Spooky Ghoul Fest II haunts The Groove on Saturday.

East Side Buzz, October 29

We’re jazzed about the upcoming Nov/Dec edition of The East Nashvillian. Featuring a cover story on the incredible Lilly Hiatt — along with our “Bad Influencer’s Guide to the Holidays” — it’ll be chocked full of fun for the whole darn family! It’s a great opportunity to get your business in front of our loyal readers, and we have a few ad spots remaining. Don’t hesitate to reach out! Contact sales@theeastnashvillian.com for a rundown of all the marketing opportunities on offer.

Matters of Development

Texas billionaire B. Edward Ewing, who helped expand downtown Dallas, has committed $2.5 billion to develop a 64-acre neighborhood along the North Nashville riverfront, according to The Tennessean. “The Riverside,” as the development is being called, was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, a major firm that reinvigorated Chicago’s riverfront, built skyscrapers around the world, and is designing ways to live on the moon

Nearly 30 residents of an East Nashville trailer park located at 198 Gatewood Ave., received eviction notices following the sale of the property in September and have been asked to destroy their own trailers, The Nashville Scene reports.

A 0.54 acre unimproved East Nashville property once eyed for a mixed-use building, located at 1009 and 1013 Dickerson Pike, has sold for $2.35 million, according to the Nashville Post.

The Metro Planning Commission has approved a plan allowing 32 townhome units to be built on a 2.47-acre site at the intersection of Walker Terrace and Williams Avenue in Madison, according to Planning Department documents. 

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Halloween Party Roundup

Howl at the Moon Pickin’ Party, Friday, 4-9 p.m. WMOT 89.5 Roots Radio is bringing the jams to the lawn at Amqui Station featuring The Hoodoomen, Pheobe Hunt, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. East C.A.N. will be on hand with furry friends available for adoption.

Dino’s Fest, Friday, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The East Nashville burger dive will present Dino’s Fest, a free Halloween party with a drag show, deejays, tarot, prizes, jello shots, and surprises. Complete Health Partners will be on site administering COVID-19 vaccinations, and anyone who gets vaxxed will receive a Dino’s gift card. 

They Came to Rock!, Friday, Eastside Bowl, 5:30 doors/7:30 show The Moonrock Orchestra and their Cosmic Cabaret present an immersive alien invasion experience — a performance of the intergalactic musical, They Came To Rock. Think The Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Hedwig & The Angry Inch with some Beatlemania thrown in. Grab tickets here on earth.

Halloweekend at Up-Down Nashville, Friday-Sunday, 8 p.m. Blood bag cocktails, a photo booth, DJ sets, and costume contests each night this weekend at the East Nashville arcade bar. 

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Spooky Ghoul Fest II, Saturday, The Groove, 2 p.m. The East Nashville record store will host a free, spooky festival featuring a “monster mash market,” a Pet Cemetery costume contest (3 p.m.), a kids costume contest (5 p.m.), an adult costume contest (9 p.m.), deejays spinning records, and live music (beginning at 6 p.m.) The East Nashvillian is a media sponsor of the event.  

Fran’s East Side “End of the Line” Farewell Show, Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Beloved East Nashville beer joint and karaoke hangout is saying goodbye to its location of 13 years, with an all-day party featuring bands and limited-edition Fran’s merch, with proceeds to support the business as it transitions to a new location. You can also donate to Fran’s GoFundMe

“Folk Horror In The Forest,” Sunday, Private Location, 6 p.m. The show, taking place at a private location (the address will be revealed once you buy tickets), features folk-adjacent artists Skyway Man and Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection, and has been advertised as “A Spooky Krautrock Space Jam” and also “a wild spooky psychedelic journey.” Sounds pretty cool, especially since drinks and pizza are included in the ticket price. BYOB and costumes are welcome. (This show, initially Saturday, has been rescheduled to Sunday.)

Madison Monster Market and Halloween Fiesta, Amqui Station and Visitors Center, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Halloween, head to the historic Amqui Station — an actual train depot once owned by Johnny Cash — for a family-friendly trick-or-treat, kids costume contest, pumpkin painting, puppy photo booth, and kids train rides. There will be vendors as well as free, spooky activities — even a mariachi band! 

The Smoking Flowers “Til Death Do Us Party” Halloween Vampire Ball Fundraiser, Sunday, The 5 Spot, 6 p.m. Local rock ‘n’ roll husband/wife duo The Smoking Flowers will turn The 5 Spot into a vampire lair for their annual Halloween show, featuring several bands and special guests doing their best creepy, ghostly covers. This year’s theme is The Lost Boys, so get your best ‘80s vampire costume together because there will be a photo booth and costume contest with prizes. The show will benefit The Treasure Chest, a foundation whose purpose is to be both an informational and financial resource to anyone diagnosed with cancer seeking to treat it holistically or with alternative means. 

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Exit/In and Yazoo Brewing Company Release 50th Anniversary Beer

Legendary Nashville music venue Exit/In has teamed up with local brewery Yazoo Brewing Company to release a limited-edition lager celebrating Exit/In’s 50th anniversary. 

The Mexican-style lager features art inspired by the Exit/In’s famous name wall, featuring over 200 artists who have played the club over the years. The can also features a scannable QR code to donate directly to the Music Venue Alliance – Nashville, a trade organization representing over 15 of Nashville’s independent music venues.  

Additionally, one dollar from each case sold will be donated to MVAN from Yazoo Brewing Company. 

“In the wake of a global pandemic that kept Exit/In’s doors shut for 444 days, the history of independent music venues is more prevalent than ever,” a statement from both companies said. 

Exit/In Lager can be found at Exit/In (individual purchase only), Hurry Back, Yazoo Brewing, Midtown Corkdorks, Main Street Liquors, Sinkers, Frugal MacDoogal Nashville, The 5 Spot, and The Basement East. 

Exit/In has also announced four special shows in celebration of the 50th anniversary: Rodney Crowell and Marshall Chapman, Nov. 22; Jeff The Brotherhood, Nov. 24; A Tribute To Billy Block’s Western Beat (feat. Jim Lauderdale, Chuck Mead, Jason Ringenberg and more), Dec. 7; John Hiatt with Dianne Davidson and Friends, Dec. 8. 

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Nashville Design Week Announces 2021 Calendar of Events

Nashville Design Week has announced the 2021 calendar of events for its fourth annual festival taking place November 1-5, 2021. The calendar consists of 18 events — a mix of in-person, virtual, and hybrid workshops, lectures, panels, and tours showcasing designers across industries, from architecture and interiors to graphic, industrial, and fashion design. Registration is required to attend all events and tickets range from free to $25 per event. All in-person attendees must present either proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of the event.

“Nashville Design Week 2021 will honor the idea of transition, marking the middle ground between a trying year and reinvigoration, inviting attendees to imagine what will come next and how we’ll design together,” said Kate O’Neil, Nashville Design Week Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships. “With our COVID-19 policy in place, we are thrilled to be able to gather in person once again to celebrate Nashville’s design community, while offering a way for our friends near and far to participate virtually as well.” 

Nashville Design Week offers a highly-curated calendar of interdisciplinary programs and events hosted by Nashville creatives to engage designers and design enthusiasts alike. Founded in 2018 by the local design community, Nashville Design Week serves as an accessible platform for bold collaborations and conversations that promote idea sharing, engage and educate the public, and strengthen Nashville’s design culture and impact. 

Quick Bits

  • The family of a teenager who went missing from East Nashville four years ago has created a GoFundMe to offer an award for information in the case, according to WKRN.
  • The American Legion Post 82 is seeking classic/antique cars and hot rods to parade down Broadway during the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11. Sign up at the American Legion Post 82 or contact Kevin Martin at (404) 375-9896.
  • Nashville-based Ryman Hospitality Properties plans to buy the downtown Austin, Texas city block that includes the “Austin City Limits” music venue, according to The Tennessean.
  • Police are searching for a man who allegedly stole a woman’s credit card and charged $1,000 at the Inglewood Kroger, according to WKRN.
  • The body of a man was found at an East Nashville gas station the day after he attempted a carjacking, according to WKRN
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Love Buzz

The Boo Dudes

It’s Halloween — AHHHHH! — so of course this week’s “Love Buzz” is dedicated to The Boo Dudes, Nashville’s only freaky and frightening band of monsters. 

The Boo Dudes crawl out of their laboratories, coffins, and caves every year to bless us with a batch of terrifying new tunes and this year’s installment is The Invisible Album, a chilling journey through some of our modern day’s scariest subjects including cancel culture, gentrification, and Gallagher (eek!).

To see the guitar-slaying ghouls in action, catch their petrifying performance for Belcourt’s 12 Hours of Terror movie marathon earlier this month:

If you want to grab The Invisible Album for this weekend’s “Sorta Spooky Soirée,” it — and all of The Boo Dudes’ previous musical misadventures — are on Bandcamp

Mwahahaha! Happy Halloween! 

“Love Buzz” is curated by contributor Megan Seling