This week’s East Nashville news has balls, literally. Plus a little bit of candy and leather, tequila and tacos, and lots more.
On to it:
It’s almost time for East Side Social
A loving reminder that it’s almost East Side Social time — the all-day fest is set for Saturday, October 3 at East Park, with performances from The Features, The Protomen (above), Alanna Royale, The Future, Reno Bo, the Smoking Flowers, Lilly Hiatt and Justin and the Cosmics, plus food trucks, kids’ activities and lots more.
Gates open at noon, and tickets are $10 ($15 at the gate) for general admission, $35 for VIP (with free drinks, catering and more). (Children under 12 are free.)
Want a chance to win tix? We just launched a new giveaway.
For more info and/or to buy tickets, visit the East Side Social website. We’ll see ya there.
A sad goodbye to The Silly Goose
As you’ve likely heard by now, The Silly Goose closed abruptly this week, after six-plus years as one of the East Side’s best-loved restaurants.
Details are scarce; bummage is plentiful.
Led by chef Roderick Bailey, the Goose earned accolades inside and well outside Nashville’s borders over its run, from The New York Times to the Food Network (Bailey competed on their reality competition Chopped). It’ll be missed, surely.
More about what’s set to take its place in the Walden development as soon as we know it.
Seersucker Candy, for your shopping pleasure
Remember back in May when we were talking a little about Seersucker Candy Co., the latest sweet project from the folk behind Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.?
They’ve been steadily working on getting their treats out to the world, and recently started stocking them in the O&S store on the East Side. But a shout out, in case you hadn’t made Seersucker’s acquaintance and/or prefer to do your shopping from the safety of the Internet: The sweets company’s three flagship confections are now available for purchase at the Seersucker Candy Co. website.
Said confections: Original (soft sea salted dark chocolate ganache), Muzzle Loaders (salted bourbon caramel) and Cherry Bombs (pickled cherry cordials). For more on the sweet stuff, hit SeersuckerCandyCo.com.
Say hello to Lockeland Leatherworks
Fans of painstakingly made leather goods, say hello to new neighbor business Lockeland Leatherworks, a provider of “quality handmade wallets, bags, belts and mens and women’s accessories” and the brainchild of East Sider Joey Verzilli.
Verzilli’s products are hand-cut, hand-beveled, hand-stitched and hand-burnished, and as you can see above, all that hand-making makes ‘em real purdy.
The first Lockeland release: the small-run Ordway Wallet (what you see in the pic above). They don’t come cheap, at $150, but you know what they say about what you pay for/etc.
You can buy Lockeland Leatherworks’ Ordway wallets in the neighborhood at Wheat & Co. (904 Main Street) or online at the Lockeland Leatherworks site.
To keep up with the latest from our new leather-working friend, visit Lockeland Leatherworks on Instagram and/or Facebook.
Make plans for the Pumpkin Ale Patch
So we were just talking a little about the upcoming East Nashville Underground reunion, set for November 19-21 at The Basement East.
Need your Underground fix before that? Good news: This year’s 3rd Annual Pumpkin Ale Patch — those folks’ yearly celebration of fall and Halloween and beer — is set for Saturday, October 24.
As in past years, the autumnal fun includes live music (this year it’s American Dream, Scale Model and Twiggs), seasonal beer, fire pits, cocoa and a scary screening (the original Halloween).
Gates are at 7 p.m. at 1604 Shelby, and admission is $5. We encourage you not to miss it.
Make plans for the Day of the Dead tequila festival
Allow us to flesh out your October entertainment plans: The second annual installment of the Day of the Dead Tequila Festival at Pavilion East is coming up on Friday, October 30.
Yes, that’s not technically the Day of the Dead (or, more accurately, Dia de los Muertos), which is November 1. But it’s close, and it’s a Friday, which tends to work for celebration purposes.
The fine points of the fest:
With your $25 ticket, you’ll snag tastes of 15 different kinds of tequila — including Don Julio, Cabo Diablo, el Jimador and many others — plus access to a chips and salsa bar, dance accompaniment from the QDP DJs, face painters, an invite to smash a piñata and lots more fun. (Local Taco will also be on site selling $2 tacos, if you need something more to soak up the tequila.)
Added plus: Proceeds will benefit Fannie Battle.
The fest kicks off at 6 p.m., and The Pavilion East is located at 1106 Fatherland Street. For more info, visit the Day of the Dead Tequila Festival website.
Put your money where Courtney’s Balls are
You likely know Courtney Webb as the shop-leader of Hey Rooster General Store here in the neighborhood. Something you may not know: Courtney has balls. Specifically: Y’alls Balls, a scratch-made sausage balls company that she’s been growing steadily in recent months.
In order for that growth to continue, Webb’s in need of a few things — a meatball making machine, food carts — thus a crowdfunding campaign is under way.
A contribution can net you a bunch of cool stuff, from frozen batches of Y’alls Balls to an invite to the Y’alls BALL party (at Biscuit Love in The Gulch on Friday, November 13). Personal favorite prize: the “I Eat Y’alls Balls” baseball T.
If you’d like to learn more or get in on the funding, check out the Y’alls Balls Kickstarter page. Keep up otherwise on the Y’alls Balls website.
Gadabout plays ‘God’
Ostensibly a rock club, East Nashville’s The East Room has been making a name as a more versatile entertainment hub for a while now, hosting loads of comedy shows, for starters.
Add theater to that mix, too, as 37216’s Gadabout Theater Company brings “theater for people who don't think they like theater” to the East Room stage.
Coming up: performances of Woody Allen's play God and short comedy The Devil's Parole on two nights, September 30 and October 1, 7:30 both nights. Admission: a mere $3.
For more on these folks and the upcoming East Room shows, visit the Gadabout Theater Company Facebook page.
- Investors bought the home of Edgefield Sports Bar & Grill at 921 Woodland Street for a cool $1.3 million. According to the Nashville Business Journal, barflies shouldn’t worry: "That's a longstanding, established tenant, and we look forward to having them in their existing space for a number of years," new owner Elliott Kyle told the publication.
- These Holy Sh(word) cards at Artisan East are pretty sh(well) - for your loved ones with a naughty sense o’ humor.
- Perhaps one day, electric car charging stations will be as plentiful as gas stations in East Nashville. (Or discount beer and tobacco shops. Or Hair Worlds.) At the moment, not so much, so a cool note via East Side design company Anode, Inc., for you electric vehicle fanatics: They’ve installed charging stations at their 926 Main Street office, for employee use during the day, the rest of us after work hours. Employees get the juice for free; it’s $1 an hour for the public. Kinda cool, no?
That’s it for this week. If things of East Nashville newsness come to mind, please, feel encouraged to email Nicole.