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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Funk Seoul Brother

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We at Riffs have a love for street food that is unparalleled.  EAT. GOOD. FOOD.  ”Good Food” is not only good in flavor but good in the sense that at the end of it you feel like you are glad you ate it because it lacked the empty-calorie-laden, over-processed poison so many businesses (read “corporations”) call “food.” We don’t make our food good because it’s cool and marketable to do so. We do it because our consciences won’t let us do it any other way! We will NOT cut corners on ingredients to hit a price point. Our food is served with pride and concern for our customers wellbeing. www.funkseoultruck.com

Eat Local. Drink Local. Laugh Local.

It comes as no surprise that Franklin is one of the most supportive artist communities in Middle Tennessee. From art, music and film, to dance and theatre, it’s the perfect place to have a good time and celebrate the arts. So… why not implement a little comedy into the mix? Let’s face it, Williamson County is a fun-loving community, it loves to laugh. That’s why, The Factory at Franklin is excited to announce its new resident super group improv troupe—The Franklin All-Stars!

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This comedic super group consists of a core of four main performers. At the heart of the All-Stars we have Barry McAlister and Cindy Carter from Sprocket Improv, and Lacie Madison and Michael Kearney from the Nashville Improv. Both Sprocket Improv and the Nashville Improv have hosted and performed several shows at The Factory’s Little Brick Theatre earlier this year. These two groups have performed successful shows all over Nashville, the Tennessee Region, and beyond, and the shows performed at the Little Brick Theatre were no different. In fact, the audience enjoyed these performances so much The Factory decided it needs a little more laughter in it’s life, a little more fun, and a lot more “yes, and…”

Each month this group will also invite other performers and comedians from other local improv teams to perform along with them in The Factory’s Little Brick Theatre.

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The Little Brick Theatre is truly the perfect host for these events. The gorgeous old brick building makes for a beautiful back-drop, and the theater is a perfect size for and intimate show—the more intimate in improv, the better the audience/performer dynamic. We can’t wait to see what magic the All-Stars come up with this season!

When asked what the All-Stars are looking forward to most about their Factory residency, Barry McAlister replied, “Franklin is an incredible town!  There’s a vibe there unlike anywhere else.  It’s historic, artsy, vibrant and they’ve been supporting local theater there for years and we are excited to add improv to the mix. There’s no other regular comedy opportunity in the area, either, and we’re looking forward to getting to know folks as they come out and give our shows a try.”

For more information and to purchase tickets ahead of time go to www.franklinimprov.com. The next show is November 25th, and then shows will be held regularly on the second Saturday of each month.

Holiday Events at The Factory

No other venue in Williamson County offers the historic charm and creative possibilities that The Factory does, and holiday season is clearly no different! The Factory is proud to kick off a season of holiday events to keep your days merry and bright, and your creative gift ideas flowing. Between pop-up fairs, holiday markets, and all the live music events—you’ll be sure to find an event (and gift) for everyone in the family to enjoy this year!

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To kick off the big season, we’ve got two major must-attend holiday events this year: Made South Holiday Market and City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-Up Fair.

November 18-19th, Made South will take over The Factory as more than 130 artisans, makers, and creators will celebrate the best in creativity and Southern hospitality. This event will feature everything from Southern distiller tastings to chef demonstrations, live music, and more. Friday night will host a VIP party before the big event on Saturday that you will definitely not want to miss… Did someone say complimentary drink tickets? Between the party, the tastings, and the wares, this event is one for the books. Be sure to come #ShopSouthern with Made South this year!

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As the holiday season continues, our very own resident antique experts, City Farmhouse, will host their annual Holiday Pop-Up Fair on December 3-4th! The #CityFarmhousePopup Fairs have been named one of the top five events to attend in October by Southern Living, the top October event to attend in Tennessee by Garden & Gun, and the #1 Flea Market/Antique Show by Romantic Country… Now just imagine what their holiday event might entail!

This year, they will have Flea Market Style Magazine at the event to celebrate its re-launch, as well as Whitney Miller (Master Chef Season One winner) who will host a cooking demonstration, as well as signing her newest cookbook for those who purchase it. It truly is a not-to-be-missed event for all things Southern, creative, and stylish this season.

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Last, but certainly not least, we can’t leave out The Factory’s favorite holiday tradition, The Trees of Christmas! We hope you and your family will join us this holiday season as we present one of our favorite annual events. The Factory will have all its halls decked out, and display more than 40 real Christmas trees, each beautifully and thoughtfully decorated for the season by our local artisans and merchants! Come down, grab some coffee from Honest Coffee Roasters and something sweet from Five Daughters and stroll around our grounds. We look forward to seeing you all there and are so excited to celebrate the season with you!