FAR OUT NASHVILLE PRESENTS >>> NAAN VIOLENCE!
This past Sunday, we hosted sitarist and mega-shredder Arjun Kulharya at Fond Object Records in the Riverside Village area of Nashville. Situated behind the record shop is a cozy house, the porch of which is a makeshift stage for various live events, and we were so glad to bring Arjun's band Naan Violence back for a repeat performance after their June appearance at Nashville's first music and art festival devoted completely to psychedelia, Far Out Nashville.
As the sun descended, guests donned their special-edition diffraction glasses (aka Far Out Portable Light Shows) and offered smiles as prismatic rainbows streaked across their vision. HR_Lexy warmed up the masses with their unique blend of goddess-worshipping electronica and theatrics, complete with their signature mysterious, masked backup dancers. Frontwoman Arlene Sparacia enamored the crowd with her haunting vocals and sent everyone into the perfect mindset for what was still to come.
Arjun took the stage in somber form, wearing a pale, traditional-style Indian tunic and seated himself in front of a dish of lit incense. Pausing to compose himself, the crowd grew quiet and thoughtful as well, as we all tuned in to the same wavelength and prepared for transmission. We first saw Naan Violence perform with a full band at Milwaukee Psych Fest in 2015, and full-band again at Far Out Fest earlier this year, so it was a lovely change to see this transcendent, solo set as the stars began to reveal themselves. Every person was mesmerized and gave their entire attention to Arjun as he let his spirit wander through a journey of natural reverb.
[Poster design and photographs by Kari Leigh Ames]