This week… we need a drink. And a little cheer.
Some East-related holiday tidings (this year, it’s OK to try and move into merry mode early, right?), plus a new festival that harks back to simpler times and simple beers, a new bar and more.
The latest East Nashville News:
Margo Price helps light up the Christmas season
Country voice and East Nashville neighbor Margo Price is scheduled to help Mayor Megan Barry officially kick off the Christmas cheer in Nashville, joining in at the annual Metro Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2 downtown.
Price’ll do a short acoustic set, sharing a bill with the West End United Methodist Church, W.O Smith School and Nashville School of the Arts choirs, who’ll bring out the holiday chestnuts.
The lighting celebration kicks off at 1 Public Square at 6 p.m. that night, and it’s free. (Though attendees are asked to RSVP at 2016NashvilleTreeLighting.eventbrite.com. Maybe they need to know how much nog to bring?)
To get in the mood, below: the video for Price’s “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle),” probably a good primer for what many of our Thanksgiving celebrations are about to be like.
East Side kids join Nashville’s Nutcracker
When Nashville Ballet’s 2016 run of Nashville’s Nutcracker kicks off at TPAC’s Jackson Hall on December 3, their youth cast will be the largest they’ve had to date, with more than 250 young folks sharing the stage with the 47 pro members of the Ballet’s professional company and second company.
Among the cast: five young East Nashvillians who’ll be doing us proud.
Pictured above, our talented young neighbors (left to right) Dai Boyd, Liliana Gomez and Madison Womack. Not pictured but also performing, also talented, also East Nashvillian: Lucian Bahan and Lillian Padgett.
Our young neighbors won their parts through competitive, open auditions, which included hopefuls from 12 counties in Tennessee and Kentucky.
“Nashville’s Nutcracker simply wouldn’t be complete without the youth cast,” Nashville Ballet artistic director and CEO Paul Vasterling said in a release. “They bring a new, vibrant energy to each performance that’s contagious for both the performers and audience members. Giving the youth in our community an opportunity to perform in this holiday tradition adds to the magic of the season for them — and for us.”
Our city’s Nutcracker pays homage to the story we know and love, but adds local twists — you’ll see historic Nashville landmarks and characters, including our own Shelby Bottoms. (Newcomers: That’s a place, not a person, though someone probably oughtta use it as a stage name.)
Nashville’s Nutcracker runs December 3 through 23. Tickets start at $28, and are available through the TPAC website, at the TPAC box office (505 Deaderick Street) or by calling 615-782-4040.
Congrats and break a leg to our local stars in the making.
Yesterbeer honors the classic beers of yesteryear
If you follow us on social media/belong to our email list, you’ve already heard about the inaugural Yesterbeer Festival going down Saturday in Inglewood.
If you don’t do any of that, here’s encouragement to do so, and some info about the event, running 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at American Legion Post 82 (3204 Gallatin Pike).
Over the course of the fest, you’ll get to toss back an array of classic American beers — Old Style, Old Tankard, Old Milwaukee, good ol’ PBR and High Life and the like — play classic pub games and check out live music. (On stage: Black Crowes cover band Feather, Sexx, American Watermelon, and Early Jones and the Mexican Space Program.)
The event’s run by the same folks who wrangle the annual Thirth of July so we feel confident predicting all-around good times.
Tickets are $30, and include unlimited brews. (Food trucks’ll be on site to help soak things up too.)
For more, visit www.yesterbeerfest.com.
Urban Cowboy Public House opens this weekend
Another hot scoop from our friend and contributor Collin Czarnecki at NOBLE: The bar-and-restaurant sister to the Urban Cowboy B&B, Urban Cowboy Public House, is due to officially start its “public”-ness on Friday.
The doors are set to swing open at 103 North 16th at 4 p.m., with “Drinks, Food, Friends, Fun” in the mix.
This new endeavor is housed in the former stable house at the mansion that was once called Top O’ Woodland, now lives as the totally reimagined Urban Cowboy.
Vinyl Tap drops opening date
We told you a few weeks ago that the folks at new beer bar/record shop Vinyl Tap were hoping to open in November, and looks like they’re on schedule: The Vinyl Tap website now says “coming November 25.”
More about what to expect at 2038 Greenwood (the old Family Wash space):
"Vinyl Tap is part draft house and lounge, part record store, located at the corner of Greenwood and Porter in East Nashville.
Founder and co-owner Todd Hedrick is a fourth generation East Nashvillian, eager to share his lifelong obsession with music and his appreciation for high-quality brews with neighbors and the Nashville community.
Vinyl Tap offers a casual environment with a living room vibe, where customers can settle in to enjoy music, beer and friends."
In the little wait before we’re welcomed in, keep up with the latest at Vinyl Tap’s Instagram and Facebook page.
— National Geographic Traveller in the U.K. drew up an illustrated feature taking you through East Nashville-Bred Walk Eat Nashville’s East Side food tour, with Edley’s and Bongo Java and more. It’s pretty awesome.
— A really cool piece on veteran, entrepreneur and East Nashville fixture Bill Martin — he of Bill Martin’s grocery fame — from WKRN.
— The Nashville Scene explores our city’s sad Chinese food landscape, and how with the help of folks like the new TKO in East Nashville, things might be looking up.
— Atomic Nashville has lots of books, but it’s no library — things’ll get loud at 1603 Riverside Dr. on Saturday, Nov. 12, when Lane Kristian and Mark W. Winchester play songs from their upcoming Jump Blues/Gypsy Jazz record live 2 to 3 p.m., before they head out on tour with Brian Setzer Orchestra.
That’s all for this week. Take care of you, East Nashville. It’s been a long year. And if you’re doing something cool in/of East Nashville that you’d like to share, please email Nicole.