Blackfoot Gypsies | image: Jon Morgan Photos

Friday News Letter, December 27

News for the New Year!

Still Time to Get Your Ad On (Barely)!
A quick reminder that The East Nashvillian’s January-February issue is coming up and you can still get your ad in our pages. This edition will announce and feature the winners of the year’s East Nashvillian of the Year awards along with features on R&B hitmakers Louis York, and more. Contact sales@theeasnashvillian.com immediately to place your ad!

Seven Days of Kwanza!
Christmas may be over and New Year’s a few days away but there is no lack of holidays to be happy about with Kwanza currently underway. Created by American Black Power activist Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanza is a week-long celebration to honor African heritage in African-American culture. Running Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 Nashville is celebrating the holiday with special events at various churches and other locations, Kwanza celebrates what Karenga called the Nguzo Saba — the seven principles of African Heritage with themed celebrations on each day.

For more on Nashville’s celebrations of Kwanza, and specific events, visit Pride Publishing Group.

New Year’s Eve Party Roundup
There’s no lack of great ways to celebrate the end of 2019 and welcome in 2020 on the East Side this year! Here’s a sampling of a few:

Start your New Year’s Eve by truckin’ on down to one of the local record stores for the release of the Blackfoot Gypsies’ new album, Live at the Basement. Recorded on Dec. 30, 2018, at the classic Nashville venue, The Basement, this document of one of the Music City’s greasiest and greatest rock ’n’ roll bands at their finest is a hot one (and we know because the fine folks at Café Rooster Records slipped us an advance copy).

After an afternoon of spinning vinyl you’ll be ready to party proper. Starting in Madison, Dee’s Country Cocktails Lounge (102 E. Palestine Ave.) will be celebrating the New Year with Retro Disco, Soul, Funk, and R&B with DJ Monkeypop. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Cool spins and hot wax is also on the program at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave.) with SHOUT! 2020 New Year’s Eve as Electric Western Productions, the DJs behind Nashville’s weekly dance party, Motown Mondays, welcome in the New Year with an evening of DJs, dancing, champagne, and complimentary photos from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Still not danced out? Then slide on over The Basement East (917 Woodland St.) for the Sparkle City Disco New Year’s Eve celebration. The party kicks off at 9 p.m.

Finally, prefer your dancing to be more on the DIY/underground side? Then Nashville’s DIY all-ages venue, Drkmttr Collective (1111 Dickerson Pike), has you covered with a line-up of both live acts and DJs with Facsimile NYE 2020 A.F. For a full schedule of the events and acts visit their Facebook event page.

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Quick Bits

  • The New Destiny Christian Fellowship church property at 3808 and 3810 Gallatin Pike recently sold for approximately $2 million according to a Nashville Post story. At this time, no plans have been announced for the future use of the property.
  • A belated welcome to the neighborhood for Safe House Tattoo, now operating in Inglewood at 4303 Gallatin Rd. Suite 102, on the first floor of the Volta building. Previously located in Marathon Village, Safe House owner Ian White says the move to the East Side was long overdue. “We always wanted to move to the East Side. Timing met opportunity and we jumped on buying this space. We had been in a place with a lot of tourists before. We wanted to focus more on Nashvillians as clients, and Inglewood was our first choice. Seven of our eight artists live in Inglewood, and we love it here.”