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May 11th Eastside Hoot Performers
by T.J. Anderson
This is the first in a series of posts profiling artists who will be performing at the East Side Hootenanny, the free six-week concert series to be held in East Nashville at East Park. We are sponsors of the event and all-around enthusiastic supporters of it and the artists who will be performing there. First up: Alanna Royale, who will perform at the first installment of the series on Saturday, May 11th.
7 members, 6 beards, 3 horns, 1 lady. Get into it.
That's how Alanna Royale describes itself. What doesn't fit into that description is all the buzz that's been generated for this soul pop band in such a short period of time. With just an EP out--Bless Her Heart, released in January 2013--and only a handful of live shows under its belt, the band can already claim sold-out performances, radioplay, and a full upcoming concert schedule (including Bonnaroo in June). The seven of us love to play music that shakes, swings, moves you, and grooves you, says the band. We hail from many different places, but we met in Nashville and now it is our home.
Have a listen:
Fronted by singer Alanna Quinn-Broadus, Alanna Royale also includes bassist Gabriel Golden, guitarist Jared Colby, drummer Matt Snow, and a horn section comprised of Kirk Donovan, Diego Vasquez, and Braxton Nicholas of The Nashville Horns. This is a band with tremendous energy and a crazy bright future in Music City and beyond.
Also performing at the East Side Hootenanny on May 11th is Chuck Mead, Sage & The Saints, Blackfoot Gypsies, and Derek Hoke. Watch some more vids here to get a feel for all the East Side Hoot bands.
Here are the Blackfoot Gypsies, described as the amplifier for your heart and soul, your love and hate, your on and off, your push and pull ... breaking the lines between hipsters, punks, posers, dads, normies, cowboys, rockers, and burnouts:
You won't want to miss Derek Hoke, who is originally from South Carolina but made his way here to work for Ricky Scaggs before releasing his 2010 debut Goodbye Rock n Roll, which has since been followed up with last year's Waiting All Night:
And here's Chuck Mead, who founded Grammy-nominated country band BR549 in the '90s but is now mostly doing his own thing:
And finally here's Sage & The Saints. Frontwoman Sage has all kinds of famous and interesting associations (just for starters, she danced with Michael Jackson in his music video for Black or White, starred in a Steven Spielberg mini-series, and sang with Natalie Merchant at Lilith Fair. This is the first single, Edie Sedgwick, from Sage's EP, Learning to Walk:
Who are you most excited to see at the East Side Hootenany on May 11th?
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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