Lightning 100's Marathon Village Block Party Featuring: All Them Witches, The Black Cadillacs, Sol Cat, American Hotel, Smooth Hound Smith

Lightning 100's Marathon Village Block Party Featuring:

Lightning 100's Marathon Village Block Party Featuring: All Them Witches, The Black Cadillacs, Sol Cat, American Hotel, Smooth Hound Smith

Saturday, April 25

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:45 pm

$10.01 - $75.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Absolutely no refunds - no exceptions. Lineups and times are subject to change.
Gov't issued ID required. No re-entry.

All Them Witches
All Them Witches
Unexplained phenomena of all kinds can be attributed to magic. Music is among those marvels. When a group of unrelated individuals of different backgrounds gets together and locks into a sonic unity, there must be some sort of mysticism at work. That’s the only way to properly explain it. The members of Nashville’s All Them Witches would agree too. That energy even courses through their moniker, which unsurprisingly comes from Roman Polanski’s 1968 masterpiece Rosemary’s Baby.
“The name can be interpreted in many different ways,” explains singer and bassist Michael Parks, Jr. “It could be a person’s view on what the forces of good and evil are or even how we interact with each other as human beings. There’s a little bit of witchcraft in everybody’s life. Just waking up is pretty magical—you’re alive another day. In terms of the music, we’re so loose, and that’s where the magic comes from. There’s no controlling factor. We do exactly what comes naturally. We go in a room without any idea about what will happen, get in the groove, and it works. That’s supernatural.”

All Them Witches began conjuring up music together in 2012. Foregoing theater school to focus on songwriting, Parks traded New Mexico for Nashville at 19-years-old. The Shreveport, Louisiana native met drummer Robby Staebler while the two shared a shift at a “corporate hippie store”. Robby showed Parks some music he and guitarist Ben McLeod had written, and it inspired the singer to jam—which he adds, “I usually never do. It made sense though”.
Adding Robby’s longtime friend Allan Van Cleave to the fold on Fender Rhodes, All Them Witches cut their debut Our Mother Electricity. Almost immediately after, they began working on its follow-up 2013’s Lightning At The Door. Recorded live in a matter of days with producer and engineer Andy Putnam, the boys tapped into a distinct energy, mustering bluesy soul, Southern swagger, and thunderous hard rock all at once.
“We tracked everything live in the same room,” says Parks. “We got a lot of bleed from the mics and the amps being together. Everything felt organic. You get us untainted on the record.”
The first single “When God Comes Back” swings from a Delta-dipped groove into a striking riff juxtaposed with Parks’ transfixing delivery. It’s as hypnotic as it is heavy.
“Sometimes, I get visions, for lack of a better word, that lead to songs,” the frontman admits. “I’ll be doing a mundane task at work, walking somewhere in the woods, or driving, and I’ll get these narrative flashes in my head. Personal experiences play into those narratives. This song is about our egos coming to break us down and destroy everything. We try to govern each other and turn the only landscape we have to live in into a parking lot. There’s no room for anybody. So, when God comes back, he’s going to be really mad.”
Elsewhere on the album, one story connects the expansive and entrancing “The Marriage of Coyote Woman” and “The Death of Coyote Woman”. The tracks twirl through rustic instrumentation and muscular distortion before building into a wild climax.
“It’s a two-part song that follows one character in my brain that has its own trials and tribulations to go through,” Parks goes on. “It also discusses how and where I grew up. It’s a hodgepodge, and the lyrics and music just came to me while I was driving.”
Given their powerful and potent psychedelic sound, All Them Witches has shared the stage with everybody from punk luminaries Broncho to the buzzing Windhand. They’ve also rocked at WRLT's weekly live series "Nashville Sunset", played the station's Live On The Green and appeared at the Scion Rock Fest.
“We can take so many different paths,” he adds. “The music is ever-shifting. None of us grew up listening to the same music. In Louisiana, I heard a lot of ZZ Top and Blues band. Allan was raised on classical, almost exclusively. Robby and Ben listened to a ton of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. When we came together, it simply works.”
Ultimately, everything comes back to that certain magic for All Them Witches. “Not to sound too much like hippie, but I hope everybody can ride our vibe,” Parks leaves off. “We’re very simple people doing something we really love. We have such a short amount of time on this earth. Everybody should be doing what they love. If there’s a message here, it’s that.”
The Black Cadillacs
The Black Cadillacs
The Black Cadillacs are a 5-piece rock band from Tennessee with an original sound
that includes influences from 60‘s era rock and roll to more modern grunge and indie
rock. With a focus on high energy live shows and a near constant touring schedule, the
band is building a reputation as a road-hardened live act you don’t want to miss. “Their
live-set is where this well-orchestrated yet explosive blend comes to life.” says Red
Bull Sound Select of the band’s SXSW performance. “Amazing energy from beginning
to end”, adds Consequence of Sound.
First cousins, Will Horton and Matthew Hyrka, formed the band in Memphis with
childhood friend and bassist, Philip Anderson. When the trio moved to Knoxville for
college, they added guitarist, John Phillips and drummer, Adam Bonomo to the mix.
With more than 5 years of writing, recording, and performing together, the band has
carved out their place in the touring landscape. According to Jack Smith at No
Country for New Nashville, “At this point in their career, these Knoxvillians have really
nailed down how to put together a fantastic performance...”
The band spent much of 2014 on the road, including their first European tour, with
shows in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands. Relix Magazine
named the band one of their “Summer Stars” after appearances at several major
festivals including Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest, SXSW, Wakarusa, Summerfest, and
Bunbury to name a few. “The band’s aggressive brand of indie-rock, which puts a lot
more emphasis on the second half of the term, has reeled in all types of live music
lovers. With their bluesy, often bombastic guitar riffs and a pulsing rhythm section that
perfectly complements Horton’s disarming vocals, it isn’t surprising that a slew of
festivals have sought to add their propulsive sound to the bill.”, says the magazine.
The Black Cadillacs bring their formidable on-stage energy to the studio and the result
is an enthusiastic, honest approach to modern rock music. With songs featured in
several major network TV shows like, ABC’s Nashville, CBS’ CSI, USA’s White
Collar and Unnecessary Roughness, as well as multiple feature films and
documentaries, the results speak for themselves. 

The band has just finished their new self-titled, 5-song, EP that features their most
exciting material to date. Produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco), the EP exhibits a darker,
more mature sound, with the familiar strong rhythms, thoughtful lyrics and hard hitting
guitars that earned the band their following. Look for the Black Cadillacs’ new EP in
February and catch the band on the road in 2015 as they begin touring in January.
The Black Cadillacs are Will Horton (Vocals), Matthew Hyrka (Lead Guitar), John Phillips (Rhythm
Guitar), Philip Anderson (Bass), and Adam Bonomo (Drums).
Sol Cat
Sol Cat
There is no such thing as a landlocked island, except the one where Sol Cat seems to live. It's like a place where the mind isn't fully aware of its surroundings, and confusion welcomes the creativity it inspires. Sol Cat's eponymous self-released debut album doesn't necessarily transport you to South Florida from Nashville, TN, but that is an appropriate enough concept. If Music City defines firm lines between genres, Sol Cat's album champions redistricting, creating challenging new sounds in this arena of the traditional.

Think of a midnight drive somewhere warm, certainly the top is down, and yes, a beauty is in the passenger seat. The six-piece band suggests you can take this foggy, dreamlike scenario with you wherever you go. However, Sol Cat finds its own contentment and happiness in the valleys of Middle TN, grateful for the opportunity to tap into the mystical and spiritual musical foundation on which the land is built. The Athens of the South has an appeal any artist can feel — an enticing, drawing temptation.

Before relocating, Sol Cat's members spent their time across the country, Miami to Los Angeles, New York City to The Gulf of Mexico. Musical influences span just as wide, yet an eclectic and oceanic resonance remains prevalent in their sound. Smooth grooves along the lines of George McCrae mix with semi-psych synth layers, while the likes of The Talking Heads and Laid Back inspire bouncy bass and slick guitar riffs.

With such a range of cultural and artistic influence, the creative process is equally interesting. Vocalist and writer Brett Hammann steers the musical direction of the band while guitarist Johnny Fisher leads the group into new and uncharted territory. Drummer Ryan Usher provides the rhythmic backbone for bassist Aaron Martin, who also acts as Sol Cat's Art Director. Lead guitarist Jaan Cohan brings catchy licks and skills to melt any face, leaving keyboardist and studio engineer Jeremy Clark to play intuitively as the music essentially produces itself.

The group is now prepared and eager for the road, with its groundwork set for the message to spread. The Sol Cat sound is not as unfamiliar as it is forgotten; and those feelings and emotions poured into music past are ready to gracefully wash over a new generation.

-Pedro Sanchez III
American Hotel
American Hotel
American Hotel is a new collaborative project featuring Jesse Hall, Jeremy Lister, Adam Binder, Anthony Fiacco, and Vince Gard. The band showcases 3 lead singers (Hall, Lister, Loucks) and is currently recording their debut album, eyeing a mid-year release.
Smooth Hound Smith
Smooth Hound Smith
Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin' American roots duo comprised of "One-Man-Band" Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion). Established in 2012, and currently based in East Nashville, TN, they record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues. Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, tasty harmonies and A LOT of tambourine, they are able to create something rugged and visceral- a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll music that harkens back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints.
The duo has traveled over 70,000 road miles, playing over 500 shows in over 30 states in the last two years. They've shared the stage with artists such as Robert Earl Keen, The David Mayfield Parade, Matthew Perryman Jones, Charlie Parr, Possessed By Paul James, Shawn Mullins, and more. Their self-titled debut album received "top adds" on Americana Radio in early 2014, as well as garnered attention from media outlets such as Nashville's independent radio, WRLT Lightning 100, and publications like American Songwriter and RELIX Magazine. Their music has also recently been featured on MTV's The Real World. They are set to record their second full-length record in early 2015 at Welcome To 1979 Studios with producer Chris Mara at the helm (Jason Isbell, North Mississippi Allstars, Keane), and will be touring heavily throughout 2015.