East Nashville News: Duke's open, Jeni's closed, Pepperfire's on TV and more

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This week, we’re giving away passes to the 27th annual Nashville Pride Festival, and talking about some openings and records and chicken-y good times.
On to the latest bit of East Nashville News:

The BEAST and Duke’s are open

A duo of fun neighborhood openings this week: New venue The Basement East and bar/restaurant Duke’s both opened their doors.
The Basement East, as we’ve mentioned a few times, is the sister to long-loved sub-Grimey’s haunt The Basement, and it kicked off its first week in business at 917 Woodland this week with a string of shows, including a Wednesday show that included Chuck Mead, Patrick Sweany and My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel, among others, and a Thursday show with soul-slinger Cory Chisel, East Side rock band the Dead Deads and more. The festivities continue with Alanna Royale and others Friday, Natural Child and more Saturday, beloved East Sider Derek Hoke and many others Sunday, and on and on.
A little down the way, new bar Duke’s — which took over Nuvo Burrito’s former place at 1000 Main St. — welcomed folks in on Wednesday too. It’s a cool-looking place — as evidenced up top, via Instagram — and they have beer and booze and sandwiches and generally the necessary ingredients for bar-based good times. Hours we’ve seen so far are 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

But yes, Jeni’s is closed temporarily

Jenis Splendid Ice Creams
On the off chance you missed Thursday’s trending topic: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams initiated a voluntary recall of its products after a random sample taken by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture showed Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Along with the recall, the company’s closed its many scoop shops, including the East Nashville shop at 1892 Eastland.
“We have decided to recall everything currently on retailer shelves, and we are closing our scoop shops until we are 100% confident every item we sell is safe,” CEO John Lowe said in a statement. “We have called in experts to help us find the root cause. We will be working with our suppliers to determine if the bacteria was introduced by one of the ingredients we use. We will not reopen the kitchen until we can ensure the safety of our customers.”
The statement indicated that Jeni’s hasn’t been made aware of any reported illnesses, but that, as a precaution, customers should dispose of Jeni’s products or return them to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange. No word, obviously, on when the East Nashville shop or other shops will reopen.
Questions/concerns: 614-360-3905 or recall@jenis.com.

Man Finds Pepperfire

Adam Richman and Pepperfire
You might’ve heard back in 2014 that TV personality Adam Richman was here in the neighborhood enjoying some Pepperfire hot chicken with cameras in tow. 
After a long delay (spurred by an Instagram-related controversy), the bit, filmed for his new Travel Channel show Man Finds Food, finally sees the screen on Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Central, during an episode called “Tweet Secrets.” (The show’s series premiere was April 1.)
During the episode, Richman takes on Pepperfire’s AppleJack sandwich — a deep-fried pepperjack sandwich with chicken tenders, topped with sweet apples. So pretty much a salad.
Tune in to the Travel Channel to see what he thinks; try the AppleJack yourself at 2821 Gallatin Pike (or try some of their goods at the new First Tennessee Park), before P-Fire relocates to 1000 Gallatin sometime soon.

Chicken Chase adds a Taste of the Wild Wild East

As we mentioned recently, the second East Nashville Chicken Chase and Hot Hen Hoedown is set for Saturday, May 9 at Pavilion East. Its return brings something fun and new, though: A Taste of the Wild Wild East, a Friday night celebration that includes “gourmet cowboy cuisine,” music from the Hogslop String Band, moonshine and whiskey tastings, poker and lots more.
The cuisine part of the affair is in the capable wrangling hands of 8 Lavender Lane Catering and Event Planning — many of you know those folks from Riverwood Mansion.
Tickets for the party, set for 6 to 10 p.m., run $25, and are available at the Chicken Chase website.

Turbo Fruits has ‘No Control’

Turbo Fruits
Local band Turbo Fruits — whose two-guitar team, Jonas Stein and Kingsley Brock, appeared in our recent music issue — released a new album called No Control this week. The set was created with the help of fellow East Sider/Battle Tapes studio head Jeremy Ferguson, and with a little extra production help from Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.
Their official word on the set:
“Their fourth and most self-aware album, the band emerges from their teenage haze of pot smoke with a fresh perspective, directly addressing the uncertainties and fear of serious relationships, real life and the chaos that can be created by life on the road …”
They’re out west at the moment and don’t currently have a hometown date listed (their release show at The Basement just passed, sorry y’all), but, y’know, they’ll probably be around, like they do.

Red Beet Records issues Jerry Lawson solo debut

You might know soul mainstay Jerry Lawson for a few reasons — for being a part of The Persuasions, maybe for a cappella badassery on season two of NBC competition show The Sing-Off.
Now you can know him as part of the Red Beet Records roster — the East Nashville label releases Lawson’s solo debut, Just a Mortal Man, on April 28.
Watch the video above for an introduction to the album; check out the title track courtesy of Billboard.

Relay for Life performers announced

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Nashville — an annual fundraiser and awareness-raiser focused on cancer prevention, early detection and healthy living — returns to Cumberland Park on May 2, and the music lineup’s just been announced. 
The onstage schedule for the day:
11:45 a.m. – Matt Giraud
12:30 p.m. – Erika Cole
1:15 – Kylie Rothfield
2:15 – Hear Hear
3 – Lindsay Ell
4 – The Darlins
4:45 – Walker Hayes
5:45 – Peyton Parker
6:30 – Morgan Myles
7:30 – JennBostic
9 – Caitlyn Grabenstein
9:30 – Doc Holladay
10 – Rio
Along with music, the event includes food trucks, vendors, speakers, kids activities and more. Extra info at relayforlife.org/nashvilletn.

Old Made Good hosts dinner and a movie

Remember back when Old Made Good was in the little blue Riverside Village house and they used to have lawn parties with food trucks and bands and stuff? Good times. Related, they’re bringing that back, sort of, in their current location, with a dinner and a movie night coming up on Sunday, April 26.
Electric Sliders will be on site grilling burgers, and on screen: ‘80s classic Labyrinth, in which David Bowie sports the inspiration for the Long Island Medium’s hair. 
Head down around 6:30 to get in on the food; movie starts about 7:15/sundownish. OMG is at 3701 Gallatin Pike, #B.

The Dog Spot spreads

East Nashville-bred dog boarding and daycare space The Dog Spot has branched out once again — they’re celebrating the grand opening of a new West side location, at 5001 Alabama Ave., on Saturday, April 25, with a party and open house.
On the schedule: free food, face painting, Yazoo beer, discounts and giveaways and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., if you’re looking to go over the river.

Quick Bits:

- The Country Music Marathon is Saturday, April 25, and there are road closures to go along with it. Check ‘em out before you head out.

Check out The Groove and Mas Tacos on Rolling Stone’s site.

- The original date of Grassy Knoll Movie Nights’ showing of The Karate Kid was rained out; rain date is this Sunday, April 26. Sundown at the Bongo knoll, 109 S. 11th St.

- On April 23, The 5 Spot celebrated 12 years of East Nashville music and imbibery. Congrats!

- Check out Travel + Leisure showing love for Olive & Sinclair in its roundup of America’s Best Cities for Sweet Tooths.

That’s all for this week. If you have some East Nashville news to share, please do.

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