A lot of fun news to share this week from a bunch of different shades of the fun spectrum — beer, books, records and more.
On to the latest round of East Nashville News:
2 new East Nashville breweries due
The Nashville craft beer world is having a busy news week, specifically in our corner of the city. We’ll soon have two new brewery/taproom additions in East Nashville, both taking over the former home bases of somewhat recently shuttered neighborhood businesses.
Eater Nashville broke the good news of the former Worm’s Way building’s new tenants: The folks at Smith & Lentz Brewing are already at work renovating the space to build their small-batch brewery and taproom. Partners Kurt Smith and Adler Lentz came here from Austin, and were initially setting up their space downtown, until those plans were waylaid by a building fire.
Far as what to expect from the beer, they say it’s “What your grand daddy wishes he had to drink.” (So, since we’re going by my grandpa, a mix of Schlitz and martinis.)
Up on Porter, the quickly shuttered Boone & Sons space will be reborn as Southern Grist Brewing Company, The Tennessean reports. It too will have an onsite brewery and taproom. (Hope that guy who’s been stuck in the B&S bathroom likes beer.)
More on planned opening dates, etc., when we have it.
‘Nashville Eats’ out in October
Heads up, local food fanatics: Food expert, writer, Inglewood resident and repeat East Nashvillian contributor Jennifer Justus will release her new book, Nashville Eats: Hot Chicken, Buttermilk Biscuits, and 100 More Southern Recipes from Music City, on October 13 via Abrams Books.
About the book, from the publisher:
“In Nashville Eats, more than 100 mouthwatering recipes reveal why food lovers are headed South for Nashville’s hot chicken, buttermilk biscuits, pulled pork sandwiches, cornmeal-crusted catfish, chow chow, fried green tomatoes, and chess pie. Author Jennifer Justus whips up the classics — such as pimento cheese and fried chicken — but also includes dishes with a twist on tradi- tional Southern fare — such as Curried Black Chickpeas or Catfish Tacos. And alongside the recipes, Jennifer shares her stories of Nashville — the people, music, history, and food that make it so special.”
Nashville Eats follows up Justus’ 2012 book, The Food Lovers’ Guide to Nashville. She’s covered a variety of topics and folks in our pages, including East Nashvillian of the Year March Egerton and Airbnb.
Comedy record: broken
A veritable clown car’s worth of local and visiting comics kicked off the Broken Record Comedy Show at The East Room on April 12, vying for the Guinness World Record for "Longest Standup Comedy Show - Multiple Comedians."
As of Tax Day, the 80-hour record was busted with the help of many fine comedians (including Broad City’s Hannibal Buress, in town for the Wild West Comedy Festival) and the World Record awarded to NashvilleStandup.com. As of this posting, comics were still taking the stage even with the war already won, effectively full-on shaming that previous record.
Big congrats are due to Nashville Standup’s Chad Riden (above, right) and the many other funny folk who kept (and continue to keep) the East Room full of funny.
Pop by The East Room (2412 Gallatin) through April 19 at 8 p.m. to enjoy some comedy and high some fives. You can also read more about the growing East Nashville comedy scene.
Celebrate Record Store Day in East Nashville
This Saturday, April 18, brings Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record shops that, year after year, brings limited-edition vinyl and other special bits of musical goodness to shops around the country (including the ones in our city). Most shops make it an all-out party, with live music, giveaways and adult beverages, and our neighborhood’s stores are no exception. On our side of the river Saturday:
The Groove (1103 Calvin)
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Live music: The Plastic Bags, JAWWS, King Bitch, Idle Bloom, Supermelt, Adia Victoria, Stone Jack Jones and more; DJ sets for Angie Dorin, DJ Mojo and Pete Wilson
Food and drink: food from Mas Tacos and The Gambling Stick; beer from Blackstone, Black Abbey, Little Harpeth and Jackalope
Extras: giveaways and raffles all day; 15 percent off sale on new and used merchandise.
Fond Object (1313 McGavock)
open at 10 a.m., festivities start at noon
Live music: Hans Condor, Promised Land Sound, THING, The Animen, Teddy and The Rough Riders, Los Colognes, Mystery Twins and more; DJs spinning between bands and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Food and drink: food from Two Boots Nashville; drinks from The Stone Fox and Wiseacre Brewing Company
Extras: Hail, Dark Aesthetics booth, East Nashville Sports Rock n Roll Cornhole, Petting Zoo with Dottie (resident potbellied pig), Lou and Cliff (rescue goats)
If you’d like to round out your partying post-record haul:
Dino’s (411 Gallatin)
noon to 5
Music: DJs Rate and Coach
Food and drink: $3 beers and food specials
Visit the Record Store Day site for more on this year's releases and participating shops.
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors make late-night TV debut
If you missed East Siders Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors’ debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, YouTube abides, above. The band performs “Here We Go,” off new album Medicine.
Dine Out for Life with us
Every year, restaurants across the country take part in Dining Out for Life, a fundraising effort for AIDS service organizations. More than 70 Nashville spots are participating in this year’s, set for April 21, sharing anywhere from 30 to 100 percent of the proceeds from lunch, dinner or both with Nashville CARES.
That local participant list includes East Nashville’s The Local Taco, and that’s where East Nashvillian publisher Lisa McCauley will be parked for lunch. The restaurant, at 1100 Fatherland, will be donating 30 percent from lunch and dinner. We’d love to see you there. (Try the Korean BBQ tacos, frreal.)
Hey Rooster launches clay:shop
Hey Rooster General Store spent a hunk of time spotlighting artists and artisans working within the wooden and woven worlds at past pop-ups wood:shop and fiber:shop; starting Saturday, the focus is on pottery.
The shop’s third pop-up, clay:shop, features the work of 50 potters from all over the country who each sent two special pieces, as a nod to Hey Rooster’s second anniversary. The 100 clay:shop works will be up for purchase starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, and will stay on display until May 2. Items that aren’t snagged Saturday will go up on the Hey Rooster website Sunday.
If you’d like to pop by to peruse and celebrate the kickoff, Hey Rooster is open 11 to 6 on Saturdays at 1106 Gallatin, and The Grilled Cheeserie will be onsite (sans truck) serving a special free Rooster melt.
Catch ‘Nashville Flipped’ again
While we’re on the TV topic: If you missed the pilot of Nashville Flipped on HGTV — which focuses on the rehab of a Cleveland Park home — it’ll air again at 1 p.m. on April 26.
Response to the pilot may nudge the show toward a series. For more, visit Nashville Flipped on Facebook.
Cult Fiction Underground needs help reopening
Fans of neighborhood grindhouse theater Cult Fiction Underground have been waiting a good while for news of a grand reopening in their new space, in the Trinity Lane building that once housed Southern Bred restaurant.
That process has hit a bit of a snag, it seems, and a crowdfunding campaign is under way to make the necessary moves to get the doors open.
“There are a few improvements that must be made in order for the city to approve our new building – so we are reaching out to you,” a message on CFU’s GoFundMe page reads. “Take a little time and see what you can spare for a few great immediate gifts and the long-term knowledge that you helped us get back to giving to the community you love being a part of.”
Gifts range from movie tickets to a private screening and a spot on the Cult Fiction “wall of celebrities.” Stop by the funding page to check it out and/or donate.
Another Fanny’s Choice vintage sale
Fanny's House of Music (1101 Holly St.) hosts regular and regularly awesome Fanny’s Choice vintage sales, and another is coming up Sunday, April 19, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As with other Fanny’s Choice events, expect a crew of vendors sharing vintage clothing and accessories. More at Fanny’s’ Facebook event page.
Share your work at Sip
Like the old Sip Cafe, the new Sip Cafe at 3939 Gallatin Pike is looking to support local art by displaying neighbors’ work. If you’re interested in showcasing pieces in the now-larger coffee shop and ice cream hub, drop a line via Facebook with photos of the work you’d like to see displayed.
That’s it for this week. East Nashville news to share? Drop Nicole a line.