This week, we'll tip you to a bunch of good reasons to celebrate in the neighborhood, and lots of other fun tidbits.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Saturday brings new Turnip Truck East’s grand opening celebration
Many of you have been shopping happily at the shiny, new and thrillingly large Turnip Truck Natural Market since the doors swung open in November. But — aside of a ceremonial purchase from Mayor Megan Barry on that opening day (photo of her, owner John Dyke and other team members above) — they haven’t really fully fêted the new space. Problem solved as of this weekend.
The Turnip Truck has a free, all-day grand opening celebration set for 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, including food samples, kids’ activities and more.
It being Nashville and all, they’ll of course have a full lineup of live music too. On the schedule:
9 a.m.: Travis Lamb
10:30 a.m.: Wayne Moss & Dee Moeller
12 p.m.: Fawn Larson
1:30 p.m.: John Milstead
3 p.m.: Kara Crabtree
4:30 p.m.: Pete Jacobs
The new, 13,000-square-foot Turnip Truck is located at 701 Woodland Street, and more info lives at theturniptruck.com.
The Pub at The Basement East’s grand opening is here too
The Turnip Truck’s party isn’t the only big grand opening coming up in the neighborhood.
Not so long ago, we offered a deep look into the belly of the BEAST, a.k.a. The Basement East, including how co-owners Dave Brown and Mike Grimes turned their venue vision into a reality, and plans for an adjacent pub down the line. After some weeks of testing and tweaking, them pub plans: here.
The Pub at The Basement East will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 14, with a free show, ticket giveaways, special guests, beer from Blackstone Brewing Company and more, plus Lightning 100 putting the party to the airwaves.
What can you expect on the food side? “Pub” may seem a little misleading, since the kitchen’ll be serving a menu of Vietnamese-Mexican fusion street food.
The Basement East powers that be will also be announcing the winner of a doozy of a social media contest they’ve had going on — sharers are up for two tickets to every show in 2016 (details on The Basement East Instagram page).
The party starts at 6 p.m., show kicking up at 9 p.m., and although admission is free, you gotta be 21+. More at The Basement East + The Pub Facebook page.
Cumberland Transit’s East location closed
Cumberland Transit is back down to one location, as the outdoor/active gear retailer’s East Nashville shop closed its doors at the start of the year.
The East shop opened at 1900 Eastland (in the Walden development) in early 2014, echoing the flagship West Side location’s well-developed inventory of Patagonia and The North Face and other friends to folks who like to explore the out of doors.
Fantastically frank CT owner/"godfather" Allen Doty tells us that the closure was simply a decision not to re-up their lease at the Eastland location.
“It wasn’t because we were making too much money over there that we closed,” he says. “Had we had enough business over there to keep the doors open, we certainly would have kept the doors open.”
That particular storefront, tucked back off of Eastland, struggled for foot traffic, but it certainly hasn’t put the Cumberland Transit folks off of East Nashville.
“We like East Nashville (and) we certainly are keeping our eyes open for another, busier location,” Doty says. “There’s a lot of good eatin’ over there, a lot of good music over there, a lot of good people over there. Why wouldn’t we?”
Meantime, the larger and long-established Cumberland Transit West (45 years and counting) is open and serving outdoorsmen and -women daily, at 2807 West End Avenue. More at cumberlandtransit.com.
We reached out to Walden’s March Egerton for an update on what might take over the space, and we’ll update with any info.
Shelby Park Picture Show is back in 2016
The inaugural season of outdoor movie hang Shelby Park Picture Show was big fun, and a big success, so a bigger, better version is coming for 2016.
This year’s Picture Show run — once again in the Old Timer’s Ball Park at Shelby Park — is a double order, with eight dates (and two flex in-case-of-weather dates) on the books, kicking off in July. As things start up, we’ll also see improvements to the beer garden, happy hour, sound, concessions, and the restrooms.
The 2016 Shelby Park Picture Show schedule as it stands now:
Wed, July 27 – (Kick-Off)
Wed, Aug 3
Wed, Aug 24
Sun, Sep 4 – (Labor Day)
Wed, Sep 14
Wed, Sep 28
Wed, Oct 5 – (Fall break)
Wed, Oct 12
Wed, Oct 19 – RAIN DATE
Wed, Oct 26 – RAIN DATE
News on specific films and other details will be updated at the official Shelby Park Picture Show website, so keep an eye out.
DancEast spreads out to launch YogaEast
As of January 11, we have a new Yoga name in the neighborhood, and it might seem a little familiar. Emily Masters, longtime leader of dance instruction company DancEast, is launching YogaEast “to offer a more complete range of movement expression opportunities for the neighbors in her community.”
Six instructors are set to lead practice at the new YogaEast, including names that’ll seem new (relatively freshly minted instructors Tony Perrin and Becky Sekeres) and familiar (longtime DanceEast-er Whit Hill and busy performer Carrie Gant).
The schedule of weekly classes, held at 805 Woodland Street, Suite 314, is up now on the YogaEast website. Pricing is $10 a class (with discounts for repeat visits).
For more on the new yoga folk, drop by YogaEastNashville.org.
Jason’s January Jams under way
If you’ve been up on Nashville rock music for a decent amount of time, you know Jason Ringenberg, i.e. Jason from Jason and the Scorchers, i.e. one of the finest rock frontmen this city has ever produced. If you’ve never seen Ringenberg perform in the flesh, though, it’s a good time to rectify that, as he’s holding court at The 5 Spot this month for weekly January Jams.
The first one’s already passed (it was Wednesday, Jan., 6, with the one and only Webb Wilder), but you still have three chances to see Jason with a different, thoroughly fantastic guest each Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, he’ll have singer/songwriter/journalist Peter Cooper; on Jan. 27, our friend and contributor and exceptional tunesmith/wordsmith Tommy Womack’s on hand; and on Jan. 27, he’ll welcome the great Fats Kaplin and Kristi Rose.
The shows run 6 to 8 p.m., and the cover is a scant $5.
The 5 Spot is located at 1006 Forrest. More info at The5SpotLive.com.
New Peter Cooper and Eric Brace album due this month
While we’re on the subject of East Side music-maker Peter Cooper, he and duo partner Eric Brace are getting ready to release a new album this month, once again sending their music on its way via Brace’s East Nashville label Red Beet Records.
Brace and Cooper’s latest, C&O Canal, is out on January 22, and pays “tribute to the songs, people, and places of D.C.’s folk and bluegrass scenes,” via songs written by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, John Starling (of the Seldom Scene) and others.
Both Brace and Cooper have tight connections to our nation’s capital — Brace is a former Washington Post music writer and longtime D.C. dweller, and Cooper spent his high school years in the area, too. When the two met in Nashville, they bonded over similar D.C. experiences as fans and musicians.
“This is our thank you to those days and places and people,” Brace says.
Ever the busy ones, those two: Cooper actually just released another album via Red Beet — solo set Depot Light: Songs of Eric Taylor. That one’s already available via RedBeetRecords.com, and come Jan. 22, C&O Canal will be too (as well as iTunes/Amazon etc.).
The Dog Spot finds a dog star
Move over, Doug the Pug, the latest viral dog sensation outta Nashville is The Dog Spot client Bounce, whom the Internet thinks is a bear. Or maybe a dog. Or probably a bog. Cue MTV, TODAY, and of course, BuzzFeed.
Naturally, The Dog Spot is celebrating Bounce’s digital fame by putting her on a T-shirt. If you have serious meme-caption skills, try your hand, and you might win $100 (and one of the T-shirts, naturally).
- We’re inching ever closer to the opening of new brewery Southern Grist Brewing Co., over in the old Boone & Sons space. Cool things to note: Their website is up, and once the beer starts flowing, they’ll be sending our to-go purchases in “Crowlers,” or 32-ounce cans that they’ll close right in front of us. Pretty cool.
- If you, too, refuse to take advice unless it’s prefaced by “Like millions of other morons out there…,” you’ll really enjoy this listicle about music life from Los Colognes’ Jay Rutherford. (And if you’d like a little more Los Colognes, here’s a story we ran not too long ago.)
- Congrats to Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. sister Seersucker Candy Co., for being named one of the best new candies of 2015 by Food and Wine magazine.
- OMG SIDEWALKS?!?!? (Councilman Brett Withers noted thusly on Facebook: “The District 6 allotment is for 330 feet, which is a single block running along Sevier from 13th-14th. Congrats, Shelby Hills!”)
- Big congrats to Nashville Center for Alternative Therapy on their first year in business! A celebration is nigh.
That’s all for this week. News to share? Email Nicole.