East Nashville News: Carl Broemel, Make Nashville, naming the bears, a local banana boat and more

 
This time, lots of music and art to share, plus a plea to help our pets.
 
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
 

My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel celebrates ‘4th of July’ in August

 
Louisville lays claim to epic rock band My Morning Jacket, technically, but we get some good bragging rights too: Guitarist Carl Broemel and bassist Tom Blankenship call East Nashville home.
 
Fitting, then, that an upcoming run of summer/fall tour dates in support of Broemel’s new solo album, 4th of July, kicks off around here. The album — Broemel’s third solo set, and the follow-up to 2010's All Birds Say — is due out August 19, and he’ll drop by Grimey’s that day for an in-store, and follow that up August 20 with a full show here in the neighborhood at The Basement East.
 
His bandmate Blankenship pops up on some tracks, and many other major talents (Neko Case, Laura Veirs, Russ Pollard, more) lend a hand and/or voice too. First single “Sleepy Lagoon” gives a sense of the LP’s spaced-out, contemplative vibe (listen below), which, for Broemel’s part, reflects a bit of who he’s always been, and who he’s grown into.
 
 
“At heart, I’m just a chilled-out person,” he says. “And I’m 42 now and I have a child; the things I think about aren’t necessarily breakup songs. It’s more about pondering all those things that people normally do at this age.” 
 
 

Make Nashville invites ‘geeky tinkerers’ to opening night

 
 
Late last month, we mentioned maker space Make Nashville’s new digs on Woodland, and promised to update about opening day. Here’s that update.
 
Those folks — a non-profit organization “dedicated to all things Maker, Hacker, Coder, and Builder” — will officially cut the ribbon on their new space at 947 Woodland on Saturday, July 30, and that night, they’ll be celebrating with drinks, music, food and a look at all the maker tools and tidbits housed inside.
 
“Creative, geeky tinkerers of all sorts” are invited to come by and celebrate; the party kicks off at 6 p.m., and runs until 9.
 
 

Nashville Coloring Book includes shades of East

 
 
If you’ve gotten attracted to the grown-up coloring book craze, a new project from Made South might pique your interest. Those folks are in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign for The Nashville Coloring Book — a project for mature crayon enthusiasts that’ll be completely designed, illustrated and printed here in town.
 
The more neighborhood-y side notes: Along with the more broadly known landmarks (the skyline and stuff), The Nashville Coloring Book will include illustrations of a bunch of our favorite neighbors’ places, like Lockeland Table and Olive & Sinclair, as well as neighborhood guides, including one for East Nashville.
 
Made Nashville’s Chris Thomas expects the book to be completed and in hands by November, so if you’d like to get some early holiday shopping out of the way, head by the Nashville Coloring Book Kickstarter to pitch in. (If you’re super into this project, a $225 pledge will let you be a part of it in a more literal sense — illustrator Caleb Faires will draw you into a scene.)
 
A nice, holiday-spirit bonus: Once it’s published, a dollar from each book sale will go toward Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
 
 

1 mural, 5 bears, 0 names

 
 
More on the local art front: Now that all the hubbub about the new 5 Points mural has died down (?), perhaps we can move our attention to a pressing need.
 
The five adorable bears that now adorn the side of Eastside Cycles are alone out there, as though they were off in a desert, like a horse with no name. Except they’re bears.
 
Bongo Java’s Bob Bernstein, who owns said mural wall, is reaching out for neighbors’ help to give the bears some proper monikers. Submit suggested names for Bernstein's bears via an online form, and if your submissions are chosen, you’ll get… the satisfaction of having named East Nashville’s new pets. And some prizes to be named later, Bernstein tells us.
 
“There also likely will be different 'silly' categories,” he says. “We've had the Nashville Sports Legends Steve McBear, Marcus Beariota and Beary Trotz suggested, and the political names of Abearham Lincoln, Bearack Obama and of course Megan Beary. Thus, cute, silly and meaningful all encouraged!”
 
 

Welcome Nashville’s first food… boat?

 
 
With a heartfelt appreciation of Arrested Development and fresh takes on established trends, we nod approvingly toward Boheme’s Banana Boat, a new Nashville mobile food provider that's been braving the choppy Gallatin Pike waves to bring us frozen, chocolate-covered bananas.
 
We haven’t yet gotten a chance to try their creations — they’ve been at 2803 Gallatin Pike (over by the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA) in their yellow banana boat some. But, as the mobile thing goes, times seem to be fluxing. You can keep up with the Boheme’s Banana Boat whereabouts on Instagram
 
In general, just wanted to applaud this business endeavor. Because there’s always money in a banana stand.
 

Pet Community Center needs our help to expand

 
If you’re not yet familiar with the Pet Community Center over on Doctor Richard G Adams Drive, they’re a charitable organization that offers low-cost spay/neutering for dogs and cats, among other pet services. 
 
They’ve been working diligently to help minimize the stray pet population in Nashville, with more than 20,000 animals coming through their doors since they opened in late 2011. And they’re hoping to do more.
 
The Center has reached surgical capacity, seeing 700 animals per month. In order to expand their reach, those folks hope to add a second surgery table (and all the accompanying tools) to allow two veterinarians to work at a time.
 
They’ve set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds needed for the surgery suite expansion; if you’d like to chip in and nudge them toward helping more pets and more families, drop by the Pet Community Center Indiegogo page.
 

QUICK BITS

 
— Don’t forget, July 27 is 2016’s first Shelby Park Picture Show at the Old Timers Baseball Field at Shelby Park. Ferris Bueller will be in the house. Park opens at 4:30, movie starts at 7.
 
 
East C.A.N. is bringing a “Pup-up Adoption Event” to O.liv Body Bar on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Swing by 922 Main Street to meet some adoptable dogs. Since it’s also O.liv’s fifth birthday (including their time pre-East Nashville), there’ll also be celebration in the form of 15 percent savings on all local retail, and a drawing for a spa package. 
 
 
— The latest addition to Goo Goo Cluster’s Summer Chef Series is The Margoo, from Chef Margot McCormack of East Nashville’s own Margot Cafe & Bar. Her premium Goo has shortbread, salted caramel, candied hazelnuts, hazelnut butter caramel ganache and dark chocolate. Ooooh wee.
 
 
 
 
— Lucky Carolinans are getting stops from the East Nashville Revue in September, with Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Kevin Gordon and Rorey Carroll and The East Side Bulldogs (so, so many talented people from our pages). We haven’t seen any hometown dates for this mix, but if you go out enough, you’ll probably accidentally stumble on it somewhere in the neighborhood.
 
That’s it for this week. Have some news to share? Please feel encouraged to email Nicole.
 

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