Take a break from a busy week of elections and back-to-school with festive First Fridays, live music, comedy and more.
1. First Friday
After the first week back to school, I’m sure many local families could use a fun night out to start their weekend.
August’s First Friday edition returns this weekend. The ever-popular monthly gathering always brings a large crowd to downtown Columbia.
As always, many downtown stores will be open late and offer special sales. Dine at local restaurants, food trucks, shop vendors and enjoy great live entertainment.
First Friday’s main events will run from 5pm to 8pm on Friday.
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2. Makki Kailor Puckett launch party
“The Swanky South” singer-songwriter Mackie Keillor returns to Puckett’s this Saturday for a special hometown concert, which will include a special announcement.
The announcement is being kept under wraps, but Keillor says it will be worth the wait, and he’s especially proud that it was revealed at Puckett’s, where he’s been a regular over the years. It was also where Keillor recorded his live album, “Live from The Swanky South,” released last year.
“Puckett’s was kind of home base for us,” Keillor said. “We’ve played there so many times and we love it, although every stage I’ve had the chance to play in this city is special to me.”
The show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, is free, although reserved seats are already sold out. However, walk-up seats will still be available.
3. A night of country music and comedy at the Senior Center
This weekend will be a night of laughs and live music at the Maury County Senior Center.
The senior center, 1020 Maury County Park Drive, will host a “Country Music and Comedy Night” beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The event lineup will include LuLu Roman of “Hee Hav” fame, Logan Blade, Ray Cooper, Murphy Ridge and Eric Street.
Tickets are $18 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the senior center as well as Alzheimer’s Tennessee.
4. Music school back to school with open doors
Now that class is back in session, Mullettown School of Music is inviting families with musically inclined children to their new location this weekend.
The School of Music, 1409 Hatcher Lane, will host a special open house from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
The event will be an opportunity for guests to learn about the school’s program, which includes guitar, piano, violin and ukulele lessons.
There will also be discounts for anyone who signs up for classes during the open house.
5. More live entertainment
Dillon Carmichaelalong with The Reeves Brothers, will perform at The Mulehouse, 812 S. High St., starting at 7pm on Friday. Tickets are $18 and are available at www.TheMulehouse.com.
Speedy Mario will perform at Vintage Winery, 616 N. Main St., starting at 7pm on Friday.
The Sun Bodies will perform at Asgard Brewing Co. & Taproom, 104 E. 5th St., starting at 7:30pm on Friday.
Shlomo Franklin will perform at Bad Idea Brewing, 307 W. 11th St. at the Columbia Arts Building, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Cochise County will perform at Tuck’s, Depot 102, starting at 8pm on Friday.
Stranger than fiction will perform at Fozzi’s Bar and Grill, 150 Stephen P. Yokich Parkway in Spring Hill, starting at 8 p.m. Friday.
Beyond the Grove will be performing at Bad Idea Brewing starting at 6pm on Saturday.
Real Deal Band will perform at The Rebel Bar and Grill, 307 Riverside Drive, starting at 7:30pm on Saturday.
Classic Vinyl will perform at the Elk’s Lodge, 1208 VKRM Lane, starting at 7pm on Saturday.
Mercury Red will perform at The Boondok, 3543 Highway 431, starting at 8pm on Saturday.
Stevierock will perform at The Rebel Bar and Grill starting at 4pm on Sunday.
Jay Powell covers events and entertainment for The Daily Herald. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JaiPovellCDH.