Before we kick off this week’s East Nashville News, we wanted to turn your attention to some East Side shows we’re gonna be raising glasses at.
This year’s Americana Music Festival is almost here — September 20 to 25, the city lights up with roots-music purveyors of various styles. Two shows of note on our side of the river, which’ll kick things off early.
MONDAY, SEPT. 19:
A special AMA edition of Cole Slivka's Short Sets
The Family Wash, 626 Main St.
Featuring: Jon Byrd, Kevin Gordon, Stephen Simmons, and Tommy Womack
Open to everyone, 7 to 11 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 20:
Guitartown & Sin City Present: Better Together AMA Kickoff Party, Sponsored by The East Nashvillian
The Basement East, 917 Woodland St.
Featuring: Chuck Mead, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lee Ann Womack and her All-Star Band featuring Patty Griffin & Buddy Miller
Doors at 7 p.m.; conference registrants/wristband holders get priority entry; limited tickets available for a $15 donation, to benefit The Music Makes Us Initiative
Hope to see you at one/both of these.
Without further ado:
B-52s frontman hosts benefit for Paul Gordon
Earlier this year, celebrated musician and longtime Lockeland Springs resident Paul Gordon passed away from complications related to a genetic heart defect. The community felt his loss, as did the many musicians who’d shared a stage with him through the years.
Among the latter group: B-52s frontman Fred Schneider, who’ll be coming to The Basement East on Saturday, Oct. 1 to host “All For Paul: A Memorial Benefit,” aimed at raising funds for Gordon’s family.
Gordon had most recently been touring with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, but for a while prior, he played keys as part of the B-52s touring band (among many other high-profile gigs).
“I'm honored to host this benefit on behalf of Paul, a longtime member of our The B-52s family,” Schneider said in a release. “Attendees will enjoy a variety of great acoustic artists in addition to shaking their honeybuns to my DJ sets – all to honor the memory and assist the wife and children of our dear friend Paul.”
Other performers set to take the stage: neighbor Sarah Potenza (who’s in our current Music Issue, and on a 2015 East Nashvillian cover), Potenza’s fellow The Voice alum Meghan Linsey and others. A silent and online auction is in the works too.
The early part of the night (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) will feature those acoustic sets, with a dedicated Fred Schneider DJ dance party kicking off at 9:30 and running until 12:30.
Tickets for the full night run $20 in advance, $25 at the door; tickets for just the Love Shack Dance Party are $15 advance/$20 day of. All ages are welcome, but attendees under 21 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Proceeds will go to Gordon's wife, Jennifer Lysak Gordon, and their sons Alec, 13, and Graham, 11. (If you can’t attend but would still like to help the Gordon family, donations can be made to the Paul Gordon Family Fund via the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.)
Bailey & Cato closing
Bummer news from Riverside Village: The folks at Bailey & Cato will only be slinging classic meat-and-three fare for a few more weeks.
Matriarch Linda Bailey tells us that she and her husband Robert are retiring come October 30, with their longtime Inglewood restaurant shuttering October 31.
The building, at 1307 McGavock Pike, sold to a company called Inglewood Partners in June, and we reached out to see if we might get any details on what they have planned for the property. No response yet, but we’ll update if anything rolls in.
A favorite of East Nashville food fanatics long before Riverside Village became a dining destination, Bailey & Cato might never have reached the critical-darling heights of some East Side food establishments, but it’s earned its deserved praise through the years. Famed food writer John T. Edge, for instance, called B&C’s Fried Cornbread one of his top 10 dishes of the year in Garden & Gun in 2012. He’s been an Iron Chef judge, so, a guy who knows food pretty OK.
If you’re not yet familiar, Carrington Fox’s Nashville Scene piece from 2008 is a great way to get acquainted with the Bailey family and their East Nashville soul food.
While there’s still a little time left to get your baked neck bones and ribs and oxtails, listen to the folks at B&C, and “please shut up & come on get you something to eat.” Hours are 11 to 10 Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 to 11 Thursday to Saturday and noon to 10 Sunday.
One last thing to look forward to: Although Bailey & Cato is leaving, we shouldn’t be seeing the last of the Bailey family’s kitchen prowess — Linda tells us her sons are currently looking for a spot to open up their own place, and are aiming to get going after the first of the year. We’ll share more when we get it.
Get a look at the finished Station
It’s been a long time coming: We’ve been talking since June 2015 about The Station, once a long-empty, fire-gutted circa-1938 fire hall, now interior design company Karen Goodlow Designs’ “place for creativity, community, and coffee.”
Goodlow and Co. have been hard at work revamping the former fire hall No. 18 on Gallatin, and finally, that labor of love is capital-D DONE. And once its offices and retail spaces are booked up, that reimagined hall is set to house a mix of creative small businesses.
Eager to get a look at The Station? You’re invited to an unveiling this Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1220 Gallatin Road. There’ll be treats and Grounds 2 Give coffee, and a chance to explore a space that many of us never thought would find life and love again.
Congrats to the whole Station team. If you’d like more info on lease-able spaces, visit SouthernAthena.com. Keep up with goings-on at The Station’s Facebook page.
Last call for FooBar
As many prodigious East Nashville drinkers already know, Gallatin Avenue dive FooBar shut its doors early this week, apparently somewhat hastily, as Palaver Records’ Gary Branigan told the Nashville Scene.
Sources tipped the Scene to a future reopening under a new name: Cobra. The humble haunt’s already gotten a colorful exterior overhaul, but no word yet on when doors are set to reopen, what the new concept will be like, who Cobra’s commander is…
We’ll share more when we have it, meantime, there’s always Mickey’s to scratch your dive-bar itch.
Gallery Luperca closes, pops back up
East Side art haunt Gallery Luperca closed the doors at 604 Gallatin recently, after a well-loved run there. But better news: It isn’t gone for good.
Co-chief Sara Lederach — who, alongside Katie Wolf, runs Luperca and launched the monthly East Side Art Stumble art crawl — tells us they’re already working on securing a new home. And meantime, Luperca’s alive in pop-up form over at Riverside Village’s Fond Object.
The move wasn’t totally unexpected — a property changing-of-hands meant Luperca’s lease wasn’t going to be renewed in November. But since running an art gallery amid construction din/dirt was becoming just a hair complicated, they took up an offer to skip out September 1.
Luperca’s latest offering — Nashville painter Donna Woodley's solo exhibition, "What's In A Name?" — runs through October 8 at Fond Object (1313 McGavock Pike). From there, plans are still fluid.
“We may pop-up at Fond or another space near (East Nashville gallery) Red Arrow for November,” Lederach says, “but are really planning to use the next months to further build the Art Stumble and get our plans laid for our re-opening in late winter.”
It’s a little early to share details on Luperca’s new home, but Lederach did give us some enticing hints — including the fact that it’ll still be on our side of the river.
“The new space will allow us to further our commitment to community building and accessibility,” she says, “housing not just Gallery Luperca, but making space for other businesses and artists that are being pushed out of our neighborhood by unchecked development.”
We’ll share more when we can; meantime, head by Fond Object to check out Luperca’s current exhibit, and keep up with the latest on the Gallery Luperca Facebook page.
Smile Mommy! shuts down
Bummer news for Moms and Dads with an appreciation of cloth diapering: Our neighborhood’s longtime caterers to the fluffy of butt, Smile Mommy! Diaper Service, is shutting down after six years.
The bad news comes with good news, though: Owner Kelly Bacher is expecting twins, so with the two new additions to her family of four, something had to shift.
“We are so sad to move on from it, but are lucky to have had the chance to share one of our passions with so many new parents and babies,” Bacher says.
As Bacher ramps down the business, they’ll be selling discounted diaper covers, prefolds and more online, and hosting a final warehouse sale, 9 a.m. to noon on October 15 and 16 at 1013 Gallatin Ave.
A big congrats to the Bacher family on the incoming new additions. (Related, we chatted with Bacher a few years ago, and got some insight into the great neighborhood business she built.)
Terminal Cafe (soft) opens
Back in May, we mentioned that a new restaurant called The Terminal Cafe would be taking over the former Khan’s Desserts space at 733 Porter.
This week, the Terminal folks opened the doors, albeit softly — their soft opening kicked off early in the week and runs through Saturday (7 to 5 Friday, 8 to 2 Saturday), with the not-so-soft opening coming on Monday.
They’re serving breakfast, sandwiches, salads, espresso beverages and more. Non-soft hours should be available soon — meantime, keep up on the Terminal Cafe Facebook page.
Walker Creek moves up, opens house
Toffee-and-more makers Walker Creek Confections recently moved into a larger space in The Idea Hatchery, and to celebrate the expanded digs, they’re hosting an open house on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Swing by 1108 Woodland St., Ste. A to check out the place and their “Damn Fine Candy” (pralines, caramels and other sugary stuff).
The East Nashville storefront is one of two for the Tennessee-bred company; the first, which houses the Walker Creek kitchen, is in Watertown, Tenn. For more, check out WalkerCreekToffee.com.
— If you were wondering what the film-crew biz happening in the neighborhood was about, for once, it’s not Nashville (though that was probably happening too). A feature film starring My Big Fat Greek Wedding/Sex and the City actor John Corbett is in the works, called either All Saints or Fields of Faith.
— Want a clearer picture of what’s going up behind the building that houses Little Octopus/Smoker’s Abbey etc.? It’s mixed-use residential community The Bailey, with 16 townhomes set to run along a new street, Cleo Miller Drive, connecting West Eastland and Maxwell. Properties are on the market now.
— This coming week is a good one to hit the East Nashville Farmers Market if you have little ones. Their annual Fall Fest, on September 21, includes pumpkin painting and other kids activities, plus live music, food trucks and general farm-fresh shopping goodness. As always, Wednesdays, 3:30 to 7 p.m. in Shelby Park (through the end of October).
— Also cool for kids: Silly Grandpa and Mizz KT and Friendz have a free New Music Release Party going Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center.
— A round of applause to the folks at Two Ten Jack for starting a service-industry chain reaction to help the staff at Husk, who’ve been losing wages while the restaurant recovers from a fire.
— Fat Bottom Brewing’s last day in East Nashville? October 1, says Noble.
— Lovers of knitting/etc.: The 2nd Annual East Side Fiber Festival is this Saturday, September 17, in the neighborhood.
— Our friends at E3 Innovate have a slick new website. If you need to energy efficient-ify your home, explore www.e3innovate.com.
— East Nashville photographer John Partipilo (whose fine work is on many The East Nashvillian pages) is sharing his fine art photography from a recent trip to Cuba at a show next Saturday, September 24 in the neighborhood. Photo Essay from our pages here.
That's all for this week. Something you'd like to share? Please email Nicole.