East Nashville News: Hard Working Americans, The Wild Feathers, Yum!East and more

This week, we’ve got some local rock achievers, noteworthy art events, farmers, food festing and more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:

Hard Working Americans rock a block party

On May 13, rock outfit Hard Working Americans (up top) — fronted by singer/songwriter/clever wordsmith/longtime East Nashville Ambassador Todd Snider — will release a sophomore set of songs, called Rest in Chaos. On May 30, they’ll celebrate that new set here in Nashville with a release show that puts most release shows to shame.
Said show isn’t so much a show as a block party: Along with the requisite performance from the men of the hour, Hard Working Americans’ Memorial Day party will include games, a photo booth, DJ sets and a slew of other performers, including jam-scene mainstays Leftover Salmon, bluegrass trailblazers Hot Rize’s Tim O'Brien+Nick Forster+Bryan Sutton and others. 
The celebration has a social-good bent, too, doubling as an awareness-raiser/fundraiser for East Nashville-based Blood:Water, an organization that works to combat the HIV and water crises in Africa. 
The free event runs from 2 until 8:30 p.m., downtown in front of Acme Feed & Seed (corner of Broadway and 1st Avenue), with Hard Working Americans set to take the stage at 6.
For more on the release party, check out Hard Working Americans’ Facebook event page. For more on the new album, head over to the Hard Working Americans website.

The Wild Feathers visit Seth Meyers

HWA isn’t the only East Nashville-connected band with reason to celebrate: The Wild Feathers — our 2013 music issue cover stars — released their latest set, Lonely is a Lifetime, in March, and they’ve been busily showing it off around the country since.
Latest bold-font stop: Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday. Check out their performance of “Overnight,” above.
They’re off to Europe soon, but they’ll be back home in June for a pretty not-shabby show: headlining the Ryman on Saturday, June 25. Tickets are still available, and can be snagged on the Ryman website.

East Nashville Farmers Market season kicks off 

If you’re new to East Nashville, something worth knowing: Every Wednesday May through October, the East Nashville Farmers Market offers not just a place to snag locally grown and locally made foodstuffs, but a fine park hang, too.
And this year’s season is just about to kick off: The first 2016 market goes down this coming Wednesday, May 4, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. by the playground in Shelby Park (1500 Davidson Street).
This year’s crop of participating vendors includes a mix of 40 farmers, bakers and artisans — and this particular market is producers only, which means everything you buy was grown, raised, made, baked or built by the person selling it to you (or some connected person thereof).
Something to look forward to for starters: strawberries, y’all.
This year is the eighth for the East Nashville Farmers Market, and it just keeps getting better.
Keep up with the latest at the East Nashville Farmers Market website, and hope to see you Wednesday.

Grab your Yum!East tix

YumEast, photo by Nicole Keiper
Oh, and if you’re new to East Nashville, another thing worth knowing: The annual Yum!East festival is an ideal way to taste your way through the neighborhood in one sitting, and this year’s is coming up soon, on June 2.
The event, held in the fun and sun-drenched Pavilion East on Fatherland, is sort of a three-hour-long graze, featuring 30 neighborhood culinary names slinging samples of what they make, from cupcakes to tacos, from East Nashville mainstays (like Rosepepper and Pied Piper Creamery) to brand-new faces (like Dose Coffee and The Birdhouse).
We’ve gone every year since they kicked off in 2013, and it only gets more and more delicious. Added bonus: The event is a benefit for the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, so by eating and drinking your way through the fest, you’re helping families in our community. Pretty fantastic excuse to go, not that you needed another one.
Tickets are $45 per person, and include samples from all the participants, plus a souvenir glass and an open bar. Drop by the Yum!East website to grab your spot, and if you’d like to eyeball the scene, check out some Yum!East photos we shot back in 2014.

Nashville homebrew enthusiasts have a fest of their own

Yum!East isn’t the only deliciousness-focused fest happening at Pavilion East in the coming months: Exploring Homebrew — “Nashville's first festival celebrating the art, craft, and TASTE of homebrewed beer” — is set to take over that space on May 13 from 6 to 10 p.m., showcasing the creations of local homebrewers and allowing attendees to vote on favorites.
If you’re a microbrewery fan, this is a chance to check out the most micro of local breweries, and pitch in toward local students too — this one benefits East Nashville’s Explore! Community School, which recently welcomed its founding kindergarten class.

Eastside artists celebrated at Harding Art Show

This year’s installment of the long-running Harding Art Show — a three-day fine art sale and benefit for Harding Academy student programs/arts education — will celebrate three featured visual artists, two of whom should be plenty familiar to East Nashvillians. (Hint: They’re our neighbors.)
Spotlighted at the event, May 5 through 7 at Harding Academy: mixed-medium artist Herb Williams (above, whose street art adorns Old Made Good, 3 Crow Bar, The Family Wash and many other neighborhood spots) and DCXV’s Adrien Saporiti (he of “I Believe in Nashville” fame).
Those two East Nashvillians are among a crew that includes 70 local, regional, and national artists sharing work at the event, now in its 41st year. They have some cool stuff in the works, too. From co-chair Meggin Grobmyer:
“An epic collaborative crayon sculpture will be built in and around the trees on Harding Academy’s campus for exhibit on Thursday; 230,000 crayons will be included by Herb Williams  and our students. Better still, the crayons removed after the show will be melted into new sculptures by Herb and donated to patients and families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  We are also asking visitors to bring an item as part of our art supply drive for the Art Therapy program there…
“Adrien Saporiti will be debuting new original artwork at the show, his first ever exhibit and sale of fine art. … He’ll be starting a mural of his ‘hieroglitches’ on which visitors to the show will be able to add their own inspired marks on Saturday.”
Saporiti is a Harding Academy alum, so we imagine he’ll be particularly tickled to take part.
For more information on the show, the artists and the many events happening over those three days, visit the Harding Art Show website

Wear your mood in May to spark conversation

If you wander by Art and Invention Gallery (1106 Woodland) in May, you might notice a new, large, wall installation. And unlike most (OK any) other displays you’ll see at the Gallery, you’re encouraged to run off with parts of this one. 
Folks from Nashville’s Insight Counseling Centers are creating “mood walls” in nine different local neighborhoods, including ours, made up of 1,000 pins printed with different emotions. If you’d like, you can snag a pin that suits you, and pin it on to wear your mood, in a sense.
“The overall purpose of this campaign is to have an open and honest conversation around feelings and mental health,” Insight director of development Taylor Cochran tells us. The project comes during Mental Health Awareness Month, observed in May since the late ’40s.
If the wearing of moods sparks a desire to seek out someone to talk to, Insight is also offering a 25 percent first-session discount to folks who come by wearing their pin (they have locations throughout Middle Tennessee, from Hendersonville to Nashville to Franklin). 
Green Hills, Berry Hill and 12 South are among the other neighborhoods that’ll be bearing a May mood wall.
While this is a serious topic, and a really cool way to draw attention to it, still wanna call dibs on all of the GRUMPYs.
For more on the project, visit the Insight Counseling Centers website.

City House-connected pizza concept coming?

A fun possibility dropped by Eater Nashville this week: City House executive chef Tandy Wilson told the publication he’d like to launch a second location for his fast-casual pizza concept Colla Rosso, right here in East Nashville, and potentially later this year.
The first Colla Rosso opened in West Virginia in 2015, and Wilson told Eater that the aim with CR is to “make the level of pizza that we make at City House and make it for the masses."
If you’ve had the pizza at Wilson’s Germantown spot, you’ll probably agree that this sounds like a pretty OK idea.


— Saturday brings the St. Jude Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, so might be worth perusing the road closures, planning for madness.
Last weekend’s citywide cleanup was a big success, with about 2000 people around town pitching in to pick up trash and prettify our home. In East Nashville, we numbered about 300 strong — which District 6 beautification and environment commissioner Jim E. Gregory pointed out is about 15 percent of the total crew. Round of applause, East Nashville.
— Wanna get your idea in for the 13th Annual Tomato Art Fest poster and T-shirt design contest? You still have a little over a week, and “all you have to do is create a work of art that strikes you as the ideal image to represent the festival that's all about the ART.” More info at the Tomato Art Fest website.
— You a ramen nut? Two Ten Jack has a Sunday Noodles dinner going on May 15. It’s “an event designed to bring Ramen enthusiasts together! 4 Chefs, 4 bowls you've never had before & will never have again + some extra surprises!” Proceeds will go to the Nashville Rescue Mission and to visiting chefs’ local Rescue Missions. 
That’s all for this week. Have news to share? Please email Nicole.

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