East Nashville News: Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival, Girls to the Moon, more

 
This week we’re talking cocktails, empowering girls, local music, a darkroom in need of a room and lots more.
 
On to the latest East Nashville News:
 

Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival returns

 
The fellow cocktail aficionados out there will share our excitement about the 2017 return of the Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival, “celebrating the craft of the cocktail, highlighting award winning bar programs, craft bartenders, boutique spirits and locally produced craft mixers.”
 
The now-annual fest launched in early 2014, and is led by local cocktails experts Jon and Lindsay Yeager of PourTaste (who’ve consulted/developed menus for a wide mix of local restaurants, including Little Octopus). 
 
This year’s event is set for April 27 through 30, and though past Cocktail Festival events had been held in various locations, the fest’s now locked down (aside of a pre-fest invitation-only Tequila Dinner) at Pavilion East (1006 Fatherland Street) here in the neighborhood.
 
Among the learning and imbibing opportunities on the schedule for 2017: the 4th annual Bourbon & Bluegrass event on April 27, featuring bourbon-based classic cocktails and fresh inventions; a South Seas-inspired Tiki Extravaganza on April 28; a Mod Martini Party on April 29; and more.
 
Tickets are available for individual events (at $35 apiece), or you can snag an all-access pass for $120, and explore each night’s cocktail offerings. All of those options are available through MusicCitySpiritsandCocktail.com.
 
Keep up with the latest fest updates at the Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival’s Facebook page.
 

Girls To The Moon invites members to support empowerment efforts

 
 
A fitting thing to share right around International Women’s Day: Since 2014, local social enterprise company Girls To The Moon has been working to inspire and empower Nashville’s pre-teen and teen girls, offering educational events and other programming that focuses on issues that impact them, like health, technology and diversity. 
 
Among those events: an annual “Girls to the Moon Campference,” with speakers and workshops that tackle those issues. Last year’s Nashville event drew in more than 300 girls and caregivers.
 
In order to broaden and build their reach, the organization — co-founded by East Nashvillian Courtney Seiter (above, right) — is inviting supporters to become members, and directly impact GTTM’s momentum.
 
“Memberships won’t replace the existing programming and content we offer,” fellow co-founder Courtenay Rogers says, “but rather will allow us to further explore and expand on issues that are important to girls and their caregivers. Many of our event attendees will want to enroll as members to stay engaged year-round, and likewise, some of our members will attend events for the hands-on experience. In the long-term, increasing membership enrollment will allow us to offer more educational opportunities – both events and online content.”
 
A membership will directly feed into the Girls To The Moon’s work with Nashville girls and mothers/caregivers, and three different packages are up for grabs (ranging from $29 to $299 annually), all including GTTM benefits and swag, from T-shirts and stationery to access to a supportive online community.
 
 

BlackFoot Gypsies ready new album

 
 
Come April 14, local band the Blackfoot Gypsies will unveil their latest, self-produced album, To The Top, via Plowboy Records, and ahead of that release, they’re already getting some high-profile love.
 
Nashvillian Marissa R. Moss just wrote a cool piece about the band for Rolling Stone, sharing new single "Potatoes and Whiskey," which also features fellow East Nashvillian Margo Price. Moss says the tune has a “jangly melody that makes breaking up sound as fun as hell.” Give a listen above.
 
They’ll be back in the neighborhood on release day, hosting a To the Top record release party at Little Harpeth Brewing (30 Oldham Street). Doors are at 8 p.m., show starts at 9, and tickets are $10 advance, $15 day of.
 
 

Mom Upchurch's Boarding House for sale

 
 
A few years ago, we chronicled a fascinating piece of Nashville music history that’s locked down here in East Nashville: Mom Upchurch's Rooming House, which, from 1945 to 1972, was home to countless musicians who’d later become country royalty, from Johnny Paycheck to June Carter Cash.
 
Our place as country’s capital very well might not be what it is if it weren’t for Mom, who exclusively took in musicians (a group that, back then, wasn’t held in particularly high regard by those with rooms to rent).
 
If you’d like a fascinating stroll through Nashville/East Nashville history, give Randy Fox’s feature on Mom Upchurch’s Rooming House here, starting on p. 79.
 
Impetus for bringing this up now: The five-bed, one-bath, circa-1930 home at 620 Boscobel Street is now on the market. Info and photos here, via Zillow.
 
Here’s hoping someone who’s inspired by its history snatches it up and loves it. And here's hoping you read and enjoy Fox's piece; biased, but it's a really great read.
 

Nashville Community Darkroom hunting for new space

 
 
A lot of us were happy to hear the news that a Sprouts Farmers Market is in the works for East Nashville, but as with most development news, there are pluses and minuses.
 
Among the minuses: The Nashville Community Darkroom, which has been celebrating and promoting film photography in Nashville since 2014, is one of the businesses being displace by the new building project.
 
Board member Erin Kice tells us that the organization is really hoping to stay here on the East Side, but that they haven’t found a space yet to make that happen.
 
"So many of our members live here, and we want to remain easily accessible to those who have made our facility possible over the past three years," she says. "We've grown to love our Gallatin Road art community after participating in many Eastside Art Stumbles.
 
"On a personal level, as an East Nashville resident of 12 years and a founding board member of NCD, I don't want to see my neighborhood lose its creative soul. We've seen several wonderful art spaces close or leave the neighborhood recently and I've been sad to see them go. We love East Nashville, but the high cost of real estate here makes doing business as a nonprofit difficult."
 
What they’re looking for: a space that’s at least 500 square feet, with reasonable ventilation and running water. Fancy isn’t necessary, and neither is lots of parking.
 
If you’re sitting on a small commercial space in the area that might fit the bill — from a basement to a warehouse — drop the Nashville Community Darkroom folks a line with your leads.
 
For more on what those folks do (and why them staying in East Nashville is a great thing for our community), visit NashvilleCommunityDarkroom.org.
 

QUICK BITS

 
— Are you an artist/artisan/other kind of maker? Summer Applications for Nashville maker market Porter Flea are open now. The event is June 16-17 at Skyway Studios here in the neighborhood. Get more info/apply at PorterFlea.com/apply.
 
 
— Wondering what former Family Wash executive chef John Stephenson has been up to? He’s working on a new place, but — sad trombone — it’s over in West Nashville.
 
 
 
— Butcher & Bee is hosting a Persian New Year Dinner with guest chef Louisa Shafia, author of The New Persian Cookbook, on March 21. Tickets are $87.33/person (including taxes and fees), and are available through ButcherandBee.com/nashville.
 
Remember how we mentioned last week that the East Nashville-launched Scout’s Barbershop is expanding with new locations? The one in The Gulch, at 811 Gleaves Street, is hosting an all-day opening celebration on Sunday, March 12, with free haircuts, coffee, local beer, donuts and music. It’ll be noon to 8 p.m. Here’s more.
 
 
 
 
— Into yeast-y things? Smith & Lentz Brewing is hosting A Feast With Yeast, with craft beer and kolaches from Yeast Nashville, on Sunday, March 19 at their place (903 Main Street). 
 
— Big congrats to East Nashville shop Whiskey Water, which celebrated its first birthday this week.
 
That’s all for this week. News tips to share? Please email Nicole.
 

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