East Side Buzz: CamPalooza, Dining Out for Life, Vinnie Louise's move and more

 
Eat well to do good, keep the kids edutained this summer, music, art — this week’s Buzz is a well-rounded mix.
 
The latest East Nashville news:
 

Locals launch edutaining CamPalooza  

 
Some of Nashville’s finest skill-bringers and wranglers of young people, DancEast, Young Rembrandts and Mr. Bond's Science Guys, have teamed up this summer on something local parents might want to mark down for summer: CamPalooza, a three-camps-in-one summer camp focused on movement, art and science.
 
During weeklong sessions, campers will be learning about and sketching up outer-space stuff; during another, they’ll be leaping and bounding like superheroes and concocting their own comics; another, they’re digging into puzzles and games meant to (entertainingly) illustrate math and engineering principles. It's all focused on fun, and focused on STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
 
Camp options will be running June through July, open to campers aged 5 through 12, at $325 a week (with discounts for siblings/additional camps), all at DancEast at 805 Woodland St., Suite 314.
 
Learn more about CamPalooza/register through the CamPalooza Facebook page
 

Make your Dining Out for Life plans

 
 
Every year, the Dining Out for Life fundraising event gives Americans a chance to do a lot of good in the fight against HIV and AIDS, simply by going out to eat. Here in Nashville, dozens of local restaurants participate annually, donating a percentage of proceeds to Nashville CARES, whose aid and advocacy work spans from prevention to support.
 
This year’s event is coming up on Tuesday, April 17, and if you’d like to pitch in and make a difference, you just need to pick your favorite place(s), and make reservations.
 
Among the East Nashville eateries participating in Dining Out for Life Nashville in 2018: Dino’s, East Nashville Beer Works, Eastland Cafe, Five Points Pizza, Lockeland Table and Pomodoro East, who’ll all be donating 30 percent of dinner proceeds; Castrillo’s Pizza, committing 50 percent of lunch and dinner proceeds; Marche, doing 50 percent of breakfast and lunch; Margot, with 50 percent of dinner; and Jeni’s in East Nashville, donating 50 percent of sweet-stuff proceeds. 
 
If you can’t do Tuesday, Lipstick Lounge is also pitching in 50 percent from brunch that Saturday, and Edley’s Bar-B-Que East with be donating 30 percent of proceeds from brunch, lunch and dinner on Sunday, April 22.
 
Heading into its 16th year, Dining Out for Life has helped raise more than $1.6 million toward the cause here in Middle Tennessee.
 
We’re big supporters of this event (our publisher, Lisa McCauley, is co-chairing this year), and hope we’ll see you out on April 17.
 
For lots more info about Dining Out for Life Nashville (and a full rundown of participating restaurants), visit diningoutforlife.com/nashville.
 

Vinnie Louise putting down 12 South roots

 
 
A little over a week from now, East Nashville clothing shop Vinnie Louise will celebrate four years in business, hosting a little birthday party on April 7 to mark the occasion. 
 
Those folks have another big milestone to celebrate in April, too: They’re broadening the Vinnie Louise brand, putting down firm roots with a second location in 12 South.
 
The VL team’s had a pop-up in the neighborhood for a bit now, at 2309 12th Ave. S, but come April 7, they’re opening the doors at their new, here-to-stay location, just across the street at 2308 12th Ave. S.
 
As part of the celebration — and to help with the move — Vinnie Louise has a big moving sale going at the pop-up location, too, running March 29 to 31, noon to 5 p.m., with everything priced at $5 to $25. (More at the Vinnie Louise Instagram.)
 
If you don’t get a chance to hit the 12 South sale, you can always peruse the Vinnie Louise wares at their East location: It’s at 521 Gallatin Ave. Lots more at vinnielouise.com too. 
 

East Nashville music roundup

 
 
As always, tons of music going on in/from the neighborhood, so some quick highlights we wanted to share: 
 
Nashvillian Andrew Leahey — who’s become one of our favorite music writers in several senses of the term — has a new single coming out on Friday, March 31. 
 
"Start the Dance” includes contributions from Steelism’s rhythm section (they were on our cover not too long ago), along with Jason Isbell guitarist Sadler Vaden.
 
It’ll be digitally procurable through Apple Music/Google Play/iTunes/Spotify/etc. come release date, and meantime, you can get a listen to Leahey’s most recent, Petty-centric full-length, Skyline in Central Time, via Soundcloud.
 
 
 
Those Steelism guys are busy with other talented folk too: Singer Lindi Ortega has a new album called Liberty due out on March 30, featuring Steelism as her backing band and little extra flavor from Grammy-winning, Country Music Hall of Fame-honored session ace Charlie McCoy.
 
That set was recorded at Battle Tapes studio here in East Nashville, and it reflects a new mix for the Canadian musician — nods to her father’s Mexican heritage, her mother’s love of ’70s country and her own obsession with Ennio Morricone compositions and Quentin Tarantino movies.
 
 
Erin Rae — an immensely talented artist we profiled in The East Nashvillian Music Issue — is getting lots of pre-release attention already for her forthcoming album, Putting on Airs, due out June 8. (Coincidence alert: Andrew Leahey wrote that piece too.)
 
Among the album’s high-profile fans: NPR music critic Ann Powers (we wrote about Ann too), who notes that “Rae's gentle voice and subtle, deeply insightful songwriting have made her a standout among the city's folk and Americana artists for years.”
 
Intrigued/like to get an early listen? Stream single “Can’t Cut Loose,” via Spotify.
 
 
A well-liked East Nashvillian music-maker that soon won’t be an East Nashvillian: Singer-songwriter Meiko — who’s had a serious run on teen-drama TV, with songs on shows like One Tree Hill, Kyle XY and The Vampire Diaries — is playing one more hometown show, a "Nashville Sunday Night" at 3rd & Lindsley on April 15, before heading off to Germany for a new start.
 
Tickets are $10, and she hits the stage at 9 p.m. 
 
And a mellow note to go out on: Dylan Walshe, an Irish singer-songwriter now living here on the East Side, has a new album in the works called All Manner Of Ways, and he shared a preview with us.
 
Give a listen to the gentle and contemplative “Ruined,” below. 
 

 

East Nashville art roundup

 
 
A few East-related openings we wanted to give a heads up about:
 
East Nashville artist Miranda Herrick is part of a new exhibit, called 'Elements,' opening April 21 at Bennett Galleries in Green Hills with a reception we’re all invited to. It’ll run 6 to 9 p.m., with refreshments/live music, and Bennett is located at 2104 Crestmoor Rd.
 
From the gallery, about our neighbor’s work, pictured above:
 
“Miranda Herrick has made 365 small, colorful drawings (one made on each day of 2017). Each individual drawing was created as a celebration and meditation for the day it was created and captures a little of her energy and effort from that day.”
 
That exhibit will be on display through May 19. More about Herrick and her work at mirandaherrick.com.
 
No longer a neighbor, but an artist we’ve come to admire who's back in East Nashville for another exhibit: Painter Daniel Holland’s latest, 'The Silent World,’ opens at Red Arrow Gallery on May 12, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
 
The East Side gallery’s been showing his expressive, abstract work (example below) for years, and we’re stoked to see it back there (though the artists’s since dropped the N and moved to Asheville). More at theredarrowgallery.com.
 
 

East Side school earns Dell grant

 
Big congrats/well dones to students and faculty at East Nashville Magnet Middle School, one of four Metro schools recently awarded a Dell STEAM Innovation Grant.
 
It’s the first year for the tech company’s grant program, geared toward enhancing programs that bolster the science, technology, engineering, arts and math thrust embraced by our city's STEAM schools.
 
The awarded schools had to propose ideas as part of the grant submission process, and a panel of local leaders from the business/community/non-profit sectors chose recipients. 
 
East Middle School earns $2,500 for the current school year, which’ll go toward realizing their “Rollercoaster Reality Collaboration” proposal. 
 
 

QUICK BITS

 
— The Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin shared its 2018 lineup this week, and we were stoked to see East Nashvillian featurees Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lilly Hiatt and Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers in the all-around top-notch mix. Check out the full Pilgrimage fest lineup at pilgrimagefestival.com.
 
Billboard just ran a piece called "Next-Gen Nashville: 16 People, Places and Things Shaking Up Music City," and, unsurprisingly, a lot of East Nashville figures in. Maren Morris, The Basement East and Eric Masse are among the East Siders included.
 
— Also dropping a lineup recently: the East Nashville Crawfish Bash, set for May 26 in East Park, with Roots of a Rebellion, Sad Baxter, lots of crawfish (not a band name just a literal thing) and more. VIP tickets are on sale now through eastnashcrawbash.com
 
 
KOKOs To-Go, the new East Nashville vegan ice cream shop we wrote about earlier this year, is hosting its official opening party on April 14, at 729 Porter Rd.
 
— If you’re a big fan of Lockeland Table chef Hal Holden-Bache, give a listen to the latest episode of the Restaurant Unstoppable podcast. He does some chatting. 
 
Rudie’s Seafood & Sausage in Riverside Village is doing a crawfish boil on Saturday, March 31. Hit the patio at 1402 McGavock from 4 to 9 p.m., grab $3 beers and fill up on crawfish. 
 
U.S. News & World Report collected “The 15 Best Foodie Tours in the USA,” and East Nashville-bred food tour Walk Eat Nashville is (deservedly) in the mix. 
 
 
That’s all for this week. Have any East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.
 

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