Oh hey guys, slow week in the neighborhood, huh?
So, yeah, unless you’ve been in an internetless yurt in Greenland, you’re already aware of the fact that the Mother Monster, the Meat Dress maven, the one and only #JOANNE, Lady Gaga, kicked off her “dive bar” tour in one of our neighborhood’s beloved non-dive bars, The 5 Spot, Wednesday night.
Five Points was besieged. Our usual collection of beardos and bespectacleds was replaced with throngs of Little Monsters and lookie loos. The national news looked our way once again, and this time didn’t start the stories with “Nashville: Who knew it was more than country music?”
It was the weirdest of times. But hey, we recently got Biebed, so maybe it’s just the new East Nashville normal.
Anyhow, some neighborhood-y side notes of note: Gaga wandered around pre-show in a "Spread Love It's The Nashville Way" T-shirt from our own Project 615, and hit the stage wearing a vintage Manuel piece from the personal collection of East Nashville’s own Goodbuy Girls. Modern fashion icon donning your stuff: not a bad bragging right.
If you weren’t there (which is most of us), turn to the videotape above. (And note that, about 2 minutes into the video, she whoops it up in front of one of our mag boxes. Nice.)
Also, some other things happened this week/are happening soon. But admittedly, it’s kinda hard to follow Lady Gaga taking over a local bar.
Guess let’s try anyway:
EAST NASHVILLE’S ALL OVER BEST OF NASHVILLE
The Nashville Scene’s annual Best of Nashville rundown is out, and once again, we’re all over it, starting with our thrillingly consistent Best Neighborhood win.
In every category, some of our folk dominated, from newcomers (Butcher & Bee snagged Best New Restaurant, Southern Grist got Best New Brewery, Gift Horse was named Best New Gift Shop, FLWR Shop Best New Flower Shop) to established mainstays (Tomato Art Fest won Best Local Event/Festival, Hip Zipper’s the Best Vintage Clothing Store, Wags and Whiskers took Best Pet Boutique, Five Points Pizza got another Best Pizza win, Mitchell got Best Delicatessen, Welcome Home was named the Best Place for a Last-Minute Gift, on and on).
We could list them all out… but you’d be here all day, and we know you have Gaga videos to watch and/or scowl at.
Drop by the Nashville Scene website to explore all the honorees, and raise a glass to our winning neighbors. Congrats to all those deserving folks.
MICKEY’S OWNERS WANDER UP TO MADISON
Oh hey, speaking of East Nashville dive bars… First things first: Mickey’s isn’t moving or closing. The unpretentious neighborhood tavern’s just drawn in enough love to make it time for a younger sister to join the fray.
Coming soon from the folks who brought us that beloved dive: Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, “the newest most thrillingist retro hotspot.”
You’ll need to do a little driving, though: It’s up in Madison.
Andy Gaines and Co. are aiming to get the new place open at 102 E. Palestine Avenue soon, with a vibe that’s described thusly: “Country music 1975. Full bar, live music, cocktails, food, and karaoke.”
Like Mickey’s, Dee’s is carrying the lineage of its physical space forward — the building was formerly home to Janine's Country & Western Bar and Grill.
More (OK, admittedly not much more) at DeesLounge.com.
LOTS OF TV TIME FOR EAST NASHVILLE
Maybe the second worst-kept secret in Nashville, next to Gaga’s visit, was TV personality/chef/avid eater Anthony Bourdain’s.
Bourdain was here a little while back to film an episode of his CNN series Parts Unknown, and we all heard there was plenty of East Nashville time in the mix, but we finally got a chance to see it onscreen.
The Music City episode aired Sunday, and there was indeed plenty of East Nashville, from our gifted country-singing neighbor Margo Price to Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish.
If you missed it, looks like the next time you can catch the Nashville episode is Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. Meantime, clips are out and about on the Internet.
Bourdain was one of two TV food celebs whose Nashville/East Nashville visit just got televised, too.
Andrew Zimmern came by (or, OK, at least his staff did) to explore our “country classics” for his Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, and that episode just aired too.
Among his delicious destinations in Nashville: Our own I Dream of Weenie, whose hot dog pros offer the lowdown on Chow Chow. (Sadly, the episode did start with something to the tune of “Nashville: It’s more than country music.”)
Watch the show above, or tune in to the Travel Channel for upcoming airings, including this Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 8:30 p.m.
BIRTHDAY BOY TODD SNIDER IN ‘ROLLING STONE’ AND ‘NEW YORK TIMES’
As is his way, there’s a whole lot going on in singer/songwriter/writer/quip-slinger Todd Snider’s life right about now.
On Friday, Oct. 7, his new album Eastside Bulldog — inspired by his neighborhood alter ego Elmo Buzz — hits shelves/ones and zeroes. Also on Friday, he takes the Mother Church stage for a sold-out hometown show celebrating his 50th birthday.
While getting ready for all that, Snider’s also been busy getting called ‘brilliantly bizarre’ by Rolling Stone (who also have the new album up and streaming in its entirety) and talking politics withThe New York Times.
RE: the former, Snider gave some fittingly must-read commentary about the creative process. RE: the latter, he also offered some creative-process commentary that's well worth a read, though that particular piece isn’t so much about Eastside Bulldog, but about the proposed ordinance that’d loosen Nashville up on marijuana.
From the piece:
“He described a good song as something to be caught, as if it were butterfly. Marijuana, he said, afforded people like him a wider net. It was, he said, an essential tool of Nashville’s signature trade.”
FIVE DAUGHTERS SETS EAST NASHVILLE GRAND OPENING DATE
Let’s get donutty: After testing the East Side waters with some soft-open dates, the folks at Five Daughters Bakery have set a date for their official grand opening party at 1900 Eastland Ave., Suite 101.
Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15: 100 layers of fun.
At the grand opening party, there'll be a photo booth, face painting, giveaways and free mini brioches for the kids. They’re giving away “free donut tattoos,” too, but we’ll go ahead and assume those are temporary, unless Five Daughters is really trying to cement their East Nashville cred from the jump.
More at the Five Daughters Bakery East Nashville Facebook Page.
HAIRCUTS FOR HUMANS HELPS LOCALS IN NEED
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is coming up in November, and ahead of it, East Side songwriter Luke Dick and Hot Yoga East owner/Scout's Barbershop co-owner Brook Allison have teamed up to honor its spirit.
Their new initiative, Haircuts for Humans, is aimed at raising funds for East Nashville’s Martha O’Bryan Center and providing free shaves, cuts, and styles to neighbors in need.
Specifics on what they’re doing:
Starting October 17, Scout’s Barbershop (904 Main) will be accepting haircut donations ($25) from patrons, which’ll translate directly to November 20, a full day of free shaves, cuts, and styles for men, women and children struggling with homelessness. (You can also donate online.)
Allison will taking the tough-to-miss blue Hot Yoga of East Nashville truck around town on October 13, offering pop-up haircuts from the truck bed.
Dick will be donating merch proceeds from his project Republican Hair to the initiative too, through Thanksgiving.
Read more about the Haircuts for Humans project, and other ways you can contribute, at the Republican Hair website.
FASHION HAPPENING SPOTLIGHTS EAST SIDE DESIGNERS
The folks behind “occasional pop-up fashion experience” Fashion Happening set their sights on celebrating and spotlighting local designers and makers, and their next event is coming up on October 16, 6 to 9 p.m. at Zeitgeist Gallery in Wedgewood-Houston.
Although it isn’t in the neighborhood, the show does offer a look at a bunch of East Nashville talent.
In the mix: fashions from Black By Maria Silver (part of the team behind Inglewood’s Fond Object) and Any Old Iron (1629 Shelby), plus jewelry brand Acorn & Archer (led by East Sider Carolyn Burgess) and others.
For the event, designers have collaborated with Nashville photographers (Jo McCaughey, Ashtin Paige, many others), so you’ll get to explore these artists’ work in various capacities.
Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit The Sewing Training Academy, which teaches commercial sewing to underemployed locals and refugees.
— The second Saturday of the month is nearly here, which means it’s just about East Side Art Stumble time. Hit the Stumble Facebook event page to check out where/when/what you’ll see on Saturday around the neighborhood, 7 to 10 p.m.
— There are just a few weeks left in the 2016 East Nashville Farmers Market season, and the schedule’s already changed. Last three markets — Wednesdays at Shelby Park — will run 3:30 to 6 p.m.
— Congrats to IDEA Hatchery residents Walker Creek Confections on adding a Franklin location — they’re celebrating the grand opening at the new Factory at Franklin location on Saturday, Oct. 8. To go along with it, those folks have a giveaway going that ends Friday, Oct. 7 — hit their Facebook page to nominate someone who deserves something sweet, and they’ll be in the running for a gift box of Walker Creek candy.
— From sweet to sauer: If you’ve been dying to learn the art of fermentation, the new East Nashville Beer Works (320 E Trinity Lane) is hosting a workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Austin Durant, founder and chief fermentation officer of Fermenters Club, leads the class, during which a bunch of sauerkraut/kimchi/beer tasting and veggie fermentation prep will go down. Tickets are $25.
That’s all for this week. Something to share? Please email Nicole.