Pretty fun news week this week, from reborn neighbor barbeque to a long-awaited grand opening and the welcome return of an old friend gone underground.
On to this round of East Nashville News:
Family Wash grand opening is nigh
The new, expanded Family Wash has been open for some weeks now, introducing its new menu and new stage, welcoming old friends to try the caffeinated creations of new partner Garage Coffee and re-dosing East Nashville with its required levels of shepherd’s pie.
But this week, everything finally becomes officially official.
The Family Wash/Garage Coffee Grand Opening celebration brings us two nights of music, food and special guests, with talented Wash friends taking the stage Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12.
On the schedule for both Friday and Saturday:
- All-star cover crew Sons of Zevon
- Neil Young tribute Neil Night
- Grade-A songwriter (Keith) GATTIS
- plus The East Side Jam and surprise special guests, which, knowing The Wash, won’t be remotely boring.
Things kick off at 8 p.m. both nights at the new Family Wash location, 626 Main St. There’s limited reserved seating in the main dining area; call 615-645-9930 to see if there’s a spot left for you.
Wednesday’s Picture Show rained out, rescheduled
So yes, sadly Wednesday night’s frog strangler brought about a rescheduled date for the planned Shelby Park Picture Show showing of Toy Story — if you were really looking forward to heading to infinity and beyond, mark October 21 down on your calendar. Same time (7:30 p.m.), same place (the Old Timers ball park at Shelby Park), same suggested donation ($5, or whatever amount you choose to set).
You don’t need to wait that long for another Shelby Park Picture Show night, though — Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is coming up on September 23, and Ghostbusters is on October 7.
Wanna make sure you’re up to date on all the Picture Show happenings? Head to the Shelby Park Picture Show website and sign up for the convenient electronic Internet Mailing List.
Side note for Picture Show-goers: If you’d like to take advantage of the beer garden responsibly, and are a new Uber rider, go ahead and use the code SHELBYMOVIE for $20 off your first ride, with our compliments.
Cantrell’s spot reopens as East Nashville BBQ Company
We mentioned in July that Cantrell’s BBQ Pit was in the middle of a reinvention. As of this week: reinvention accomplished.
The restaurant reopened at the top of the week under a new name — East Nashville BBQ Company — serving the gamut of barbeque-place standards, including pulled pork, mac and cheese, white beans, turnip greens et al.
They’re open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 829 Lischey. More at the East Nashville BBQ Company Facebook page.
Red Arrow Gallery moving on down
The Red Arrow Gallery, which launched in Inglewood’s Riverside Village area in March of 2014, shared some big news this week: They’ll be moving on down the way come October, taking over a new home at 919 Gallatin Ave. (Right next to Hair World. No, the other one. No, the other other one.)
“Riverside Village has been a wonderful home for the last year, but development and growth in the neighborhood, as well as the gallery outgrowing its space, forced us to begin looking for a new location,” a note from the gallery says. “We are fortunate to have met an amazing landlord who supports our vision and is allowing us to keep Red Arrow in East Nashville.”
If you’d like to say goodbye to the current location at 1311 Mcgavock Pike, this Saturday, September 12, brings a good excuse, as the latest installment of the 6-month-old East Side Art Stumble goes down at a mix of neighborhood art stops, including Red Arrow. More at the East Side Art Stumble website.
East Nashville Underground comes back into the light
Way back in October of 2013, East Nashville Underground’s Jared Corder chatted with us about the longtime neighborhood festival’s then-impending pause, and what the future might hold. “I would be lying if I said I had the exact answer for the next chapter of ENU,” he said then. “…I guess you'll just have to stay tuned."
Tweak your dials just a lil, ‘cuz an East Nashville Underground transmission’s coming in at long last: East Nashville Underground :: A Magical Reunion is set to take over the Basement East from Thursday, November 19 through Saturday, November 21, and those days will hold all the things that made us fall in love with East Nashville Underground: bands, adult beverages, lots of friends, lots of good times.
More succinctly, from the ENU-ers:
“After a couple years' break, East Nashville Underground is having a reunion for one weekend and bringing back bands from past seasons. We've all seen East Nashville change in so many ways, but for just a weekend let's get back to our old East Nashville roots by getting drunk and taking photobooth pics.”
The fittingly nutso glut of great live music includes sets from Blackfoot Gypsies, Heavy Sole, The Future, Jon Byrd & Byrd’s Auto Parts, the Allen Thompson Band, ELEL, Ranch Ghost and so many more.
Full fest passes are $35 ($50 for VIP, which includes four beers, a T-shirt, access to a VIP area and additional swag). Limited day tickets will be $15. More info at the East Nashville Underground Facebook event page.
Welcome back, Undergrounders.
Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration coming up soon
As names go, the Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration is a pretty good one, as the Saturday, September 26 shindig is, indeed, a celebration of Nashville neighborhoods.
Held here in our neighborhood (the Cleveland Park & Community Center, 610 Vernon Winfrey Avenue), the event gives folks from around Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County a chance to show off what makes their corner of Middle Tennessee special, with displays that share past neighborhood accomplishments and future plans.
But what’s a neighborhood-focused celebration if we’re not also battling for bragging rights? The day also includes a bunch of competitions, from Competitive Showcase Presentations (Cleveland Park, College Hill, Crieve Hall, Salemtown and The Nations will go head to head, slinging brag-worthy projects and activities from the past year) to a Battle of the Neighborhood Bands, Chili Cook-Off and more.
Add in food, family activities and more, and you have a pretty stuff-stacked day of celebrating.
The whole event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there’s more info at the Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration website.
- The Nashville Post has a quick bit about the possibility of a new fashion retail tenant coming into the long-dormant building at 918 Main Street.
- The September Historic East Nashville Merchants Association mixer/meeting is set for Tuesday, September 15 at Plan Left (604 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 209), from 6 to 8 p.m. If you’re an East Side business owner (or an East Sider and business owner), swing by and meet some kindred spirits.
- Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities, the Pet Community Center (943-B Dr. Richard G. Adams Drive) is offering free spay/neuter for outdoor cats in the Inglewood area. More info at the PCC website.
- As if? Clueless, y’all. September 20’s Grassy Knoll Movie Nights movie.
- The Post East celebrated their one-year anniversary this week. Congrats, y’all.
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville news to share? Drop Nicole an email.