Mon, Feb. 11th, 2013 · The High Watt · FREE! (21+)

8 off 8th : East Nashville Underground featuring Kat Smo, Grass Root Kids, The Future, Ravello, Roots of a Rebellion, Billy Swayze, Blackfoot Gypsies & Bear Cub

Mon, Feb. 11th, 2013

8 off 8th : East Nashville Underground featuring Kat Smo, Grass Root Kids, The Future, Ravello, Roots of a Rebellion, Billy Swayze, Blackfoot Gypsies & Bear Cub

FREE! (21+)
Doors: 8:00pm
Show: 9:00pm
Ages: 21+
The High Watt

Mon, Feb. 11th, 2013

The High Watt
Doors: 8:00pm
Show: 9:00pm
Ages: 21+
FREE! (21+)
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8 off 8th : East Nashville Underground featuring Kat Smo, Grass Root Kids, The Future, Ravello, Roots of a Rebellion, Billy Swayze, Blackfoot Gypsies & Bear Cub

8 off 8th


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Whether it's launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th's rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing. Every Monday night at Mercy Lounge, come enjoy $1 off all Yuengling and Brooklyn Brewery products while you soak in the sounds of Nashville's finest musical offerings.

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East Nashville Underground


Kat Smo


→ Kat Smo on Bandcamp

Grass Root Kids


→ Facebook

Grass Root Kids started with a desire to do something genuine and in November of 2011, Kyle Hassenfratz and Chris Pottinger formed the foundation of what would become Grass Root Kids in that same spirit. After one jam session with Kyle, Chris brought in friends and fellow musicians Jared Cooper and Mark Summarell. Having recently moved to Nashville, Joska Borbely was invited to come out as well. After 3 months of writing, rehearsing and bonding they played their debut show at Nashville's Limelight to a room of 60 people. Shortly after that, Grass Root Kids expanded their lineup with talented vocalist and violinist Grace McCaw.

Since then, Grass Root Kids have made their debut in cities across the Southeastern United States. They have garnered attention from “The Deli Magazine” being selected as their “Band of the Month” for September of 2012. In that same month, Grass Root Kids headlined their first festival stage at Clarksville’s Riverfest. In November of 2012 they they played the very exclusive East Nashville Underground Festival. Word of their live show is spreading through Indie blogs with comparisons to the likes of Manchester Orchestra and Arcade Fire. One fan at a time, people are starting to take notice.

On July 13th, the friends, family and fans of Grass Root Kids successfully funded the Kickstarter project for GRK’s debut EP “Loose Change”. Together, they raised 20 percent over their goal!

On October 1st, 2012, Grass Root Kids released their debut EP “Loose Change” on Itunes and Spotify, followed by their physical EP Release show at The High Watt on Oct. 19th, 2012. Up until then, everything accomplished by Grass Root Kids was done on the strength of one demo, their drive and the fans that took heed and supported them.

If Grass Root Kids can do all of this in one year and with one song, what can they do over the next year with 5 songs?

The Future


→ Official Site

This indie pop quartet of brothers and friends calls Nashville, Tennessee, home – having come together from disparate parts of the country to form a band that creates highly danceable jams that resemble Franz Ferdinand and Spoon’s electro-tinged love child.

Roots of a Rebellion


→ Official Website

It is in the very house that once belonged to Hank Williams Sr. that has risen up a new spirit, a new generation, and a new sound. In a town filled with country music comes a sound so unique and diverse that attention must be shifted. Having shared the stage with such acts as The Wailers, Iration, Zach Deputy, Ashes of Babylon, and The Movement, Roots of a Rebellion actively seeks the hearts and ears of its fans everywhere. 
Combining elements of reggae, soul, rock, dub, and mixed with a tight horn section and melodic vocal lines, R.O.A.R. has created a sound that is wholeheartedly unique. Hailing from various corners of the United States, each member brings something special to the table. Austin Smith, Alec Newnam, Troy Wiggins, Marco Martinez, Jeremyck Smith, Justin Smith, and Paul Violante all have relocated to Nashville to blend unique musical styles and passion into the souls of the southeast. Fueled by conscious lyrics and a groove that won’t let you sit still, Roots of a Rebellion wants you to become a part of something original and positive. 
Roots of a Rebellion, along with its loyal Roots Crew fan base, will continue marching on representing truth and love wherever they go. Be on the look out for future R.O.A.R. shows coming through your town soon!

Swayze


→ Official Site

Raised in the south, Billy's music is a unique blend of soul, acoustic-pop and rock with elements of ambient, trip-hop and psychedelia. He's been writing and recording since the age of 14 and is releasing his new CD this July. Billy's performances are dynamic, from intimate Otis-inspired gospel harmonies to alt-pop acoustic songcraft to foot-stomping Stones meets Stooges barn burners. Billy's current band lineup features musicians from past projects as well as top talent from the Nashville scene.

Passion for music runs deep in Billy's veins. His cousin Roderick Falconer / Rod Taylor was a prolific rock singer/songwriter on Geffen Records who produced seven albums before launching his film career. Intent on carrying on the family tradition, Billy's journey continues.

Blackfoot Gypsies


→ Official Site

Matthew Paige and Zack Murphy ARE the Blackfoot Gypsies. They are the amplifier for your heart and soul, your love and hate, your on and off, your push and pull. With caution being checked at the door, there is no room for thinking... only feeling. Breaking the lines between hipsters, punks, posers, dads, normies, cowboys, rockers, and burnouts; everyone gets stripped to the core on the floor. And no one leaves the same as they came before.

 

Scouting the future of the American music that has been progressing since the dawn of time. There's no stunting the Blackfoot and there's no stopping the Gypsies.

 

The torch has been lit and will be carried with pride, speaking up for a generation unlike any other. It's all happening here, and it's all happening now.

Bear Cub


→ Facebook

We write songs. We play music. We have beards. It might get rowdy.

“Jesse Hall left the city he loves and a promising pop-punk band to follow a girl to Austin. All he got was a broken heart, a long trip back and the seed for one of the best albums to come out of Pittsburgh in 2010,”(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Most of the debut record from Bear Cub was written on that 2,000-mile car ride back home, which chronicles the singer-songwriter's ill-fated romantic venture south. Jesse’s style of writing is in a league of its own, with a copious flow of raw emotion, beautifully crafted phrasing, and incredible imagery. Digging through the dirt and grit, he discovers these true gems. Through friends of friends around Pittsburgh, the band members found each other, and an ‘aggressive folk’ formula that works masterfully. By now, the Bear Cub boys have dug their heels in Nashville and are making their voices heard loud and clear around town. They are currently working on new material and winning fans over the old fashioned way – letting the music speak for itself and putting on a phenomenal live show. Bear Cub has been touted as “a hardcore indie rock band from Tennessee”, by Black Vinyl Magazine, “because the energy that comes from these bears - between the gut-spillin' lyrics to the full force instrument handling, pretty much gives folk a new identity."