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  • May 2014
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Hippie Jack’s to Hold Americana Music Festival Sept. 25–28

The Council of Americana Roots Music announced that they will be hosting a festival for the preservation of Americana music Sept. 25–28 in Crawford, Tenn. Attendees can stay for a day, or camp out the whole weekend. Headlining performers, who are also being recorded as part of the national Jammin at Hippie Jack’s PBS series, […]


Tony Castellanos @ Alfonso’s Mexican Restaurant, every weekend

Local guitarist Tony Castellanos has found a weekend home at Alfonso’s Mexican Restaurant, located near Stones River Mall. The musician performs there each Friday and Saturday evening, and mixes it up with a variety of Latin, jazz, blues, rock, country and more. Bring the family, come hungry and take in Castellanos’ sounds as you dine.


5j Barrow @ Liquid Smoke, Wednesday 9/10

The members of 5j Barrow hail from all over the country, including Murfreesboro percussionist Ian Hunt, and converged in New York City to form a group that can transition in an instant from gentle and delicate to fierce and frenzied. The band brings its fiddlin’ folk-rock sounds from the boroughs of New York to the […]



Boyhood, director Richard Linklater’s latest feature, follows in the footsteps of Linklater’s own Before . . . trilogy as well as Michael Apted’s Up series in its depiction of the same people/actors and how they change and grow over the course of many years. Whereas Apted’s documentaries serve mostly as a series of time capsules […]


The Media Is Not Treating Sam Equally

It’s football time in Tennessee and the Me-Ma’s oxygen tank is working overtime in anticipation of the Titans’ fresh season. As always, I bring sports knowledge and life lessons with a sense of humor that would make your Grandma blush and the liberals in the media and D.C. cringe. There has been a lot of […]


The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar Opening in Murfreesboro

The Big Bang dueling piano bar recently announced the planned opening of its second Tennessee location in downtown Murfreesboro. The bar, which will feature live dueling pianos Thursday through Saturday, is scheduled to open mid-September in the old Social event space at 114 N. Church St. The Big Bang opened its first Tennessee location in […]


Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple

Review by Michelle Palmer At first glance, Maria Semple’s bestselling novel appears to wear a lot of hats—part comedy of errors, part coming-of-age tale and part mystery. But when you dig a little deeper, Where’d You Go Bernadette is an insightful, hysterically funny novel that will make you laugh out loud in one sentence and […]

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Bike of the Month – Duck Derby Dynasty

Smoopy’s Vintage Bicycles custom-built and painted this 1971 Western Flyer “Derby Dynasty.” The custom chopper muscle bike was given away at the 2014 Duck Derby benefiting the Child Advocacy Centers of Cannon and Rutherford counties. For more information on Smoopy’s custom bikes, call (615) 410-3928, visit or like Smoopy’s on Facebook. Smoopy’s Vintage Bicycles […]