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I want to kick things off by saying that the Megan Barry cheating scandal is hella more interesting than this episode of Nashville. And I say this before even watching it.
Things are heating up between Deacon and Jessie, who are grabbing a burger at what appears to be the Elliston Place Soda Shop. Then, they end up making out in the car afterwards and decide it’s time to go all the way. Deacon doesn’t have protection for that erection, so they decide to wait. Anyway, they get a night alone scheduled for the big boink.
Like every act in fake Nashville, Avery, Gunnar and Will’s band is in demand and I guess Bucky is their manager? In fake Nashville, there are apparently only two managers: Glenn and Bucky. Slim pickens for a town that churns out billions of dollars in music. Just saying. CMT, of all places, should know this. Anywho, the new trio is rehearsing and Gunnar thinks the group needs a female voice. So, when they find this talented gal, she and Gunn Gun will start going out. This old song and dance, again, CMT?
Avery is trying to be there for Juliette after her revelation at the cult. Darius seems to think that every choice Juliette has made in her life had to do with the childhood trauma. Avery is more than a bit concerned, ya know, with him being a Juliette decision and all. And can we talk about using the name Darius for the cult leader? It’s too close to home with Darius Rucker, who is a charming, talented, wonderful person. Why couldn’t they have named him Maddie or Juliette? Those seem to be names for truly annoying characters.
So, Jonah (ya know, the Justin Bieber clone dating Maddie) was dating some pop singer, but they broke up. Well, that weird Lorde/Katy Perry combo known as Mia Forster has come out with an incredibly laughable song (that my cat could have written in his potty box) called “You Can’t Have Him” that has lyrics like “Maddie Jay, you’re in the way.” I think brain cells just died by listening to the clip of that song. Anyway, Maddie is upset and I am watching this show instead of my favorite NBA team, who are currently playing. Instead, I am focusing on another contrived plotline to make a terrible and uninteresting character seem likable.
After searching all over Nashville, the trio stumble across Gunnar’s future squeeze at a random bar where she is singing. Her name is Alannah and of course, Gunnar really relates to her. And how convenient! Her schedule is open to touring. Anyway, after some thinking, they call and offer her the job.
Of course, Darius is trying to convince Juliette she wouldn’t have the life she had now (becoming a celebrity, wife and mother) if it weren’t for the childhood abuse. Darius claims it explains her narcissism. Perhaps, but alienating her from the life and people she loves is brainwashing at its finest. When do we get to the, disturbing cult stuff? When does Juliette get a bump-it braid hairdo and Little House on the Prairie dress? No such luck. Darius wants her to go work with troubled kids in Bolivia for a few weeks. Being the voice of reason, Avery doesn’t like it. Is it just me or is Avery’s half-beard especially patchy this week?
At the drug store, Deacon is nervous about buying rubbers. Just tell everyone they’re for your little escapades on the side with me, Deacon. I’ll take the fall. Speaking of when Deacon should have used a condom, Maddie is ambushed by a caravan of black SUV’s and Jonah hops out of one. He tries to explain that Mia is crazy and that he and Mia are indeed broken up- and even though they are on a residential street- paparazzi with TV and photo cameras pop up out of nowhere and begin documenting their exchange. This causes Jonah to push one of the photographers before he is shoved back into his caravan and whisked away.
Patchy, Gunnar and Will have their first gig with Alannah at 12th and Porter and Juliette forgot all about it. Then, they start arguing about Juliette being interested in the cult and nothing else. She calls him manipulative and he tries to explain that she has a husband and daughter that need her, too. Avery is going on tour and Juliette wants to go to Bolivia. They have a kid. How inconvenient for wealthy people who can afford top notch childcare. Anyway, in typical Juliette fashion, she walks away.
When Maddie sees the paparazzi video online, Deacon tries to get her to not make Jonah her life. He wants her to have a life that isn’t wrapped up in Bieber fever. But, it looks like Bieber fever brings itself to Maddie when he stops by her house. Jonah tells Maddie he is just as upset as she is about Mia’s song and he is tired of everyone believing rumors and not him. He’s also just tired. He is tired of having to be on all the time, of performing his music, which he says is crap. Wow, he really is the incarnate of the Biebs. He says the only time he feels like himself is when he’s with Maddie. Good, then take her to the other side of the world and never let us hear from either of you again. Cool?
Deacon is nervous about the big bumping uglies night with Jessie and so is she. They start out slow, but once they get going, Deacon turns into a puddle of tears and can’t go through with it. He apologizes and Jessie is her usual, sweet self. She tells him if he wants to talk about Rayna, it’s really okay. Deacon is really moved by the gesture. It’s been 11 months since she died and he still feels her absence deeply and can’t seem to move on completely. Jessie comforts and tells him that’s perfectly fine. They start to talk and he admits his father hit him as a kid. He also says he always secretly wanted a son. She falls asleep in his lap and he whispers he thinks he might be broken.
The guys’ first gig with Alannah is amazing, as expected. So, I guess she is going on tour with this band we don’t have a name for yet. Way to plan ahead Gunnar, Will and Patchy.
Maddie goes to a single release party with Jonah and just when you think he’ll get caught up in the fan adoration, he turns and asks if she wants to get out of there. So, they go to a donut shop and he buys bacon sprinkled donuts for everyone in the place. An actual donut would have certainly made this episode better. Why in the hell doesn’t Krispy Kreme deliver?
Juliette later finds Avery sleeping on the couch and she tells him she needs him more than anything in this world. And like an idiot, he falls for it and, I guess they have the sex Deacon and Jessie couldn’t. The next morning, he wakes up to find her gone. Paint me surprised, ya’ll.
Jessie and Deacon fall asleep together and the next morning, Jessie thinks he is going to break up with her, but instead, he explains he felt close to her and she shouldn’t give up on him.
When Deacon and Maddie both get home the following morning at the same time, doing the walk of shame, Daphne is a bit pissed she spent the evening alone. I wish I got to spend the evening alone. With my basketball game, which, by the way was a nail biter. But, hey, what can be more exciting than Maddie and a poor man’s Justin Bieber donut shopping?
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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.