This week, we have the dawn of a new supergroup, openings for jewelry/art/pup stuff, a local network star headed to battle and more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Alabama Shakes singer launches new band in East Nashville
NPR’s Ann Powers dropped some fun local music news this week: On July 12 at the Basement East, new band Bermuda Triangle — a.k.a. Alabama Shakes’ Brittany A. Howard, along with Jesse Lafser and Becca Mancari — will make their live debut.
Howard told Powers we should expect "sad dance hall music,” while Mancari pointed to "drum machines, heavy harmonies and someone on a standup bass."
Read all about it at NPR.org, and grab your tickets to the show through thebasementnashville.com (they’re $7 advance, $10 doors, and things kick off at 8 p.m. at 917 Woodland Avenue).
While you’re at it, read all about mega-talented East Nashville music crit Ann Powers from The East Nashvillian’s pages, and for good measure, read about the genesis of the Basement East, too.
Riveter grand opening Saturday
A hello to another style-centric new East Nashville business: Riveter hosts its grand opening on Saturday, July 8, 7 to 9 p.m., at its new space in the Idea Hatchery, 1108 Woodland Street, Unit H.
The shop’s specialty is “unconventional fine jewelry,” including sales, repair and design. On the Riveter Instagram (from which the above image was lovingly lifted), you can check out some of the stuff they stock and the wonders they can work — like the restoration of this banged-up beauty of a ring.
On Saturday’s party schedule: drinks, (Five Points) pizza, live music from The Smoking Flowers and Damien Horne with Krista Marie, poetry readings and, naturally, shopping.
They’re already open, too, if you’d like to stop by ahead of the grand opening. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 1 to 5 on Sunday. More on the Riveter Facebook page.
Atomic Nashville closing
Our run of local book-shop news carries on: Atomic Nashville owner Dan Balog announced this week that his South Inglewood-area book/art/music shop, open since late 2015, will be shutting its doors.
Balog hasn’t set a solid closing date yet, and he says he’s shopping for a smaller space, in hopes of reopening Atomic Nashville elsewhere in the neighborhood. In the meantime, he plans to stay open regular hours at 1603 Riverside Drive (11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 to 4 Sunday) and clear out stock. (Paperback books are 30 percent off, toward that end.)
“I’d like to thank all who've shopped with us!” Balog wrote in his goodbye note. “It's been a fun ride, and you've been a big part of that. Huge thanks as well to the Nashville music & art community for contributing their talents to our cause. It's been such a pleasure and honor to shine a spotlight on you, and the amazing work that you create.”
To keep up with the shop’s final plans, follow Atomic Nashville on Facebook.
Mutts & Meows open on Woodland
A new spot for East Nashville pet parents to peep: Mutts & Meows, a pet supply shop stocked with food, treats, collars, au courant canine fashions and lots more, grand-opened this month at 935 Woodland Street, Unit H, behind High Garden Tea.
Also worth noting for the homebodies among us: They deliver. (It’s free with an order of $30 or more, $3 for less.)
Head by the shop to peruse for your pampered pets Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 10 to 4 pm Saturdays. More at muttsandmeows.com.
One of our own on 'Battle of the Network Stars'
In everything-old-is-new-again news, here’s a tidbit we missed from last month. Throwback network series Battle of the Network Stars, which many a ’70s and ’80s kid will remember fondly, is back this year, once again pitting teams of familiar faces against each other in tugs of war and dunk-tank battles and the like.
The show reanimated in late June on ABC, and over the course of this new season, we’ll see 10 episodes featuring 20 teams with 100 stars, plucked from shows that span decades. In the fun and nostalgic mix: Bronson Pinchot (a.k.a. the man behind Balki Bartokomous), at least two members of *NSYNC, an Osbourne, a Hulk and many, many others.
Why bring this up for The East Nashvillian? Our neighborhood’s own Jenna von Oy, a.k.a. Blossom’s BFF Six, is on the Red TV Sitcoms team. She’s pictured above with her teammates Willie Garson (Hawaii Five-0), Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes), Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) and Leigh-Allyn Baker (Will & Grace).
The show’s airing on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Central, and it looks like von Oy is slated for the fourth episode, though we’re not sure what day it’ll be airing yet (according to the BOTNS site, they’re hitting the airwaves out of order).
We’ll give a heads up social-side when we know it’s coming.
Aside of her return to TV screens, von Oy’s been busy with her writing career. Check out more on her books/work at jennavonoy.com.
Jerry's Artarama coming to Main Street
Something else cool that broke during my Rumspringa: The Nashville outpost of art-supply depot Jerry's Artarama is in the process of closing up in Antioch, and moving here to East Nashville.
Their new location — which’ll be home to the Artarama-standard massive array of paints, brushes, canvases and more — is 711 Main Street. And last update we saw, they’re hoping to get the doors open at that newly renovated spot in the early fall. (That’s their new space, mid-reno, above.)
In the meantime, our artist friends might wanna hoof it out to Antioch: Now through July 16, they’re aiming to clear the shelves, with a 50 percent-off-everything sale. That soon-to-be-former space is at 5361 Mount View Road.
To learn more about our incoming neighbors, stop by nashville-jerrys.com, and follow the Jerry’s Artarama Nashville Facebook page.
Dead Deads drop new video
Check out the new video for "Nothing Will Be Fine,” from East Nashville’s The Deads Deads, above. New to these local loud-rock ladies? Read our The Dead Deads feature from late last year.
— Throwin’ it back to East Nashville days of yore: Guilty Pleasures Slow Bar Reunion, July 15.
— WSMV’s Terry Bulger chatted with Manuel Delgado of Delgado Guitars recently, and it’s a fun bit. For more on our local master luthier, read our Artist in Profile piece on Delgado.
— Did you get a chance to read our piece on photographer Michael Weintrob and his Instrumenthead portrait project? It’s really cool. And on the timely front: He’ll be at Parnassus Books on Sunday, July 9 at 2 p.m., for a panel discussion, moderated by Craig Havighurst and featuring famed bassist Dave Pomeroy.
— From The Tennessean: Riverchase Apartments in East Nashville were sold for $11.2 million.
— Apologies for being a little late on this, ’cuz it’s a big one: Kali Yuga Yoga just celebrated 10 years here in East Nashville. Big congrats to everyone over at 1011 Fatherland Street.
— Additional big congrats to the folks at East Nashville gifts/etc. shop Gift Horse, who are about to celebrate their first year at 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 301.
— Cool (literally): Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams just started offering free ice cream on your birthday. Just gotta sign up for the email list.
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.