Fri 22 April 2022 3:00 CST
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Interesting developments in the plans for East Bank redevelopment and a step in the right direction from the Metro Council in regard to preserving local music venues top the Buzz this week. Also some good news about a previously undocumented portion of Nashville’s DIY music scene history as a special treat for Record Store Day this weekend. It’s all in the Buzz!
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Time to Vote for Best of the East!
Voting is now open for the 2022 Best of the East awards! Got a fav eatery, watering hole, retail shop, or professional that is located in zip codes 37206, 37207, 37213, or 37216? Voice your opinion by voting them Best of the East. Just go to The East Nashvillian ballot page, and make your opinion count. And don’t dally, because the deadline for voting is May 5. Vote today!
It's Timberhawk Hall, Y'all!
The currently under-construction project nestled between Amqui Station and FiftyForward on Madison Station Boulevard has a new name — Timberhawk Hall. Slated for an early 2023 opening, the live music venue features reclaimed timbers from Montana’s Big Timberworks, custom artwork, and colored art-glass windows designed by Katherine E. Bash and produced by Germany’s internationally renowned glass and mosaic studio, Mayer of Munich. Also featured are design elements tying in with the area's history as a hub for rail transportation.
According to Senior Talent Buyer Santo Pullella, “The intention we have at Timberhawk Hall is to create a dynamic playground for established and emerging artists, where the whole community feels welcome and can share in this live creation with the artists. We hope the fans feel inspired by their experience and take that energy home with them.”
Puella — whose prior experience in that role for 3rd & Lindsley makes him well-equipped for the job through both his solid local as well as national contacts — joined the team over the winter. He's tasked with bringing the founders — Fred, Duncan, and Patrick Kennedy, who are themselves lifelong music lovers — vision of diverse music programming into reality.
Timberhawk Hall promises to build upon Madison's live music community for which Dee's, and then Eastside Bowl, have laid the foundation.
“The most rewarding part of working Timberhawk has been seeing how a project can have the opportunity and the potential to affect the community, and be a part of that community,” says President and co-founder Fred Kennedy.
Metro Grant Application Proposes a New Bridge to the East Bank
A new bridge over the Cumberland River and a new three-mile boulevard to run through the East Bank area are proposed ideas detailed in a new application for $5 million of federal grant funding.
The new bridge would be located just east of the existing I-24 Silliman Evans Bridge and be anchored at South Fifth and Crutcher Streets. From there the proposed new boulevard would follow the path of Crutcher to the current path of North First Street through the existing Nissan Stadium site and northward to end near Cleveland Street, at the northern edge of the Oracle campus site. The grant proposal estimates “East Bank Boulevard” will cost $175 million to build with another $15 million in estimated preliminary engineering expenses.
According to the proposal, the new boulevard would be 110 feet wide with three lanes running in both directions — two for drivers and one reserved for possible rapid-bus transit or “high-occupancy autonomous vehicles.” Sidewalks would be included on both sides of the street, and protected bike lanes are mentioned as a possibility. The proposal goes on the say that the boulevard “would transform the current disconnected street network and provide access to many underserved areas in East Nashville, employment and educational opportunities in downtown and West Nashville.”
The full text of the grant application is available for download through the Metro Legistar site.
Help on the Way for Indie Venues
The Metro Council has approved funding for a study to assist independent music venues at their April 19 meeting, along with a separate measure aiming at expanding the mission of the Music City Music Council to provide support to local music venues and working musicians.
Chris Cobb, owner of the Exit/In and president of the Music Venue Alliance Nashville (MVAN) said, “Our elected officials validated the importance of Nashville’s creative working class, small businesses, and independent venues, who make our amazing music culture, by unanimously passing this legislation. I look forward to continuing to work together for an authentic and equitable Music City.”
The first piece of legislation appropriates $260,000 from American Rescue Plan Act funds to “take an inventory of every music venue in Nashville to better inform the Metropolitan Government as to how best to preserve, sustain, and support these venues for the decades to come.” The Music City Music Council legislation expands the focus of the Council’s original mission of attracting events to the city to also work on policies that help Nashville’s working-class creatives and small businesses.
For more info and updates, visit the Music Venue Alliance Nashville at mvan.org.
Matters of Development
A new eatery, Gully Boyz, is now under construction at 900 Main Street. While few details have been released about the restaurant, the owners have referred to it as a “Fresh, Fast South Asian” concept.
Eastside-based grocery chain Turnip Truck has announced plans to build a new location in Midtown Nashville between Lyle and 20th Avenues. “We’re thrilled to bring fresh, healthy food to the heart of Nashville on a grander scale than ever before,” Turnip Truck founder and CEO John Dyke said. “Our customers will find the local, natural, and organic goods they enjoy at our other locations, in our largest store footprint.”
The new store will occupy 23,500 square feet in a new Vanderbilt University graduate and professional student housing development and will be easily accessible to both car and foot traffic. For updates, follow @TurnipTruckNash on Twitter.
A 28-townhome development, Sunnymeade Commons, is now under construction at the intersection of Gallatin Pike and Sunnymeade Drive in Inglewood. The project is a joint venture between Public Square and Open Works, both Nashville-based firms.
A half-acre commercial property at 3100 Dickerson Pike recently sold for $950,000.
Anarchy and Inclusion in the Music City
From 1992 to 1998, the center of Nashville’s DIY punk scene was a tiny shop on Church Street called Lucy’s Record Shop. Lucy’s was a record store, an all-ages music venue, and most importantly, a home to a tight-knit community of “the rebellious, the rejected, the anxious, and their allies” with its motto of, “No racist, sexist, or homophobic shit tolerated.”
On Record Store Day, April 23, 2022, the first episode of the Lucy’s Record Shop podcast will drop. Hosted by Lucy’s owner, Mary Mancini, who describes it as the story of “the kids who made Lucy’s so special and whose DIY ethic and unfettered creativity not only left a lasting mark on the Nashville underground music scene but continues to this day.”
Standing Tall for Ukraine
Three Nashville-based breweries are showing their support for Ukraine with a “Ukrainian Anti-Imperial Stout.” East Nashville Beer Works, Fait la Force Brewing Company, and TennFold Brewing are now offering "Resist" in their taprooms. Made from a recipe shared by displaced brewers from Ukraine, breweries around the world are now offering this brew to raise money for the Red Cross relief efforts in Ukraine. Described as a classic stout with notes of dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, stone fruit, and caramel, $2 from each pint sold will be donated to Red Cross relief efforts in Ukraine. For more information about Resist, or to donate directly, visit drinkersforukraine.com.
INSTRUMENTHEAD Comes Alive
Photographer Michael Weintraub will be celebrating the publication of his new book, INSTRUMENTHEAD Revealed with a special show on Monday, April 25 at the Exit/In. The evening will include performances by Dave Pomeroy, Maggie Rose, Jeff Coffin, Nir Felder, and Keith Carlock, along with a special appearance by Victor Wooten. Peter Levin and friends celebrate the Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band, with appearances by Lamar Williams Jr., Jimbo Hart, Chad Gamble, Audley Freed, Luther Dickinson, and more. Craig Havighurst will host along with an artist talk, and there will be live painting by Tyler Key. More info and tickets are available here.
Nashville Pride is on the Way!
Nashville Pride has announced this year's Pride Parade Grand Marshals will include T.J. Osborne of the Brothers Osborne, comedian and actor Leslie Jordan, and community leaders, Greg Cason and Alberta Hardison.
The entertainment lineup for this year’s Pride will include WALK THE MOON, Tanya Tucker, Dave Audé, Michaela Jaé, Bully, Jamie Wyatt, VINCINT, Siena Liggins, and more. This year’s Pride Festival will take place on Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Downtown Nashville, with the Pride Parade kicking off on Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at Broadway and 8th Avenue. Tickets and festival information are available at NashvillePride.org.