Before we jump into things, our annual note: It’s Best of Nashville time, and ballots are ready to be filled out at the Nashville Scene website. We know what you’ll be picking for best neighborhood, but if, say, you were trying to decide on best local blog… well… aw shucks, wouldja?
On to this week’s East Nashville News:
WXNA hits the (TV) airwaves
We shared some details recently about WXNA, a new low-power FM station that, if a currently running fundraising campaign succeeds, will bring some real-deal community radio back to our fine city.
With less than two weeks to go in the campaign, more than $30,000 of the $50,000 goal has been raised — but that’s still a long way to go (toward a very positive destination).
To spread the word, WXNA board members (and East Nashvillian contributors) Heather Lose and Randy Fox stopped by to talk with NewsChannel 5 about what WXNA will sound like, and why we need it now.
You’d be hard-pressed to explain the value of a station like this better than those two do in the video above. The station's an expensive proposition, and a worthy one — drop by the WXNA Kickstarter page if you’d like to pitch in toward making it happen.
More about WXNA and the folks behind it at www.wxnafm.org.
Another new brewery in East Nashville’s future
This time next year, East Nashville might be on its way to a rep as Nashville’s craft beer playground. We already knew that Southern Grist Brewing Co. was working on the former Boone & Sons space on Porter, and Smith & Lentz Brewing Company has the old Worm’s Way building on Main in the works. Now, Nashville Business Journal gives a heads up that another brewery is in the planning.
East Nashville Beer Works is set to make its home at the old Binco Cleaning Supplies warehouse, at 320 E. Trinity Lane, with a team led by District 7 Metro councilman Anthony Davis bringing the beer to life. (Sean Jewett, who’s worked with Cool Springs Brewery and Honky Tonk Brewing Co., is on tap as the brewmaster.)
East Nashville Beer Works will be a "taproom-centered” brewery, Davis told the Journal, with a variety of beer and “good food.”
Says Davis, via the tweets: “We have a ways to go, but on our way, and looking forward to joining the craft beer movement!”
More from Nashville Business Journal.
Little Harpeth taproom opening
We’ve been tasting Nashville craft brewery Little Harpeth’s concoctions for more than a year now, and those folks have also invited us all over for more than a few Backyard Jams. But a fun new excuse to visit and drink, via the LH Instagram:
“Nashville, get ready! We are opening the Little Harpeth Brewing Tap Room on Friday, September 4th! Come check out the brewery where your favorite Nashville Craft Brews are made and sip on some delicious local beer!”
Little Harpeth’s home base is at 30 Oldham Street, down by the river. Follow along at littleharpethbrewing.com.
Five Points Pizza’s free slice night returns
From fresh beer to free pizza: East Side pizza providers Five Points Pizza have developed a birthday tradition that no one in Nashville is gonna complain about. They mark another year; we get free pizza.
FPP’s fourth birthday is coming up in September, so to celebrate, they’ve scheduled their second annual Free Slice Night for Tuesday, September 1. Swing by the slice window at 1012 Woodland Street from 5 to 7 p.m., pick up your slice and share a happy birthday salute. Pretty easy.
Congrats on four years, Five Points Pizza. Congrats on free pizza, us.
East Side Social’s rescheduled lineup grows
We mentioned neighborhood music-and-more fest East Side Social’s October 3 makeup date recently. Here’s a little more to encourage you to snag your tickets, if you haven’t yet.
Alongside headliners The Features, East Side Social will include performances from The Future, Justin and the Cosmics, Alanna Royale, RENO BO and Lilly Hiatt.
Other stuff you’ll get to enjoy that Saturday: family-friendly activities (including demonstrations from Mr. Bond and The Science Guys, face painting, photo ops with the Nashville Sounds’ Booster the rooster mascot); food trucks (Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Hickory Bones and others); beer; lots more.
Early bird tickets are on sale now for $10 (VIP tickets, which include free drinks, catering, VIP tent access and more, are $35).
Battle of the Neighborhood Bands seeking neighborhood music-makers
Music types with a competitive spirit and love of prize money: The Battle of the Neighborhood Bands is looking for you.
The event — presented by The Blackbird Academy Professional School of Audio — is part of the Nashville Neighborhood Celebration (“a day to celebrate Nashville's neighborhoods and the people who work to strengthen them”), and it’ll consist of eight local bands repping Nashville neighborhoods, competing for a mix of prizes.
The top score: a $4,000 prize package that includes rehearsal, pre-production and recording time with The Blackbird Academy. Other performers will snag cash. Win and win.
The Battle’s set for Saturday, September 26 at Cleveland Park & Community Center (610 Vernon Winfrey Avenue), and organizers are looking for entries representing all genres (family-friendly ones, anyhow) and Nashville neighborhoods.
For more on how to put yourself/your band in the running, visit the Battle of the Neighborhood Bands website.
New tattoo name joins East Nashville
A heads up for fans of body art: The Quill: a tattoo shop is set to open at 933 B Woodland Street in mid-September, with artist Russell T. Hickman at the helm.
An intro from the longtime neighbor and new East Side business captain:
“The Quill will start off as my private tattoo studio with every intention of naturally growing into a full-blown shop over time,” Hickman shared via Instagram. “I will be operating my business as I always have, but with the occasional guest artist coming in to hang, tattoo and challenge me as I continue to desire to grow as an artist, business owner, neighbor and friend. East Nashville has been my home for almost a decade and I'm so thankful to soon be able to walk to work, invest in my community more and create a space that allows me to serve you even better than I ever have before.”
Take a look at Hickman’s work and get a better sense of The Quill’s vibe at tattoopatriot.com.
Cult Fiction, Hail and Foobar make it a double
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard an update from Cult Fiction Underground, the beloved neighborhood grindhouse theater whose new/improved home at 1048 E Trinity Lane, last we heard, was still in the works.
In September, CFU’s popping back up in East Nashville, though not in their new home — they’ll be teaming up with fellow East Side businesses Foobar and Hail, Dark Aesthetics to launch Double Feature: a monthly mix of film and art at Foobar.
At the first Double Feature — Sunday, September 6, kicking off at 6 p.m. — there’ll be film screenings (Death Race 2000 and Mad Max 2: the Road Warrior), plus local art, artisan wares and Hail’s trademark oddities (usually of the dark, weird and fun variety).
A $5 cover gets you access to both film screenings and drink specials; the art areas are free (unless you’re taking art home; that costs money).
Foobar is at 2511 Gallatin; more details at the Double Feature Facebook event page.
— Another Fanny’s Choice Vintage Clothing Sale coming up at Fanny’s House of Music: Sunday, August 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Multiple dealers, lots of stuff — including vinyl. 1101 Holly Street.
— Neighborhood cigar shop Smokers Abbey celebrates two years on the East Side this weekend. Congrats, our smokey friends!
— Big fan of letterpress printing? Particularly big fan of East Nashville letterpressers Sawtooth Print Shop? Sawtooth’s Chris Cheney and Nieves Uhl will be stopping by The Skillery in Germantown the morning of Friday, September 4 for a free Office Hours meetup. Go by and pick their brains, if you like — registration at The Skillery’s site.
— Hey look, a skateboard art show:
— Hey look, Reese Witherspoon on the cover of Southern Living at Inglewood's Riverwood Mansion:
That’s it for this week. As always, please drop Nicole a line if you have any East Nashville News you’d love to share.