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The Steeldrivers at Hoptown Hopfest
Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Steeldrivers at Hoptown Hopfest

Drop by HBC before you see the Steeldrivers, we’re just down the street.

It’s a sound The Tennessean once described as “Gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs.” The Philadelphia Inquirer put it even more succinctly. “You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, Nashville’s Steeldrivers have bushels of it.”In fact, The SteelDrivers’ success lies in their consistent growth and ability to reinvent their regimen.

It’s also nurtured the various influences that each member brings to the band. With the emphasis on song structure as to parceling out their parameters, elements of Americana, country, blues, rock and soul all enter the equation. Yet their consistent standing at the IBMA awards –which began when they were voted Best Emerging Artist — testifies to the fact that they’ve been able to maintain a fierce following even while growing their audiences at every interval.

The band plays approximately 75 shows a year, including major festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, Wintergrass, Bristol Rhythm and Roots and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It’s their populist approach that finds their devotees — self-proclaimed “SteelHeads”– traveling hundreds of miles to see them in repeat performances. “It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since our first album,” Rogers muses. “And yet, even with all the change and transition, we still have the same joy and enthusiasm that we did in the beginning. Even as the trajectory changes, the story continues to unfold.”

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Big Read Kickoff - Station Eleven
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Big Read Kickoff - Station Eleven

FREE | FIRST 100 PEOPLE RECIEVE A COPY OF STATION ELEVEN

What would happen if a lethal strain of the flu swept the entire Earth? Do you think you'd survive? If you did, how would you live? What would you not want to forget?

Is simply surviving enough?

This year's opening event introduces these questions and connects us to ongoing themes in Station Eleven. The book opens at a performance of Shakespeare's King Lear, and Shakespeare's plays follow the characters throughout the novel. Nashville Shakespeare Festival joins us to feature scenes from some of his greatest works, including those that factor heavily in this year's book. "Discovering Shakespeare" is full of wit and humor! 

A special exhibition of Lori Nix diorama prints of a post-apocalyptic world will be on display with additional artwork by local high school students. A short film by local videographer, Hunter Ezell, will set the mood for all of us to jump into this great piece of literature.

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