East Side Buzz: New Dickerson Development, Fun Under the Sun, Don’t Get Lost in a Tomato Daze, and more

Don’t Get Lost in a Tomato Daze

Our annual Tomato Art Fest issue is coming soon. And if you’d like to be in it, there’s still time. The East Nashvillian is the media partner for the festival, and our Tomato Art Fest issue is traditionally our most sought-after edition of the year both in print and online. In addition to the TAF special section, this year’s issue will include the “Go-To Guide” booklet for the festival — which includes the schedule, lineup, and passbook — and will be distributed as the exclusive directory at the official Tomato Art Fest information booth. Questions/ad needs? Contact us at sales@theeastnashvillian.com. Check out our 2018 Tomato Art Fest issue here.


New Development Plans for Dickerson Road Property?

A two-parcel property at 829 and 835 Dickerson Road was recently purchased by a real estate investor with Texas connections according to a story in the Nashville Post.  A mixed-use project with 67 condo flats and 3,000 square feet of commercial space was previously announced for the 1.62 acre parcel by the former owner, Strategic Options International Inc.

While any new plans have not been announced yet, the new owner, Taylor Perkins, a partner with Austin-based Riverchase Holdings LP, also owns property at 1311 Woodland St. in East Nashville. Last month, Riverchase Holdings announced plans for “Skyline East” a 14.4-acre site McFerrin Park site at 301 N. Second St. and 651 and 660 Joseph Ave. that will include multiple buildings ranging in height from four to 15 stories.

Under the Sun Fest Fun for the Weekend

Under the Sun Fest, a creative community block party arrives on Saturday, June 8 at the 919 Complex at 919 Gallatin Ave. Brought to you by Red Arrow Gallery, Toro Vintage, and Cold Lunch Recordings, the event promises music, art, comedy, vendors, food and drink and surprises. The party starts at noon; music gets underway at 2:30 p.m. with Sad Penny and goes into the night with a lineup that includes BraziLionaires, Skyway Man, Leah Blevins, Nightingail, Hari the Band, Josh Rennie-Hynes, and Drama Club. It’s all happening under the sun and crescent moon. Find more on the Facebook Event page.

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INSTRUMENTHEAD: Michael Weintrob Exhibit Opens at the Parthenon

Photographer Michael Weintrob, whose work appears regularly in the pages of The East Nashvillian, will have a show of his own starting this month in the East Gallery of the Parthenon. INSTRUMENTHEAD, a three-month photo exhibition, opens on June 12. The exhibition will feature over 20 portraits of Nashville-based artists with their instruments. Among those featured are photographs of four-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’, Grammy Award winner Jeff Coffin, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, and Musicians Corner alumni Wu Fei. “I’m really thrilled to show my work at the Parthenon East Gallery. I’ve only been living in the city a short time, and I feel like Nashville has really embraced me. This is my first long-term museum show, and at such a great venue, so that’s a really big deal for me,” Weintrob says.

If you’re not familiar with Weintraub’s INSTRUMENTHEAD work or you need refresher, read Randy Fox’s 2017 profile of Weintrob here. An opening event will be held on Wednesday, June 12 in the East Gallery of the Parthenon from 6-9 p.m. featuring an introduction by Michael Weintrob, as well as musical performances by Jeff Coffin and Futureman (a.k.a. Roy Wooten), Richie Owens with Bob Ocker, and Jason Eskridge with Daru Jones. The show will continue through Sept. 8.

Luke Schneider, dream wave, and Third Man Poets at DRKMTTR

Luke Schneider, a pedal steel guitarist who has toured with Margo Price, Lilly Hiatt, Lambchop, Cortney Tidwell, Teddy and the Roughriders, and others, will be joined by poets from Third Man Records for his debut show as a solo artist on June 13 at DRKMTTR Collective 1111 Dickerson Pike. Schneider’s improvisational performance will include a custom-built array of LED light panels by Rhendi Greenwell, will be his debut show as a solo artist. The show kicks off at 7 p.m., and Schneider will be joined on the bill by fellow ambient improvisational musicians Kelton Young, who fronts the project dream wave, as well as Third Man Books poets Dan Hoy, Ciona Rouse, and Chet Weise.

Oh Hey, It’s the CMA

Four days, hundreds of artists, shows across eleven stages, Fan Fair at Music City Center, general mayhem on Lower Broad, and an uncountable number of woo girls in short skirts and cowboy boots have descended on downtown thanks the annual CMA Fest. The party kicked off on Thursday and goes through Sunday night. To check out the lineup and schedule, visit CMA Fest here and remember to keep the scooters corralled. See The Tennessean for the lowdown on road closures, tickets, and festival events.

Quick Bits

–If you’re feeling a bit peripatetic, this weekend brings the monthly East Nashville Art Stumble. The good times run from 5 to 8 p.m, at Poverty and the Arts, LabCanna, The Hideout Salon and Lounge, The Abode, The Idea Hatchery, Raven & Whale Gallery, Riveter, Defunct Books, The Groove, and Black by Maria Silver.

–Thinking about getting yourself a furry four-legged buddy to keep you company? East Nashville has a couple of pet adoption possibilities. On Saturday, June 8, East Nashville Community Action Network (East C.A.N.) will be hosting Pups at the Shoppes on Fatherland pet adoption event, at 1006 Fatherland St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook Events page. Also, The Catio – Cat Café, 1603 Riverside Drive, hosted its first foster meet up this past Thursday. Look for more chances to network for pet adoptions by following The Catio.

–During a public hearing at this week’s Metro Council meeting on Tuesday, public school teachers and city employees joined Council Members Bob Mendes and Anthony Davis in their support for raising property taxes in order to fully fund Metro Nashville Public Schools and give public employees much-needed and long-overdue raises. For more on this story, see WPLN.

–Is a possible “Rainbow Wave” coming in this summer’s general election? With seven openly gay candidates running for seats on Nashville’s Metro Council it’s a real possibility. All but one of these candidates seek to represent East Nashville Districts and Madison, including Charles Flowers for District 5, Brett Withers for District 6, Emily Benedict for District 7, Nancy VanReece for District 8, David McMurry for District 9, Zach Young for District 10, and Russ Bradford for District 13. For more on the Rainbow Wave and the candidates, see Out & About Nashville.

–Metro Council recently approved a trio of bills that will point Nashville toward using 100% renewable energy resources by 2050. Dubbed Nashville’s own Green New DealGreen energy bill, the bills aim to limit carbon emissions and encourage the adoption of hybrid fleet vehicles, among other ideas. For more on the bills, see the Nashville Scene.

–While Nashville awaits proposals from scooter companies for better enforcement and safety measures, and the clock ticks down towards the Mayor’s proposed scooter-ban deadline, Metro Public Works began installing twelve scooter corrals in throughout downtown, just in time for CMA Fest. If scooters are found parked outside the corrals, the companies will be subject to a $10 fine for each scooter. For more on the story, see the Nashville Business Journal.

–Chopper, a new Tiki bar recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Bar Luca at 1100B Stratton Ave. A collaboration between Barista Parlor owner and founder Andy Mumma, Isle of Printing founder Bryce McCloud, and Husk Nashville bar manager Mike Wolf, features riffs on classic Tiki bar cocktails and will be serving up sandwiches and rice bowls in the near future. For more on Chopper, along with some great pictures of the stylish interior, check out this story in Eater Nashville.