Last Friday I was lucky enough to attend the second All The Cool Kids showcase curated by Nashville The Beautiful. For starters, Nashville The Beautiful is a really dope Instagram and Snapchat dedicated to highlighting everything cool about the city. Along with showing us gems in every arena – parks, restaurants and bars, music, art, etc. – they’ve ventured into providing their own unique events for Nashvillians to enjoy.

All The Cool Kids was held at 12th & Porter – recently reopened under new ownership. Unfortunately I wasn’t in town for the first installment. After the lineup was revealed, I knew that missing this show wasn’t an option. Two favorites and three new faces!

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So. Because I was near starvation, I missed the beginning of the show to get a bit across the street. (Sorry, Michael and Meg!) I did arrive just in time to see Brian Brown grace the stage. A rapper raised in East Nashville and currently creating in Atlanta; it was great to see Brian in front of a hometown crowd performing new material. He gave us an energetic show, as expected. My favorite things:

– Brown was backed by a band for the first time. And it was great.

– Given the circumstances surrounding January 20, Brian decided to give the crowd a few words of encouragement. This motivated a particularly inebriated woman to nominate Brown for President. Sadly, he declined the offer because, “it’s too stressful and my hairline is too good.”

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Next up was Josie Dunne. A really cute folky singer with a rasp in her voice and an acoustic guitar. She wasn’t what I expected when she walked on stage and I was more than pleasantly surprised. My favorite thing:

– Josie’s fun cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and how much the crowd loved singing along.

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Last was Rio, the birthday boy. Our host and the man of the hour. Nashville hadn’t been privileged with a full set from Rio in years. Ages. A couple of forevers. It was SO worth the wait. Rio sang up, down and around that stage. His band more than backed him up. There’s an audible difference between when a band plays together and when they enjoy playing together. These guys LOVED playing together. They loved playing for Rio. And I loved being front and center to take it all in. My favorite things:

– Watching the guitar and bass play off of each other. When band mates have fun, the performances are elevated to a new level.

– “Champagne Headaches”. You had to be there.

 

If you live in Nashville or the surrounding area, I wouldn’t advise missing the next ATCK showcase. You really shouldn’t miss any event with the Nashville The Beautiful stamp. I look forward to supporting on behalf of NakedMusik in the future.