Even those of us on the east side aren't immune to the lure of celebrity. In spite of social media announcements this week about The East Nashvillian of the Year awards and a plethora of forthcoming events, what you really cared about was that Steven Tyler ate at The Greenhouse twice and that some of our own brought Grammys home with them to East Nashville. Without further adieu, we'll get to the good stuff.
East Nashvillians Take Home Grammys
Celebrated roots string band Old Crow Medicine Show won the Grammy for Best Folk Album for its highly praised album Remedy (ATO Records). Though the band was previously awarded the Best Long Form Video Grammy for the 2013 film The Big Easy Express, this marks the first time Old Crow Medicine Show has won a Grammy for one of its albums. Four of the members live in East Nashville.
Also collecting the coveted award: Mike Farris, whose winning Roots Gospel Album of the Year (Shine for All the People) has lots of east side ties, including that it was mixed by Chad Brown at The Toy Box Studio.
Pictured above is Inglewood resident Tyler Pittman on-stage, third from left, at the Grammys during Mike Farris' acceptance. Pittman is Farris' manager.
"Chad Brown's winning combination of production and mix skills paired with The Toy Box Studio's unique analog and modern hybrid is an awesome recipe for making a very cool record," says Elijah "Lij" Shaw, owner of Toy Box Studio. "East Nashville is hot and so are we."
East Nashvillian of the Year Awards Doled Out
On Tuesday, The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association held its award ceremony to honor the East Nashvillians of the Year at Serenite Fitness East. Congratulations goes to Brett Withers, recipient of the Citizen award for East Nashvillian of the Year, and Powell Architecture + Building Studio, recipient of the Business award for East Nashvillian of the Year. Read about The East Nashvillians of the Year here.
See Short Film Shot at Marche and Pomodoro East
This short film, an exclusive to The East Nashvillian, was shot at Marche and Pomodoro East (exterior shots only) just last week. "This was a fun project that happened as part of a 30-second short film contest to be judged by director Kevin Smith, which ended up being cancelled, so we decided to go ahead and film it anyway," says Producer Jason Gigax. Also behind the project is Dycee Wildman, the brains behind Grassy Knoll Movie Nights and Salute Your Shorts Nights (an evening of short films held each month at The Stone Fox), Peter Vann of No Shame Theatre, and Timothy O'Laughlin, who acted as Director of Photography.
FashionABLE and Lindsay Letters to Move to Cleveland Park
FashionABLE, the Nashville-based scarf company founded by Barrett Ward, will move its offices from 12South to the North Fourth development in Cleveland Park at the corner of Cleveland Street and Lischey Avenue. All FashionABLE scarves are made in Africa and purchase of these scarves (and bags and jewelry and blankets) creates sustainable business in Africa.
"We are in the process of some final build-out details, and will be moving in over the next couple of weeks," says Marisa Pardo, director of marketing and communications for FashionABLE. "The space will function as both the offices for our team and a showroom to display our products. We will also be sharing the space with our friend Lindsay Sherbond of Lindsay Letters."
Once the space is finished, FashionABLE plans to host a "big open house party," open to the neighborhood.
Stacks On Main to Break Ground
In the works for some time now, the Stacks on Main project is shaping up to be official, with Atlanta-based St. Clair Holdings closing this past Wednesday on a loan for the 268-unit project next to the Fifth & Main development. The project is valued at $40 million and completion is estimated for April 2016, according to The Nashville Business Journal. Rendering from www.stclairholdings.com.
In other building news, the erstwhile Piggly Wiggly on Riverside will become an outpatient medical clinic, according to The Tennessean.
Progress on Roxy Theatre Buildings
A quick update from the Save the Roxy Theatre Facebook page: "The renovations on the Morris Jacob Building are still underway, but the building is starting to look amazing. The expected completion is March, which is right around the corner. The Morris Jacob Building will have two spaces available for lease (4,500 sq ft and 1,500 sq ft). There are prospective tenants, but currently the space is still available for lease. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com."
Speaking of The Roxy, check out the new A Thousand Horses music video for "Smoke." It was shot in the Roxy District with a big spotlight on the adjacent Wilburn Street Tavern.
Valentine's Day Happenings
We reported last week on some of the Valentine's Day goings-ons happening on our side of the river. Here are even more:
WXNA “Low Power, High Voltage” Radio Fundraiser: The event tonight is at a non-Eastside location but will be broadcasting into East Nashville (and a majority of the board members live on the Eastside). This is the first fundraising event for WXNA-FM “Low Power, High Voltage” Radio, offering music fans the opportunity to meet the team behind the new, independent freeform radio voice of Nashville. WXNA's Pre-Valentine’s, Pre-Fundraiser Fundraiser will feature live music from WXNA DJs, free refreshments, and information about how the public can help to get WXNA-FM on the air! The excitement starts at Grimey’s Too, 1702 8th Avenue South, on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, 5-7 p.m. For more information about WXNA, to sign up for news updates, donate to the station’s construction, and to find out how you can volunteer to help, visit WXNAfm.org or the WXNA Facebook page.
POP Nashville Valentine's Day Dinner and a DJ: The second annual Dinner and a DJ at POP Nashville will be held Sat., Feb. 14, from 7-11:45 p.m. Chef Daniel Herget will prepare a French fete replete with oysters, rabbit, beef bourguignon, chocolate pot de créme and raspberry macarons, while DJ Marley Carroll plays house music. Tickets are $60.
Valentine's Schmalentine's Singles Party at Beyond the Edge on Sat., Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. will include 2-for-1 beers and $3 wells from 7-10 p.m. (After all, it's a scientifically proven fact that we find others more attractive when we've been drinking; so drink up.) The evening will also include games, prizes, and giveaways; peeps are encouraged to "come single and ready to mingle."
Seeking: A Valentine for Princess
Adopt Princess! Yet to find a Valentine who makes you weak in the knees? This pup might do the trick. She's exceptionally well-behaved, having graduated Nashville K-9 training at the top of her class. East C.A.N. says Princess is ready for her forever home and to prove it she's hosting her own Happy Hour for Valentine's Day. Says Elizabeth Chauncey, "Come meet her Saturday at Riverside Village Pub from 1-2 p.m." Check out her video here. And get ready; she's gonna steal your heart.
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