Upcoming Events



Apr 20, 7:00pm - Apr 20, 10:00pm

Proper Saké
628 Ewing Avenue
Nashville, TN  37203 Map

::Jamal Moore & JayVe Montgomery Duo

"Jamal R. Moore is a multi-instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator, and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.

His educational background includes California Institute of The Arts (M.F.A. in African American Improvisation, 2012), Berklee College of Music (B.M 2005), Eubie Blake Jazz Orchestra (2000) under the direction of Christopher Calloway Brooks, and historically acclaimed Frederick Douglass Sr. High where he is an alum alongside Thurgood Marshall, Cab Calloway, and Ethel Ennis.

Jamal has worked with notable musicians such as Wadada Leo Smith (2013 Pulitzer finalist), Nicole Mitchell, Sabir Mateen, Roscoe Mitchell, David Ornette Cherry (Organic Roots Nation), Dr. Bill Cole, DJ Lou Gorbea, and the late George Duke and Sheila E.

He is a long-term member of KREation and Conference of The Birds ensembles directed by Kevin Robinson. He was also a member of The Pan African Peoples Arkestra, founded by pianist Horace Tapscott, and the Calvin Gant ensemble directed by Calvin Gant and Nicole Mitchell. Jamal currently leads his own groups, Akebulan Arkestra, Napata Ensemble, and Organix Trio."

Brian Weitz aka Geologist known as the sound manipulator for the Animal Collective performing collage music in the vein of Climax Golden Twins or Crawling With Tarts.

::Adam Ostrar

"Adam Ostrar is a parent, maybe just like you, that worries about the world his kid is inheriting. He lives in an over-priced city (Austin, TX), drinks too much coffee (a bottomless cup), and suffers from insomnia (don’t try to tell him this might be related to the former) and etc. He’s anxious about the damaged and ravaged U.S. of A. You know, that country no one ever thought was perfect, but never knew how bad it could get. This Waking Nightmare (Trump thinks this is what “woke” means, I hear...) is what subjects the various narrators in his new album, The Worried Coat (out April 5th 2019 on Super Secret Records).

Before the 2016 election, an album like this might be called a “dystopia”; now we call it “did you see what he tweeted?” On Ostrar’s new album, he weaves together disparate voices, like a non-fiction version of Our Town written by Wyatt (Robert), not Wilder (Thornton). There’s no “good guys” or “bad guys”; there’s no “white hats” and “black hats”; there’s no “red” and “blue”. There’s just a lot of under- medicated neuroses bringing out nastiness and empathy in these sonorous participants. Or, as Ostrar explains when nudged for a TV Guide asterisked pick-of-the-week summation, “It’s twelve narratives on otherness, self-identity, and our personal relationships with anxiety. How we often betray our best intentions through willful ignorance.”

Ostrar creates these characters over the course of 12 songs, each wearing a different hat: In “Alex the Cretin” you hear the evangelical snake-oil salesman high on Wizard A True Star-era Rundgren; “Bloody Waves” is the Bossa Nova buoy of a refugee’s displacement; in “Kansas City,” we hear Kevin Ayers, as Joe the Plumber, looking backwards on his false nostalgia; “Stormed the Beach” is the sound of Cluster employed by Greenpeace; “Walk the Savages Home” is the gurgle of Nativism and Corruption; And in “Morning Said,” Ostrar drops his tuning down to D and fills the page with pre-Page accent riffs while speaking to our forgotten good intentions.

Recorded in part in Mexico City courtesy of Richard Davies (The Moles) hand-me-down studio time and the other half at a ranch in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, Ostrar wrapped and warped his Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar around these groovy nuggets of capitalistic despair, cretinism, gas lighting, nationalism and nativism, false heroism, and that good-time tug-of-war (psssst, this game is rigged) called Inherited Wealth vs. Inherited Debt. But he wasn’t alone in making this album, so don’t worry too much about him. He brought along Michael Krassner (Boxhead Ensemble, Lofty Pillars), Wil Hendricks (Califone, Simon Joyner), and Stephen Patterson (Hamilton Leithauser, White Rabbits).

This is Ostrar’s second solo album, the follow-up to 2017’s Brawls In the Briar. Before that, he led the early 2000 shag-carpet art-punk of Manishevitz, an early Jagjaguwar band that toured with The Mountain Goats and Edith Frost before the Internet tracked these things. When he isn’t stressing out, you can find him teaching guitar and Ubering to gigs in Austin, Texas. Some days he has a beard, some days he doesn’t. The Worried Coat is Ostrar at his best even though 2018 wasn’t the best year. So take your own Worried Coat out of the closet and bundle up with him. It’s getting colder."

::Luke Polipnick

"Luke Polipnick is a creative guitarist, composer, and educator in Omaha, Nebraska.

He is originally from Minneapolis, MN, a city whose influence is noticeable in his unselfconscious genre-blurring and emphasis on the collective “band” ethos. His writing and playing display an emotive intensity and density that is balanced by plainly spoken, angular lyricism. Luke’s music is an interpretation of the jazz diaspora distilled through free improvisational process and Americana, pop, electronica, and global folkloric vernaculars."

6:30 pm doors; 7 pm music

$10-$15 sliding scale admission
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FMRL: Simon Joyner/Ned Collette/State Champion/Styrofoam Winos

FMRL: Simon Joyner/Ned Collette/State Champion/Styrofoam Winos

May 24, 9:00pm - May 25, 1:00am

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::Simon Joyner + the Ghosts (Omaha, NE)
"Simon Joyner is a renowned American singer-songwriter who first came to prominence during the Lo-Fi movement of the early 90's alongside contemporaries mining similar territory like Will Oldham, Peter Jefferies, the Mountain Goats, and Bill Callahan. Joyner
was championed early by the late British DJ, John Peel, who famously played Joyner's 1994 LP, "The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll", start to finish on one of his BBC programs, initially making Joyner more well known overseas than in his own country.

Following the mercurial path of heroes like Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Joyner has been releasing literate and challenging albums
since the release of his first album, Room Temperature, in 1993. His
discography includes twenty-three full-length recordings, as well as numerous singles and guest appearances. A book of his lyrics was released in 2016 under the title "Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics (1990-2014)." He tours the United States and Europe semi-regularly and is the co-owner of the Grapefruit Records label."

"Omaha has given us the reigning heir to Henry Miller's dark emotional mirror, Townes Van Zandt's three-chord moan, and Lou Reed's warehouse minimalism: his name is Simon Joyner." — Gillian Welch

"Pound for pound Simon Joyner is my favorite lyricist of all time. He
has shades of all the greats (Van Zandt, Cohen, Dylan) but exists in a space all his own ... He truly is an American songwriting treasure. It is my hope that more people will discover his music and share in the unique joy that it brings." — Conor Oberst

"Simon's always been a secret handshake amongst me and my peers. He's a pioneer. He's helped pave the way for many people, myself included. He's an artist in its purest form--for his only concern is crafting a perfect song--which he's done time and time again." ---Kevin Morby

::Ned Collette

"Ned Collette is a Melbourne-born singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer now based in Berlin. He was a member of Melbourne instrumental band City City City and has since then recorded five albums, either as solo productions or with his band, Wirewalker."

::State Champion

"Amazing songwriter, visual artist, and writer behind State Champion, the Sophomore Lounge record label and the Cropped Out Festival. A creative fountain of endless invention and writer of some of the best lyrics written in recent years by anyone anywhere."

::Styrofoam Winos

Songwriting Voltron of superior abilities featuring 3 and sometimes 4 of Nashville's best songwriters who back each others songs with near telepathic group soul and the best drummers possessing variable deep pockets!!!

$10-$15 sliding scale admission
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