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Absolute, total, HIGHLIGHT of the summer!

Rae Hering

As summer starts to wind down this Labor Day weekend, I got to thinking about the highlights of the past few months.  Waterfall excursions with friends, family reunions where I ate way too much, pool parties where I regretted that I ate too much, and even going on my first weekend tour with the band! 

But one thing really stands out.  On July 31st my husband Jonathan and I had the honor of curating a Nashville Fringe Festival event from the ground up.  We called it "Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert" because we wanted to create a unique atmosphere where people can come together and get to know each other while enjoying a free live music event.  Thanks to Jan Bossing with the Nashville Fringe Festival, we turned South x Sea recording studio into an East Nashville music venue and had a ball celebrating our Nashville Community!

Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert

Our M.C. Jason Marsden characteristically weaved his way through the audience (the word "stage" is a broad term in his book) and not only kept the laughs coming but spoke about the meaning of Community much more eloquently than I could imagine.  My favorite part of his monologue was when he passed out blank Thank You cards to everyone because - well, what better way to build Community that to send an old fashioned personal note, right?

Our local beer sponsor Little Harpeth Brewing came through with refreshing craft beer that was perfect for the summertime heat.  Also (you may have noticed this in the slideshow) we had two giant donuts - let me repeat - TWO GIANT DONUTS from Fox's Donut Den because, well, that's just awesome!!!! 

Yes, our theme was the Nashville Community for this event, but we didn't want to leave everyone else out!  That's where our friend Ford Heacock with FIREBREATHrecords came in.  He provided high quality lifestream for everyone, everywhere.  I regret we couldn't find a way to get our internet guests some of that delicious giant donut though...

I will leave you with one of my favorite songs from the evening.  It's a cover song I sing called "Bei Mir Bist du Schöne," originally sung by the Andrews Sisters.  We're having WAY too much fun in this video to be allowed, especially at the end when it gets all dramatic!!  Enjoy!

Rae Hering on accordion, Keith McGonigle on drums and Jonathan Morse on bass.  Video by Make it Pop.

The Man on Mars

Rae Hering

Jason Marsden, dressed in costume at his third Mars Variety Show event, themed "PORCH."

I want to introduce you all to a friend of mine who will be adding a touch of magic and a hint of crazy to the "Face to Face" event this Friday: the Marvelous Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Jason Marsden, aka: MARS.

I met Mars at a holiday party shortly after he and his family moved here to Nashville from L.A.  As an actor, L.A. made sense for Mars, but the reasons for his migration resonate alongside others that have transferred here from bigger, busier cities: they fell in love with the Nashville Community and found that the change of pace feels like home.  After all, his wife Cristy is a Nashville native and their frequent visits over the years had fostered friendships and a strong foothold on the local scene. 

So if it was Community that brought Mars to Nashville, it's no surprise that Community is what he is working to strengthen and grow.  Enter: The Mars Variety Show!

Inspired to celebrate the creative diversity in Nashville (and his birthday at the same time) the inaugural Mars Variety Show this past January was a whimsical evening of live music, comedy, short film, prose and even burlesque...all done with style.  The success of the first event has spawned parts two and three and...an anticipated plenty more!

 
 

As spectators, we quickly learn that the traditional concept of "the stage" is nonexistent in Mars' world.  Held at The Building in East Nashville, our Ringmaster transforms the entire venue into his circus.  He'll be weaving through chairs during his monologue until we realize the casual conversation he's having with an audience member is actually a comedy routine in disguise.  Then we're turned around to discover a songwriter standing atop the bar leading the crowd into what turns into a spontaneous sing-a-long.  He's even taken the show outside and around the block, turning the entire assembly into a rousing funeral march mob: replete with tuba, trumpet and song, we marched and danced down and around the 5 Points neighborhood.  It was quite the spectacle and absolutely wonderful.

It's a tricky job capturing the wonder of the Mars Variety Show, but Michael Shumate does it splendidly.  Here are a few photos he took from the Mars Variety Show pt 3, themed PORCH, which I was thrilled to be a part of as a performer:

You're probably getting a hunch that to Mars, life looks a little grander than the every-day, run-of-the-mill perspective.  And I love that about him.  What I love even more is how he's bringing the Nashville Community together to create art which inspires conversation which leads to connections which makes friendships which means more Community which...you get the picture.  

That's why I'm thrilled to have him as my M.C. for "Face to Face" on July 31st, helping me celebrate our Nashville Community.  I hope you can join us for this Full Moon, Friday Night, Free Event sponsored by the Nashville Fringe Festival!

Face to Face: an Up-Close Concert
Friday, July 31

BYOBeer and BYOFood

6:30p: doors and bring a picnic-style dinner if you want
8p: Rae and her trusty trio start playing music!

Look forward to a craft beer sampling by Little Harpeth Brewing!

If you can't be there in person, FIREBREATHrecords has us covered with live streaming of the show at 8p central here: www.firebreathmedia.com/live.

Held at South by Sea Studio: 1313 Jewell St., 37207
(If you're using Apple Maps, type "Jewell" with two L's otherwise you'll get the wrong location!)
 

What's a Shaggy Turtle?

Rae Hering

What's a Shaggy Turtle?  Well, keep reading.

It was a sunny June afternoon when my band and I pull up to the next stop on tour.  We’ve made it to Charlotte, NC by way of Knoxville and I’ll tell you right now, this venue is quite a bit different than what you might call “the norm.”  No smoky bars here, folks, this is a HOUSE CONCERT!  And a House Concert is where MAGIC happens. 

Ya know how Magicians can make a handkerchief turn into a wand?  Well, hold on to that imagery for a moment and apply it to what I call “House Concert Magic:”

Abracadabra!  A Home transforms into the Venue!

Poof!  A Back Patio morphs into the Stage!

Marvel as a Delicious Potluck becomes the Menu!

And right before your eyes Audience Members turn into Friends!

Thanks for letting me be silly :)  In all seriousness, the Shaggy Turtle House Concert was all this and more.  Founder Phil Murphy is an amazing host.  He puts together these shows literally out of sheer love for music; doesn’t make a dime but certainly organizes an event like a true professional. 

Shaggy + Turtle = Shaggy Turtle!!  The name and emblem was fashioned from Phil's tattoo.

Thankfully for Phil, he’s got a solid Community of folks who are willing to lend a helpful hand.  I witnessed everyone in the Community offer something to make the evening flow smoothly: chairs, lights, homemade beer and food for the table, and of course a warm bed for us weary musicians!

Community has been on my mind lately (read my last post here).  With so much going on in our daily schedules or on the news, it can be easy to isolate our selves.  I certainly get caught up in my own little frenzied world of worry or over-work.  But at the Shaggy Turtle House Concert, a Community of people made the choice to gather and be together, bonded by their love of music and desire for fellowship.  It’s a little slice of what I think we all want, which is connection.

If you’re in Nashville on Friday, July 31st I hope you’ll join me in being a part of my Community.  Together with my husband Jonathan we’re putting on a FREE Nashville Fringe Festival event called “Face to Face.”  The vibe will be very much like a House Concert (or as I like to say “Up-Close Concert”) and the theme of the evening is COMMUNITY.

 
 

Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert
FREE
Friday, July 31st
6:30p doors, 8p show
2301 Franklin Pike
BYOBooze and BYOFood

Lastly, thanks to Phil and Everyone at the Shaggy Turtle House Concert for allowing me the opportunity to share in your Community!  It was an unforgettable evening!

Here we are after a successful show! Jonathan Morse, Phil Murphy, Yours Truly and our drummer, Nic Wiles.

Face to Face: my favorite social platform

Rae Hering

I may joke at shows that my favorite social media platform is Face to Face, but I do really mean it.  And judging by the audience reaction, it sounds like people agree.

We all know that the definition of Community has vastly changed over the last 20 years.  As a musician I can attest to the wonders of the Internet for making my indie music career possible - how amazing is that?!?  But I’ve also realized that my Virtual Community has weak legs to stand on without my Face to Face Community. 

For me, Face to Face is where Community begins. 

These two fellas are a big part of my Community: Ford Heacock of Firebreath Media and Jonathan Morse of Husband! :)

Over the next couple of months I’ll be discussing the topic of Community and I hope you’ll join the conversation.  It will all be leading up to Friday, July 31st.  That’s because my husband Jonathan and I have been given the opportunity to curate a Nashville Fringe Festival show and we decided to make the event all about COMMUNITY!  

This will be a Full Moon, Friday Night, FREE Event to acknowledging the Community in which we live - people meeting people, Face to Face.  If you’ll be in the Nashville area, I hope you can come be a part of the Community. 

 
Thanks to Jan Bossing of NFF!

Thanks to Jan Bossing of NFF!

 

Face to Face: an Up-Close Concert by Rae Hering
FREE Event!
Friday, July 31st
6:30pm
2301 Franklin Pike

If you won’t be in Nashville, that’s OK – the Internet still has it’s charms :)  We'll be live streaming the event thanks to Firebreath Media

Read more and RSVP on Bandsintown or Facebook.

 

So now that you know what Community means in my life...“What does Community mean in your life?”  I recently asked my Facebook friends this question.  To get the conversation started, here are some of their thoughts:

“Support in all ways through unconditional love.  It means intentional living…we are all connected.”

“Being mindfully present in good times and in bad.”

 “A tribe based on respect, trust and experiences…mutual compassion for each other’s fundamentally lonesome paths.”

“Kids playing together, the swans in the lake, neighbors stopping unannounced, raising kids together, community rummage sale and fishing fest.”

“…it means knowing that wherever I go, there’s going to be people there that I know I can or will love and who can or do love me.”

“If we fail to find a place for everyone, it would just not make a choir.”

 

...if you'd like to share, I'd like to hear from you.