The Weeks are back at it with new music, The Mainstay heats up their kitchen and more.
On to this week’s East Nashville news:
Eastsiders The Weeks release new album Easy, headlining Cannery Ballroom
Eastside longhairs, Nashville via Mississippi rockers The Weeks released their much-anticipated album Easy today (April 7). The new beats were recorded at Memphis’ famed Ardent Studios, a place that every breed of musician has graced the halls of, from The Allman Brothers to 36 Mafia. Paul Ebersold produced the record, now out on Lightening Rod Records. Easy, the band’s third full-length album, follows the release of three singles earlier this year including, “Talk Like That,” “Bottle Rocket” and “Gold Don’t Rust” (the Preds even used this in a season kick-off promo).
It may seem an odd decision to leave the land of recording studios to make an album, but the band wanted to distance themselves from the rigmorale of their lives here. Memphis acted as the perfect midway point between their old stomping grounds of Mississippi and their Nashville home. They’d grown up listening to albums recorded at Ardent—and as Guitarist Sam Williams puts it, “It’s important to keep those historic studios alive and not let them become museums.” The Weeks are tough to pin down to any one genre, but the new album is best described as a sonic stew of soul, southern rock, hooky lyrics, and just a little funk. As Lead Singer Cyle Barnes puts it “This album is stripped down version of what we do best and its back to what we know: rock n’ roll. We are so ready to share it with y’all.” Something else noteworthy, all album artwork was drawn by the Barnes twins of the band—Drummer Cain Barnes also shot and produced the music video for “Talk Like That,” which we dropped a line about in the blog a few months ago.
These boys have been playing together since the awkward years of high school and we imagine they’ll keep doing it until those long hairs turn gray. They’ve set off on a headlining cross-country tour with other Nashville local’s The Lonely Biscuits. They will be passing back through Music City on April 22 for a stop at Cannery Ballroom, grab your tix here. Hard copies of Easy available here and on iTunes here. Support your local longhairs.
The Mainstay opens its doors
We did a write-up about the imminent opening of a new restaurant The Mainstay (501 Main St.) a while back and we’re back with good news, their doors opened last weekend. The Mainstay, which took over the space in 5th and Main building that formerly housed The Vine, is a joint venture by two Eastsiders, Manny Hatz and Josiah Johnson. The new casual eatery kept on Chef Falon Smith, who formerly worked as both sous and executive chef at The Vine before it’s closure in May 2016.
A peek at the menu shows some great locally-sourced bites. As they put it, they serve “elevated bar food.” Mainstay offers a price point that allows you to eat, drink and tip for under $20. A few items pop off the page, like jalapeño chickpeas, roasted cauliflower bites and banana pudding crème brulee. The menu pays homage to its hood with the “Eastnashvilly” sammich (shaved prime rib, onions, peppers, and mushrooms topped with poblano beer cheese sauce) and their signature “East Side” margarita.
The Mainstay is currently offering a full bar and dinner service. They have plans to take on the brunch and lunch crowd once they are fully staffed. So, if you’re looking for work, they’re looking to hire—drop by the restaurant to apply. Offering more than just the farm-to-table bar food and cocktails, the joint also has plenty of screens for sports watchin’, darts, vintage arcade games, Nintendo NES at the bar, and Golden Tee to keep patrons entertained. Now that we’re moving into the warmer months, you can enjoy their side patio and bring along your pooch. Soon enough, they’ll be offering a doggie menu (we’re serious about this). Another sweet selling point of Mainstay: free parking. That’s getting harder to come by in East Nashville these days.
Anna-Vija McClain is handling press and marketing for the restaurant. McClain said, “Restaurants have come and gone for many reasons, but the heart of this project is very much in tune with connecting the city as a community. The Mainstay will be a go-to spot for all those looking to eat, drink, and hang.” With the restaurants unique position on the edges of the Eastside, downtown, and Germantown—it’s likely it will draw a crowd from several areas of the city. Until they beef up staffing for lunch and brunch, The Mainstay’s current hours are Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday through Sunday 4 p.m. to “close.”
Spring Buds pop-up show comes to Brainfreeze Comics/ Gift Horse
In January, Brainfreeze Comics shacked up with Gift Horse (1006 Fatherland St.), seller of all things cute and quirky. Brainfeeze sells unique alternative and small press comics out of the shop and this weekend they’re hosting “Spring Buds,” a showing curated by Artist Grant Kratzer that features work from a ton of artists, all inspired by the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. The myth is a dark one and apparently accounts for the changing of our seasons (maybe Persephone knows what’s up with these weather mood swings we’ve been having). But, for a more palatable and eye-pleasing illustration of the lore—you can check out some of the pieces at this weekend’s event.
“Spring Buds” will have work from 16 artists, almost all from the Midwest. According to Brainfreeze, many of the makers will be on-site. The original works will be on display and on sale all day, plus there will be a pop-up shop with zines, comics, posters, and prints from the artists. This is a one-day only show, open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. A reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. with free brews for the browsers. If you can’t make it to the show, Brainfreeze and Gift Horse sell many of the zines, comics, pins, prints, and patches from the artists in house. Brainfreeze is hoping to plan more events like this on a monthly basis, so keep your ear to the ground for those.
You won’t want to miss this one. One of our former contributors Stacie Huckeba has an art project on display this weekend at Art and Invention titled, “The Shoe Doesn’t Fit," inspired by a gift of some too-small shoes from First Daugther Ivanka Trump-brand shoe collection. This one’s poignant, guys.
SnapShot Interactive kept their plans on track for a March finish date for their new office space in the old Riverside Drive Church of Christ. Their headquarters will be a stop on this month’s Eastside Art Stumble, so stumble by to check out the new spot.
Strategic Options International LLC have big plans for the Dickerson Road corridor, 50 townhomes, condos and additional commercial spaces to break ground this fall. More on TheTennessean.com
Looking for a brew-ha-ha? East Nashville Beer Fest is this weekend. Drink up.
Edley's is branching out of BBQ, owners Catherine and Will Newman have plans to open Pancho & Lefty's Cantina in the old Pub 5 spot across from Bridgestone Arena in late May. Mexican fare with downtown flair.
Hunter’s Custom Automotive has completed the move from their longstanding location on Gallatin Ave to make room for Fresh Hospitality’s plans, check out the car gurus at their new 955 E. Trinity Lane spot.
We still have a few days left on our Family Wash/Garage Coffee giveaway. While you’re at it, throw your name in the hat for a pair of tickets to East Nashville Hope Exchange’s Wine tasting and Silent Auction AND Music City Spirits and Cocktail Festival’s Bourbon and Bluegrass night.
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