This week, we’ve got a big ol’ Wabash, big ol’ comedy lineup, the return of the Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Parties and lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
The Wabash rolls into East Nashville
The big East Nashville development news this week: definitely the potential spring 2017 debut of The Wabash, a massive mixed-use project on Woodland from developer/onetime East Nashvillian of the year March Egerton and Riverside Village captain/fellow former East Nashvillian of the Year Dan Heller.
According to a Nashville Post rundown, plan is for the 40,000-square-foot Wabash to include office, retail and restaurant space. Construction of that sizable addition to the neighborhood will require partial razing of what’s currently there — the longstanding former home of the Fluffo mattress company.
By opening day, it should stand four stories, with modern design coming from East Nashville’s Powell Architecture + Building Studio (another East Nashvillian of the Year honoree).
Broken Record Comedy Show lineup announced
Back in March, we mentioned that the second installment of the impossibly long, Guinness World Record-breaking Broken Record Comedy Show was set to go down at the East Room May 15 to 23, aimed at breaking the previous year’s record by five minutes. That remains true.
The new news: The week-plus-long show’s lineup has been announced, and if you’re a fan of funny, you’ll want to set aside some time to pop in.
The 2016 Broken Record Show lineup includes another blend of top Nashville comic talent and touring names, including killer home-team comics Chad Riden, Mary Jay Berger, Sean Parrott and many others, plus visits from plenty of non-Nashville bold names, like Myq Kaplan, Ben Kronberg, Ahmed Ahmed, Jon Reep and more (and a return from former-Nashville-comic-done-super-good Nate Bargatze).
The list of performers is already formidable, but surprise drop-ins will happen over the course of all these all-day days of stand-up sets, so it’ll likely only get more so.
This marathon of funny sprung out of the brain of local comic DJ Buckley, and is co-produced by Riden, Berger and East Room honcho Ben Jones. Riden calls it “the greatest dumbest thing we’ve ever done twice.” We’d call it two of the most fun things to happen in Nashville comedy since we had a mayor named Boner. (<- Hack joke, the likes of which probably shan’t come from the East Room’s stage).
Tickets and multi-date passes are on sale now (one day is $10; all-access for the entirety is $60; VIP all-access, including reserved seating, T-shirt and letterpress print, is $100).
For more (and for regular updates on guests as the show goes on), drop a Like on the Broken Record Show Facebook page.
Related, Eastsider Brian Bates is among the local comics participating in the Broken Record show, but of a more timely concern: This Sunday, May 8, he’s got his first headlining slot at Zanies Comedy Club in town, and he’ll be recording his first comedy album that night, too. It’s Mother’s Day, yes, but Brian tells us “this is one of the rare comedy shows that's clean enough to bring your mother to.” So if your moms ain’t down with salty talk, no worries.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $12, available through Zanies’ website.
A handful of new restaurants headed for Hunters campus
According to The Tennessean, the East Nashville food landscape is about to get a bunch of fresh faces, all in one burst.
Fresh Hospitality — the restaurant group behind Biscuit Love, Cochon Butcher, Little Donkey and many others — is under contract to purchase 969 and 975 Main Street, and has plans to redevelop the property “into a multi-concept space with more than half a dozen fast-casual restaurants in addition to retail uses.”
Those addresses are part of the Hunters Custom Automotive campus, which went up for sale last year.
Food providers sure seem to be drawn to that property — late last year, plans for a “casual dining restaurant” started getting thrown about by the new owners of 974 and 978 Main, across the way.
The folks at long-running East Nashville business Hunters, meanwhile, have expressed no intention of closing up shop.
Cornelia Fort Pickin' Parties return
In 2015, the historic Cornelia Fort Airpark hosted a new monthly series of events modeled after Warner Parks’ beloved Full Moon Pickin’ Parties: Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Parties, which brought players and listeners together in the open East Nashville air, July through October.
Year two of The Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party is about to begin.
This year’s calendar was recently announced, and the 2016 season is set to kick off on Saturday, June 18, with subsequent parties going down on July 30, August 27 and September 17.
Each Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party includes featured bluegrass bands, plus craft beer and local food on offer, and an invite to bring a stringed instrument and add to the soundtrack — towing along/playing a guitar, banjo, fiddle, Dobro or mandolin will get you a party bonus, too.
Last year, a $10 ticket included a Yazoo brew; two for pickers (ages 12-20 were $5, free for under 12). Tickets/details aren’t up for this year yet, but will be soon.
All the funds raised at the Pickin’ Parties go toward revitalizing the Airpark.
To keep up with the 2016 Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party season, drop by the Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms website.
Eastside Nails open on Fatherland
A new beauty provider opened up last month at The Shoppes on Fatherland: Eastside Nails, led by technician Michelle Pegues-Pruitt, now calls 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 306-A, home.
Pruitt and Co. offer manicures and pedicures, from basic to deluxe, including the gel versions folk love so much these days.
You can book an appointment online, or pop by and check out the place Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 to 5.
Special savings on Exploring Homebrew
Remember last week how we were looking forward to Exploring Homebrew, “Nashville's first festival celebrating the art, craft, and TASTE of homebrewed beer”? Here’s a fresh new reason to look forward to it: We snagged us a special promo code, just for East Nashvillian readers, that’ll knock a fiver off the ticket price.
The details: Exploring Homebrew fest is set for May 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Pavilion East (1006 Fatherland Street #105); tickets are $45 in advance, and include food and brew samples from a hand-picked crop of some of our region’s best homebrewers (who’ll be competing for prizes, based on your votes).
If you use the promo code EASTNASH while you’re buying your ticket on the Exploring Homebrew website, you’ll snag the savings.
Proceeds from the event will go toward East Nashville’s Explore! Community School. Happy beering!
Share some Trumped-up creativity
So hey, you an artist? Have you been feeling any feels about likely GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump? Allow us to share an opportunity to channel those feels.
East Nashville’s Gallery Luperca is currently seeking submissions for a new show they’re called TRUMPED UP: Art About The Donald, to be on display July 9 through August 6, during the Republican National Convention.
What, specifically, are they hoping to show?
“Portraits, cartoons, lampoons, bling, stupid hats, #hairgoals…you name it…if it relates to Trump, it has a place in this exhibition.”
The show is open to all U.S. artists 18 and over, and details on the submission process are available at the Gallery Luperca website.
The deadline for submitting your Trump-y goodness is June 4; accepted artists will be notified June 11, with the opening reception kicking off at Luperca (604 Gallatin Ave, Suite 212) on July 9.
Grassy Knoll Movie Nights season kicks off this month
Long-running East Nashville outdoor movie series Grassy Knoll Movie Nights is back for the 2016 season, kicking off this year on Sunday, May 15, with a mystery movie. Or, well, it’s actually a comedy, but which comedy is, at the moment, a mystery.
Here’s your hint:
“Get ready to ‘tee off’ for an ‘explosive,’ ‘Danger’-ous 1980s comedy movie. We ‘wager’ you'll love this film or ‘go for’ broke trying.”
Is it Star Wars? Wait… Ghoulies? Ghoulies II? We give up.
Grassy Knoll movies kick off at sundown in the knoll next to Bongo East (109 S 11th), and admission is $5, or $4 with can donation to Second Harvest Food Bank. More movies will follow this first one, the third Sunday of each month, through October.
More at the Grassy Knoll Movie Nights Facebook page.
Stratford SpartaBots are world-class
In April, we gave a shout-out to our own Stratford STEM High School robotics team, the SpartaBots, who earned the honor of an invite to the world championship FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis.
Follow up: Put your hands together for those talented young folks, who emerged from the competition — which included 620 teams from 44 countries — as division runner ups, and in the top 16.
That’s top 16 in the world. The Earth. All of it. Amazing job, SpartaBots!
— If you’d like to get a chance to win a one-of-a-kind custom guitar from Nashville’s Scale Model Guitars and help Battle Tapes’ Jeremy Ferguson and baby girl Exie in the process, check out the Battle Tapes Guitar raffle going now.
— Bootstrap Architecture + Construction is moving its office and workshop to 4010 Gallatin Pike in Inglewood, right near Sip Cafe. Those folks put a focus on renovating historic structures/designing creative infill spaces.
— Bon Appétit magazine went on an “epic bender” in Nashville, and discovered that “East Nashville Is Where It’s At.”
— From the Nashville Post, news on the "mid-century modern" townhomes going up at Chester and Gallatin.
— An adaptive reuse plan is in the works for the former Porter Heights Baptist Church at Carter and Preston. Vision is to turn the space into five residences.
— East Nashville business owners: The second quarterly HENMA meeting and mixer is set for Tuesday, May 17, 6-8 p.m., at the lovely new FLWR Shop, 123 S. 11th Street.
— Dot & Bo shared a photo tour of East Nashville’s Urban Cowboy B&B. Purdy pictures.
— Congrats to Urban Green Lab executive director Jennifer Westerholm, who’s been recruited for Mayor Megan Barry's new "Livable Nashville" committee.
That’s all for this week. Have news to share? Please email Nicole.