Lipscomb alum Briston Maroney plays Live on the Green 615 Stage

Lipscomb alum Briston Maroney plays Live on the Green 615 Stage

Lipscomb alum Briston Maroney took the 615 stage to begin Live on the Green’s first-ever 4-day weekend festival Thursday night. Maroney was a music major at Lipscomb and has since gone on to tour and play his “rock” music. This night was the first August show with dual stages. Maroney played on the 615 stage, while there was also a main stage. Despite the fact Maroney was on the smaller of the two stages, he certainly was not lacking a crowd. The street in front of the stage was lined with people of all ages. While Maroney played the 615 stage, another Nashville native Morgxn played the main stage. Morgxn showcased his new song titled, “A New Way,” with crowd-pleasing lyrics advocating acceptance of  “different” people. The free live music continues until Sunday evening with several other local artists performing....
Check out the Live on the Green lineup

Check out the Live on the Green lineup

This year’s Live on the Green lineup is packed with artists, and it’s all FREE! Live on the Green is a festival put on each fall by Nashville radio station WRLT Lightning 100. The concert series takes place in Public Square Park  — adjacent to the historic Metro Courthouse — beginning this Thursday, August 15. Other dates are August 22 and 29, as well as the rest of the long Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1. Lipscomb’s very own Briston Maroney will be playing the 615 stage from 5:15-6 August 29. Ths festival has a mission of sustainability and organizers state “Live On The Green is committed to being Nashville’s premier environmentally-friendly music festival. Each year, work to further reduce our carbon footprint, (is) bringing us closer to our ultimate goal of operating as a completely waste-free, carbon-neutral event. We strive to incorporate sustainable practices in all facets of our music festival – ranging anywhere from using energy-efficient LED lights festival-wide and reusing banners, to selecting the green roof as the location to host the event.” Along with a wide range of music, the festival also has food and beverage vendors as well as merch and other local booths set up and VIP experiences for purchase. This year the festival has a page in the WRLT Lightning 100 Nashville app and can be found by clicking this link. In the app, you can create your own lineup and check out the vendors as well as purchase merch. Stay tuned for more Lumination coverage of the festival and former Lipscomb students on stage. Photo by Mckenzi Harris at Live on...
CMA Fest on ABC, Television Special

CMA Fest on ABC, Television Special

Tune into ABC channel 2 for CMA Fest, “the music event of the summer” hosted by Lipscomb Alums, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini as well as radio host Bobby Bones.  Tonight’s television special is sharing performances from the festival artist on the main stage; Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion and many others. Make sure you tuned in, and if you’ve missed it, check out our other festival coverage here.  Co-managing editor,  Erika Plunkett has photos from the festival here.  Rain Falls, but CMA Fest still shines with Lipscomb Alums Ballerini and Rhett hosting Nissan stage.  Gallery: CMA Fest 2019 daytime festivities overview & The Brady Bunch  ...
REVIEW: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw knows how to have fun

REVIEW: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw knows how to have fun

‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’ takes the reigns of one of the most malleable film franchises in history and delivers a fun, nonsensical buddy cop movie that had me ignoring plot holes as frequently as the titular characters avoid potholes. A movie series that started as a serious take at early 2000’s street-racing culture has fully morphed into a big summer blockbuster-producing machine that knows exactly what it’s product is. Despite going from stealing DVD players to protecting programmable viruses that can wipe out the human population, the series never drifts away from its core themes of family and loyalty. ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ sees franchise stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Statham) as they live their respective lives as enforcers for different vague organizations (Hobbs used to work for the Diplomatic Security Service, but it unclear in this movie if that is still the case). The catalyst for the necessary plot comes when Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby), an MI6 agent and the sister of Deckard Shaw, must retrieve a dangerous virus from a nondescript warehouse. Why was it there? How did they know about it? Who cares! If you came into the theater expecting trivial tropes like logic, and coherence, then you came to the wrong franchise. The plot of the story is only here to give a reason for well-choreographed fight sequences and even-better-choreographed car stunts. Another wonderful addition is the non-stop barrage of banter between Hobbs and Shaw throughout the movie. ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ was not made as a movie to help facilitate the...
Nashville Children’s Theatre brings Snuggery to Lipscomb University

Nashville Children’s Theatre brings Snuggery to Lipscomb University

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” written by Ernie Nolan, is this season’s Nashville Children’s Theatre “Snuggery” show and is being performed at Lipscomb University in the black box theater.  This is not the first year Lipscomb has hosted the NCT, but it is the first time the university have hosted the Snuggery, as well as the first time NCT has done a Snuggery show. The performance is geared toward kids 5-and-under, but is most certainly enjoyable for the parents as well. The show is comprised of two characters: Glimmer and Sparkle. The two are star-catchers and spend the entirety of the show searching for “Little Star.” The cast starts the show by inviting the young audience members as well as the adults to become star-catchers with them by giving them star-catcher kits and taking them through an interactive training that includes: dancing, singing, searching for stars and learning to be star-catchers. An interactive theater is a new concept and a fun way to get away from a screen for 45 minutes, said Eric D. Pasto-Crosby (who portrays Glimmer).  “I personally love how different it can be,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoy that (children’s reactions0 part, having to loop that in as we go through. You could easily go on autopilot, but they don’t allow you to.”  The dynamic between the two-person cast creates a new energy in the theater, according to Pasto-Crosby: “We go through all the ranges. We get sad, happy and it’s a full art, they experience with you…. It’s the same energy each time, but different dynamic”  The actors are wonderful at including the whole audience in the...
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a true comic book movie

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a true comic book movie

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s roots and delivers a story that feels straight from the pages of a comic. Coming fresh on the heels of “Avengers: Endgame,” “Far From Home” makes for the perfect coda to the story that Marvel wrapped up with “Endgame.” It is important to note that this review will have slight spoilers for “Far From Home,” references to past MCU movies, and spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.” If you have not seen “Endgame,” a new version was released in theaters last Friday. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” immediately answers the questions that bothered so many after “Endgame.” While the film does not answer them perfectly, “Far From Home” reminds the audience just why the MCU formula is a winning one. After the comedic exposition of how life was for non-superpowered people during “Endgame,” we find Peter Parker (Tom Holland) wanting to return to normal high-school life and work up the courage to ask out MJ (Zendaya). The world has different plans for Spider-Man though, as the burden of being the next Iron Man falls on his shoulders. Peter Parker flees the burden of Spider-Man and goes on a class trip across Europe. The traveling montages hark back to the style of National Lampoon movies and clearly shows director Jon Watts’ love for ’80s teen comedies. While on the trip, Peter is forced to be Spider-Man when creatures known as Elementals start attacking cities that Peter and his class are visiting. A new superhuman called Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives on the scene to help stop the Elementals’ threat. He is joined by Nick...