Thu Dec 12 2013

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The High Watt

1 Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203

Ages 18+

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Mercy Lounge presents
Communion Nashville December Club Night ft. Joseph Arthur with Mike Mills ( of R.E.M. ) and Bill Dobrow , Milktooth , Rosco Bandana , Cereus Bright & Josephine and the Wildfront

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  • Communion Nashville

    Communion Nashville


    Communion was born in the Summer of 2006 at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club. Founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), Kevin Jones (Bear’s Den), and acclaimed producer Ian Grimble, it quickly grew into a flourishing community of musicians and fans alike, providing a first independent platform for the freshest young artists on London’s circuit and beyond.

    The monthly night has seen the likes of Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, JJ Pistolet and Peggy Sue all grace the stage from the very start of their fledgling careers. It has also helped spawn the first steps for a diverse range of artists from The Holloways to King Charles and Example to Ben Howard to all in keeping with the eclectic ethos that Communion has come to stand for.

    Since its humble beginnings from a West London basement bar, ‘Communion Presents’ shows have taken place across the UK in Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Leeds, York, Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast, and internationally in Melbourne, Nashville, San Fransisco and New York City. Communion Presents works closely with other champions of new live music, including the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, The Camden Crawl, HMV’s Next Big Thing series, The NME awards, Belfast’s Open House Festival, and many more clubs and companies who all have a hand in promoting exciting new music to as big and broad an audience as possible.

    You can buy tickets to all Communion Presents shows at

    Communion Records was founded in September 2009, priding itself on creating a close working family in which to allow artists to develop at their own pace. Production on many releases is handled by Ben, Kevin and Ian themselves, involving other artists from the roster in the recording process for that community vibe. Communion has released, or is currently primed to release records by Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Daughter, Deap Vally, Willy Mason, Half Moon Run, Gotye, Marcus Foster, Matthew and the Atlas, Matt Corby, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Pete Roe, Foy Vance, and Joe Banfi.

    In addition Communion Records releases a compilation each year – Compilation 1 (Communion) featured rare recordings by Mumford and Sons, Johnny Flynn, Alessi’s Ark, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, JJ Pistolet (now of The Vaccines), and more. Compilation 2 (The Flowerpot Sessions) was a hugely ambitious, week long collaborative live project featuring original live recordings from the likes of Angus and Julia Stone, Damien Rice, The Staves, Lissie and Kill it Kid. And Compilation 3 (New Faces) was a snapshot of Communion’s musical universe as 2011 turned into 2012, featuring Michel Kiwanuka, Ben Howard, Keaton Henson, Matt Corby, Joe Banfi and loads more.

    You can buy all Communion Records releases at

  • Joseph Arthur


    The Ballad of Boogie Christ

    For every song Joseph Arthur has released in a critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs, he’s probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping. Indeed, Arthur has been known to start working on a new album — or two — while simultaneously trying to finish another.

    It was amid this abundance of riches that the Brooklyn-by way of Ohio-native began molding a collection of music under a single narrative thread: The Ballad of Boogie Christ, described by Arthur as “a fictionalized character loosely based on my own journey.”

    At first, it was a song here or there, or a set of lyrics with no accompanying music. Then, those songs would get recorded and set aside. They’d get re-recorded and revised. They’d start to make sense in relation to their brothers and sisters, and then they wouldn’t. And pretty soon, more than half-a-decade had flown by and Boogie Christ was no closer to coherency.

    “For some reason, I’ve been avoiding finishing this record for a long time,” Arthur says with a laugh. “It’s been an albatross around my neck. I don’t know why, but it has.”

    Yet despite its labored birth, The Ballad of Boogie Christ has defied the odds to become another essential cornerstone of Arthur’s robust discography. Encompassing sessions put to tape in upstate New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Arthur’s own Brooklyn studio, the 11-song album showcases the artist’s signature rich storytelling set to a diverse range of rock’n’roll.

    “I don’t know that there’s a beginning, middle and end to the story, but there are definitely experiences, situations and perspectives that point in those directions,” says Arthur. “I wanted to let the listener fill in some of the blanks without telling the whole story in a straight-ahead way.”

    The album begins with the surprising orchestral pop of “Currency of Love”, on which Arthur unveils a passionate croon unlike any vocal performance he’s ever given. From there, Boogie Christ offers epic affirmations on overcoming addiction (the seven-minute closer “All the Old Heroes”), anthems of open-hearted solidarity (“Wait for Your Lights”, “It’s OK To Be Young/Gone”) and the kinds of slow-burning narratives (“Famous Friends Along the Coast”, “I Used To Know How to Walk on Water” and a reimagined, hymn-like version of his standout, “I Miss the Zoo”) that have won Arthur a legion of fans around the globe.

    Songs like “Black Flowers”, “I Used To Know How to Walk on Water” and the title cut were recorded several years ago with help from the Band’s legendary keyboardist Garth Hudson and bassist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams, Jack White), while newer additions to the track list such as “Currency of Love” and “Saint of Impossible Causes” were crafted in Los Angeles with assistance from Chris Seefried (Fitz & the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey). Among the other guests on Boogie Christ are Ben Harper (Arthur’s bandmate in Fistful of Mercy), session drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner, Joan As Policewoman leader Joan Wasser and composer Paul Cantelon (Oliver Stone’s W., Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell & the Butterfly).

    “There are certain moments on the album that are just pop music and sugary,” Arthur says. “I didn’t want it to be this diatribe of heaviness, and it had been like that sometimes. I definitely wanted moments of relief within it, where you just get a good jam.”

    At the center of the project is the autobiographical “King of Cleveland,” a classic story song that connects Boogie Christ the character with Arthur the flesh-and-blood artist. On it, the narrator apprentices alongside a big fish in a small pond, “playing blues in the back seats, from biker bars to limousines” — much like Arthur did in his early professional career in Northeast Ohio. Says Arthur, “He’s just starting to live the life he’s imagined, playing roots boogie in the real America — Ohio.”

    “I’ve heard David Bowie talk about how Ziggy Stardust and some other records were the beginnings of screenplays that he just never finished,” he says. “I could really see this becoming something deeper and bigger than just an album.

    “Chuck Prophet reminded me that there’s always the Great American Novel,” he continues. “And that really stuck in my head about Boogie Christ. That’s what I’ve been wanting to achieve with this album. He encouraged me that it was okay to dream big.”

  • Mike Mills

    Mike Mills


    Michael Edward "MikeMills (born December 17, 1958) is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer who was a founding member of the alternative rock group REM. Though known primarily as a bass guitarist, backing vocalist, and pianist, his musical repertoire includes also keyboards, guitar, and percussion instruments. He contributed to a majority of the band's musical compositions.

  • R.E.M.

    Alternative Rock

  • Bill Dobrow

    Bill Dobrow


    Bill was the drummer of The Black Crowes for a short period in 2005.

  • Milktooth



    Milktooth's sound has been hailed as "mesmerizing" by NPR, "vast & unexpected" by New York Minute Magazine, & "infectious" by The Dallas Observer & has drawn comparisons to such critical darlings as The National, The Walkmen & Wild Beasts. Wild Before Our Eyes was produced by Tom Laune (R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, Mat Kearney) & mastered by Harris Newman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, Godspeed You! Black Emperor).

    After spending much of the band's history touring the US (with stops in L.A., Seattle, Austin, Portland & Chicago), lending music to trailblazing brands like Tesla Motors & Triumph Motorcycles, & earning a reputation for their haunting arrangements & blistering live performances, Milktooth has come home to Nashville, TN, to begin crafting new songs to follow up their latest EP, Wild Before Our Eyes.
  • Rosco Bandana

    Rosco Bandana


    Rosco Bandana is a Gulfport based band whose act includes blues/americana style music blended with modern folk and a hint of gypsy fanfare. The band formed recently and has been shaking up the local music scene with their energetic live performances.

  • Cereus Bright

    Cereus Bright

    Alternative Rock

    Cereus Bright finds its muse—and its name—from the Cereus: a white desert flower that blooms only at night. This flower, blossoming in the most desolate of places, is a symbol of art and story, which draw their beauty from brokenness and heartache. In their lyrics and melodies, Cereus Bright aims to embrace life as both messy and beautiful.

    Their songs showcase strong, passionate harmonies singing stories of real life—hope and heartbreak, adventure and stillness. Tyler Anthony plays guitar, piano, and sings, Evan Ford layers harmonies while playing mandolin and lead guitar. Bassist Matt Nelson and drummer Luke Bowers provide driving rhythm and nuanced texture. On special occasions, they are joined by violinist Kaitlyn Ferry and cellist Gideon Klein.

    Ideologically, Cereus Bright makes a strong case for Folk music. Recently the genre of folk has come to mean “acoustic pop”, blending together into a sea of kick drums, hand claps, and escalating banjo riffs. In its roots, Folk music is meant to communicate; to use simple, melodic music to communicate stories of success and heartbreak, to transport and convict listeners. This is Cereus Bright’s goal—drawing you in with beautiful melodies so they can move you with poetic yet direct lyrics. Connections with bands like the Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes, and the Head and the Heart are apt comparisons and major compliments.

    Cereus Bright self-released their second recording, the five song EP, Happier Than Me, on November 12, 2013; exactly a year after the release of their first EP recording, Goldmine.  This year has seen the band in near constant motion, crisscrossing the country in support of Jackie Green, Philip Philips, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Count This Penny. Currently, Cereus Bright continues to lay their roots around the country, with dates supporting Sturgill Simpson, The Dirty Guv'nahs, and Judah And The Lion on the books for fall 2014.

  • Josephine and the Wildfront

    Josephine and the Wildfront

    Alternative Rock

    Josephine and the Wildfront is a three-piece alt synth band from the Nashville area, Tennessee. Their inspirations include a wide range of dream pop and other alternative new-gaze rock bands.
    Beginning as a solo project consisting of Josephine Moore and an acoustic guitar, many of the songs, that would later be featured on their 2013 “Swallowed By The Ocean” EP, were written many years prior as a collection of folk songs Josephine would perform alone in coffee shops and other small venues.
    Krista Glover, a keys player, and Preston Vaughn, a drummer, were members of a local pop-punk-esque band with other members, which would later be called Holy Coast with the addition of Moore as vocalist and rhythm guitar.
    Moore was given the opportunity to rerecord her old songs at a much higher production quality in the studio of Rob Webb, who suggested she find a backing band. She then enlisted the aid of her girlfriend, Glover, and friend Vaughn to begin a new project with her, and create a new style of performance and music altogether. Already having established a comfort in playing together during the year they were in Holy Coast (in which two EPs were released), the new band naturally blended together.
    Thus, Josephine and the Wildfront was born.

Mercy Lounge presents

Communion Nashville December Club Night ft. Joseph Arthur with Mike Mills ( of R.E.M. ) and Bill Dobrow , Milktooth , Rosco Bandana , Cereus Bright & Josephine and the Wildfront

Thu Dec 12 2013 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

The High Watt Nashville TN
Communion Nashville, Joseph Arthur, Mike Mills, R.E.M., Bill Dobrow, Milktooth, Rosco Bandana, Cereus Bright, Josephine and the Wildfront
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Ages 18+