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Let’s take a break from the insanity of politics and take a journey to a place I like to call fake Nashville. Join me, my little belated Valentines.
So, Maddie is all pissed off (I know. I, too, am shocked) that Rayna has upped security for everyone now that her stalker has made bail. Both Daphne and Madds have to have a security guard with them every time they leave the house.
And our brief, but oh so wonderful break from Juliette is over. We see her in Bible study with Hallie. As they leave church, Juliette tells Hallie she wants to record a gospel album with her and the choir. Hallie isn’t thrilled with the idea. Juliette says that the music speaks to her. So do the demon voices in her head, but I don’t see her wanting to make an album about it.
Damien is meeting Scarlett for lunch to talk about whatever it is between them. He says they will chat and have a nice meal and then, she will go home and decide if she wants to see him again. Intriguing, Damien. However, this is Scarlett and not Juliette. I wouldn’t be surprised if Scarlett runs out of there screaming and ends up volunteering to vaccinate orphans in El Salvadore.
So, stalker guy ends up at Rayna’s house and he must stay within 300 feet of the place. He literally stands outside while security guards shine flashlights and point guns at him. It makes Deacon bonkers and he wants to confront him. The security team insists they can’t do anything as long as the guy remains 300 feet from the house. Rayna isn’t able to sleep and she has the CMT Music Awards coming up. Shameless plug, CMT, but at least you aren’t as bad as ABC.
Daphne has been acting weird and when she calls Maddie from school, it seems our little Daph is becoming a woman. Aunt Flo has come to visit for the first time and she needs a change of clothes. She tells Madds not to say anything to Rayna. What the hell, Daph? You prefer Maddie help you out? The same Maddie who lost her virginity on a dirty tour bus?
Deacon takes his frustrated self over to his old house where Scarlett is waffling over her mandecision. I can make this easier for her. I will take them both. Now, those orphans aren’t going to vaccinate themselves, Scrawny. Anyway, she tells Deacon about her problem and he starts on about exploring the darker part of himself and he wonders if Scarlett is doing the same. Oh, Deacon, the darkest part of Scarlett is the time she wore all black and it made her feel icky.
Maddie does call Rayna who finds Daphne in the school bathroom. She drops her off a bag of clothes and supplies, but Daphne ain’t coming out of that bathroom stall. After school, Daphne is laying into Maddie (because somebody should for several reasons) and instead of talking to her sister, Madds walks out the door ordering Rayna to deal with it. If Maddie was my kid, she would be in a strict prep school on the other side of the galaxy by now. I hope the Nashville writers understand she’s an insufferable brat.
Back at the church, Juliette (with some help from Hallie) is trying to talk the choir into recording an album with her. They are flattered, but have questions. Juliette wants them to be partners in recording and helping her with exploring the music. She gets some push back because she has only been into gospel and church for a few months. One girl gives her serious attitude and now that girl is my new favorite person.
Scarlett goes over to see Gunnar and tells him she had lunch with Damien and sweet Gunn Gunn is obviously wounded. She says she can’t see anyone romantically right now. Whoa, Scar Scar, who jumped from Avery to Gunnar. Now, all of the sudden, she wants to be single? Nah, she’s jumping to Damien. I get it. His accent is real.
In the recording studio, Avery is recording some of his new music and Juliette seems unimpressed. Back at home, after the church fiasco, Avery asks her about his recording session and she tells him she thinks he’s moved past this angry guy music. When did Juliette get to be all Zen about everything? Two weeks of church doesn’t make you Buddha. Have several seats.
Rayna wants to do something special for Daphne now that she has her lady time. Deacon is adorable and suggests throwing her a period party. Dear Jebus, where was this period party when I was twelve years old? ANYWAY, Deacon wants to do a late night recording session with Rayna later. Of course, let’s set it up so Rayna is out late at night for the stalker to get her.
Juliette goes back to the church and eats humble pie because she got lippy with a group of people she knows absolutely nothing about. She admits to sinning a lot and hurting everybody she loves. Do not give them a pity party, Juliette. She says she wants to share and honor their gift with the world and she hopes it will cause other hearts to open up and blah, blah, blah. Zen Juliette is back and being all inspirational. This is the same woman who nearly used her own baby as a weapon. I’m not buying it. Regardless, the choir agrees to do the album with her.
Maddie is out without her security guard to see Clay playing at The 5 Spot. But, Rayna follows her with two security guards. Rayna listens to Clay and she’s impressed. She wants him to stop by her record label for a chat. If ONLY record deals went down so easily. Before she leaves, she makes Maddie promise to have a security guard escort her home.
Back at Damien’s hotel, he and Scarlett have had sexy time and she is ready to love and leave. But, he isn’t ready for that and coaxes her back between the sheets. I am going to say this now. Gunnar is hotter and Scarlett is an idiot.
Rayna gets to the office to work before recording with Deacon. Her security guard checks out her office building and then goes back to his car parked out front. Okay, forgive me, but I’ve seen enough security details around artists and none of them stay in the car unless there is another guard inside. Anyway, as Ray Ray listens to some tracks, her stalker comes out from the shadows wielding a knife. He says he wants to talk to her. He got in by sneaking into the office the day before and hiding in the broom closet. He’s nutty, but he wants to tell her that she understands him more than anyone. Then, he starts to get unstable and discusses his alcoholic, abusive father and compares him to Deacon. (Watch it, stalker man. Leave our Deacon out of this.) Then, she turns the tables on him and discusses her own personal story of abuse. How her whacko father killed her mother and then covered it up. She talks about Deacon’s father beating him and forcing him to turn to the bottle. As he sits in the floor in tears, she dials 911, but he hears her and she drops the phone. He get the knife out and she makes a run for it. He grabs her about the time the security team runs in, guns drawn. He puts the knife to her throat and she tries to talk him down. Stalker guy apologizes and drops the knife.
In a squad car on her way, home Rayna calls Deacon and she is understandably hysterical. As she tries to explain what happened, the squad car is struck by a truck.
And that is how things ended. Look, CMT. ABC already pulled a car accident stunt, so you need to go back to the drawing board with this one. And keep in mind a plane crash has already happened, as well. Thankfully, the liquor store is still open. I need something strong after that pile.
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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.