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Sad days are here in fake Nashville. We start off with Beverly’s funeral and Deacon isn’t speaking to Scarlett. Also attending are Dr. Hottiepants (Caleb), Rayna, Puke Junior, Maddie, Daphne, Will, Gunnar, Avery and Zoey… whoa. Yes, you read that correctly. I guess Zoey took time from her busy singing career in LA to come sing at Beverly’s funeral. I guess she and Skinny are back to being besties again.
When it’s Deacon’s turn to give the eulogy, he loses it in the middle and points to the casket, saying “She isn’t supposed to be here right now!” Scarlett can’t stop boo hoo’ing. Rayna jumps up and gets him to sit back down. Then, she finishes the eulogy for him. (Is it wrong I kept thinking of the funeral scene from Zoolander?)
As if things couldn’t bring us down any more, we next find Creepy (Jeff) lighting into Juliette. Not only is she shirking her responsibilities as a wife and mother, she is blowing off press opportunities. But not today, for our hungover little attitude problem. Creepy has given E! Online an “On the Road with Juliette Barnes” piece where they will literally have unfettered access to her for the next few days. But, Jeff can’t hang around for the fun because Nashville beckons. Anyone else wonder why it was E! Online and not one of ABC’s entertainment monstrosity shows? At least it’s not TMZ.
At the funeral, Gunnar and Zoey very awkwardly chat. He asks her to get a drink while she’s in town and catch up, but she is seeing someone back in LA. Will apologizes to Scarlett for not being around more for her, but she shrugs it off, telling him “You were very brave.” Then, Gunnar approaches Scar Scar and they share a very sweet moment that gets ruined by Dr. Hottiepants. Maybe we should start calling him Dr. Evil Hottiepants? ANYWAY, Scarlett next approaches Deacon, but he still isn’t talking to her. Yeah, I don’t like this side of Deacon. You cannot make us stop loving him, Nashville writers! But, nice try.
But we cannot dwell on a death in the family for long, Rayna’s boy band artist, Markus Keen, is coming to town with no notice and that leaves Bucky and Ray Ray scrambling to find him a producer. (It’s going to be Avery. Let’s be a little less obvious with the plotlines, Nashville writers.) But, hey, the least they can do is have him go from boy band to the Opry, where Rayna just happens to be playing the following night.
Juliette is answering fake phone calls from Avery and pretending to be a workout addict with the reporter. She then tells one of her lackeys to get her something to give her more energy to get through the next few days. Ya know, something a doctor might prescribe?
Back in Nashville, Avery and Emily are kicking it at Cumberland Park with little Cadence. Emily has been watching her so he could attend the funeral. He tells Emily he is thinking about just waiting and seeing if Juliette will come to her senses and come back. (BIG MISTAKE) As they chat, they are unaware a paparazzi is snapping photos of them playing with the baby. It probably IS TMZ this time.
As if that didn’t already make me want to gag, we next see Layla and Jeff in bed being all sweet and lovey dovey. She is making her Grand Ole Opry debut tomorrow and is not sure she will be made a priority at Highway 65 now that they have signed that bigshot Markus Keen. But, Jeff makes it all better by giving her a gorgeous pair of Luchese boots for when she makes her Opry debut. Luchese makes beautiful boots. I would happily accept a pair. Or five.
When Markus gets to town, it’s obvious he knows nothing about country music when he asks Bucky if the Grand Ole Opry is where they filmed Hee Haw. And guess who wants a meeting with Markus? You guessed it. Avery. Sigh. Be a little more unpredictable, Nashville writers. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.
Juliette’s minion finds a doctor who can get her some Adderall and he writes the lackey a script for more, just in case. But the Adderall is keeping her up all night and her minion gives her some sleeping pills, which she chases with booze. If I didn’t already spend over 10 year in the music business, I would find this behavior disturbing. For real Nashville, it’s just Tuesday.
Dr. Evil Hottiepants tries to talk to Scrawny about the grief process, but she shuns him. #TEAMSCARLETT I guess she is going to talk to that brain box, Zoey, instead. Over coffee, Scarlett tells her she doesn’t want to go on tour and that hugging Dr. Evil Hottiepants is like “Hugging a textbook.”
Speaking of the textbook, he goes to Gunnar and is at a loss because he doesn’t know how to get through to our little Sherpa hipster. So, he wrote a song and he wants to have Gun Gun help him finish it. Yeah, this would be a good time to slam the door in his hot face, Gunnar! But, no. Our sweet Gunnar is naïve and kind. When they sit down to write, Caleb realizes how difficult making music is and he apologizes for his belittling comments earlier about the music business. Great. I am back to liking him now. Sort of. You can never trust a Hottiepants, ya’ll.
Deacon is trying to deal with his grief and the only thing he knows to do is attend his next AA meeting. He chats with his buddy, Frankie (played by real country singer Mark Collie) who can tell he needs a friend. Maddie finds him back at home reading Beverly’s obit and offers to just spend some time with him and he blows her off, too. So, Madds gathers up Puke, Junior (Colt) and they decide to take Deacon (who has gone back to his old house) some dinner.
Backstage at the Opry, Will runs into Rayna who very willingly has a photo taken with him. They are both there to support Layla’s Opry debut. While Layla performs, Creepy turns to Will and pulls a total Creepy move and says “I always thought that would be you out there.”
Well, the speed queen’s Adderall use is beginning to show during a radio interview. The radio host shows her the tabloid story of Avery and Emily in the park with the baby. Though she is hopped up on a pharmacy, Juliette manages to very gracefully shrug it off. But, later, she gets Emily on the phone and calls her a “gold digging, back stabbing, whore.” Oh, so NOW Juliette cares.
Back at the Opry, Markus has overshadowed Layla (who hasn’t?) backstage and Rayna wants to introduce him to Avery. And guess how he knows Avery? As Juliette’s baby daddy. I truly can’t think of a worse label than that. I mean, that is worse than being Dick Cheney. So, anyway, as Avery is just getting the chance to have real one-on-one time with Markus, he gets a call from Emily. Cadence has a very high fever and she needs him to meet her at the emergency room.
Rayna is making her way to the Opry stage to perform when she brings Layla out to perform with her. ONCE AGAIN, stealing Layla’s spotlight is Markus, who is beginning to remind me of Mark McGrath. Ya know, he used to be hot and now he is kind of disturbing? Anyway, Markus steps on stage and interrupts them. Instead of being a good sport, Layla storms off and leaves Rayna and McGrath, Junior to perform. Jeff is trying to be there for Layla, chasing after her, but Avery won’t stop calling him, trying to reach Juliette. It seems the doctors can’t get the baby’s temperature down.
Juliette’s supplier doctor is back and she tells him to give her something that won’t make her think, feel or even dream. Wait, she needs drugs to be herself? So… the doc pulls out a syringe and essentially makes her pass out. Can we keep a steady supply of those around for all of her delusional overreactions? I mean, it really would save me from drinking a lot of the wine in this house.
I guess Deacon isn’t exactly great when it comes to dealing with grief because he goes to his house and tears his sister’s room apart. He trashes it like a Juliette hotel room. Maddie shows up just in time to see him smash his fist into a mirror. She’s probably also in time to give him a lift to the hospital. So, it’s a “gather at the hospital” kind of night in fake Nashville?
After they perform, Rayna tells Markus it really wasn’t cool to just steal the stage from Layla. He apologizes and also tells her he wants to use Avery as his producer. Tied that one up in a nice little bow, didn’t you, Nashville writers?
Finally reaching Juliette’s hotel room, Avery gets her minion on the phone and demands she wake her up. But if it’s not about work, then Juliette says she doesn’t care. When that message gets relayed back to Avery, he needs to be slapped upside the head because he should have left her LONG AGO.
Will finds Layla crying in her dressing room and gives her a sweet pep talk. Can I keep my very own Will Lexington around to look hot and give me endearing, understanding little pep talks? Later, Layla apologizes to Jeff for throwing a fit over the Markus thing and then he kisses her in the hallway at the Opry- as everyone watches. No more keeping their relationship a secret. Bucky sees the kiss and isn’t happy with it. Bucky isn’t happy?! What about the rest of us who had to toss their own cookies?!?!
Dr. Hottiepants takes the song he wrote to Skinny and she begins to play it - they immediately cut to Gunnar playing it alone on the guitar. Touched by the effort, Scarlett begins kissing the good doctor and then they take a roll in the hay. Do you think he’s ever afraid he’ll snap her in two?
Instead of going to the hospital, Deacon heads to the bar. He has no idea Maddie saw him trashing the place. His AA buddy, Frankie, is a bartender and he is the only thing keeping Deacon from going back to the bottle. Later, he admits to Rayna that his sister was a fighter and never gave up. “Scarlett gave up,” he says, rather resigned.
Good news on baby Cadence. They got her fever down and are sending her home. Avery tells Emily he was wrong about Juliette. Well, welcome to reality, Avery. It’s about time you joined us!
As Gunnar ends the song, Zoey walks in. Not this crap again. Zoey says she knew he wasn’t over Scarlett when they broke up. And, I am over this show for another week. I might need my own AA meetings if this keeps up. If Deacon is there, I’ll go anyway. See you there, my lovelies.
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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
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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.