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Otherwise, here, we have great music, juice, food, even a members-only dog park that’s definitely not not earning us a lot of emails about how East Nashville is cancelled.
On to the latest crop of East Nashville news:
Sunday Morning Coming Down again
A comedown isn’t always a bummer: After a one-year breather, East Nashville AmericanaFest wind-down party “Sunday Morning Coming Down” is back in 2018, hosted on Sunday, Sept. 16, at “The Compound,” 919 Gallatin Ave.
The lineup: Organizer JP Harris and Friends, plus the Watson Twins, Elizabeth Cook, Erin Rae, Creamer, Kevin Gordon and Kristina Murray. Plus, there’ll be vintage and handmade goods for sale, gumbo for eating, drinks for drinking and lots more fun.
The event is free and open to all ages, and the gates open at noon, with music running 1-7 p.m. (We’re among the presenters of this fine event, so we’ll be there, and hope you will be too.)
Little more on Harris’ socials if you need it. The 2018 AmericanaFest runs Sept. 11-16 in venues across Nashville. Lots more info and ticket/pass options at americanamusic.org.
Music City Mariachi Festival coming soon
East Nashville’s own Delgado Guitars is helping wrangle the Music City Mariachi Festival, a free, family-friendly event that’ll bring the music and culture of Mexico to Music City.
The event’s set to be held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center from 6-10 p.m. on Sept. 6, and throughout, attendees will get to take in “traditional mariachi music, baile folklorico dance and the rich costumes of this art form.”
Performers include Mariachi Los Potrillos and Ballet Folklorico Sol De Mexico, and kids/the young at heart get an extra treat with the “Mariachi Instrument petting zoo,” which’ll include all the instruments used to perform mariachi music.
“Mariachi is the great uniter of all Latino communities and loved by all,” Delgado Guitars chief Manuel A. Delgado said in an announcement. “Its powerful sound and rich harmonies transcend the many diverse musical styles of the Americas, making it equally loved from Argentina to Mexico. I am beyond proud to know we will be able to not only offer such an wonderful evening, but having the caliber of musicians and dancers from Guadalajara, Mexico in Nashville is a historic event.”
Lots more info at the Music City Mariachi Festival Facebook page. Although it’s free, you’ll need to reserve a spot, which you can do through the Nashville Symphony website.
Clean Juice coming to East Nashville
Neighbors who are still bummed about Lynne Lorraine’s juicery closing in the spring get some good, juicy news this week: A certified-organic Clean Juice bar is working on opening up at 962 Woodland St. this fall.
The brand is a chain, with locations from California to Florida, specializing in “smoothies, acai bowls, cold-pressed juices, coffees, toasts, and more.” Menu items on the Clean Juice website include a cashew milk latte, cold brew coffee, and all kinds of fruit- and vegetable-based juices, from apples and oranges to beets and kale.
Keep up with the Clean Juice Five Points Instagram for updates on the opening date, and learn more about the brand at cleanjuice.com.
That location, next to Burger UP East, was formerly home to pet food shop Pet Wants.
Members-only BarkPark coming to East Nashville
This broke just after last week’s column hit, but in case you missed it: The folks behind pup-focused subscription service BarkBox are branching out to members-only dog parks, called BarkParks, and East Nashville’s in line to get the very first one.
Why’d we get dibs?
“For starters, it's a super-cool and beautiful city,” the BarkPark folks wrote, social-side. “And, it’s the capital of country music with a killer food scene. Those are all big pluses! But the deciding factor for us was how far ahead of the curve it is as a pet-friendly city. There's a fast-growing population of modern dog parents who want to take their dogs everywhere – they're totally obsessed! – which perfectly describes our vision for BarkPark's membership.”
The East Side BarkPark — set to open at 800 Meridian St. on September 8 — is designed to include seating, a coffee bar, restrooms… and, um, stuff for dogs, too.
Plan is a three-month pop-up, at the moment, with the park open daily until dusk, and various membership options on offer (from $19 per day to $78 for three moths).
If it works out, WRKN says, the BarkPark might become a permanent Nashville thing. Read more at WKRN.com, and check out some extra details/sign up at park.bark.co.
Kawai Poke Co. opens its doors
Many an East Nashvillian has been looking forward to this one for a good while: As of late last week, new East Side restaurant Kawai Poké Co. is officially open in the Wabash building, at 901 Woodland St., Suite 105.
The Kawai folks — who are focused on bringing “a taste of Hawaii to Music City” — are slinging smoothie bowls for your breakfast needs, and their titular poke (marinated seafood with a variety of fresh accoutrements) throughout the day, plus baked goods and more.
They’re open now 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9-9 Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Hit kawaipoke.com for more.
Yet another East Nashville-bred biz, branching out: KOKOS Artisan Vegan Ice Cream — which opened its flagship to-go shop at 729 Porter Rd. in January — has a second location on the way.
The good news: It’ll be a more expansive space — a “Skoop Shop,” where we can grab fresh-scooped vegan ice cream in cones and cups, plus new “plant-based soft-serve ice cream.” (The Porter location only has prepackaged to-go cups and chocolate-robed pops.)
The bad news, at least for East Siders: It won’t be in East Nashville. KOKOS owners Sam Brooker and Jerusa van Lith haven’t announced the exact location yet, but it’ll be in West Nashville, and they hope to open the doors this fall.
Learn more about their plans via a newly released video announcement. Meantime, you can visit the East Nashville to-go shop Thursday to Sunday, 1-8 p.m.
East Nashville crime is trending downward
We don’t tend to include hard news here — our city’s daily newspaper and TV stations do an excellent job — but it feels important to share this info from The Tennessean this week, in the wake of the recent shootings that, very understandably, have a lot of us on edge.
“While the number of people shot throughout Nashville is on pace to hit 430 in 2018 — the highest in more than a decade — East Nashville has seen a dramatic drop in violent crime since the mid-2000s.
“The number of reported violent crimes in the East Precinct dropped by nearly half, from 1,798 in 2004 to 984 in 2017, and is on track to experience even fewer this year.”
This in no way diminishes the heartbreak, or the fear, that so many of us are experiencing. But it’s worthwhile context to be aware of. We’re more connected — we hear and share more — so when crime here takes an uptick, we see, and we know.
But the data shows that we’re trending positively, and — personal point — we’re thankful for the hard work of our East Precinct officers (and our neighbors) for helping East Nashville move steadily in that direction.
All our love to the friends and family of the recent shooting victims. If you have the means, there’s a GoFundMe set up for Jaime Sarrantonio’s memorial, and another for Bartley B. Teal’s funeral expenses.
— NPR takes a “First Listen” of Aaron Lee Tasjan’s Karma For Cheap. (If you haven’t read our recent Aaron Lee Tasjan cover story, here it is.)
— “The Most Influential—and Hardest-Rocking—Man in Country Music,” says The Ringer, is producer Jay Joyce (who does his thing right here in East Nashville. (We did a story on Joyce not too long ago too.)
— East Nashvillian author Rea Frey just released her debut novel, Not Her Daughter, on Aug. 21, and she’ll make a hometown appearance this Sunday at Her Bookshop’s regular Sunday Salon gathering. Swing by (it’s free) starting at 4:30 p.m., hear more about the book, get a copy signed, sip some wine and enjoy the company of other book-loving neighbors. The shop’s at 1043 West Eastland Ave., more here.
— The folks at Porter Road Butcher have teamed up with home-essentials retailer SNOWE for a meaty giveaway: a $500 gift card to the butcher shop and $500 to SNOWE.
— Curious about the new Orangetheory Fitness studio opening on Gallatin? Reps will be in the Spacemax conference room (1216 Gallatin Ave.) on Friday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Swing by/learn more/sign up for early-adopter pricing.
— They're baaaa-aaaaaack (trigger alert: Bird Scooters content).
— Totally conceivable: Isaac Litton PTSO is hosting a movie night on Friday, Sept. 14, screening the one and only Princess Bride. Starts at 7, free, popcorn and concessions will be on sale.
— Happy happy birthday to Rusty Rats Antiques & Vintage, who’ll be celebrating their fourth with a long sale, Aug. 27-31, with 20 percent off everything. Saturday Sept. 1, 40 percent off everything.
— If you’re into local petstagram accounts East Nashville’s @tocina.the.minipig is a new must-follow.
— A party next week that the East Nashville taco/hot chicken lovers won’t want to miss: Tuesday, Aug. 28, Taco Tuesday Presented By Rock N Roll Tequila at Center 615’s roof deck, with all-you-can-eat hot chicken tacos from Hattie B’s, all-you-can-drink beer from Yazoo and margaritas from Rock N Roll Tequila, plus DJs and more. Tickets ($20) are on sale now.
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.