East Side Buzz, October 16

Be Seen in the Pages of The East Nashvillian!
The new issue of The East Nashvillian is now in the works. It’s our 10th anniversary and this special issue will be taking a look back at a decade of the best in music, arts, and culture done the East-Side way! To place your ad in our new issue, contact our sales team today at sales@theeasnashvillian.com.

And speaking of issues, our supply of our most recent is down to just a few copies, so if you see one in the wild you’d better grab it fast. Or you can place an order for any of the deluxe merch we’re now offering through our webstore and get one of the few remaining copies as a bonus. Place your order today!

Pol Pickin’ Time in Tennessee!
Early voting is now underway in Tennessee and will run through Thursday, October 29 with the General Election taking place on Tuesday, November 3. Although lines were long on Tuesday, October 14 — the first day of early voting — they moved quickly.

While early voting locations are expected to stay busy the next two weeks due to an expected record-setting turnout this year, early voting is still your best way to avoid the even longer lines that may be present on Election Day proper. Two additional Early Voting locations have been added for this election — The Margaret Maddox East YMCA at 2624 Gallatin Pike and Friendship Baptist Church  at 1109 32nd Ave. N., so don’t miss out!

A complete list of early voting locations and hours is available from the Election Commission’s website. If you requested and have received an absentee ballot be sure to mail that ballot today, the earlier you mail it in the better. For more information, visit the Davidson County Election Commission.


Connect with Sisters Connected
Beloved Nashville vocalist and awesome lady Jonell Mosser dropped us a note this week to let us know about her most recent project.

Jonell writes, “I have been trying to do my part to combat the anger and ugliness surrounding the upcoming election by co-founding a group of women called Sisters Connected. Sheila Warren is also one of the founders. Our main message is a non-partisan call to get everyone to vote, and for honest, civil dialogue, without hyperbole or denigrating those who disagree with us (pretty lofty goals).“

For more info, including a new song from Jonell which she wrote with Earl Lee and Don Pedigo, check out Sistersconnected.com.

Black Lives Matter Mural Coming to the East Side
This Saturday, Woodland Street will join other famous streets in displaying the statement Black Lives Matter. Nashville will be gaining a street mural like the ones seen in a growing number of cities across the U.S. The effort was organized by the local BLM chapter and is funded entirely through donations from community members, grants volunteers applied for, and gifts from vendors, churches, and community groups.

Organizers say the mural will have the same yellow lettering as seen in other BLM murals, however, Nashville’s version will also feature other colors and elements. The “B” will include red, black, and green for the Pan-African Flag, the “L” will feature rainbow colors to represent the LGBTQ+ community, and the “M” will include musical notes as an acknowledgment of Nashville place as Music City.

Muralist Thaxton Waters II is leading a group of artists to bring the mural to life. In an interview with WKRN earlier this month, he said, “The Black Lives Matter mural for Nashville is one of the rare opportunities to reclaim dignity for Black people in this region, to amplify their movement for justice, and to visibly resound the demand that we will matter, for justice is sorely needed for the good of the nation.”

The mural paint day event begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, on Woodland Street between North First Street and Interstate Drive near the Davidson County Juvenile Court building and Nissan Stadium.


Save Our Stages Streaming Benefit This Weekend!
It’s now been seven months since the doors of independent music venues closed across the U.S. With no assistance forthcoming from the federal government, many venues have already gone out of business with more hanging by a thread.

That’s why musicians, venues, and music fans are all stepping up to do their part. This weekend, Friday through Sunday, the internet will be alive with the sound of music and hope as the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) presents Save Our Stages Fest.

Tune in to #SOSFEST this weekend to catch all-new, original performances from artists like Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, FINNEAS, Leon Bridges, Miley Cyrus, Phoebe Bridgers, The Roots, and more. Performances were recorded live at venues around the country, including Reba McEntire and Brittany Howard at Ryman Auditorium, Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini at Exit/In, and Brothers Osborne at the Mercy Lounge right here in Nashville.

Sponsored by NIVA, YouTube, and BudLight Seltzer, Save Our Stages Fest will directly benefit the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, which assists independent music venues to continue the struggle to stay alive in these unprecedented times.

For more information and a complete schedule of the artists performing, visit saveourstages.com. And be sure to bookmark the #SOSFEST YouTube channel below so you don’t miss one minute of this weekend’s show.


Keep Shelby Green — Plant a Tree!
Show your love for a greener East Side by showing up to plant trees in November! On November 14 and 15, the Nashville Tree Conservation Corps will be planting 290 trees along Shelby Avenue for the first installment of Shelby Avenue’s Arboretum. They need your help to do it!

To find out more, learn how to plant a tree correctly, and to learn about the precautions they’ll be following to protect the health of volunteers, just visit the NTCC’s Shelby Avenue Fall Planting signup page.  And be sure to invite a friend — the more the greenier!

Lockeland Table Brings the Brews to You!
Since their opening, Lockeland Table has dedicated themselves to truly being a community restaurant. Through such efforts as their Community Hour, they’ve sought to strengthen neighborhood ties, give back to the community, and serve up tasty meals and beverages.

Now Lockland Table is launching a new initiative that shares the great tastes of culinary delights and local craft brew makers while also doing so in a safe, socially-distant manner. Lockeland Table’s Community-Supported Beverage (CSB) program will provide subscribers a weekly box full of tasty beverages and snacks from their kitchen. While current plans call for local beers, plans are to eventually expand the program to include wines, cocktails, and assorted beverages from the bar.

For more information and to subscribe, just visit Lockeland Table’s website.


DIY&FO (Do It Yourself & For Others!)
A quick reminder about the Nashville Free Store currently operating at Drkmttr Collective. It’s the place to find everything from food to household supplies to clothing, and it’s all FREE to anyone who needs it, no questions asked.

Located at 1111 Dickerson Pike, you can check it out every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With the weather growing colder they are in particular need of donations. You can donate cash via Venmo (@Nashville-Freestore) and follow them on Instagram @nashvillefreestore for updates of needed items. Drop-offs of goods can be made on Fridays, 3-6 p.m., and on Saturdays during regular store hours.

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus In Davidson County
The Metro Public Health Department’s Pest Management Division announced this week that mosquitoes collected near the intersection of Mossdale Drive and Rural Hill Road in southeastern Davidson County have tested positive for West Nile virus. There have been no human cases of West Nile disease reported in Davidson County and health officials say there are no current plans to spray to kill adult mosquitoes.

Even though cooler weather is on the way, the Health Department recommends taking the steps to protect against biting mosquitoes through limiting your time outdoors during dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present; applying a CDC-approved mosquito repellent when you must be outdoors during those hours; and wearing shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors.

For more tips on protecting yourself from mosquitoes as well as guidelines for reducing mosquito breeding areas, visit the Mosquito Information page at health.nashville.gov.

Quick Bits

  • Local commercial real estate investor and developer Tyler Cauble has announced plans for a new restaurant project at 1101 McKennie Ave. The property, which fronts onto Gallatin Avenue near the intersection with Douglas Avenue, is currently home to a car wash that may be demolished or partially incorporated into the planned new construction. Any plans for the site will require rezoning of the property with Cauble scheduled to take the proposal before the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals at their November 19 meeting.
  • The home of Cash America Pawn, a two-parcel property at 801 and 803 Gallatin Ave., was recently sold for $1.6 million. The real estate investment partnership that purchased the property also recently purchased the Five Points building home to BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse.
  • McFerrin QOZB a company associated with the Razor & Tie record label and music publisher recently purchased the 0.34-acre property at 3 Mcferrin Ave. for $910,000. The property was formerly the home to Dualtone Music Group whose offices were destroyed by the March 3 tornado.
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