Eastside Bowl has opened with limited hours. (L-R) Owners Tommy Pierce, Jamie Rubin, & Chark Kinsolving. Photo by Michael Weintrob

East Side Buzz, November 19

The latest edition of The East Nashvillian is here! Featuring a cover story on the fabulous Lilly Hiatt, “Artist in Profile” about prolific album-cover creator Jeremy Fetzer, our “Bad Influencers‘ Guide to the Holidays,” and more … Get thee down to your favorite coffee shop and grab one today.

Matters of Development

Eastside Bowl has opened with limited hours. The long-awaited entertainment complex began a soft-opening week on Monday. Hours are 3 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursdays, and, according to co-owner Chark Kinsolving, until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday depending on the business. Stay tuned to their socials @eastsidebowl for the latest updates.

The Groove Records, 1103 Calvin Ave., announced on social media Monday that the landlord has decided to sell the property, and the business has the opportunity to buy it. The Groove, an LGBTQ+ owned record store known for hosting many community events, has launched an online fundraising campaign to raise the half-million dollars needed to purchase the property. If successful, the business has also pledged to return 70 percent of all donations if it ever sells the property, or closes. If those who donate do not wish to have their donation returned, the post states that the money will go to the charity of one’s choice. “We do not like the idea of taking from those who have already shown us so much love and support,” co-owner Jesse Cartwright wrote. Read the full statement and donate here.

Dickerson Pike pizza restaurant/dive bar and DIY music venue, Bellshire Pizza — located at 2504 Dickerson Pike, announced it is being evicted and has launched a fundraising campaign to relocate and rebrand the business as a community art space. “While, yes, we still want to eventually make a profit, to sell pizza, to sell beer, and to be successful as a business, we are equally interested in re-investing in the community,” the business’s enthusiastic new music booker Ryan Sansiviero posted to a GoFundMe page seeking $20,000. “I want to foster a space where literally ANYBODY is welcome to perform. I want to host live music, comedy, drag, film screenings, community markets, meetings, fundraisers focusing on social justice and radical change, etc., all while serving good food, good beer, and having a good time.” An all-ages show will benefit Bellshire Pizza Saturday, featuring the bands Linwood, Nick Fair, Alpaca Lip, and Clemontoon (7:30 p.m., $10). 

Two East Nashville industrial properties on the Cumberland River, located at 690 Davidson St. and 1106 Davidson St., have been purchased by Nashville-based CA South Development, for approximately $21.5 million, according to the Nashville Post.

Nominate the East Nashvillians Of The Year!

The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association (HENMA) is now accepting nominations for the East Nashvillian of the year awards. 

This marks the 14th year of the annual award highlighting people and businesses who exemplify the best of all the positive aspects of life in East Nashville.

There is one winner in each of two categories: The first is for a business or business owner that in 2021 portrayed the best of what East Nashville has to offer; the second award is for a private citizen who best symbolizes what being a good East Nashville neighbor means.

Last year’s Business Award winners were Dan and Ellen Einstein, owners of Sweet 16 Bakery. Ronald Gooch, Jr. was awarded the Citizen Award for his community outreach and volunteer work.

The deadline to nominate is Dec. 3. Submit nominations here.

Leadership Breaks Ties with Music City Roots and The Roots Barn

As we reported on Monday, key leadership of Roots Productions, LLC, which holds the Music City Roots production company in addition to the still-under-construction venue known as The Roots Barn, announced their departure.

Metro District 8 Council Member Nancy VanReece, who had been working as Vice President of Roots Productions, LLC, announced her resignation in a blog post.

“The owners out of Texas have decided to change directions on the programming and have dismantled the entire local staff. A dozen people that had become family to me, and experts in their fields, were asked to resign or removed all on one day. Including the President and Executive Producer John Walker,” VanReece wrote. 

Walker, who co-founded Music City Roots, posted a statement on Twitter Monday citing “fundamental creative differences” and announced his resignation from “both the show and the pending Roots Barn project at Madison Station.” 

Walker’s statement continued, “It is my sincere hope that MCR and The Roots Barn will stand 100 years from now for the core values that the show was built upon. I will spend the remainder of my life and career working to help the amazing artists in our musical community.” 

In Walker’s same post, Fred Kennedy of The Roots Barn is credited as saying, “This is a very amicable transition. We’re grateful for John’s passion, perseverance, and leadership that brought us to this point.” 

Craig Havighurst, founding co-host and senior producer of Music City Roots, followed the announcement with an article published Monday afternoon by Music City Roots partner WMOT, including a statement attributed to “longstanding hosts and crew of Music City Roots.”

For more on this story, check out this article by Randy Fox.

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Watch Out For Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon Road Closures

East Nashville residents should keep in mind road closures this weekend due to the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.

The road closures will affect travel and parking in East Nashville and other areas of the city, Friday and Saturday. 

A complete list of road closures, with times, a map, and parking information, can be viewed here.

The course in East Nashville is the same as last year. Runners will come down Woodland Street, then turn right onto 10th Street. Five Points will be accessible. South 11th and 12th Streets and Woodland Street, east of S. 11th Street, will be open.

Alternate parking for residents who are affected by no parking zones is available from 6 p.m. on Friday until 3 p.m. on Saturday at the East Park Community Center, 700 Woodland St.

There will be an eastbound access lane on Woodland Street between N. 7th Street and N. 9th Street for access to 715 Woodland Apartments and Turnip Truck, and a northbound access lane on S. 5th Street from Crutcher Street to eastbound Shelby Avenue. 

Traffic officers will allow vehicles to cross course between runners, when safe to do so, at Woodland Street and 9th Street, and at 5th Street and Shelby Ave.

Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea Changes Ownership

Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea announced the sale of their business to fellow East Nashville coffee shop Retrograde Coffee. Owners Jarod and Courtney DeLozier have owned and operated the Lockeland Springs café for 13 years. “Our entire dream was to create a local, neighborhood spot for people to feel welcome and comfortable. We feel super fortunate that it has been received as well as it has all this time and it should go on while we transition into a new season of our lives,” said Jarod in a press release.

Retrograde Coffee, owned by East Nashville natives Steve Mabee, Davey Rowe-Mabee, and Nathan Weinberg, has been operating out of their Dickerson Pike location for the past 3 years. “We are thrilled to continue the tremendous legacy that Jarod and Courtney have left in our hands”, said Weinberg. “The first place I ever enjoyed a cup of coffee in Nashville was at Ugly Mugs, so it’s personally very rewarding to be able to continue its operation.”

Retrograde intends to leave the Eastland Ave. coffee shop relatively unchanged. “We recognize that there is significant neighborhood vesting in coffee shops, and we don’t take that lightly,” said Weinberg. “Ugly Mugs will remain in its current location, with its current name, its current staff, and its outstanding offerings moving forward.”

The transfer is to take place on or about the end of November.

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Metro Planning Department Continues To Seek Redistricting Feedback

The Metro Planning Department has released the latest School Board redistricting draft map and continues to gather feedback in the Metro Council and School Board redistricting process. 

The updated School Board redistricting draft map, Proposal B, was created after gathering community feedback on the first draft, Proposal A, which was released in October. 

The latest Metro Council redistricting draft map was released by the Metro Planning Commission on Nov. 5. 

Both maps show considerable changes to East Nashville’s current districts and can be viewed in a side-by-side comparison on the Planning Department’s interactive redistricting website

Changes to School Board district lines do not affect the school a child attends. 

The public can offer feedback on Proposal B by dropping by the Planning Department today, Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 29 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

You can also submit comments to an online survey on the Planning Department’s redistricting website, or email the planning department at redistricting@nashville.gov

The current timeline provides for the third draft of Metro Council and School Board draft maps, Proposal C, to be presented to the Metro Planning Commission by Dec. 3. 

The redistricting is part of a regular redrawing of Metro Council and School Board district lines, which happens every 10 years. 

Metro Council could adopt new district lines in December or January. New boundaries take effect after the 2023 Council election.

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Don’t Want To Cook, Or Plan On Going Out Thanksgiving? Here Are Some Options

The Treehouse, 1011 Clearview Ave., will be open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving turkey-based dishes in what the restaurant is calling a “pregame” to Thanksgiving. 

Margot Cafe, 1017 Woodland St. is offering baked goods. Order by Saturday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. for pick up between noon and 2 p.m. on either Nov. 23 or Nov. 24.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que, 908 Main St., has put together two Thanksgiving meal packages (one to feed four to six people, and one to feed up to 15). They can be ordered online for pickup or delivery Nov. 23-24.

Frothy Monkey is taking orders from its bakery for pickup on Nov. 23 or 24. Orders are due by Sunday at 12 p.m. 

Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, 102 E. Palestine Ave., Madison, Tenn., will provide turkey and sides for its annual potluck, starting around 5 p.m. Come and bring your own dish — admission is free all night and so is the jukebox! 

Fran’s East Side, 2105 Greenwood Ave., is open noon till 3 a.m. and will serve free Thanksgiving dinner. 

Sunflower Bakehouse, 2414 Lebanon Pike, Donelson, Tenn., is offering a vegan/gluten-free Thanksgiving menu. Orders must be placed online by Saturday, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m., and can be picked up Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Tower Deli, 1305 Gallatin Ave., is open from 6 a.m. to noon. 

Duke’s, 1000 Main St., is open from noon to 3 a.m. 

Beyond The Edge, 112 S. 11th St., will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., but the kitchen will be closed.

Mickey’s Tavern, 2907 Gallatin Pike, is open from 5 p.m. to close. 

Lakeside Lounge, 921 Woodland St., Unit A, is open from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. 

The Turnip Truck, 701 Woodland St., is closed on Thanksgiving, but you can pick up a Thanksgiving meal throughout the week in the grab-n-go section. 

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Light Up the Tree!

Join in lighting the community tree located in the lot next to Bongo East during the East Nash Holiday Bash on Thursday, Dec. 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the tree lighting, holiday cocktails, local artisan vendors, fire pits with a s’mores bar, live holiday music, and food trucks will be on hand.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own ornaments, or they can decorate an ornament onsite for free in time to add it to the tree before the official lighting.

Special holiday performances by Shelly Fairchild and Marielle Kraft begin at 6 p.m.

The tree will stay up throughout the holiday season. The festival runs Dec. 2-4. Find out more at the event website.

Quick Bits

  • The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closures on interstates and state highways during the Thanksgiving holiday beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, through midnight on Sunday, Nov. 28.
  • Nashville’s favorite cover band, Guilty Pleasures, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a performance at The Basement East on Saturday, Nov. 27. Tickets are available here.
  • ShowerUp Nashville is seeking volunteers to help provide showers to the homeless on Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 900 Jefferson St., as part of Gobble Gobble Give. For more info email showerupnashville@gmail.com.
  • Country musician Tracy Lawrence will present the sixteenth annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry and Concert to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission, Nov. 23. The Turkey Fry will take place in the parking lot of Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette St. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tracy and friends plan to fry 500 turkeys for the homeless, hungry, and hurting. The concert is at 6 p.m. at Skydeck at Assembly Hall.
  • The Ornaments will celebrate their 16th anniversary by performing the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec. 17 and 18 at Eastside Bowl. Tickets are available here.
  • The Wicked Market, a full moon pop-up market featuring local artists and more, will be at Dino’s tonight, Friday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Randall Stroud has begun walking from East Nashville’s Home Church to the Capitol carrying a cross to promote gun violence awareness and plans to do so every Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • Nashville residents in need of rent relief can still tap into funding, according to WPLN.
  • An all-star tribute to late musician Justin Townes Earle has been announced on Jan. 4 at The Ryman.
  • A new report by The Sycamore Institue — an independent, nonpartisan public policy research center — describes how the pandemic has exacerbated mental health needs and substance abuse in Tennessee while limiting access to care.

Love Buzz

JEFF the Brotherhood

Beloved but disbanded Nashville rockers JEFF the Brotherhood are giving their fans something to be thankful for next week. Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall and guitarist Kunal Prakash are reuniting to play Exit/In Wednesday, Nov. 26, aka Thanksgiving Eve. 

The show is part of Exit/In’s 50 for 50 concert series to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary. Other upcoming 50 for 50 shows include Rodney Crowell and Marshall Chapman, John Hiatt, and a New Year’s Eve Eve (yes, Eve Eve) dance party with DJ sets from Left Can Dance, The Protomen, and Makeup and Vanity Set. Read more at Exit/In’s website.

Now, let’s go back in time, to 10 years ago when JEFF the Brotherhood performed a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR. The setlist includes “Shredder,” “Diamond Way,” and “Bummer” from 2011’s We Are the Champions and “Bone Jam” from 2009’s Heavy Days.

It’s a nice little rock set for a fall day, but it isn’t a great representation of how heavy and headbangy a JEFF the Brotherhood show can be. For that, see this performance of “Roachin’” at The Basement in 2016:

Tickets to Wednesday’s show are available here and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry. The show – featuring openers Kent Osborne and Snooper – will also be available via livestream through Flymachine for $15.

“Love Buzz” is curated by contributor Megan Seling