Entertainment, Thrill of Victory

S&E Nashville recommends football, baseball, Shakespeare and Grimey’s

You can’t make a bad choice with all the great activities happening around town this weekend. From baseball to 15th century England to antiques shopping to NFL football and all points in between, Nashville has the full measure of entertainment to offer this weekend.

The Nashville Sounds are home at First Tennessee Park Friday and Saturday night. PHOTO COURTESY NASHVILLE SOUNDS

The Nashville Sounds are home at First Tennessee Park Friday and Saturday night. PHOTO COURTESY NASHVILLE SOUNDS

First up is the last stretch of weekend home games for our Nashville Sounds, who are nearing the end of the first season in their new home, First Tennessee Park. If you feel like cheering on our home team with some hotdogs, fireworks and ice cream in a little hat, head on over to the Sounds tonight! They play the Albuquerque Isotopes Friday night at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. Come and join our Sounds in their final push for home games! Last home game of the season is Thursday, Sept. 3, so if you haven’t made time to see the Sounds and their new digs, time’s a wastin’!

Next up is another outdoor entertainment venue, this time with a throwback to both 15th century England and the Civil War-era American South. The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is performing Shakespeare’s Henry V every Thursday through Sunday nights to mid-September in the Centennial Park Bandshell. The interpretation of Shakespeare’s Henry V is performed through the lens of director Nat McIntyre and “will use Shakespeare’s historical drama to reflect on the American Civil War, using the very words that Shakespeare wrote over 400 years ago,” as the NSF describes the performance. What’s not to love about getting to feel a little bit smarter than you started after enjoying Shakespeare?

Here’s another perk – food trucks abound at Shakespeare in the Park! You can enjoy some of Nashville’s favorite food trucks and vendors, which open their doors – or should we say windows? – at 6 p.m. This weekend, you can find some of the best food trucks and vendors Nashville has to offer – Crepe A Diem, Deg Thai, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Lil Choo Choo BBQ and Moosehead Kettle Corn will all be standing by, ready for your order! Imagine how you can brag to your friends that you are sooo Nashville after your weekend. You can visit Centennial Park, sample some fabulous food trucks and watch Shakespeare performed outdoors all at once! That’s a lot of fabulousness happening all at the same time, wouldn’t you agree?

Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher is set to return to Nissan Stadium for the first time. PHOTO COURTESY NFL

Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher is set to return to Nissan Stadium for the first time. PHOTO COURTESY NFL

Yet another outdoor venue that can’t be missed is the first home pre-season game between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. This is not your ordinary pre-season NFL game, as it is full of fun story lines. New Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will be taking his first game snaps at Nissan Stadium and the long-time Titans head coach Jeff Fisher will be making his first trip back to Nashville with the Rams. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., Sunday night as this game will be the nationally featured game on FOX. If you can’t make it down to Nissan Stadium, you can at least cheer on the Titans from your favorite spot, be it a local hangout or your very own couch.

The outdoor venues continue to abound this weekend. Next on the docket for indoor/outdoor fun is the Nashville Flea Market. This is the weekend, folks! The flea market is one of Nashville’s perennially favorite activities, and it’s one of the best in the country. No foolin’. You can’t say you’ve really experienced all of Nashville if you haven’t been to the flea market. It runs Friday through Sunday one weekend per month, so you have plenty of time to fit it in to your busy weekend schedule. Where else can you find rare books, military surplus, gardening gadgets, antiques and oil paintings all at the same place? We dare you to find another. The flea market is the perfect place to find a great deal, and you’re supporting Nashville and small business owners to boot. The flea market is the place to be!

Langhorne Slim & The Law are performing at Grimey's and Mercy Lounge this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY ALL EYES MEDIA

Langhorne Slim & The Law are performing at Grimey’s and Mercy Lounge this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY ALL EYES MEDIA

We wouldn’t be Nashville if we didn’t have a musical recommendation for the weekend. For our pick this weekend, we say you can’t go wrong by catching Langhorne Slim & the Law at Mercy Lounge Friday and Saturday nights. If you hurry, you can catch them at the Grimey’s in-store performance 6 p.m., Friday. Grimey’s is yet another of our favorite “uniquely Nashville” venues. We can’t sing their praises loud enough. Grimey’s has been a Nashville fixture for years, and their support of music for music’s sake is impressive. Their in-store performances are phenomenal, and what’s not to love about Langhorne Slim?

They are yet another home run on the Dualtone Records label, who have an amazing stable of artists. It is safe to say that if Dualtone has anything to do with an artist, it is a guarantee that they will be excellent. Period. Langhorne Slim & The Law’s new album “The Sprit Moves” is, quite literally, hot off the presses – released on August 7. It is a top-shelf follow up to their 2012 album “The Way We Move,” which has been one of our favorite albums for years, here at Sports & Entertainment Nashville. Catch one of their performances this weekend, and you will be thrilled. If you haven’t caught one of their live performances, now’s your chance. The Grimey’s In Store is set for 6 p.m., Friday night, with their performances at Mercy Lounge set for 9 p.m., both Friday and Saturday nights.

We hope you have a great weekend, Nashville! There is so much to do, you really can’t go wrong. Be safe, and have a great time!