Quick things to note for starters: There are two fantastic fests coming up in the neighborhood, and we’re giving away tickets to both.
First: The inaugural Athens of the South Music and Arts Festival goes down this Saturday, Oct. 22 at East Park, with a slew of Nashville-based musicians, artists, filmmakers and others showing off our city’s creative spirit. (Naturally, food and activities and stuff will be there too.)
That event is free, but VIP tickets give you access to a bunch of bonuses, including a catered meal, drinks, VIP tent and restrooms. Those are $40, and can be purchased here. We’re also giving away a pair, and choosing a winner at 10 a.m. Friday, so hurry up and get in there.
Then, on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Pavilion East, the 2016 Day of the Dead Tequila Festival gives you the chance to sample lots of different kinds of quality tequila while eating tacos, busting pinatas, getting your face sugar-skull painted and more.
Tickets to that one are $38, and they were nearly sold out as of this posting, so if you definitely want to be there, grab yours now. Otherwise, we’re giving away a pair, and that giveaway ends Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Now, on to the latest East Nashville News:
New shop Steluta aiming for November opening
The strip of shops that houses Pied Piper Eatery, at Riverside and Porter, is about to welcome another new resident: clothing, accessories and home goods shop Steluta.
Owner Jessica Bower (an Inglewood resident who came this way via Florence, Alabama) is aiming to get the doors open at her place at 1601B Riverside on November 12, and she’ll be stocking artisan-made jewelry, perfume, candles, soaps, pottery and lots more.
She hopes the shop’s name — the Romanian word for little star — reflects the shopping experience.
“I want Steluta to be filled with little stars,” Bower says, “special treasures, large and small, that reveal the craftsmanship and thoughtfulness of the designers.”
The new shop joins some other recent additions to that corner development, including home goods stop/interior design home LAVA Home Design, which opened in March, and book/music/art store Atomic Nashville, which hosted its grand opening in April.
Local label Dualtone readies new Chuck Berry LP
In which a rock ’n’ roll legend reemerges, with help from our friendly East Nashville record label: Dualtone Records — subject of a feature in our recent 2016 Music Issue — is set to release Chuck, rock icon Chuck Berry’s first new LP in almost 40 years, next year.
The announcement of the new record came alongside Berry’s 90th birthday, so there’s lots to celebrate.
A release notes that Chuck will be stocked mostly with new, Berry-penned songs, recorded alongside a family-focused backing band that includes his children Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid Berry, along with longtime collaborators.
“It is a great honor to be a part of this record and the broader legacy of Chuck Berry,” Dualtone president Paul Roper said, praising the new songs as standing “with the best of his career.” So, probably p good.
In dedicating the new set to his wife of almost 70 years, Themetta Berry, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award owner and Kennedy Center Honoree said, “I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes.”
Hang up those heels and chill, Mr. Berry. You sure earned it.
Check out more about the new record on Chuck Berry’s website, and read our story on Dualtone Records for more about the East Nashville-Based label.
Perk & Cork closing
We were sorry to get news this week that cafe/coffee shop Perk & Cork is about to shutter, after about a year in Riverside Village.
“This was not an easy decision,” owner Nancy Redmond said in a note, “but (we) feel it is the best for us as a family.”
Perk & Cork opened last October in the little blue house that launched vintage shop Old Made Good, serving sandwiches, baked goods, espresso beverages and more. Supporters have just a few more days to drop by and say goodbye — the doors will be closing at 1304 McGavock at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.
We have loved getting to know people in the neighborhood,” a social announcement from the Perk & Cork folks said. “We want to thank everyone for their patronage and hope to see you this week before we close our doors.”
Five Points Pizza expands to the west
Add New York-style pizza makers Five Points Pizza to the list of homegrown brands expanding with additional locations. Those folks announced this week that they’d be adding a second restaurant in the Charlotte Avenue corridor in West Nashville, with an expected opening of late 2017.
The new Five Points Pizza location is set for Sylvan Station, a new mixed-used development at Charlotte and 42nd Avenue North. It comes about five years after the FPP brand debuted here on the East Side, at 1012 Woodland.
“As we’ve continued to grow, we’ve seen more and more customers coming from all over the city — and even neighboring cities,” Five Points co-owner David Tieman said in a release. “This second location will help us to better serve our growing clientele.”
The west side restaurant will be larger than the East Side flagship, and plans are to have an outdoor patio, expanded dining room and, like our FPP, a carry-out counter.
New BBQ from familiar East Side faces
If you’ve bought a house in East Nashville, there’s an OK chance you had it inspected by the spectacularly coiffed Inspector Dave Crumpton. if you’ve had kolaches at Yeast Nashville, pretty good chance you met their former co-owner/marketing-whiz Bill Laviolette.
Those two have something new to share, and it has nothing to do with kolaches or crawl spaces. Alongside collaborator Kyle Lamoureux, they’re bringing “Real. Texas. BBQ” around Nashville, via a new food trailer, under the name Shotgun Willie’s.
On the menu: smoked brisket (naturally), sausage, slaw, baked black beans and more.
When we first got wind of Shotgun Willie’s, we heard there’d be a parking place for said trailer here on the East Side. Still waiting on word about where/when/if that’ll happen, but this weekend, at least, we know where you can finally try some of their Texas-style meats.
Shotgun Willie’s is scheduled to set up in The Nations this Saturday night, 4 to 10 pm., on 51st between Georgia and Illinois. When we get word on some our-side-of-the-river eats, we’ll make sure to share it.
Third Man Records and 2616 boutique partner for denim drive
The folks at Jack White’s Third Man Records are throwing some support behind YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee — and specifically, their 2616 Resale Boutique in East Nashville — by hosting a Denim Drive this month.
The general gist: If you have gently used, high-quality denim to donate, bring it by Third Man’s place (623 7th Avenue S.), and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a limited pressing Blue Vinyl Exclusive record from the label (could be one of White’s, or another of their most popular releases). Those donations will be resold during the month of December at 2616, with proceeds from the sales benefitting various YWCA programs, including its domestic violence shelter.
Donations will be gathered October 22 through 28; more about the Denim Drive at Third Man Records’ website.
Related side note: 2616’s hours just changed to better accommodate East Side shoppers. Expanded hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 Sunday.
— Fall fun alert: Southern Grist Brewing Co. hosts a Fall Fest this Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. at 1201 Porter Road. There’ll be giveaways, pumpkin painting, spiced cider and lots of beer (including exclusives, like a new Pumpkin Stout and a S’mores Imperial Stout).
— Fall family fun alert: Dalewood United Methodist Church in Inglewood has a Pumpkin Pickin Party this Saturday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a pumpkin sale, bake sale, bonfire, showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas and more.
— Crafty fun alert: Into the idea of putting more creativity into your Halloween celebration? Stop by Make Nashville (947 Woodland) on Saturday for Makerween, an open house with all sorts of creative activities, from 3D printing to foamcrafting, sewing and screen printing. Some stuff is free, other workshops are ticketed.
— Booze and burgers fun alert: Woodland Wine Merchant has a Burgers & Beaujolais party scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Dino’s. With your $30 ticket, you get a basket with three burgers, fries and tastes of five different Cru Beaujolais wines. It’ll be “in the garden, at twilight,” so, super fancypants.
— Anniversary fun alert: Scout’s Barbershop is celebrating two years on Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m., with Little Harpeth beer, food trucks, a photo booth, square dancing and more.
— Opening fun alert: New indoor cycling studio Verticity is hosting an opening party this Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 1006 Fatherland, Suite 208. There’ll be treats from Lynne Lorraine’s and hourly rides.
— Historic fun alert: The Station, a.k.a. the Historic Fire Hall for Engine Co. 18, hosts an open house Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1220 Gallatin. See the restoration, celebrate East Nashville and East Nashville firefighters.
— Past fun alert: Did you go to Five Daughters’ Bakery’s East Nashville opening celebration? Wanna see if you got captured getting donutty? Hit their Facebook page.
— Center 615 is expanding, with a fresh west wing they expect to be complete by January 1. Need East Nashville office space? Give ‘em a holler.
That’s all for this week. Tips to share? Please email Nicole.