commercial. Her new song is featured in the spot and she has to wear a wetsuit for the ad. Let me guess, Maddie pulls a Scarlett and acts all “this isn’t me” and stomps out like a spoiled brat? But, she must first attend a party held by the mascara people.
Avery is rocking it out on tour and living the musician life while Juliette is at home being a mother and bitching about it. Cadence is getting sick and Juliette isn’t listening to the doctor. When Avery chats with a roadie chick about Juliette, she claims that relationships should be fun. Avery can’t seem to wrap his head around such an idea.
Deacon has been invited to perform as a solo act at the Opry and everyone is acting surprised that happened. Um, CMT, you used to carry the Grand Ole Opry on your channel and you know artists of Deacon’s caliber (Vince Gill comes to mind) in real Nashville play solo at the Opry all the time. I’m fairly certain they have Vincey on the speed dial.
Alyssa is Maddie’s interference runner at the mascara party and can I be honest here? If I were Rachel Bilson, I would be peeved that my character had to play lackey to Maddie. We have been over this, CMT. Less Maddie and more anyone else. I mean literally anyone, by the way. Anyway, the head mascara mucky muck tells Alyssa that Maddie’s song doesn’t fit the commercial and he wants it to be about mascara. I don’t believe this is the type of marketing Alyssa initially pitched to the record label. Anyway, Maddie starts to leave the party, but Alyssa sticks around and does some karaoke. When Maddie stops to hear her sing, she’s not half bad.
In the studio, Jessie tries to talk Deacon into performing at the Opry. Deacon is overwhelmed with running the record label and doesn’t seem to think he has the time.
Shooting the commercial, Maddie is clearly (as I called it) uncomfortable with all of the water falling on her and she’s cold and miserable. The next day, the director isn’t happy with her acting job. Well, welcome to the club, director guy. In the middle of shooting, the mascara people suggest a lyrics change and Maddie won’t change her song. Deacon is rehearsing at the Opry when he gets a call from Zach about Maddie’s meltdown on the set. It seems the mascara people have sunk millions of dollars into this ad campaign. Big mistake to invest in an ungrateful, spoiled, unlikable teenager. Oh- and I called it about Maddie pitching a fit.
When Deacon gets home to talk to her, they both feel overwhelmed, but we must first attend to Maddie. She is crying and feels like she is selling out by changing the lyrics to her song, but Deacon explains that it’s part of the business. He is correct. EVERYONE sells out, Maddie. The next day, Deacon tells Zach she won’t change the lyrics. When Alyssa points out she will be in breach of her contract with the mascara people, he asks Zach who signed the contract. And guess who did? Deacon. Then, Deacon lashes (no mascara pun intended) out at Zach, so Zach gives him an ultimatum. Deacon gets Maddie to do the commercial with the changed lyrics or Zach walks and takes his money with him.
Gunnar is still on tour with Avery and he’s the drummer in his backing band. Damn, Gunnar at the drums suddenly made him hotter. Is that even possible? Anyway, the roadie chick clearly has the hots for Avery, and, once again, he is tempted to cheat on Juliette. Could we please make this show more exciting and have him actually do it? After the show, Gunnar and Avery bellyache to roadie how being in a relationship can be a pain in the ass. When she leaves, Gunnar tells Avery she has the hots for him.
Deacon gathers Will, Scarlett, Gunnar (via Facetime) and Maddie at his house for a meeting about Highway 65 and explains to them what is going on with Zach. Scarlett, Gunnar and Will all agree Maddie should stand her ground. Then, Daphne points out that this is about fear and standing up to fear. I understand why the artists are doing this, but not for Maddie. STOP TRYING TO MAKE HER THE GOOD GUY.
When Juliette finds out about the Highway 65 situation, she calls Avery to find out what he thinks. When he tells her, she needs to figure out how she feels about this particular problem on her own, she thinks he’s mad at her. He tells her to be more independent and she doesn’t understand and hangs up on him. Look Avery, if you aren’t serving Juliette’s needs and kissing her ass, you are of no use to her. I am not sure how that hasn’t sunk in yet.
As Deacon leaves Highway 65, Jessie meets him outside and orders him to get in the car with her even though he claims to have a million things to do. She takes him to Harpeth River State Park and tells him he needs to take an hour to himself. She forces him to get out of the car and just chill in nature. She locks the car door when he gets out, so he takes off down one of the walking trails and begins to appreciate the tranquility of it all. When Deacon lies down for a nap next to the water, he wakes up to find Jessie sitting nearby. And here I was hoping for a wet t-shirt contest starring only Deacon. Back in the car, Deacon unloads on Jessie about getting on with his life and moving on, but he can’t. She asks him if Rayna would want him to be in this much pain.
At Highway 65, Deacon and Zach meet for a showdown in the boardroom with Alyssa there, too. He tells them that the branding idea needs to go away and Zach slams his hands on the table in anger. Zach is super cute when he’s outraged, ya’ll. “We’re just doing what feels right to us,” Deacon says to him. “You should do the same.”
Later, Juliette has a change of heart thanks Avery on the phone for being there for her. When she hangs up, roadie gal tells him he’s a good guy and she hopes Juliette appreciates him. Then, she tells him she’s available if he wants someone a little less complicated. Uh, look, sweetie, EVERY woman in the world is less maintenance than Juliette. Don’t try to make yourself special.
Backstage at the Opry, Maddie is, once again, crying. But, this time, it’s about how proud Rayna would be of Deacon. Ya know, performing at the Opry? Anyway, real life Pam Tillis introduces Deacon, explaining he’s played the Opry over 200 times. Okay, so 200 times should be old hat for Deacon, correct? Look, I’m not saying it’s not an honor to play the Mother Church of Country Music. However, to an artist of Deacon’s caliber it is something he is accustomed to. But, in fake Nashville, up is down and Maddie is somehow a bearable human being.
While performing, Deacon wraps up his performance with a song called (I think) “She’s Everything” and it’s very spiritual and it makes Jessie smile. As Deacon goes to hug her backstage, Daphne notices and isn’t happy with the gesture.
Well, at least we ended things with Daphne and not Maddie. Have a great weekend, my sweeties and do not behave yourselves!
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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.