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Since we’re all mourning the end of the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, let’s mosey over to a place just a little nicer than Gilead: fake Nashville.
Juliette talks to Darius about being held against her will in Bolivia and Darius believes his staff might have been overzealous, but he stands by his methods. NOW, Juliette has arrived. She goes off on him, insisting she have justice and justice for people like her who fell for their cult BS. Welcome back, Juliette. I liked you better when you were cray. The cult did have her sign a non-disclosure agreement the morning she left overseas. This should be fun. Crazy versus the crazies is always a good time.
Jonah is looking for a date for Twig. Get ready for this lame idea- it’s a pajama party. It’s obvious Jonah wants Maddie to wear something trashy. Can we be more obvious about the song Twig produced for Madds called “We Belong Together?” Barf. Deacon loves the work Twig has done on her music.
Alannah is once again having her doubts about a relationship with Avery. Speaking of everyone’s favorite hoochie, she goes to Brad’s office when she overhears the very pretty receptionist, Leah, talking about how she couldn’t leave Shiny New Records because Brad would ensure she never worked in fake Nashville again. I hear the plotlines are better in fake Dallas. Then, Brad walks in and gives the receptionist a weird, intimate nuzzle that makes everyone uncomfortable, including me. I thought I got rid of the barf bags when Jeff Fordham died. Never say never.
GLENN IS BACK! Juliette calls Glenn and tells him to call her publicist and get the word out about the cult. When her story makes it on the front page of what is supposed to be USA Today, Glenn has his concerns. It doesn’t seem to faze her she is at war with fake Nashville’s version of Scientology.
Deacon’s dad, Gideon, has been disappearing for long periods of time. When he does finally return, he brushes it off saying he ran into old friends. He promises Daph and Maddie it won’t happen again. Deacon follows him and he wasn’t lying. He’s been going to an old musician friend’s house to jam on the guitar. Deacon hangs around to hear them play and he is blown away. You can see his father’s disappointment, though, when Deacon won’t hang around to play with them.
When Alannah sits down with Brad, she wants to play hardball. He still wants to play along and invites her to dinner. Gross. Later, she gets flowers from him with a note saying she will be opening for Little Big Town Friday night. Looking further into Brad’s disturbing pattern of sexually harassing women, Alannah meets with Jessie. Jessie says he has a long history of legal issues with women he has hired or worked with.
Jonah is still talking to his ex, Mia, but it seems Mia has got a few issues of her own. She is mentally unstable and has been using it to keep Jonah on the hook. She is going to show up at the pajama jammy jam, ya’ll. Mark my words. Hanging out at Jonah’s place, Maddie asks Twig if she should go to Europe on tour with Jonah. Then, she asks him why he isn’t out there producing music on his own. Daphne thinks Maddie has a thing for Twig.
Avery has packed up and moved back in with Will and Gunnar. This is the only time we have seen Will this episode. I hate that we are wasting such a great character on one scene. It’s why this show isn’t continuing for another season.
An Inside Edition report comes out that Juliette was horrible to the cult staff in Bolivia and demanded special treatment. The cult claims she released her story first because she was trying to get ahead of the truth. Wow, nice move, Darius. While it’s a complete lie, it’s totally believable Juliette would act like that. Should have listened to Glenn.
Deacon is still having trouble with his father’s version of his upbringing. Pops tells Daph and Madds that he taught Deacon to play guitar, but Deacon’s flashbacks have his father antagonizing and abusing him as he tries to play. Gideon admits to pushing him too hard when it came to playing, but he did it out of love. It boils down to Deacon laying down the hammer insisting his pops couldn’t take credit for his successful career.
At dinner with skeezy Brad, he kicks things off by being a dick to the waiter. It’s like the Nashville writers gathered all of the gross things about a human being and came up with Brad. He even asks her about her relationship with her father. This is textbook predatory behavior. Alannah is playing along with him, which leads me to believe she is setting him up somehow.
Later, Gideon goes to Deacon and admits he probably remembers things differently. He loves Deacon and always has, but all he knew was from his own father who beat him. But, Deacon broke the cycle. He isn’t a demonized drunk beating his own children. So, instead of going to Deacon’s songwriting gig at the Bluebird later, he is staying home.
As predicted, Mia shows up to the pajama party in time for Twig to ditch his date and interrupt Maddie telling Jonah she was going to Europe with him. Jonah tries to fight Mia off as she comes on to him and corners him in the laundry room, convincing him to make out with her. Let’s see if I can guess what will happen next? Of course Maddie will walk in and catch them. I feel like I have mentioned predictability around 700 times before when it comes to this show. Anyway, Twig and Maddie are dancing and getting close when Twig slips and tells her where she can find Jonah.
Backstage before opening for Little Big Town, Alannah gets Brad alone and keeps toying with him. What is masterful about her approach is she never admits to anything or agrees to anything. She tells him she doesn’t like him and doesn’t want him around, but in a manner that still leads him on. This is why she has the PHD in hoochie, folks. Anyway, her performance kills it.
Of course, Gideon goes to the gig and it’s goody two shoes Sherpa Boo Boo herself, Scarlett, who gets him there. He arrives just in time for Deacon to play a song “My daddy taught it to me.” During the tune, we see flashbacks of Deacon and Gideon bonding over music, including pops buying him his first guitar. But, there is always trouble in paradise. Just as things are getting better between dad and son, Daphne finds a bottle of booze under grandpa’s bed. And I am a little pissed gramps didn’t share that with me. It will be needed for the rest of this season. And MORE GLENN PLEASE!
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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.