Obviously, the biggest thing going in East Nashville this week (nay, the city, if we’re not counting the election) is the Tomato Art Fest. Our latest issue has a ton of Tomato fun, from a chat with cofounder Meg MacFadyen to a fest map and lots more.
We’ll, of course, see you at the fest. But while we gird ourselves for fruigetable fun, figured we’d share a few other things happening around the way. On to this week’s East Nashville News:
A very special Roots, for Tommy
Tommy Womack is many things: a singer-songwriter, guitarist, author and East Nashvillian columnist and regular contributor. He’s also a great and kind human being, and a valued friend to many in the music community here.
So it should come as no surprise that, in the wake of the recent auto wreck that left Womack with a cracked pelvis, friends have been coming out in force to support and raise funds for him.
The latest effort: a special-edition Music City Roots night that brings one doozy of a lineup.
Your date: September 30. Your host: East Nashville musician and journalist Peter Cooper. Performing: Will Kimbrough, Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks, Dan Baird and Jason & the Scorchers.
Along with celebrating the existence of that fine gentleman named Tommy Womack, this exemplary edition of an always-exemplary live music series will help raise funds to aid Womack as he heals. So it’s a great cause, all around, and, it goes without saying, a surely great show.
Tickets are $20, and are on sale now. Wanna head to The Factory at Franklin from East Nashville without putting a foot on a gas pedal? Grab the Roots Bus from The 5 Spot — it’s a weekly option, and a wonderful one.
Big love, Tommy. This show rules and you rule.
Celebrate three years of Fat Bottom
We’re sadly not gonna have too much more time to celebrate Fat Bottom Brewing as our neighborhood brewery (though, since they’re just moving to The Nations, we’ll still be able to celebrate them as a Nashville brewery, and since we’re about to get several new breweries in East Nashville… anyhow, back to the point).
Given FBB’s imminent departure, seems all the more prudent that we give them a good old-fashioned East Nashville sendoff by attending their three-year anniversary party, coming up on August 23.
The celebration — at their still-open East Side space, 900 Main Street — includes a bottomless cup of beer for a $10 donation, plus live music from The Running Roots and Scot Sax & Suzie Brown, plus food available from Edley’s. And that donation you toss in for beer goes toward local education: Funds benefit the Nashville Classical Charter School.
Fat Bottom’s third anniversary celebration runs 4 to 8 p.m. on August 23. Raise a glass, or a few of ’em, then find a responsible means to return to your home.
Congrats, Fat Bottom, and thanks for the memories (even the fuzzy ones).
Diamond Star Halo returns
We mentioned this briefly last week, but here’s the full picture:
Nashville fashion guru Libby Callaway — whose multifaceted resume lists includes time as a stylist, costume designer, fashion editor, newspaper columnist and lately, creative consultant — used to helm a fantastically stocked vintage shop called Diamond Star Halo Vintage, once tucked inside East Nashville’s Fanny’s House of Music. It shuttered back in 2012, and Callaway’s bounced around doing impressive fashion-y things, recently in New York.
Lucky for us, though, she’s returned to East Nashville, and alongside similarly good-taste-havin’ local lady Courtney Webb of Hey Rooster General Store, Diamond Star Halo is coming back too, for a short pop-up stint.
Callaway is bringing more than 150 pieces of vintage clothing, spanning from the early 1900s to the late 1990s, and putting them up for grabs at a DSH pop-up inside Hey Rooster, running now through August 20.
We’re told folks who like procuring fancy labels for reasonable amounts of money will be pleased with the selection.
Main point being: Libby knows what’s up, fashion-wise, so… if you like that kinda thing, you should go. (If you don’t know Libby, you might check this interview she did with regular East Nashvillian contributor Jennifer Justus for the Nashville Ledger; it’s pretty fun).
Hey Rooster is located at 1106 Gallatin Ave.
Say hello to East Nashville’s newest bookstore
Remember how we mentioned that Defunct Books was getting ready to set up shop in 5 Points around Tomato Art Fest time? Well, it’s Tomato Art Fest time, so here we go.
The shop — which’ll be home to a mix of literary offerings, including “everything from dollar books up to collection pieces priced at five figures,” according to owner Greg Delzer — welcomed neighbors in Thursday night for a poetry reading as something of a hello.
Book lovers can head by the shop this weekend too, at 118 S. 11th Street, to say hi to the new 5 Points Face. Although Delzer says he won’t have everything completely set up yet, he will have some gifts for folks dressed for the Tomato Art Fest (appropriately colored little books), while supplies last.
Well dang if it ain't Best Of Nashville time again
Tell ya, ya blink and then it’s time for us to win Best Neighborhood again.
Voting’s open now for the Nashville Scene’s 2015 Best of Nashville honors, and once again, that means you’re empowered to bestow bragging rights upon many an East Nashvillian and non-East Nashvillian.
Head to the Scene’s site to answer 253 questions about what’s best and brightest and beautifulest in our fair city, from restaurants to pet groomers to PEOPLE WHO BLOG ON THE INTERNET. Voting ends on September 4.
Don’t forget to do your part. If we lose Best Neighborhood, the tall skinnies have won.
A good excuse to do your shopping this weekend
This isn’t East Nashville-specific, but certainly applies: Don’t forget that this weekend brings The State of Tennessee's Annual Sales Tax Holiday, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7 and ending Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m.
There’s a lot you can save on: computers at or under $1,500; clothing at $100 or less; school supplies… The Tennessee Department of Revenue site has a full rundown of tax-free items.
Spend the weekend buying from local artisans at the Tomato Art Fest and local shops for the Sales Tax Holiday, and you’re some kinda fine American.
Spend some Tomato time with Nashville Riot Grrrls
As with every year, the Tomato Art Fest has as many activities as La Tomatina has tomatoes (that’s that festival in Spain where they throw tomatoes and stuff?). We ran a schedule of Tomato events in our most recent issue, if you’re still working on your plan of attack.
Another happening to chew on while you’re out and about, too: The Nashville Riot Grrrls — a community group that celebrates feminism, women in music and community — is hosting a free Tomato Riot house show with a host of performers, including East Side loud-rock ladies The Dead Deads, local twee-punk duo Spoon Thief and others.
The show doubles as a fundraiser toward the Grrrls’ efforts to sponsor a young music maker’s attendance at the Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp. Along with collecting donations, folks will be selling handmade crafts, art, baked goods and more, with a portion of the proceeds going toward that rock scholarship.
Music starts at noon at 100 S. 14th Street. For more info, the schedule of performers and details on a Grrrls-led afterparty, swing by the Tomato Riot Facebook event page.
- The assuredly awesome Shelby Park Picture Show we talked about last week doesn’t kick off until August 26, but East Nashville’s longstanding Grassy Knoll Movie Nights is back again on August 16. They’ll be screening the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? in the knoll next to Bongo (109 S. 11th) at sundown. Fitting film to show around here, since East Nashville musical treasure Gillian Welch makes a cameo.
- We have liftoff! Lift-up? Foundation. The floors is poured at the Turnip Truck’s new East Side location. (This is what we’re waiting for.)
- Biscuit Love might live in The Gulch, but they shove some love our way with their East Nasty — a biscuit with fried chicken, cheddar and sausage gravy. And Bon Appetit magazine recently shoved the love on that sandwich, nodding toward it while naming Biscuit Love one of America’s Best New Restaurants.
- East Nashville-based home renovators Nashville Flipped have started filming for their new HGTV show of the same name — check out some snaps of the lukewarm mess of a house they’re taking on and will surely make beautiful. The show’s pilot aired recently, and Nashville Flipped was then picked up as a series, which should begin airing next spring.
- More great press for East Nashvillian Karen-Lee Ryan’s Walk Eat Nashville food tours, this time in WKRN. If you’re not yet familiar: The WEN walking tours — one in East Nashville, one in Midtown — include stops at a variety of restaurants and artisan shops for tastings, chats with chefs and owners and inside tidbits, plus lots of neighborhood info and trivia. For more: walkeatnashville.com.
- Break out your Pepperfire pix: The hot chicken makers — getting ready to move into their new space — would love to see your photos of the old/current location to adorn the new walls. Hit the Pepperfire Facebook if you have some hut shots to share.
- At the top of the month, East Nashville bakery Nashville Sweets celebrated four years of making delicious sweet stuff, from cakes to cupcakes to tomatofied macarons. Huge congrats, Nashville Sweets! Stop by 803 Woodland if you’d like to share your congratulations/grab a treat.
- At the risk of becoming a job board, thought we’d give a heads up that a bunch of great local businesses are hiring.
> New and highly praised POPsters Little Octopus are looking for managers who are “passionate about food and wine” and “want to work hard and laugh a lot.” email@example.com.
> Juicery and smootherie Lynne Lorraine's is also looking for employees — drop by their space at 1100 Fatherland, Suite 102, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
> Busy coffee stop Ugly Mugs also needs some new faces — in this case, you need to “love others and coffee.” Hit up email@example.com.
- Neighborhood businessfolk: The August HENMA mixer is coming up on Monday, August 10, and it’s gonna be a BEAST. At the BEAST, naturally (917 Woodland, otherwise known as the Basement East). If you own a neighborhood business or own a Nashville business and live in the neighborhood, HENMA’s meant for you. Mixer’s 6-8 p.m.
That’s all for this week. We’d love your tips/tidbits/mutterings: Email Nicole.