East Side Buzz, Friday, July 31

New Issue Hits The Streets Today!
Our new print edition, which we’re calling Feeling The Elephant, will be hitting the streets today. Inspired by Bill Lloyd’s song “Feeling The Elephant“, this issue presents different perspectives on dealing with the pandemic and addressing the Black Lives Matter movement; plus, a truly inspired cover illustration by our long-time designer/collaborator, Benjamin Rumble! Order here and have it delivered to your doorstep! It’s going to be a limited print run so don’t miss out!

Check out more of Bill Lloyd’s work on his website.

And speaking of issues, our last issue is still available when you place an order for any of the deluxe merch we’re now offering through our new webstore for The East Nashvillian! Grab yourself a swank Shelby Bottoms shirt featuring the one and only Golden Pheasant or pay tribute to the East Side’s most famous Street (or is that Avenue? Or Pike?) Or score an East Side pride bandanna that can serve double duty as both a handy face covering or a high-flying freak flag! Show your East Side Pride with fancy duds on your body and a copy of The East Nashvillian on your coffee table. Place your order today!


COVID-19 Updates
Tennessee’s battle against COVID-19 remained in the national headlines again this week. On Monday, July 27,  Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, advised Gov. Bill Lee to close bars and limit indoor restaurant dining, warning that Tennessee was on the precipice of a dramatic escalation in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Lee’s responded he had no plans to follow the recommendation, adding that he would also not give county mayors the authority to take these actions locally. Only six of Tennessee’s 95 counties (Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan) have the authority to close businesses without approval from the Governor. The next day, Lee continued his refusal to follow the recommendation of health experts by encouraging Tennessee’s school districts to reopen with in-person classes without delay.

Photographer Jeremy Harris is our “Artist In Profile“ for the “Feeling The Elephant“ print edition. Part of our “It Looks Good On You“ mask campaign.

Meanwhile, in Nashville, the number of new cases and deaths continue to rise. On Thursday morning, Metro Health Department officials also announced an increase of 411 COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. As of Thursday morning, there have been a total of 20,928 cases of COVID-19 reported in Davidson County, an increase of 2,098 cases over last week’s total. One positive trend is that the Transmission Rate has fallen below 1.0 in the last week, a trend that Metro officials attribute to the Mayor’s mask mandate.

Nashville continues in Phase Two of the Roadmap to Reopening Nashville.  More information and updates on Metro’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available at asafenashville.org.

Time to VOTE!
An important reminder that that Saturday, Aug. 1, is the last day for early voting in the August 6 primary. Early voting sites will be open on today (Friday) until 5:30 p.m. and tomorrow (Saturday) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A full list of early voting sites is available here.

On Election Day, August 6, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout Davidson County. To find your polling location use the Davidson County Polling Place Finder, and be sure to bring proper ID and wear your face mask!

Absentee ballots for the August 6 primary must be received by the close of polls on election day. So if you have received an absentee ballot for the primary, fill it out and get it in the mail as soon as possible.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic absentee ballots are now available to any Davidson County registered voter who requests one. The Election Commission will begin accepting requests for absentee ballots for the November 3 general election on Aug. 5, 2020. Requests for absentee ballots may be placed through the Election Commission’s website.


Join the Tomato Art Fest Porch Parade!
There’s still time to register for the first Tomato Art Fest Porch Parade! Houses, businesses, condos, and apartments along the parade route can register to be a part of the Porch Parade and decorate their exteriors for parade-goers to walk, run, bike, or drive the parade route at their own socially distanced pace August 1-8. Registration is now open for homeowners wishing to participate. For more information, a map of the parade route, and to register, visit the Tomato Art Fest Porch Parade website.

And don’t forget to register for the Tomato Art Fest Home Decorating Contest. Whether you’re on the parade route or not, you can join in the fun and decorate your house, condo, apartment or tiny home and enter to win a variety of cash prizes, but time’s a-wastin’! The deadline to register is August 2, so hop to it!  Register your Tomato castle right here!

I Paint the Lines
Although the Coronavirus pandemic has put the crimp on many indoor art exhibits, new murals are still appearing on the East Side. Along with the recent addition to Grimey’s outside walls on Trinity Lane a new tribute to the Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash was recently unveiled.

A collaboration by popular local mural artist Bryan Deese and Miami artist Renda Writer, the mural combines Deese’s signature portrait style and Writer’s “Handwritten Art” style. Check it out in the alley between Barista Parlor (519-B Gallatin Ave.) and The Groove (1103 Calvin Ave.).


Keeping the Circle Unbroken
On Thursday, July 30, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced that its galleries will remain closed to the public through at least Monday, August 31, 2020.

“We look forward to the day when guests from all over the world can explore our galleries again, but the continued increase of COVID-19 cases across the nation causes us to feel that it is wise to remain closed at present, to protect employees and visitors.“
—Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Museum continues to offer a full slate of online programming. This week’s programs include:

Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. CDT on Instagram Live @officialcmhof: Songwriter Session with singer/songwriter Cam who will be performing and discussing such songs as  “Diane,” “Mayday,” and “My Mistake,” as well as her 2015 platinum-selling hit “Burning House.”

Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. CDT via FieldTripZoom: “Songwriting 101: Kacey Musgraves Style.” Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. Via chat, participants will share ideas and write an original song inspired by Kacey Musgraves’s light-hearted “Family Is Family,” which she wrote with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

Past performances and interviews from the museum’s archives are available on the museum’s website, as well as the museum’s podcast, Voices in the Hall, which presents conversations with music’s most fascinating and influential figures. For more information and to access programs, visit The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum online.

INSTRUMENTHEADLIVE Streaming Service Announced!
Photographer Michael Weintrob, a frequent contributor to The East Nashvillian (including our latest print edition), launches his new streaming service instrumentheadlive, which kicks off next week with a combination of local Nashville art and music.


Quick Bits

  • The Episcopal School of Nashville, an independent school operating out of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church since its launch in 2015 has signed a lease for the historic Ross Building 1310 Ordway Place. The Ross Building has been unoccupied since Nashville Classical Charter School’s departure last summer.
  • The Pasadena, California-based investment firm, ExchangeRight Real Estate, recently purchased a Madison medical office building for approximately $4 million. The building, located at 220 W. Maplewood Lane, is currently occupied by a dialysis clinic operated by Fresenius Kidney Care.
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