What Where When-sday: Linking Arms for Change

Today is the anniversary of the Covenant School shooting, which killed three adults — Mike Hill, Katherine Koonce and Cynthia Peak — and three children — Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney and Hallie Scruggs — on March 27, 2023. 

Last year, there were many events, both planned and organically happening, in the weeks and months after. This year, there is really the one, collectively. This week for What Where When-sday, we talk to some of the organizers behind Linking Arms for Change, which will form a human chain from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to the capitol tonight. Organizations like Moms Demand Action and local clergy have announced their attendance.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition behind the event, Voices for a Safer Tennessee, began 11 months ago and now has chapters in all 95 counties in the state. Its board chair, Todd Cruse, and well-known musician and performer, Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, sat down with us to discuss the event and the last year.

Additional event opportunities include former Record of the Week featured artist Jake Blount performing tonight at City Winery. Then, WNXP’s monthly trivia is at the Blue Room at Third Man Records tomorrow night. On Friday night, Sampha — whose latest record made WNXP’s top albums of 2023 list — performs at Brooklyn Bowl. For hip hop fans, Boom Bap returns to Blind Barber on Saturday and for all my fellow Overcast Kids, Fall Out Boy returns to Bridgestone Arena, with Jimmy Eat World on Sunday. Plus, Philadelphia-based band Sheer Mag performs their new album Playing Favorites at The Blue Room on Monday night.

More: Find more coverage of Covenant and this anniversary on our sister station WPLN’s website