Sallie Hussey, CEO, FiftyForward; John Walker, Executive Producer, Music City Roots; Brandy Lamb, Director, FiftyForward, Madison Station; Nancy VanReece, Metro Council District 8, Mayor David Briley; Christie Cooper, President, Discover Madison, Inc.; Kevin Sykes, Amqui Board Member; John Parrish, Amqui Board Member

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Music City Roots Taps Madison for New Home

Music City Roots, the weekly live musical variety radio show of roots and Americana music, announced its forthcoming new home in Madison at a press conference on Thursday.

Scheduled for a grand opening in the Fall of 2020, The Roots Barn will be a premiere mid-sized music venue with a capacity 750 seated or 1,000 plus standing with state of the art audio by the Nashville-based audio company Sound Image. The new facility will feature bars, food service, and ticketing areas isolated from the music hall, with a timber and barn wood design esthetic inspired in part by the Washington DC-area music venue The Barns at Wolftrap.

Located next to the historic Amqui Station and Visitors Center, The Music Barn will be part of a larger Madison Station development, with new housing and street plans designed to solidify Madison as destination for arts and tourism.

“For years, Music City Roots has helped Nashville showcase new talent while carrying on and sharing our deepest musical heritage,” Mayor David Briley says in a press release. “Reviving this institution in a neighborhood as vibrant as Madison, where it will complement historic Amqui Station and help establish a walkable neighborhood center, is definitely cause for celebration.”

In addition to hosting Music City Roots on a weekly basis The Music Barn will home to ticketed shows and private events. A separate building, adjacent to the venue, will house a remote studio for Music City Roots’ broadcast partner, WMOT Roots Radio 89.5 FM, the 100,000 watt Americana-format public radio station of Middle Tennessee State University.

Music City Roots will also be partnering with local non-profit Discover Madison which administers Amqui Station and Visitor’s Center, and the nearby FiftyForward Madison Station community center which will share their existing parking lot with the Roots Barn.

More information on the plans for Music City Roots and its new home are at WMOT Roots Radio News.

Celebrate the Creative Community Canvas of Dickerson Pike

The revitalization of the Dickerson Pike corridor continues to rumble on and this weekend is a time for celebration with Community Canvas: Celebrating Dickerson Pike’s Creative Spirit. The two-day, free event is an official launch event for four new murals on Dickerson Pike, a community block party, and a celebration of Poverty and the Arts fifth birthday.

The event kicks off on Friday at 2 p.m. with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for the two new exterior studio murals at Poverty and the Arts (POVA) at 1207 Dickerson Pike and two new murals on nearby covered bus stops.

On Saturday, the party kicks into high gear at POVA with a murals and art exhibition, DIY Screen-printing with Hip Hues, and a Glam Life Photo Booth to capture your best look. Just a few steps away, Kustom Thrills Tattoo (1119 Dickerson Pike) will be displaying some of their finest ink work, and Drkmttr Collective will be hosting live music and a pop-up market from Noon to 5 p.m. at 1111 Dickerson Pike.

Food and fine drinks will be available from nearby eateries Meridian Street Cafe & Bar, Madeline Pizza and Pasta, Retrograde Coffee, and East Nashville Beer Works. BANJO’S Food Truck and The Flaming Bird Food Truck will also be serving up fine eats in the parking lot of POVA.

Adding to the fun is the monthly East Nashville Art Stumble, also taking place on Saturday. For more information and updates visit the Community Canvas Facebook Page.

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Yazoo Brewing’s Grand Opening This Weekend

The newest East Side transplant, Yazoo Brewing Company, is celebrating the grand opening of their new headquarters this weekend. The fun starts at 2 p.m. Friday with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. The celebration runs from 2-9 p.m. at 900 River Bluff Drive in Madison. Yazoo’s new neighbors, Slow Burn Hot Chicken, will be on-site serving up food to make sure you’re thirsty.

The Yazoo taproom will resume normal business hours (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) on Saturday, July 13 with tours of the new facility. For more information, visit Yazoo Brewing Company on Facebook and to reserve brewery tour tickets check out their website.

Quick Bits

  • “Nashville: Who is ‘It’ For?” a mayoral candidate public meeting hosted by Nashville Organized for Action and Hope is scheduled for Sunday, July 14 at 3 p.m. at Greater Bethel AME Church, 1300 South St. downtown. All candidates will be asked to share their views on affordable housing, education, economic equity, and other topics. More information is available at the event Facebook page.
  • On the topic of Metro’s upcoming election, early voting begins today, Friday July 12 and runs through Saturday, July 27, with the General Election on Thursday August 1. Before you cast your ballot you may want to take a look at The East Nashvillian 2019 Voter’s Guide which will be appearing online and in our new print issue hitting the streets next week. For early voting times and locations, visit the Davidson Country Election Commission website.
  • With teacher’s pay being a hot topic recently, Mayor David Briley recently announced a three percent Cost of Living Adjustment for Metro teachers. More details are at the gov website.
  • Nashville Post reports that construction is underway at 927 Woodland St. for a new arcade bar chain location Up-Down. The building’s redesign will include a rooftop outdoor seating area and bar.
  • Reckless and high speed driving on East Side neighborhood streets is always a concern, but a recent story on WSMV Channel 4 has raised particular concerns concerning an incident captured on video on Otay Street.