First things first: The new issue of The East Nashvillian will be on stands and online imminently — it might be making the rounds as you’re reading this.
This one — the 2015 installment of our annual Tomato Art Fest issue — brings a serious milestone for us, too. It’s our biggest issue ever, and with it, we can officially tick off five years of sharing the wonders of East Nashville and Inglewood with our neighbors (and the rest of Nashville). We’re truly proud, and truly appreciative of all the support through the years. Come see us on Tomato day this year and give us a high five. And keep your eyes peeled around town for the mag, or read it digitally right here on the site.
Another bit of related news to share: Our team is growing, and we're looking to add a dependable distribution person to the mix. Ideal candidates will have a flexible schedule, large vehicle, valid driver’s license and knowledge of the Nashville area. If you’re interested and that sounds like you, reach out to Lisa.
Without further ado, here’s this week’s East Nashville news:
Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Parties begin
We tipped to this possibility back in May, and now it’s a reality — a series of monthly events modeled after Warner Parks’ long-loved Full Moon Pickin’ Parties will kick off this month at the Cornelia Fort Airpark in East Nashville.
The first Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party, set for July 25, will set the tone for the monthly series, with a featured bluegrass band and an open invitation to local musicians to come out with an instrument — fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar — and pick for fun and (non)profit.
Local brews and local food will also be on hand at the parties, and your $10 ticket (available online now) includes one delicious Yazoo (two if you’re pickin’). For those not of drinking age in the 12-20 bracket, admission is $5 (under 12-ers get in free).
Funds raised at these events will go directly to revitalizing the Airpark, a unique and potential-packed East Nashville destination.
The neighborly pickin’ kicks up at 6 p.m., with bands starting at 8, and the party wrapping up at 10.
Sheriff Scott and the Deputies are the featured performers at July 25’s kickoff party; August 22’s event features the Vickie Vaughn Band; September 19 brings Off the Wagon; and the season closer on October 17 includes Bradford Lee Folk & the Bluegrass Playboys.
For more on the Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party series, visit the Friends of Shelby website.
The Sunset Concert Series kicks off at Pavilion East
You’re likely reading this immediately post-kickoff of the East Side’s latest recurring live music celebration: the Sunset Concert Series, taking place every month through September at The Pavilion East.
The first Sunset show, featuring Jim Oblon, Michael Parks, Jr. and others, went down on Thursday, July 9. It’ll be followed up with shows on August 13 (with Music Band, Ian Ferguson and The Jag) and September 10 (SolCat, Ranch Ghost and Chrome Pony).
Each Sunset Concert Series installment runs 6 to 10 p.m. at the Pavilion (1006 Fatherland, #105), and the best part: It’s totally free.
For more, check out the Pavilion East website.
We’re dreaming of a Half Christmas
Only 168 shopping days left until Christmas! More pressingly: Only 21 shopping days left until the Half Christmas Beer Fest at Inglewood’s Riverwood Mansion.
We’ll wait a bit on yammering about the former and focus on the latter: Said Beer Fest is the second annual opportunity to flex your yuletide spirit while we’re still in the middle of swimmin’ weather, wrangled by the folks at Lightning 100.
Expect DJs spinning holiday favorites, a dancefloor for mistletoe-tappin’ (ugh, sorry), karaoke opportunities and, of course, beer. (Initial brewery list includes locals Little Harpeth and Jackalope, with more to come. There’ll be food to soak it up, too.)
We also have it on good authority that there’ll be a snow machine. Not a snowcone machine, but a snow machine. Bring your summer mittens! The Mansion will also provide ample Christmas lights to set the mood — if you show up in cutoff Christmas sweaters/Santa costumes, so much the better.
General admission Half Christmas Beer Fest tickets are on sale now for $35, and include unlimited tastings and a souvenir glass; designated driver tickets are $10 and include all the soda and water you like.
For more, visit the Half Christmas Beer Fest website.
The Urban Juicer opening on Gallatin
The latest juice-making addition to East Nashville: The Urban Juicer, set to open a third location at 1009 Gallatin Avenue in the near future.
The company — which also has locations on 8th Avenue South and in Green Hills, and one also coming soon to The Arcade downtown — focuses on additive-free, fresh fruit and vegetable juice.
The front of the new East Side juicery above (photo: The Urban Juicer Facebook); more on The Urban Juicer’s offerings at their official website.
More on B-Side Salon closure
We mentioned recently that local salon B-Side, at 2909-A Gallatin, had recently closed up shop. A little bit on that closure from owner Kama Yvette:
“As many of you already know at the beginning of June I closed down the B Side Salon. Im sure there were many rumors going around about why I closed and why it happened so fast so I'm here to set the record straight that nothing bad happened. Everything was fine and business was great but I personally needed to be somewhere else. I thought of a million ways to keep things going but it all seemed too complicated and that closing seemed like the best option. We had a great three year run and I met some amazing people. It was one of the best things I have ever done in my life! I hope I brought some happiness to others the way you brought it to me. Thank you for embracing my vision of what a fun, laid back, cool salon atmosphere could be and making it come to life. I'll always remember the fun times and I will miss you all.”
Best wishes go out to Kama; we’ll update about what’s set to take the business’ place when we know more.
- The Nashville Business Journal reported on an in-the-works development at South Fifth and Woodland called EastSide Heights, which is slated to feature 249 apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail.
- From the Nashville Post: Ground’s expected to break on a Shelby Avenue residential project mid-month, with a total of eight townhomes built (in four buildings).
- July 19's Grassy Knoll Movie Nights movie: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Shame that guy who played Indiana didn’t go on to do much. As always, 109 South 11th, sundown, $5 (save a buck if you bring a can of food for Second Harvest).
- This Saturday brings July’s East Side Art Stumble, the monthly celebration of local art, with openings and events at galleries and shops and businesses across the neighborhood. Check the Art Stumble website for this go-round’s participants.
- The new in-POP eatery Little Octopus is adding brunch, beginning this Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Peep the menu.
- The OG East Side Porter Road Butcher is looking for a full-time counter clerk. Inquire within.
That’s all for this week. If you’d like to share some East Nashville news, please drop Nicole a note.
Top photo: Cornelia Fort Air Park via LandtrustTN.org