Lots of live music to shout about this week, which earns no complaints from us.
On to the latest bits of East Nashville News:
Get ready to East Side Social-ize
Clear your calendars for Saturday, June 20, neighbors: We’ve teamed up with Kaleidoscope Media to bring East Side Social to East Park, with live music, local food and lots more.
The festivities — which'll include performances from Nashville rock achievers The Features, Diarrhea Planet and The Future — are meant as more than an excuse to drink and snag some sun (though those are fine bonuses).
Says our editor, Chuck Allen: “This partnership is a natural fit for The East Nashvillian and the project has honorable goals: bringing the neighborhood together, giving props to local talent and giving back to our community.”
East Side Social tickets are on sale now (general admission is $15 plus fees, and VIP tickets, which offer access to private bathrooms, a tented area with tables and chairs, craft beer, food and more, are $35 plus fees), and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward local nonprofit CASA, which aids abused and neglected children.
The hope is that this event will become an East Nashville tradition, a positive gathering place and a regular spring celebration of our community.
Anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities should give Lisa McCauley a shout at email@example.com.
Three days of MayDay starting Friday
Speaking of showing love for local music: Friday through Sunday, The Basement East hosts MayDay, a full-on extravaganza of quality Nashville sounds, including Los Colognes (remember when we wrote about them?), Fly Golden Eagle, Caitlin Rose and many others, along with some secret special guests (visit the MayDay Facebook event page for some solid clues).
Tickets for the veritable mini-Nasharoo (<- feel free to gasface that) are a comparative bargain: Single-show tickets run $12 to $15, and a full three-day pass is $25, all on sale now via Ticketweb.
The Basement East, the neighborhood’s newest live-music hub, is at 917 Woodland St.
Riverwood Mansion has new owners
Inglewood’s Riverwood Mansion is now under new ownership — 8 Lavender Lane Catering & Events, in charge of managing the historic property and events hub since last July, has put the proverbial ring on it.
Executive chef Debbie Sutton, who spoke with The East Nashvillian about the mansion for a recent issue, takes over Riverwood alongside partners Steve Shelton and Matt Wilson.
“I have a long history with Riverwood Mansion,” Sutton said in a release. “Purchasing the home is the realization of a dream I have held since I first walked in the door and fell in love with the place 15 years ago.”
While the deed swap is certainly a big change, big changes have been happening at the mansion since 8LL took over, including a variety of events — from the neighborhood-welcoming Local Fest last year to a May fundraiser for Dan Mills Elementary with Will Hoge and others — that have brought Riverwood closer to East Nashvillians.
According to the new owners, that inclusiveness will only continue.
“You can feel the uniqueness and energy of the home when you drive into the front gate,” Wilson said. “We strive to offer that experience to many more Nashvillians while producing events that offer this highest realm of creativity, design, and attention to detail.”
For more on Riverwood Mansion, read our recent feature and/or visit the official Riverwood Mansion website.
Who’s for Fort Night Pickin’ Parties?
An interesting tidbit from the last Rosebank Neighbors meeting minutes: Guest speakers Richard Bess and Paul Hoffman from neighborhood nonprofit Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms shared details about a proposed multi-date event modeled after the Full Moon Pickin’ Parties in Warner Parks.
Like Full Moon parties, Fort Night Pickin’ Parties in East Nashville’s Cornelia Fort Airpark would include low-key (and low-amplification) live music from groups of local musicians and a family-friendly vibe. Hopes are to host these events on four Saturdays, July through October, with gates opening at 6 p.m., amplified music running until 9, acoustic pickin’ going until 9:30.
During the meeting, a neighbor asked about giving the parties a more East Nashville-y vibe, with food and beer. That’s apparently the goal too.
Whaddya think, do Fort Night Pickin’ Parties sound like a good fit? You can share thoughts with Friends of Shelby via their website and/or the Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms Facebook group.
Sign up your science-loving kids for camp
Have some young folks in your family with a passion for science? Hoping to nudge a love of science in your non-science-passionate kid? Mr. Bond and the Science Guys’ five-day East Nashville Science Camps kick off June 1 and July 13 at Eastwood Christian Church (1601 Eastland), with a variety of options, from a focus on the environment to CSI to “Crazy Chemistry.”
The camps follow Mr. Bond’s aim of “inspiring kids to love science via his inspirational programs that Make Science Fun,” and are geared toward girls and boys ages 5 to 12.
Help Nashville, Help Tent City
The Nashville, Help Tent City group is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, May 30, from noon to 4 at Drifters (1008-B Woodland). There’ll be live music and a good hang — they’re just asking attendees to bring unwanted camping gear and nonperishable food to give to the cause.
Clean, gently used items they’d love to get:
ponchos and rain gear
pans and can openers
Types of food donations:
cans or packets of tuna/chicken
bottles/gallons of water
Heads up, vintage bike lovers
Have a deep love for vintage motorcycles? Might wanna head over to Drifters (1008-B Woodland) on Saturday — TON-UP Club’s Brit Bike Bash 2015 is going down with classes for pre-1984 American, British, European and Japanese bikes and modern classics.
A bunch of local bands, including Ole Mossy Face and Faux Ferocious, provide the sounds.
The event’s from noon to 6; more info here.
- Curious about how Nashville neighborhoods (including ours, and subsects of ours) got their names? Mental Floss magazine has a fun rundown.
- According to the Nashville Post, the property that’s long been home to Hunters Custom Automotive is up for sale.
- Entertainment complex TopGolf got the all-clear to build on Cowan Street; they’re expected to break ground this summer.
- East Side comic Mary Jay Berger (we talked to her in our recent East Nashville comedy story) launches her new monthly stand-up show, Flying With Jaybird, on June 17 at Mad Donna’s (1313 Woodland). Cover’s $5, and it kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
- The Idea Hatchery and Art & Invention Gallery are set to host a pop-up jewelry show with multiple designers selling their wares on Saturday, June 6.
- As in past years, the folks at Eastside Legal LLP are offering help to Bonnaroo-goers who get in a little green-tinged trouble, with their “Bonnaroo Special” rate of $420.
- Wonky weather struck again, so Grassy Knoll Movie Nights rescheduled Close Encounters for Sunday, May 24.
That’s all for this week. As always, if you’d like to share some East Nashville news, e-mail Nicole.