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Cause A Scene Tour Announcement

If you’ve been following Cause A Scene for any period of time, you know that today is a monumentally huge day in our history as it marks our very first steps outside of our beloved hometown of Nashville. (And if you’re brand new to Cause A Scene, this short video will get you caught up on what we’re all about really fast.) It’s a step that feels equal parts exhilarating and terrifying, a risk that we cannot help but take and trust that people’s desire for community and discovery will help carry this movement outside our comfortable surroundings into the rest of the world one city and one show at a time.

Over the course of our first four years, we’ve miraculously grown from our humble beginnings in a cozy living room in a nearby suburb to hosting nearly 200 shows featuring around 700 artists in pop-up locations all over the Music City map. Some days, like today, this all feels like a dream that we never want to wake up from. If we’re being completely honest with you, just about every day over the course of the last month has felt like a dream as people from all over the country have been so gracious toward us, opening up incredible locations to host us on this inaugural coast to coast run.

You might be wondering right now “Why are they doing all of this?” or “Where are they going?” and the answers would be varied but all follow a similar refrain: Because we believe something powerful happens at the intersection of music and community, where people are able to gather together to discover something really beautiful and be drawn closer through a beautiful, shared experience of discovery. And where are we going? Well, for now 19 cities scattered throughout the Midwest and East Coast (and then out West in August), but truthfully, we hope this is the start of Cause A Scene spreading throughout the country in cities small and large in any rooms that wish to invite gorgeous music and wonderful people into something truly unique and life-giving.

And now, without further ado, here are the cities we’re heading to first:

07/01 – Minburn, IA || 07/02 – Chicago, IL || 07/03 – Indianapolis, IN
07/05 – New York, NY || 07/06 – Philadelphia, PA || 07/07 – Charlottesville, VA
07/08 – Durham, NC || 07/09 – Charleston, SC || 07/10 – Asheville, NC
07/12 – Knoxville, TN || 07/13 – Chattanooga, TN || 07/14 – Atlanta, GA
07/15 – Birmingham, AL || 07/16 – Florence, AL || 07/17 – Nashville, TN
07/18 – Memphis, TN || 07/19 – Fayetteville, AR || 07/20 – Tulsa, OK
07/21 – Kansas City, MO || More Dates Announced Soon

All Tickets Available Here
(Less Than 100 Tickets Available Per City)

As for who is going to be playing on this tour? Well, we’ve got someone really special…

The one, the only…Joshua James!

Alabama Shakes

Our buddies at Do615 asked us to share our five favorite shows happening in Nashville this April. How could we say no? Featuring Cause A Scene alums Darlingside and Birdtalker, local favorites Escondido and Jillian Jacqueline and two artists (Dylan LeBlanc and Lucy Dacus) who have released a couple of our favorite records of 2016 so far, the rest of the calendar for this month looks reeeaaalll nice for Nashville music lovers. Oh, and if you have an extra ticket to Alabama Shakes, we’ll gladly be your +1…

  1. April 16 – David Wax Museum & Darlingside @ City Winery
  2. April 21 – Alabama Shakes w/ Dylan LeBlanc @ Ascend Amphitheater
  3. April 22 – Escondido w/ Birdtalker @ Mercy Lounge
  4. April 24 – Greg Holden w/ Jillian Jacqueline @ 3rd & Lindsley
  5. April 29 – Houndmouth w/ Lucy Dacus @ Cannery Ballroom

These shows are just the tip of the April iceberg. Check out all of our recommendations on here – and download the DoStuff App for iOS and Android to find every show happening this April and beyond.
As you may know, we’re hard at work creating an entirely new and improved Cause A Scene. Big things are on the way in 2016 and beyond. If you’d like to be the first to know when we launch the new site, sign up here.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then this image of The Lone Bellow’s Zach Williams performing at a Cause A Scene performance in 2014 perfectly captures everything we’re feeling right now. Earlier today, Business Insider included us in their list of the “Top 50 Coolest New Business in America”, and we could not be more honored and excited.

As 2015 comes to a close and we gear up for our biggest year ever in 2016, we are so thankful for everyone who has been a part of the first (almost) four years of this movement. To everyone who has attended a show, to every band and artist who has graced our various stages, to every friend and family member who has offered an encouraging word, been a listening ear, or freely offered sincere advice: you are what makes this movement so exciting and this community such a joy to be a part of.

If you’re new to Cause A Scene and would like to stay in the loop on all of our secret shows, events, playlists, and more, you can do so easily by emailing with your First and Last Name and Zip Code and we’ll get you added to our mailing list ASAP. We seriously cannot wait for everything that 2016 has in store for you all. We’re eagerly anticipating revealing our biggest secret shows yet and the fun new directions that CAS will be going in the years to come!

Anyone who has seen the Austin,TX based Penny And Sparrow perform live can attest to the raw emotional power that they possess using nothing more than two harmonious voices and an acoustic guitar or two. The duo comprised of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke spin songs of love fought for, love lost and love redeemed, and on a warm night in March, we all fell a bit more in love with their music.

Penny And Sparrow were no stranger to the Cause A Scene stage, playing one of their very first shows ever outside the state of Texas with CAS in early 2013 and returning to play a Communion show a year or so later. Witnessing this band go from having 50 people show up in a small East Nashville studio to packing out a 350-capacity church, The Anchor, close to downtown was a sight to behold. Joining the duo that evening were Alex Page and Chris Jacobie, who brought layers and textures to Penny And Sparrow’s music that we had only heard on their records but had never witnessed live.

This performance of “Rattle”, filmed by Stephen Stonestreet and his team, was one of the many highlights of a night that left us all inspired and slack-jawed at the beauty of the music they create together. Get ready for the goosebumps, people, because this is simply gorgeous.

About 6 months ago I heard about Hangout Festival on Lightning 100, a local Nashville radio station and instantly wanted to go. The line up was incredible, and I was especially excited to surprise my husband with the chance to see one of his favorite bands (that he’d never seen before!), Modest Mouse.

Unfortunately, Hangout Fest was the same weekend my cousin & my best friend were both getting married… so my schedule was quite full. Needless to say, there was NO way we were making it to Gulf Shores that weekend.

Slightly bummed, I decided to get creative and see if Modest Mouse was showing up anywhere else this summer. Turns out they’d be four short hours away in Atlanta at a festival called Shaky Knees. The festival ran May 9th through May 11th and was being held at Atlantic Station (near the Atlanta Ikea). The line up was pretty stacked, so we bought tickets and at $169 for a 3-day pass, I’d say it was an excellent deal.

Here’s the breakdown of my experience at Shaky Knees 2014…

Let’s talk music: The National, Modest Mouse & Alabama Shakes were the closing act (each night, respectively). Other power players include: The Lone Bellow, Lord Huron, Portugal. the Man, Conor Oberst, Spoon, Cage the Elephant, Dawes, Wild Belle, Gregory Alan Isakov, Band of Skulls, Cold War Kids, Gaslight Anthem, Iron & Wine, Airborne Toxic Event & a whole lot more. My favorites: Lone Bellow (if you’ve seen them before, you know why!), Dawes & Spoon (talk about a FUN SET!).

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The Lone Bellow on day 2 at the Ponce De Leon Stage.

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Spoon on day 2 at the Peachtree Stage.

Let’s talk setup: When I hear the festival was in Atlantic Station, I had no idea where it would actually be. If you haven’t been, Atlantic Station is a nice, outdoor shopping area with vendors like West Elm, H&M, Gap & California Pizza Kitchen…. not exactly screaming “music festival,” however, I really liked the set up. There are four stages, two East and two West, and only one per side playing at the same time with never more than two bands playing simultaneously. And even when two bands you wanted to see were both playing, it only took 2 minutes to walk back and forth to the stages…. but sonically, you couldn’t hear the other.

The acoustics were AMAZING. There was no sound floating into space (as my experience has been in open fields or the desert…), it was contained and preserved for your listening pleasure. My husband (a former tour manager) was convinced they were using the highest quality sound equipment available, and it definitely showed!

Let’s talk perks: This particular weekend it happened to rain a LOT. I’ll say I was glad I wasn’t at Bonaroo, because pavement is a lot easier to deal with in the rain. When it started pouring around dinnertime, everyone escaped to restaurants in Atlantic Station to dry off and get their energy back up for the closing act. All of the vendors were offering discounts & were welcoming to the soaked, tired festival patrons. Another perk for those of you who are weary about camping & festivals, there is no camping option here. There are, however, several hotels within 1 mile. We stayed at one about 1.3 miles away and walked to and from the festival. The entire festival was really organized and user friendly.

Overall, we really enjoyed Shaky Knees. It will be on my radar for next year as a must-go. I would especially recommend this to someone who is hesitant to try a festival for whatever reason; this would be a great way to get your feet wet.

Renee Cutaia