This week, we're starting off with some East Nashville opportunities to celebrate music obsessives' favorite holiday, Record Store Day, following with some gardening/farmers market tips, neighborhood development news, chances to catch music, get in a movie and more.
On to it:
Record Store Day and Swap Day in East Nashville
Over a half-dozen years, Record Store Day’s become a well-loved music fan holiday, with exclusive releases and all-day parties at independent shops from east to west, north to south. If you like music, you know this.
This year’s seventh annual Record Store Day celebration is set for Saturday, April 19, and some East Nashville stops have top-notch shindigs planned:
THE GROOVE (1103 Calvin)
The Groove will have a cache of RSD exclusives up for sale, complemented by a store-wide sale that includes 15 percent off non-RSD new and used merchandise. Outside, there’ll be live performances afternoon through evening, with Bully, Nikki Lane and many others, along with food from Mas Tacos and Porter Road Butcher and beverages from The Filling Station.
FOND OBJECT (1313 McGavock Pike)
Inglewood’s Fond Object doubles the fun with a combo Record Store Day and one year anniversary celebration. The party runs all day — 10 to 10 — and includes tons of live local music (Pujol, Fly Golden Eagle, Buffalo Clover, lots more), along with tacos and hot dogs, locals selling wares (including East Siders Palaver Records and Hail, Dark Aesthetics), plus local printing champs Isle of Printing will be on hand with their portrait cart. We’ll guess this is probably one of very few Record Store Celebrations that includes a petting zoo, too.
If you’d like to make a double-day affair of your record hunting/music celebrating, hit Logue’s Black Raven Emporium on Friday, April 18 for their Record Swap Day celebration, noon to 4. Vinyl only, swapping only (no buying or selling, unless you head upstairs to buy vinyl from Logue’s). More at Logue’s Facebook page.
The East Side contributes to Dining Out For Life
Every year, a huge collection of Nashville eateries take part in Dining Out For Life, a fundraising event that’s to date raised millions for AIDS service organizations across the country.
This year’s Dining Out day is Tuesday, April 22, and all you have to do to contribute is visit a participating restaurant and enjoy yourself — those restaurants have committed to donating a percentage of their proceeds to Nashville CARES, which helps tens of thousands of Middle Tennesseans affected by HIV/AIDS annually.
Participating restaurants in East Nashville are many, including Edley’s East, The Hop Stop, Mad Donna’s, Mickey’s Tavern, Pomodoro East, Watanabe and a host of others.
We’re taking part, too: The East Nashvillian publisher Lisa McCauley and contributor/Corbin In The Dell queenpin Melissa D. Corbin will be co-hosting lunch at The Hop Stop Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stop by 2909 B Gallatin Pike, grab lunch and hang — 30 percent of the food proceeds will go toward Nashville CARES’ laudable work.
For more, visit the Dining Out for Life website.
Gear up for Farmers Market season
A few things to keep an eye out for on the area Farmers Market front:
The folks behind the East Nashville Farmers Market are getting ready for this year’s market opening (May 14) in their new Shelby Park home. Meantime, they have some pretty rad trinkets to hand out as a reminder (the above seed packets).
If you’re headed to Saturday’s Nashville Earth Day Festival at Centennial Park, look out for the East Nashville Farmers Market folks, and snag your garden ingredients.
In northward market news, the Amqui Station Farmers Market in Madison announced details for their 2014 season, too. Head up to Amqui Station (301 B Madison St., Madison) on Sundays from noon to 3, starting in June and running through October.
There’ll be local and regional farmers and artisans, live music and the chance to explore a beautiful circa-1910 station for free during the market. More detail at the Amqui Station Farmers Market website.
Stock your organic garden
Speaking of gardening: It’s about time to get going in earnest this season (cautiously optimistic that we’re now actually past the danger of frost — either way, it’s after April 15, so prevailing wisdom says we can go for it). Easy way to grab some organic plants to flesh out your little urban farm? The Earth Day Plant Sale at The Turnip Truck Natural Market (970 Woodland).
On hand: certified organic heirloom tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables; lots of herbs; bunches of flowers.
Stop by 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
New development at Greenwood and Chapel
Getahn Ward reports in The Tennessean about a mixed-use development in the works at the corner of Greenwood and Chapel, which should include condo/loft units.
The project won’t, however, include tearing down the existing historic church and sanctuary there, due to historic overlay restrictions.
Rebuilding Together gets to work in Cleveland/McFerrin Park
Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit focused on preserving affordable homeownership and revitalizing communities, is teaming with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for an annual initiative called Building a Healthy Neighborhood. This year, their work benefits folks in our area.
Cleveland and McFerrin Park were chosen as the focus of 2014’s Building a Healthy Neighborhood, and May 29 to 31, up to a thousand volunteers will pitch in to revitalize 15 neighborhood homes, build a playground and rehab area landscaping. A pretty awesome initiative — we’ll have lots more about it in our upcoming issue.
Meantime, check out Rebuilding Together’s website for info on their work and last year’s Building a Healthy Neighborhood effort in Columbus, Ohio.
New digs for Old Time Pickin’ Parlor
On the did-you-see? front: The Old Time Pickin’ Parlor, once settled over in Marathon Village, is camped on our side these days, at 307 N. 16th St.
In the house: instruments, accessories, art and regular Sunday roots-rooted jams. Visit the Pickin’ Parlor on Facebook.
Music on the Lawn from Farmhouse Art
Our friends up at The Farmhouse Art, Gift, and Junktiques (3621B Gallatin, behind Las Fiestas Cafe) set up an evening to take advantage of both the spring weather and East Nashville’s cache of musical talent this Saturday.
Their night of East Nashville Music on the Lawn includes fingerstyle guitar playing from Joe Carpenter and troubadouring from Linnae Reeves, Larry O'Brian and Lynn Taylor. Bring blankets/lawnchairs/beverages and head by at 6 p.m.; music runs 7 to 10.
Your chance to break into the movies, at Mickey’s
Actors/actresses, this one’s for you: There’s a movie casting call this Saturday at Mickey’s Tavern (2907 Gallatin) for “an offbeat drag racing film” called “Race With the Devil,” and the crew’s searching for a broad collection of folks. There’s Old Man, Catfight Chicks, Mustache… and some roles it’ll probably be particularly easy to find neighborhood faces for: “angry townsfolk” and “bar crowd.” (That’s a loving, lighthearted joke, there.)
If you’d like to throw your hat in, bring a headshot and resume down to Mickey’s from noon to 2 p.m. Perhaps stay for a baloney sandwich and a beer.
12th & Broad’s ‘That Music Thing,’ in moving pictures
The Tennessean’s 12th & Broad held a warehouse show on the East Side in March, dubbed “That Music Thing,” and featuring contributions from Kristyn Corder of Apple Road and Kate Mills of Old Made Good. Missed it/wanna relive it? Check the video capture below.
Nashville PRIDE Festival passes on sale
Not an East Nashville event but including many East Side friends: Weekend passes for June 13-14’s Nashville PRIDE Festival & Concert are on sale online now.
The entertainment lineup spans from local talents Ponychase to famed bespectacled songstress Lisa Loeb. Give it a look.
That's it for this week. Have East Nashville news to share? We'd love to hear it. Drop us a line!