First thing: Did you notice that we’re giving away another pair of tickets to the now-sold-out East Nashville Beer Festival? We are. You should enter. We’ll announce a winner next Thursday.
Second thing: This week’s news column includes a broad mix of creative endeavors, from a new art crawl to a new album from an old friend and lots more. On to it:
East Side Art Stumble launches next weekend
We’ve long had plenty of bar crawls here in East Nashville; starting this month, we’ll have our own art crawl, as East Side biz owners Katie Wolf, Sara Lederach and Nieves Uhl get the East Side Art Stumble rolling.
The three creative entrepreneurs (Wolf and Sara come from KT Wolf Gallery, Uhl from Sawtooth Printshop) are aiming to make the Stumble a regular monthly thing, with art openings, receptions, sales and the like at participating neighborhood businesses.
“We’ve been talking about ways to get more people into the gallery and print shop,” KT Wolf Gallery curator Lederach says, “but the first Saturday art crawl (downtown) is already so packed with places to be and things to see that it isn’t tenable to add another neighborhood. We decided to start our own ‘stumble’ to celebrate the art that’s happening here on the East Side.”
For the first Stumble — set for Saturday, April 11 — there’ll be openings, receptions and shows at KT Wolf and Sawtooth as well as POP Nashville, Plan Left, Main Street Art Gallery and Red Arrow Art Gallery, among other neighborhood stops. A host of businesses from The Idea Hatchery will also host “happy hour” from 5 to 7 p.m. with discounts on merchandise in partnership with the Stumble. (Take a look through a Google Map of all participating businesses.)
Visit the East Side Art Stumble’s Facebook page for more info (and to follow along as it grows).
Stop at Fanny’s for Easter fun with Esther the Egg
The second East Nashville Chicken Chase and Hot Hen Hoedown is set for May 8-9, again at the Pavilion East here in the neighborhood, and organizers are gearing up for the fest by sharing a little Easter fun with the neighborhood.
Stop by Fanny’s House of Music this Saturday, April 4, from 1 to 3 p.m., and get photos taken with the face of the Chicken Chase, Esther the Egg, and, of course, the ol’ Easter Bunny. There’ll be Easter eggs for folks of all ages, and the Chicken Chase folks haven’t indicated that you need to be a kid to get your Esther close-up… so we assume you cheeky adults can feel free to swing by and grab some ‘Gram fodder.
Fanny’s is located at 1101 Holly, and all things East Nashville Chicken Chase can be found at their official site.
Will Hoge’s new album out Tuesday
Nashville rock veteran and onetime East Nashvillian cover guy Will Hoge is getting ready to share his latest album: The new Small Town Dreams, his 10th studio set, hits the digital and physical music shelves on Tuesday, April 7.
It’s already getting some fairly fawning press — CMT says it’s “a masterful piece of work that takes the simple beauty of everyday life and delivers it to the listener in a way we’ve never heard it before.” (So they like it, then.)
As he gears up to show off the new album, he’s playing a few times at home: Friday (April 3), he’s at the Grand Ole Opry, and Wednesday, he’ll do an in-store at Grimey’s Too.
Next month, he’ll be back here doing some good in the neighborhood too, heading up the Will Hoge and Friends: Songwriters in the Round to Benefit Dan Mills Elementary School show on May 12. Tickets are $75 apiece ($125 VIP), and are available online.
Check out the video for single “Middle of America” up above.
Steelism hits Basement East
We mentioned last week that the Basement East’s owners are aiming to have the new East Nashville venue open by late April. Now we know at least one show scheduled for that fresh stage: Current East Nashvillian cover guys Steelism have a May 2 show listed alongside Patrick Sweany and Sweet Spirit.
Not familiar with Steelism yet? We very much think you should be. Strong argument here in our Steelism cover story.
Don Schlitz comes East
One more musical snippet… Even if you don’t think you know Don Schlitz, you know Don Schlitz — the Songwriters Hall of Famer is responsible for many well-loved songs, the most ubiquitous being “The Gambler.” He’s been doing his regular “Don for a Dollar” shows at the Bluebird for what feels like a wonderful forever, and they’re, as one would assume, awesome. Don’s bringing some regular awesome to the East Side in April, hitting The 5 Spot every Wednesday for a residency.
Don Schlitz’s early shows are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., and The 5 Spot is located at 1006 Forrest.
East Nashville Local Honey outpost opening Monday
We started the year sharing news about shop and salon Local Honey planning an East Nashville outpost. That new East side Local Honey is about to open — they just hosted a soft opening, and the official opening day is this coming Monday, April 6.
The new Local Honey is located at 519 Gallatin, right near Barista Parlor, Otis James and others. If you’re not familiar, their tagline makes the Little Honey m.o. pretty clear: “We sell clothes. We do hair.”
More at the Local Honey Facebook page.
Two Ten Jack has ‘Food & Wine’ People’s Best New Chef contenders
Food & Wine magazine recently named their Best New Chef picks of 2015, and now they wanna hear our picks — though they’ve given us a head start, by rounding up a host of “The People’s Best New Chef 2015” contenders to pick from.
Among the Southeast chef selections are two of our neighbors: Jessica Benefield and Trey Burnette of East Side Izakaya Two Ten Jack.
Says Food & Wine: “Locals are obsessed with their charred shishito peppers with sticky peanuts, honey-soy sauce and shaved katsuobushi (tuna that’s been dried and fermented, then smoked).” It’s true. Also those octopus frittery things. Dayumm.
Drop by FoodandWine.com if you’d like to drop a vote on those talented East Nashville chefs. And congrats on the nomination, Jessica and Trey!
Help keep Cooper Creek clean
Randy Fox recently told the tale in our pages of dedicated neighbors working hard to clean up Inglewood’s Cooper Creek, to keep that creek pretty and to keep neighboring homes and yards from flooding. Like all cleanups, unfortunately, the work is never truly done.
On Saturday, April 18, Friends of Cooper Creek are hosting a Clean-up Day to continue that work. Rain or shine, folks are meeting at Dalewood Baptist Church (1586 McGavock) at 9 a.m. with boots, some tools and elbow grease.
If you’d like to lend a hand (two would probably be better), drop by the Cooper Creek Clean-up Facebook event page and RSVP.
New meat shop location opens
Looking for a new place to grab your steaks/ribs/other assorted items of a carnivorous nature? Roy Meat Service recently opened a new location near Shelby Park, at 605 South 19th.
Says RMS’ titular Mr. Roy, “Let us know how we can help you fill your tummy up with pure meat goodness. Don't just shop at Roy Meat Services for yourself…do it for the ones you love.”
Keep up with Roy Meat Service on Facebook, and request your meat goodness via 615-227-2583.
Traveling Nest travels to Foobar
For your weekend shopping urges: Mobile boutique The Traveling Nest is set to settle in the neighborhood at Foobar on Sunday, April 12, starting at noon, sharing vintage clothes/accessories/home goods and such, from jewelry to books to western wear.
Foobar is located at 2511 Gallatin (we hear they’ll be hosting a swap meet-type sale on that day, though we don’t have any other details yet). The shop, as indicated above: pretty adorable. For more, visit The Traveling Nest on Facebook.
Drop by OMG and see East C.A.N.
Pair your vintage shopping with some adoptable-pup perusing this Saturday: East C.A.N. is headed to Old Made Good and bringing along adoptable dogs and puppies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you’ve been thinking about adding a new family member (and hunting for, say, a mid-century credenza or such), head by 3701B Gallatin Pike. More at East C.A.N.’s Facebook page.
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville thoughts to share? Email Nicole.