WHAT: Songs Not Silence along with Broads & Brews Comedy
WHERE: Cobra (formerly FooBar), 2511 Gallatin Pike
WHEN: 8:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $5
WHY: Because you're not getting in to Lady Gaga
At this point, it's the worst-kept secret in Nashville: yes, Lady Gaga is playing a set at The 5 Spot on Wednesday night to promote her new album. And yes, when I heard this I experienced the same emotions as you—a frantic rundown of ways I could get in, strings I could pull, favors I could call on. The rush of seeing a Super Bowl-level performer on a stage that I've played shows on would be incredible.
But I'm not going. And if you don't already have a ticket, I don't think you should go, either.
You see, when these once-in-a-lifetime moments happen, it's usually at the expense of another event. When Louis C.K. shows up at Zanie's, the local comic is going to get bumped so he can work on his material. When Metallica played The Basement, whatever was supposed to happen there that night got canceled. This isn't a criticism of that practice. It's just the reality of it. And in this case the event that was supposed to take place at The 5 Spot on Wednesday is a vital part of Nashville's charitable community and something that is worth your support.
I'm talking about Songs Not Silence, which has been going strong for around six months now. It's a charity event hosted by Joanna Barbera that focuses on raising money for women's causes in Nashville. It's a great night of music and not only is it $5 (where can you see a $5 show anymore?) but that money will be going to people who need it—in this case, The Oasis Center.
In addition, this month features the talents of Broads & Brews Comedy. Great music AND great comedy! Come out and show your support. Invest in your local community. Events like this are what make Nashville special, and they depend on people like you to be there.
Look, you're not getting in to The 5 Spot tomorrow. (Unless you're my friend Salina, who gets into literally everything. And you're not, so you won't.) Even if you do get in, you'll be sandwiched in between hundreds of people while Lady Gaga plays a few songs and then leaves. She won't be there to mingle. I'm not saying you'll be disappointed, but you will be.
Do yourself a favor and come to Songs Not Silence. You'll have a good time, and you'll be making a difference.