East Nashville News: The Dead Deads, Pepperfire, Urban Green Lab and more

This week, we’re looking at a local band at sea, a local restaurant with national hotness, some neighborhood shops moving and a Learning Lab taking to the road, plus lots more.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:

Dead Deads get Shiprocked

East Nashville band The Dead Deads is making solid waves (#terriblepun) in loud-rock circles, having just returned from a second major floating metal festival.
The five-piece band (pictured above) was invited to join the lineup of the ShipRocked 2016 rock cruise, which just traversed the seas from Miami, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico. During the cruise, band members also took the stage to join The Stowaways All-Star Band for a big chunk of their set. Some of the stars among those All-Stars: Marcos Curiel and Wuv Bernardo from P.O.D., Megadeth’s David Ellefson, plus many others who’ve contributed to putting many a well-worn, black, screen-printed T-shirt into the world.
ShipRocked included performances from Helmet, Nonpoint, Halestorm and others, and follows another big on-the-sea show for the Dead Deads — they jumped on Motörhead's Motörboat in October (and were lucky enough to get to hang with metal icon Lemmy Kilmister shortly before his death last month).
Back on land, the band’s working on a new EP, prepping for Austin industry fest South by Southwest and another show here at home — they’ll be at the Lipstick Lounge (1400 Woodland St.) on February 12. Those local ladies: doin' good.

Food Network praises Pepperfire’s hotness

Food Network’s televised version of a listicle, Top 5 Restaurants (hosted by culinary stars Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson), showed some love for East Nashville hot chicken purveyors Pepperfire in an episode focused on “Hot and Spicy Dishes.”
Naturally, as the network rolled out hot-and-spicy superlatives post-that episode, our neighborhood spice providers were at the top. Check out FoodNetwork.com’s “Top 5 Hot and Spicy Dishes in America,” and see Pepperfire at No. 1, with their deep-fried-grilled-cheese-and-chicken Tender Royale, and its “unique recipe that has everyone breathing fire.” (That recipe uses a chile called the “Carolina reaper,” which probably does enough to explain the heat.)
If you’d like to see our neighbors on the small screen, that episode’s going to be on this Saturday, Jan. 30, at 5:30 p.m. Congrats, Pepperfire, on giving Nashville (and national TV folks) heart palpitations and worth-it heartburn in equal measure.
Haven’t had a Tender Royale? Pepperfire’s located at 1000 Gallatin Avenue.

Five Points Pizza uses snow day charitably

Much of the city was shut down in the wake of snowstorm Jonas’ visit, and lots of us took the snow-day time to sled at Shelby or build elaborate snowpeople or trudge to a place selling booze. Which was all fantastic.
An approving nod is due the folks at Five Points Pizza, though, who took Friday’s work-prohibiting weather as encouragement to bake 125 pounds of dough's worth of bread and pepperoni rolls and make catering-sized salads to deliver to the Nashville Rescue Mission. (Although the restaurant was closed to diners, many employees walked over to chip in with the prepping and cooking.)
“The snow day presented a unique opportunity for us to give back to our community, and we were really happy to be able to do it,” co-owner David Tieman said in a release.
The donation effort fed a lot of neighbors on a cold, snowy day, and it was among quite a few kind things East Nashvillians did for neighbors during and after the storm. Way to be neighborly, East Nashville.

Live True Vintage’s East Nashville shop closed

The bad news: The folks at Live True Vintage closed the doors at their 3123 Gallatin Pike shop a few weeks back, after three years in that building.
The good news: They’re not shutting down, just moving to a new space.
The bad news again: The new space won't be on the East Side.
Owner Tammy Pope tells us that Live True is headed north to the Lakewood area, and the new space likely won’t open until March or April. But come spring, you should once again be able to snag their trademark preloved treasures in person. 
Meantime, follow Live True Vintage on Instagram for fresh updates and to get updates on vintage wares/wearables you can order online.

Vinnie Louise makes a move

Clothing shop Vinnie Louise has moved into a new space, just a few doors down from their old space, and they’re celebrating this Saturday, noon to 4, with mimosas and hellos (and shopping).
The new VL is at 737 Porter Road (old one was 729), and it brings lots of extra space for stylish ladieswear (and two dressing rooms in which to explore that ladieswear).
Congrats to the Vinnie folks on the move up. Keep up with what they’re doing at the Vinnie Louise website.

Urban Green Lab’s Mobile Lab launches

Back in 2014, we wrote a bit about East Nashville-bred organization Urban Green Lab, and their plans to create a Mobile Learning Lab to bring environmental and sustainability-focused educational opportunities to Nashville middle and high school students.
At long last, the Learning Lab is here.
Urban Green Lab is unveiling the Lab at a launch celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the W.O. Smith Music School, with a ribbon cutting, interactive demonstration and speeches from Urban Green Lab’s Jennifer Westerholm, Mayor’s Office education liaison Laura Moore and Dodd Galbreath, founding director of Lipscomb’s Institute for Sustainable Practice.
The event kicks off at 10 a.m., and the W.O. Smith school is located at 1125 8th Ave. S. 

Get legitimately social with your social media

A fun outing for all the devoted Instagrammers and photography lovers in our midst: 
The folks at photography-celebrating East Nashville Gallery Modern East are shepherding an #EastsideInstameet on Sunday, Jan. 31 — essentially a group hang/guided photography adventure that’ll lead into a future exhibit at the gallery.
Instagrammers will meet at Modern East (1006 Fatherland, #203) at 1 p.m. on Sunday and link up with photographer Alex Hart Ciaramitaro, who’ll wrangle the photo exploration. Post-Instameet, everyone submits their favorite shot, and chosen snaps will be printed and exhibited.
The hope, says the Modern East folks, is to use this event for “discovering new photographers and supporting their talents.”


— The annual She Rocks Awards, celebrating women in the music industry, were held at the NAMM Show in California last week, and Pamela Cole and Leigh Maples of our own Fanny’s House of Music were among the honorees. Hugest congrats to those two. If you’d like a little deeper look into why they’re so awesome and due such an honor, check out the Fanny’s House of Music piece we ran recently.
— Hooray: new neighborhood craft brewery Southern Grist Brewing Company has set an opening date of Tuesday, Feb. 2. They’ll be at 1201 Porter Road, in the old Boone & Sons market space. More at the Southern Grist website
— Tickets to the 2016 East Nashville Beer Festival (Saturday, April 9 in East Park) are going on sale February 26 at 9 a.m.
— Real Estate site Redfin predicated the Hottest Neighborhoods of 2016, with picks that are “all about access to public transit, affordability and charm,” and our own Eastwood is at No. 2. 
— Wanna try a free, secret-menu item at Little Octopus? Head by and show your server that you’re hip to this Little Octopus EatReal.org effort. They’ll hit you with a whole-grain dish that’s not on the regular menu, on the house.
That’s all for this week. Have news to share? Email Nicole.

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