Starting out this week on a very sad note. Like many others in Nashville and beyond, we’re mourning the loss of Candice Burnside Ferguson, co-owner of East Nashville’s Battletapes studio.
A beloved neighbor and tireless champion of local music, she passed away on Sunday, after battling cancer. Our thoughts are with everyone who loved her (and that list is fittingly long).
If you have the means and would like to pitch in to help her husband Jeremy and baby girl Exie, a Gofundme has been set up.
Up top, a bit of music from Sun Seeker captured at the Fergusons’ place, shared with love.
Perks for East Nashville Cleanup participants
A few weeks back, we mentioned the citywide Earth Day Cleanup event on April 23, and the many opportunities to get involved in making our neighborhood a cleaner, nicer place to live on that date.
A cleaner East Nashville is its own reward, yes, but some neighborhood businesses are pitching in with more tangible rewards for those of you who choose to don some gloves and help tidy things.
Among the perks handed to neighbors who take part in Saturday’s cleanup:
— The Basement East: two for one on any beer
— Divine Art Café: free drip coffee or tea
— Drifters BBQ and Batter'd & Fried: 10 percent off food
— Italia Pizza & Pasta: half off a take-out pizza
— Mad Donna’s: two for one draft beer
— Mickey's Tavern: two for one on any beer or well drink
— Perk and Cork: free small s'more panini dessert with purchase of panini, tapas, or cheese plate
— River Queen Voyages: discount code for 20 percent off paddles
— Riverside Village Pharmacy: 20 percent off store items (excluding prescriptions) until May 1
— Smoker's Abbey: 40 percent off cigars Saturday
— Tower Market and Deli: half off sandwiches
— Turnip Truck: fruit and water will be made available for Eastside volunteers
— Wags & Whiskers: half off self-service dogwash
There’ll also be a post-party for cleanup participants, 4 to 6 p.m. at Drifters (1008 Woodland), with more perks to share (including a limited number of free-slice cards from Five Points Pizza), and a raffle (prizes include massages from Val Knust Therapeutic Massage, gift card from River Queen Voyages and swag from PBR).
All that, of course, only if you pitch in. So, here’s encouragement to pitch in.
If you haven’t yet signed up for the cleanup nearest you, visit this rundown of Nashville Neighborhood Cleanups, and find one you’d like to take part in. There are options all over the neighborhood, from Edgefield to Inglewood and everywhere in between.
Hope to see you out Saturday.
Gabe Dixon drops ‘Gold’
We made a quick recent mention of Rolling Stone’s nod to neighbor Gabe Dixon’s new video, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t nod ourselves toward the new album from which that single, “Crave,” was culled.
After 15 years in the major-label world, piano/pop pro Dixon moved into the independent landscape for his latest set, Turns to Gold, issued on April 8. As has been the Gabe Dixon tendency, it’s a hook-y, soulful and expertly played collection of polished pop, though this one feels like it has a little more bite and a little more tenderness than past efforts. You can give several tracks a spin at GabeDixon.com (along with tracks from previous albums).
He’ll be touring heavily in support, with a hometown stop on April 28 at The Bluebird Cafe, and one in Franklin for Music City Roots on May 11. Peruse Gabe Dixon's tourdates at his website, too.
Graze aiming to open next week
Been eagerly awaiting the debut of Graze, the latest veg-focused project from the folks behind The Wild Cow? Eater Nashville has some good news: They’re aiming to open the doors at the new restaurant — taking over the former Silly Goose space at 1888 Eastland — this coming Wednesday, April 27.
On the menu at the new “Plant-based Bistro & Bar”: breakfast, small plates/snacks, entrees, fresh juices and smoothies, beer and wine and cocktails and desserts. So, restaurant stuff, but all sans-meat ingredients.
More specifically, expect breakfast biscuits, a kale-based caesar salad, goose’s couscous (nice nod to our much-missed former neighbors), chocolate lava cake and lots more.
Her Bookshop shooting for summer opening
East Nashville’s upping its independent bookstore game once again.
Her Bookshop — “a nook for people who love books” — is aiming to open doors this summer at the Shoppes on Fatherland.
Led by born-and-bred Middle Tennessean Joelle Herr, the shop’s set to stock “a little of everything, with a slight focus on illustrated, gifty books.”
“I have always wanted to open a small bookstore, but it was only recently that signs started popping up to let me know it was time to take the leap,” Herr tells us. “I’ve lived in East Nashville since 2012, and it was my first and only location choice. I love how supportive the community is of new businesses and am really hoping that the bookstore will be a welcome addition.”
Although this’ll be her first shop, Herr’s certainly no stranger to the book world — she’s worked in publishing for nearly two decades, from editing to penning more than a dozen books. (Check out some of her work at Goodreads.)
She hopes to have the doors open by late June.
On the book-selling home team, Her joins Atomic Nashville, which opened recently in Inglewood; newer 5 Points shop Defunct Books; children's book shop Fairytales; and all-local shop East Side Story, at 1108 Woodland Street, which has been serving Eastsiders since 2012.
While you wait for the new store to open, follow along on the Her Bookshop Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feed.
Eastsiders tell stories at Nashville Storytellers
More on the stories topic: Our city’s daily has launched a non-paper, non-ones-and-zeroes storytelling endeavor called Nashville Storytellers — “a series of live events that explore the importance of personal narrative as a means for connection” — and the next one has a few compelling Eastside neighbors in the mix.
On April 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nashville Farmers Market, The Tennessean's Inside Nashville columnist Brad Schmitt will emcee Nashville Storytellers: Achievement.
Among the night’s ‘tellers: actress and writer Jenna von Oy (above), an Eastsider some of you may know better as Blossom’s BFF Six; and interior designer Kate Mills, an Eastsider some of you may know best as half of the braintrust behind neighborhood vintage/handmade shop Old Made Good.
Tickets are available now, for $25, and include two drinks and cupcakes from The Kind Cake.
While you’re thinking about whether you’re gonna go, check out Von Oy’s 2015 book Situation Momedy: A First-Time Mom's Guide To Laughing Your Way Through Pregnancy & Year One and creep on Mills’ Instagram to get a look at some of her designs.
Chiro Nash celebrates grand opening
If you haven’t met the folks at new Eastside holistic health center Chiro Nash, Saturday, April 30 brings a good excuse, as those folks host an official hello to the neighborhood in the form of a big grand opening block party.
In the works for said family-friendly party: food, music, prizes, a bouncy house for the small East Nashvillians, games and other fun. It’ll run 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. out at Chiro Nash’s place, 604 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 100, and it’s free and open to the public.
If you’ve been searching for a holistic health provider, they’ll offer an easy opportunity to check them out, too — at the party, you can sign up for a $20 exam.
— Need a little help getting your spring garden growing? Seedlings grown by Stratford students will be for sale on Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Stratford Farmers Market at the school (1800 Stratford Ave.).
— The East Nashville Hope Exchange, a non-profit that supports literacy programs for at-risk children, hosts its annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Friday, April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Ann's Episcopal Church. Lots of cool stuff for music lovers up for grabs, including a a guitar signed by Old Crow Medicine Show and a VIP package with Brandi Carlile. Tickets are $30 per person; more info at the East Nashville Hope Exchange website.
— If you’re super passionate about all things knitting and yarn, you’ll wanna swing by local shop Nutmeg’s website to learn about a May weekend event — including a trunk show, workshops and more.
That’s all for this week. Have some East Nashville news bits you’d like to share? Please email Nicole.