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Nice try, Nashville producers. Putting the word “sparrow” in the episode’s title isn’t going to make people think of Game of Thrones and tune in. But, I applaud the effort.
Anyway, we kick things off with Gunnar apologizing to Avery for acting like a spoiled junior high school kid. Speaking of middle school kids, Daphne is at her first day on the set of creepy Brad’s American Idol knockoff show Nashville’s Next Country Star. We meet the show’s two coaches and Daph meets who I hope will become her new gay bestie, fellow contestant, Preston.
I see we are taking a big anti-bully stance on Nashville, which is great. I hope this storyline doesn’t taking a cheesy turn. I am hopeful as Deacon and Jessie take their legal fight with Brad to a pit bull of an attorney ready to kick some ass. Jessie doesn’t want Deacon to pay for the legal battle because she wants to be able to do something on her own for the first time in her life. I actually get that.
Daph and Preston’s show coach is a songwriter named Ilse who thinks Daph Daph is “precious,” but Brad is using her because she is Rayna Jaymes’s daughter. He even goes so far as to asking her to write a song about her mother’s death. Even though it makes Daph uncomfortable, he wants to exploit her. Later, when Deacon sees she is writing the song, he wants to sit in on the next songwriting session for the show.
The group that Gunnar, Alannah, Will and Avery have together (can’t remember their dumb name because, well, how many acts has Gunnar and Avery been part of????) are rehearsing with Will watching on the sidelines. There is a lot of uncomfortable crap between them. After rehearsal, Alannah tries to worm her way into doing something with Avery, but fails.
Scarlett is still pushing Sean, the veteran who has PTSD and agoraphobia, to go back to performing music. Look folks, while I understand music can be the most phenomenal therapy, Scarlett is an idiot who needs to check with a professional before pushing someone with a mental illness to do something they are not comfortable with. ANYWAY, of course, she gets him to perform at a songwriter’s night at a coffee house. He reluctantly gets on stage and wows the crowd with his tune “Bring Me An Angel.” Afterwards, she tells him he could have a career if he wanted. Well, in fake Nashville he absolutely could. Everyone who wants a career gets one! In fact, I am moving there tomorrow to be the president of some record label I will make up on the spot!
Gunnar shows up at Alannah’s place because he wants to talk. He apologizes for being an envious asshat and she doesn’t think he wants to get to know the real her. Okay, Alannah, I know your character is just here to cause drama and that is fine and using a man for sex is also fine, but don’t bump uglies with a guy (or anyone for that matter) for funsies consistently and then expect them to want to know the real you. Playing “mysterious hoochie” is an old game in the player’s handbook. Find something imaginative.
When Sean kisses Scarlett, she rejects him and he tears himself up over it and storms out. What did I say earlier about pushing someone with a mental illness?
At the doctor, Will is pushing himself, but the doc warns him to take baby steps. In the waiting room, Gunnar tells Avery that he broke up with Alannah- whatever that means.
At Nashville’s Next Country Star, Ilse performs and it clearly impresses Deacon- and Brad. Brad then calls Daphne up to show what song she has been working on. She begins the rough draft version and Brad interrupts and asks her what she would say if Rayna were here today. As Brad digs into her emotional wounds a little deeper, Deacon does everything in his power to keep his mouth shut. I’m not a parent. I’m an Aunt Angela to several littles and I would (to quote William Shakespeare) “eat his heart in the market place” if he did that to any of my babies.
Alannah hoochies over to Avery’s place before their show later that night and it just so happens he has the place to himself. How convenient. Anyway, he pours her a drink. Pour me one, too, Avery. I don’t think I want to see Alannah throw herself at you again. But her hoochie cooching works and he kisses her. Seriously, Avery, how many sloppy seconds is that?
Deacon is furious Brad is using Rayna’s death to exploit Daphne. When Deacon warns Daph, she gets defensive and starts acting like Maddie, who, thankfully, isn’t in this episode so far.
Gunnar sees Avery and Alannah arrive for the show with their mouths all over one another and is so furious, he walks out in the middle of their show. Oh yeah, The Lost Highways is the name of their group. From the audience, Will is perplexed and Avery goes after him, but he is long gone. Avery is pissed and tries to blame Alannah. Ha! Nice try, Aves, but you are both at fault.
Later, Scarlett goes to Sean, who still doesn’t want to talk to her. It’s probably the accent. He tells her he was a terrible soldier. She tells him not to live in the past, which has ALWAYS worked with the mentally ill. He begins to recall the day his best friend was killed trying to save his life while they served in the Middle East together. He thinks the bullets that killed his best friend was meant for him. So, yeah. The guy has got issues, Scarly. Later, when he says he’ll keep singing, he asks Scarlett why she isn’t still singing. Sean, Scarlett is a victim and right now music is her tormenter.
As if we couldn’t hate Alannah any more, she goes to speak with Brad, who told her earlier in the season that she was the real talent in The Lost Highways. He is promising her money, an album and a tour. Could you also promise us a Jello fight in a kiddie pool between her and Juliette? I mean, it would make watching this show so much more fun. This show needs some good girl on girl action.
Jessie refuses to put Jake on the stand in her upcoming court battle with Brad. Deacon wants to do whatever makes her happy, but hates that she is giving up. But she would also be giving up Deacon, too. So, they break up. Its okay, Jessie. I am his side bitch and will take care of him like I always do.
I spoke too soon. Maddie appears only briefly (thankfully) when it’s Daphne’s turn to perform on Nashville’s Next Country Star. Brad is, of course, one of the judges. She performs her heartbreaking song about Rayna called “Crashing Memories.” The judges all give her a thumbs up and she stays on the show. After, she runs crying into Deacon’s arms. So, hey, writers, I thought you guys killed off the creepy record exec when you offed Jeff Fordham? You just brought him back to life in a creepier, more Trump-esque form.
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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.