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As we all kind of expected, this episode marks the first of the last season. Since CMT took the reins of our beloved primetime soap opera, it has pandered to the teenage and young adult demographic. So, we beg CMT to turn off the MTV-vision and try to make this season worth remembering. Keep your viewer in mind as we trudge through the final chapter of the show that brought so much money to our fair city!
So, you know how I just mentioned MTV? Well, it seems they are cramming it down our throat a bit more. While Maddie, Deacon, Daphne and Scarlett are trying to take their Christmas card photo (after Christmas but before New Years) Maddie is invited to play a benefit in LA and then she’ll appear on a (barf) MTV (barf) street festival for New Years Eve. Deacon and Daphne are bummed because they were hoping everyone would be together for the first New Years since they offed Rayna. And since Deacon doesn’t want her to go unaccompanied, Scrawny Scarlett will tag along.
Oh- and while we’re already on the subject of Maddie, did her hair get blonder? Look, I am all about a woman experimenting with her hair, but she ain’t a natural blonde and that borderline-white bottle job ain’t working for her. This is coming from a fake blonde herself, bitches.
I just completed my happy dance around the room because GLENN IS BACK! As usual, he, Avery and Emily are trying to keep Juliette from coming unhinged as they prep for our favorite selfish diva’s first big tour in two years. She is kicking it off right here in Nashy at Bridgestone Arena.
So, um, is the person doing Maddie’s hair also doing Gunnar’s? He is bleach blonde with serious dark roots. He and Will are playing basketball and begin discussing how Gunnar can’t move forward as a solo act. He feels lost without Skinny Boo Boo. Oh, how I have NOT missed her accent. That alone should be reason for Gunn Gunn to move on.
Backstage at Juliette’s show, Will runs into Zach, who is with his on-again off-again squeeze, Mark. Awkward. While things are awkward, I want to take a moment to be grateful this wasn’t a two hour premiere. Amen. Can I also take another moment to point out a spinoff about Will would be both interesting and not cause me to ingest so much alcohol in one sitting?
Juliette takes the stage to a sold out crowd and kicks the concert off with a… ballad? Um, no. I don’t think I have ever been to a concert (that wasn’t a benefit or songwriters night) that starts with a ballad. So, that was your first mistake, Juliette. I’m bored. Then, people start booing her and telling her to get off the stage. For the record, I might have paid those people to do that. Anyway, she starts responding to the hecklers who are calling her “fake” and “unoriginal.” I mean, they’re not wrong. So, Juliette starts to question herself and decides she needs to just stop doing music and walks off stage. Well, mission accomplished kids. Can we pack up and go home? No? Crap.
And we must now see Juliette dealing with the fallout of her concert breakdown. Didn’t we already see this happen to Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter? Get a new playbook, CMT. It’s the first episode of the season, for Pete’s sake. Avery tries to figure what is up with her and Juliette says the last two months of her life have been a living hell. Well, the next few months of mine will, too, Juliette. I have to watch, Nashville, so put on your big girl panties and deal! Anyway, Avery suggests they get away.
Daphne is freaking because Maddie will be performing with some hot artist named Jonah Ford, who just broke up with some movie star. Wow, could you not be SO obvious, CMT? Yes, Maddie and this guy will become an item. Oh, and Maddie even points out Daphne is trying to be a match maker. Sigh. Can we fire the writers? Please?
Juliette and Avery take off to Asheville, North Carolina for some R&R and um, what?!? Juliette has millions and they take off to North Carolina? If I had millions, I would be off to France or Bora Bora, but not North Carolina. It’s a lovely state, but no. The first night in their hotel, Juliette can’t sleep and moseys downstairs to the lobby and begins talking with a guy who literally talks in sentences that seem to come from a self-help book. Oh, and he is coincidentally writing a book. Oh, great. Is Juliette going to get all Don Draper California commune on us?
Will is trying to help Gunnar be a solo act, but Gunny seems uncomfortable hanging out at Will’s rehearsal. Will is more of a showman than Gunnar and it’s making him insecure. Oh Lordy. Scarlett’s crippling insecurity has rubbed off on Gunnar.
Backstage at the benefit in LA, Maddie locks eyes with Jonah Forde. Later, he brings her out on stage, proclaiming her to be one of his favorite artists. I’m already tired of this storyline and the show hasn’t been on for 30 minutes. Anyway, Jonah watches her perform all googly eyed. After the show, he gets her number and asks her to hang out with him and some band who are recording the next day. When Maddie arrives the next day, a few members of Jonah’s entourage are there to explain he ditched them.
As Juliette flips through the TV, she stumbles on an infomercial with the weird lobby guy as the star. His name is Darius Enright and he is the founder of a big ball of BS known as The Movement for Coherent Philosophy. Anyway, everything he spouts in the infomercial appeals to Juliette, who is obviously in a very deep depression. If this turns out to be a cult and Juliette joins, I might be down for this particular plotline.
Gunnar and Scarlett aren’t talking to one another and it’s emotionally heartbreaking for both of them. How many different ways are they going to try to keep these two apart? I’ve got it! Scarlett decides to have gender reassignment surgery! That would make her interesting finally! Later, Scarlett tells Maddie that she doesn’t miss Gunnar. “I miss me,” she says.
Gunnar isn’t faring any better at the rehearsal hall with Will. He can’t get through a song without the self-doubt taking over. Will explains that putting your heart and soul out there is what they do as artists and singers. Then Will explains how he tried to get Zach back several times and Gunnar did the same with Scarlett.
Avery and Juliette get back to Nashville and Glenn tells them that Darius Enright called him trying to get in touch with her. When she asks what time he called, it was at 2:02 AM. The exact time that Juliette had seen his infomercial.
When Juliette returns the call from Darius, she accuses him of stalking her. He explains he wants to help her change her life. I think she needs to stop being a narcissistic bitch. That could help. Aywho, Juliette makes her way over to The Movement for Coherent Philosophy’s building, which reminds me a lot of the Scientology buildings. There’s even a creepy, cult-type chick waiting to greet her when she arrives.
Speaking of Juliette, she is back on Highway 65 because Deacon gave her a second chance. Zach gives Deacon a hard time about it and tries talking him into attending a New Years Eve party. Zach thinks Deacon needs to start dating again and suggests online dating. Of course Deacon needs to date- he needs to date me. Duh. Their discussion is interrupted by Jessie’s creepy ex-husband, Brad. Ya know, the guy who wants to buy Highway 65? The creepy wife and kid abuser? He just called Deacon a dinosaur. I am going to stomp his creepy hairpiece into his creepy mouth.
Darius’s office is full of different religious homages like statues of Buddha and the original copy of the great She Bible, which is an original folio of the King James Bible. Darius insists his movement isn’t a cult nor a religion, but it’s about training the mind. He explains that her quest for love (or her need for attention as a celebrity) is diminishing her power from within. He explains her lashing out is just her reacting to her pain. And she is buying his snake oil hook, line and sinker! This had better turn out to be one freaky cult!
As Maddie leaves her LA hotel, Jonah is there to give her flowers. He offers to take her home in his private plane, but only if she will have dinner with him first. Gross. And they have a disgustingly cute, romantic dinner. I won’t embellish. Why should your stomach turn?
Juliette goes on a radio show where she is immediately asked about pulling a Loretta Lynn, then about stealing Maddie’s song and how that screwed up her relationship with Deacon. When a caller starts to rip her up and down, Juliette begins to go off and then stops and counts to ten, like Darius taught her. Then, she admits she struggles with depression and will cancel her tour until she gets it under control. Look, if you suffer from depression, you need to seek the help of a medical doctor, not a cult leader, folks.
At a New Years Eve performance, Gunnar is going solo and he stumbles at first, but when Will joins him, they rock the place.
Scarlett and Maddie get back to Nashville in time to ring in the New Year with Deacon and Daphne.
As everyone celebrates 2018, Juliette calls up cult guy and tells him “I’m ready.”
And I’m ready to see her shave her head and marry cult guy and his 70 wives! Make it good, CMT!
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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.