Hey, Next Big Nashville Is Starting Today, and Caleb Followill Gets Interviewed Tomorrow



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Back when the ol' Scene actually hit racks on Wednesday, we were able to line our annual Next Big Nashville issue up with the first day of the fest, but since we're a real fancy rag these days — glossy things can't be rushed — our print guide to NBN won't be grabbable until tomorrow. As I lay fingers to keyboard, Next Big Nashville has begun. Folks are getting their swaggy bags (flying disc! Shot of Red Bull!) and wristbands and laminates and lanyards, then sitting down, eating free bagels and looking at their smart phones. And, of course, attending the Leadership Music Digital Summit — the conference side of NBN — which is now under way at the Curb Center.

One thing we didn't get notice of before the paper went to press: Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill will be the subject of this year's Artist Keynote Interview. That will be at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at the Curb Center. Try not to get a parking ticket like I did. (At least it had a kind note at the end: "Also, this isn't really a parking space.") Anyway, non-conference goings-on start going on tonight as well, and here some highlights:

* And the World Opened Up is a documentary/concert film featuring Nashville's own Brooke Waggoner. It's showing at 6:30 p.m. tonight at The Belcourt.

* As mentioned in last week's print edition, former Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan will break the champagne on the festival bough tonight with The Mynabirds. Of The Mynabirds, Edd Hurt wrote: "Formerly half of the power-pop duo Georgie James, Burhenn moved to Omaha to make the record, and sounds as if she spent the time curled up with the complete works of Cass Elliot and Lorraine Ellison. The tunes meander, but the chord changes are sharp, and Burhenn sings like soul music can wash away any heartache." 9 p.m. at Mercy Lounge.

* Tristen, The Mattoid and Jasmin Kaset play The Basement, and you know what? We heart all of them.

* Megan McCormick is at 12th & Porter, with Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, The Silver Seas and more. Check out Jewly Hight's feature on McCormick from earlier this year.

Let's get festy!

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