We have sad news to share to start off this week’s East Nashville News — our thoughts are with the 5 Spot family.
East Side says goodbye to 5 Spot matriarch Diane Carrier
News came through Thursday that Diane Carrier, longtime matriarch of East Nashville music hub The 5 Spot, passed away here at home in Nashville.
Husband William “Bones” Verheide shared news Wednesday that Carrier was at Alive Hospice; by Thursday, tributes were pouring in from across the community, celebrating Carrier’s significant contributions to a music scene that sprouted and grew tall in part from seeds she and Bones planted at that small neighborhood club.
Long before Lady Gaga and ABC/CMT’s Nashville invaded, The 5 Spot was a low-key local hang that offered cheap beer and a friendly stage to many a local upstart musician. Carrier is remembered as a welcoming friend to players, songwriters and singers in the earlier days of East Nashville’s renaissance, and although she and Bones handed off the 5 Spot reins some years back, they both remained fixtures and club/community family members. She'll be missed, and long remembered, by many in East Nashville.
A particularly apt tribute, from East Nashville singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook on Facebook: “Her million watt smile, her sweetness and her open armed reception to a crew of rag tag east siders I'll never ever forget. She was the ultimate matriarch. She will be sorely missed.”
Current 5 Spot co-owner Todd Sherwood wrote, “I believe that the split second you die, you live out eternity in that split second. Time is an incomprehensible thing. I'm sure Diane Carrier's eternity was everything she prayed for. Let's do some amazing things in her memory.”
Bones noted that Carrier’s funeral service would be at Eastland Funeral Home on Gallatin; we’ll share details when we hear them.
Thelma & the Sleaze premiere new film at East Side show
Last year, local band Thelma & the Sleaze embarked on a busy monthlong tour, with zero off-days in a cold February, but the routing was particularly smart on the gas-money front: It never took them out of Nashville.
That Kandyland tour, which the band dubbed the “World’s First Intra-City Tour,” brought Thelma & the Sleaze to a different hometown stage every day (“every imaginable club, art space and corner lot” in the city, according to a release), wrapping up at recording studio Welcome to 1979, where they’d capture some now finely-honed songs direct to lacquer. Along the way, a team of cameras followed their comings and goings for a documentary, directed by fellow Nashvillian Seth Graves.
After spending the rest of the year leaving Davidson County behind a bit more, the band’s now back in Nashville and getting ready to share the results of that month of hometown-touring and filming.
On Friday, Jan. 13 at Little Harpeth Brewing (30 Oldham St.), Thelma & the Sleaze will screen Kandyland: The Movie, then take a hometown stage again. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the $10 cover includes a limited edition Kandyland vinyl release.
Learn more about the band at thelmaandthesleaze.com; get more details about the Kandyland screening/show at their Facebook event page.
Brainfreeze Comics opens in Gift Horse
News for Nashville comics aficionados: Brainfreeze Comics, an East Side provider of “small press and alternative comics and zines,” recently moved into new digs, setting up inside Gift Horse, at 1006 Fatherland St. #301.
It wasn’t a big move in terms of milage — Brainfreeze has been set up at The Groove here in East Nashville for a bit now, starting out as just a small shelf in the corner, and growing from there. The Gift Horse folks are stoked about their new roomies, though, noting that the addition is “making the shop even better!”
A little more info, for the Brainfreeze uninitiated: “The books come from around the world and range from handmade one-of-a-kind objects of art to masterfully reissued collections from renowned alternative publishers. Every book at Brainfreeze is carefully selected to represent the wide-spectrum of creators, styles, and stories you can only find in sequential art.”
Their wares are available for perusing and purchase 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 6 on Sunday. Learn more at brainfreezecomics.com.
Hound Dog Commons (probably) closing
The East Side “community hub” known as Hound Dog Commons will close its doors in April, at least as it stands, as owner Brett Barr and girlfriend Jen Bass head off to an “off-grid tiny house community” in New Mexico, and to work in Liberia, Africa, “helping to bring healthcare to those in need.” (Bass is a doctor.)
“Sorry to leave you folks behind,” Barr wrote to Hound Dog friends in the Cleveland Park Facebook group, “but we have got some serious shit to do!”
Hound Dog Commons launched in the spring of 2015 at 305 Douglas, initially envisioned as a multi-purpose space with a craft and farmers market and a friendly dog park. The space grew into that and more, with classes and workshops, a studio with wood/metalworking tools, even the occasional show.
Barr says the building may end up staying unoccupied once they close, but he was also exploring the possibility of handing the Hound Dog torch over to a new, interested owner. Reach him at the number on the Hound Dog Commons website if that sounds up your alley.
— We’re proud to co-present "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" an East Nashville revue of Elton John to benefit The Tennessee Equality Project, on Saturday, Jan. 21 at The Basement East (917 Woodland). A huge slew of talented folks, including Allen Thompson, Shelly Fairchild, Reuben Bidez and many, many more, are set to take the stage to share the Rocket Man’s hits. Tickets are $8 in advance, and you can buy them here.
— The Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival is set to return in 2017: Organizers announced dates of April 27-30 for the fourth annual celebration of all things boozy. (At past events, multiple tastings/workshops went down on our side of town.)
— Friends/fans of East Side fashion maven/media expert Libby Callaway and her Callaway Report: Grab a listen to this new ep of podcast Public Announcement, for which she is extensively interviewed.
— Neighborhood fashion stop Vinnie Louise settled into their new location this week; catch them now at 521 Gallatin (behind Barista Parlor).
— Monday, Jan. 16 is the 3rd Annual 5K 4 MLK Walk/Run, held to celebrate cultural and racial diversity in Nashville. It kicks off at the East Park Community Center (600 Woodland) at 7:30 a.m. There’s still time to register if you’d like to take part. More info at www.5k4mlk.com.
— For some, Friday the 13th means a horror movie marathon. For East Nashville, it means D. Striker’s RR zine and accompanying party. Next one is January 13 at the new(ish) Radio Cafe (4150 Gallatin), with D. Striker, Lew Card, Kristina Murray and James Jewell.
— A big congrats goes out to the folks at the East Nashville Butcher & Bee, who are about to commemorate their first anniversary with a special celebratory meal. Their one-night-only anniversary dinner is set for Tuesday, Jan. 10, and will feature an à la carte collaboration menu with B&Bee executive chef Bryan Lee Weaver and chefs Andrew Whitney (Virago/M Street Entertainment Group), Tony Galzin (Nicky's Coal Fired) and Kahlil Arnold (Arnold's Country Kitchen), with a special birthday dessert by pastry chef Cynthia Wong of the flagship Butcher & Bee in Charleston. No tickets needed, but the dinner’s 5 to 11 p.m. at 902 Main Street, and you can make a reservation at www.butcherandbee.com/nashville.
— New Nashville fitness magazine Nashville Fit shared a little about East Nashville’s new indoor cycling stop, Verticity.
— East Nashville artist Daniel Holland’s latest solo exhibit, Young Professionals, opens Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Red Arrow Gallery (919 Gallatin Ave, Ste 4), with some seriously stunning work.
That’s all for this week. Tips to share? Please email Nicole.