This week, we have drummers helping buddies, high-style skivvies, big fun for design lovers and lots more. (We’re also hard at work on the upcoming Food & Drink issue, coming soon. If you want an ad in there, hit Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
On to the latest East Nashville news:
Drummer Jay Weinberg boosts ‘Buddies on the Beat’ benefit
Pedigreed musicians in big-name bands aren’t exactly a rarity in East Nashville, but even in our mix, drummer Jay Weinberg (above) stands out — the son of famed E Street Band-er Max Weinberg, Jay’s done time as a fill-in for Dad with The Boss, playing with hardcore heroes Madball, and lately, working with massive metal band Slipknot.
That he’d be among a lot of peers here was part of its draw, says the Jersey-reared musician.
“I moved to East Nashville because of its built-in creative community,” Weinberg says, “and the wonderful people on this side of town whom I’ve met and call my friends. Great venues, great independent businesses, great vibe. Doesn’t hurt to be closer to Mas Tacos either.”
That sense of community — and giving back to it — was part of the inspiration behind “Buddies on the Beat,” a benefit show Weinberg and a crew of talented friends are throwing on Tuesday, Oct. 16, here at the Basement East. Proceeds will go toward Best Buddies Tennessee, an organization that “creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
“I first connected with Best Buddies though the Nashville Predators’ ‘Preds and Threads’ event last year, in which the organization played a major part,” Weinberg says. “I just felt this immediate and powerful connection to Best Buddies’ message of inclusion and support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I felt called to become involved in some way — big or small, I just wanted to meet these very inspiring people and contribute what I could to their cause.”
“Buddies on the Beat” is part of that contribution, and a brand of help that Weinberg’s uniquely qualified to provide. At the show, friends from a broad mix of well-known bands — Mastodon, The E Street Band (yup, Max is on the bill), Dillinger Escape Plan, Bully and more — will donate their time to take on cover songs spanning genres and decades, from The Kinks to The Melvins.
“I’m beyond stoked just to watch this show, let alone play drums in it,” Weinberg says. “It’s been a blast to coordinate.”
General Admission tickets for the show are $15, and folks who want a full VIP experience (which includes a meet and greet, limited edition signed poster, laminate and more) can do so for $75.
If you can’t attend the show but you’d still like to contribute to the cause (or you can make the show, and just want some really good souvenirs), there’s a silent auction running now with a bunch of musical treasures, from signed drum heads to a one-day recording session with Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip. Check out Jay Weinberg’s silent auction list here.
For more, visit the “Buddies on the Beat” Facebook event page, and for more about Best Buddies, visit bestbuddieschampion.org.
Solstice Intimates opening East Nashville shop
Coming soon to the Wabash building in East Nashville: Solstice Intimates, a lingerie and underwear shop that brings high style and handmade quality to your most intimate apparel.
Launched in Tempe, Arizona, Solstice aims its wares for “the smart, sexy, free spirited, always curious, adventure seeker,” across genders and body types, with pieces that range from… let’s say “special occasion” items, like see-through mesh thong bodysuits, to more everyday underthings, like low-riding velvet briefs, and even pieces for nursing moms that offer the essential function plus a spark of style.
Since Solstice garments are carefully designed and handmade, they’re not the kind of thing you find in a bargain bin, and their special orders aren’t a quick hit — bralettes and underwear can run around $40-$60, full and fancy bodysuits go as high as $85-$220, and turnaround time for made-to-order pieces runs around 42 days.
With that, though, you get serious intimates bells and whistles, from custom sizing to special details like fringe and floral appliqué.
In the shop, at 9 S. 9th St., Unit 7, you can also expect an array of ready-to-wear pieces that bear the Solstice Intimates style stamp, with lines, materials and details that bear a distinctive ’70s vibe. East Nashville-connected musicians Margo Price and Nikki Lane are fans, which isn’t the worst local bragging right.
If you’d like to get a good look at their creations: Solstice Intimates is set to host a grand opening celebration at the East Nashville shop on Friday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Tiny home community in the works
Fun scoop from the Nashville Post: Nashville’s Paragon Group and New Frontier Tiny Homes are working on a tiny home community, meant to be offered as short-term rentals, right over in Rosebank.
An initial crop of six tiny homes, the Post says, are planned for the property at 999 Riverside Drive, right across from the Riverside Grill Shack, each spanning around 250-350 square feet.
“We’ll see how it goes and we might add units down the line,” David Latimer of New Frontier told Post reporter William Williams.
Of note: The tiny homes will be on foundations, not wheels.
First Nashville Design Week includes a slew of East Side talent
New from the Nashville art community in 2018: Nashville Design Week, “a week-long, city-wide series of interdisciplinary programs and events to unite the design community, promote collaboration and idea sharing, engage the public, and elevate the impact of Nashville’s design economy.”
More specifically, from Nov. 8-15, artists, designers, entrepreneurs and other design-inclined locals will be taking part in events, workshops, parties and panel discussions, all focused on bringing people in Nashville’s design community — and people who love art and design in Nashville — together.
Naturally, there’s a bunch of East Nashville talent in the mix. Among the events here on the East Side/featuring East Siders: open studio and showroom hangs with Good Wood Nashville, sewing workshops at Natalie Busby’s place, and an East Side Design Studios Crawl, with Hawkins Partners, Powell Architecture + Building Studio and many others.
Swing by the Nashville Design Week calendar for the full list of events — you can filter by East Nashville if you prefer to stay on our side of the river, or pick through the whole mix, for events focused on anything from mural art to architecture.
All the Nashville Design Week details you could need: nashvilledesignweek.org.
— Also for the art lovers: This Saturday, Oct. 13, is this month’s East Side Art Stumble, with lots of events, exhibits and general hangs happening throughout the neighborhood.
— We get some pretty sweet stand-up comedy happenings in East Nashville. Like, say, comic Ben Kronberg doing a “random house show.” (Tickets were still available as of this posting.)
— Rolling Stone had a chat with onetime East Nashvillian cover star Will Hoge about his new album. Take a read: “Why Will Hoge Won’t Shut Up and Sing on Political New Album ‘My American Dream.’”
— Also on the music front: Anaconda Vintage is hosting a Music Gear Swap on Oct. 20, in case you need to shuffle your collection around.
— Making it easy to be cheesy: The East Nashville Turnip Truck location is hosting a free cheese board class on Oct. 18.
— Food & Wine magazine rounded up “7 Thanksgiving Dishes You Should Always Make Ahead (and 6 You Should Never),” and a bunch of East Nashville food pros (including Greg Biggers of Fort Louise, Sarah Gavigan of POP To-Go, Molly Martin of Juniper Green and Jacqueline Blanchard of Coutelier) contribute some T-day thoughts.
— Wanna be the king/queen of East Nashville Halloween? The folks at Jeni’s made it kinda easy: They’ve unveiled “Cone Coins,” which can be redeemed for one kids cone at any Jeni’s shop, available in bundles of 25. First bundle runs $30, additional bundles run $20. Sweet idea, Jeni’s. (The East Nashville location is at 1892 Eastland Ave.)
— A little update from the guys at No Quarter, the pinball bar we wrote about in July, which grand-opened in September. “League nights are Thursdays, and Sunday is family day. We’re also hosting a Selfie League this month, and we’re planning more pinball events for November.” Learn more at the No Quarter Facebook page.
That’s all for this week. Have any East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.