Shake It! Introducing: Soul at The Factory

The Factory at Franklin is proud to carry on its grand tradition of live music by introducing its newest installment of the live concert series: Soul at The Factory.

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As Williamson County grows, so does its need for more and more live music. This new Factory Urban Original Music Series celebrates the best local, national and international R&B, Soul, Southern Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues and Gospel music; and believe us when we say you do not want to miss out on any of this exciting talent.

Artists who have appeared previously include Jason Eskridge, K.C. Martin, Michael Fair, Lisa Webb, Stacey Mitchhart and The Little Russell Band. Upcoming artist include Brian T. Cornish and many more.

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Dr. Alvin Jones heads the series and says Soul at The Factory was started to provide an alternative music series in Williamson County, that while there are many Country, Americana, and Folk acts, Williamson County could use a bit more Soul. All performances will feature a full live band and are guaranteed to get you out of your seat and get you moving. Performances are scheduled for most Saturdays with doors opening at 6pm.

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When asked why Jones decided to make their home at The Factory, he remarks that its Little Brick Theatre really sealed the deal. With 130 seats filling this state-of-the-art music venue, it’s the perfect place to showcase the kind of talent Jones plans on bringing to the table this year… And let us tell y’all, it’s a whole lot of talent.

As if all this weren’t already exciting enough, Soul at The Factory is now partnering with Mafiaoza’s to have a Prix Dinner from 5pm-6:30pm prior to the 7pm show. It’s the perfect night out! So come down for a night of great food and music that will fill your belly and your soul. Both VIP tickets and General Admissions are available so be sure to reserve yours before the house fills up!

 

 

 

 

Must Love Music: Welcome to Luna Record Shop

A love of good music runs in the family. Just ask sisters, Brenna Gentry and Calvert Gentry McMahan.

Born and raised in Franklin, these two found their love of music early through their parent’s extensive record collection; and like all children surrounded by music, they grew to love it more and more. Eventually, the two grew up and became their own people.  They developed their own tastes and interests, diversified their portfolio to tapes and CDs; but once an audiophile, always an audiophile, and not long after, Brenna began her own vinyl collection in the late 90’s…. And she hasn’t stopped collecting since.

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“I have always wanted a record store since I was young,” Brenna says, “and Calvert and I have always wanted a business together.”

So, in June 2015, they made their dreams happen.

“Audio streaming, while so convenient and accessible, had people missing the experience of physically picking up a record, and investing in it.” Gentry commented. “Even worse, a whole generation who had never even experienced that. We started online and quickly worked toward our brick and mortar.”

Since both Brenna and Calvert are 4th generation Franklin natives, they agreed keeping their passion (and business) in Franklin was their number one priority when starting Luna Record Shop, which lead to that very brick and mortar shop being right here in The Factory at Franklin.

“The Factory was a great fit for the size/space we needed and we loved their desire to create a local scene that wasn’t so corporate… We opened November 7th, 2015, and we love our home.”

Almost two years later, the stores expansive collection grows more and more every day. You can find both new and classic records throughout the collection, so no matter what style of music you’re into, this shop has something for you…. and to let you in on a little secret… They have more than 1,000+ records tucked away in the back at any given time.

Luna Record Shop built their business around what they love, so not only can you find records there, but there are tons of other great gift ideas and music paraphernalia.

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“We have new and used vinyl, cassettes, art, gifts, stickers, magnets and more. We take pride in being one of the very few record stores that actually clean, test play, and play-grade our used vinyl. We want every customer to know exactly what they are paying for and provide a friendly, fun, and judgment free space,” Gentry assures.

No matter if you’re shopping for yourself, a loved one, or perhaps even an acquaintance. Luna Record Shop is the place to go for the music lover in your life. They are an official Pledged Record Store Day store, and will be carrying hundreds of indie, exclusive, limited edition record store day releases on Record Store Day on April 22nd, so be sure to come by and see what’s in store!

 

 

 

A Room & a Stage: Introducing Music City Pickers Live!

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A room and a stage. That’s all Brady Seals and Gordon Kennedy went looking for when trying to find a venue to host their live singer/songwriter series, Music City Pickers Live! They were eager to find a place where they could invite other local songwriters, of all genres, to share their art and song with the good folks of Franklin. Luckily, these two fantastic musicians found exactly that, and so much more, right here in the heart of Williamson County.

 

When Grammy nominee and No. 1 hit singer/songwriter, Brady Seals, opened Music City Pickers in 2010, he dreamed his guitar shop would one day host a live music event featuring local musicians of all kinds. Unfortunately for Seals, however great the space was for a shop it didn’t provide the right kind of space and acoustics for a live music venue. But Franklin is full of all sorts of wonderful, talented musicians and his good friend (and fellow songwriter, who co-wrote the Eric Clapton hit, Change the World), Gordon Kennedy, wandered into the shop and told him about the incredible experience he recently had playing a show at The Factory at Franklin’s Little Brick Theatre. Both of them knew immediately they had to explore more of what The Factory had to offer, and how their live version of Music City Pickers might come to fruition there.

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When the two visited the Little Brick Theatre again, they knew it was the real deal.  Not only would the venue provide the space they were searching for, they realized that guests who came to see the performances could also enjoy wares from local makers, artisans, and tasty treats from local restaurants The Factory also housed as well—right here in one spot holds the perfect night out for the folks of Williamson County.

 

So, what should you expect from these fantastic live performances?

 

“You just never know what may happen when songwriters get together.” Seals remarked, “We’re looking forward to featuring all genres of music, including pop, bluegrass and gospel. My wife, Lisa, is excited about putting together a “Girl’s Night Out” spotlighting an all female lineup.”

 

Be sure to come down to The Factory this season to eat, shop, and listen to some of the greatest musicians around every single Thursday at The Little Brick Theatre. Performances will consist of talented up and coming songwriters to mega-hit writers and artists. The Factory could not be happier to welcome this new music series to our venue, and we welcome you all to come and enjoy it right along with us!

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 is a company of passionate enthusiasts committed to the celebration and exploration of the vast and varied community of modern motorcycle culture.

We exist to empower, encourage, and equip motorcyclists of all skill levels and experience in the pursuit of their two-wheeled dreams. Our showroom located in the Factory at Franklin offers an inspired collection of apparel and accessories for the moto-minded.