Frist Fridays Summer Concert Series Announces Nikki Lane, ELEL, and The Long Players

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 15th season of Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ outdoor summer concert series Frist Fridays kicks off 6-9 p.m. June 30 in the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Turner Courtyard. The all-ages concerts take place on the final Fridays of June, July, and August, rain or shine.

A fun evening of music is enjoyed with food specials, a cash bar and artist-led experiences in the galleries.

This year, guests have the opportunity to participate in gallery and studio programs led by artists featured in the exhibitions “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,” “Extrasensory, Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee,” and “Vadis Turner: Tempest.”

For the Aug. 25 performance, the Frist Center collaborates with the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival to present Nikki Lane who also performs at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in September. The Frist Center also partners with ASCAP to present an emerging artist who will open for Lane.

July 28: ELEL

Seductive hooks and layers of sparkly instrumentation have propelled this seven-piece indie pop ensemble from Nashville into the national spotlight in recent years, including an appearance in Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 feature film Don’t Think Twice. Their debut album, Geode, often exuberantly joyful and danceable, is also distinct for its contemplative moments.

For this Frist Friday performance, artist Beth Reitmeyer, a frequent ELEL collaborator—and also a recent teaching artist for the Frist Center’s Extrasensory project—will install her luminous geodes around the stage. Zack Hall, whose video work is featured in Pattern Recognition, will set up a station of found footage and a MIDI keyboard for visitors to experiment with the software he uses to create music videos. John Warren, whose work is also featured in Pattern Recognition, will screen some of his 16 mm films and answer questions.

Aug. 25: Nikki Lane

Presented in Partnership with Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

+ Opening ASCAP Artist TBA

With her 2017 LP Highway Queen, Nikki Lane continues to refine her own irresistible brand of audacious country–rock. Over the course of three albums and non-stop touring, Lane and her band have won over fans and critics with barroom band swagger and lyrics that are simultaneously brash and perceptive. Her songs, while vintage and twangy in DNA, are utterly of this moment in spirit and attitude.

In the galleries, artists McLean Fahnestock (Pattern Recognition) and Massood Taj (Extrasensory) will offer interactive experiences. Using indigenous instruments from around the world, Taj will guide guests in the creation of a layered soundscape inspired by works of art on view. Fahnestock will engage visitors in explanations of memory, family legacies, and the creative process.

Admission

Admission to each Frist Fridays concert is free for Frist Center members and to visitors 18 years and younger. General adult admission is $12 for not-yet-members, $9 for seniors and college students with ID and $7 for military. Frist Fridays will feature a special selection of snack food items in the Frist Center Café. 

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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