Friday News Roundup, December 13

Still Time to Get Your Ad On!
A quick reminder: 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 now to place your ad!

Get Your Songs in the Movies!
East Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has reopened entries for its annual Screen Shot promotion running through December 13, 2019. This promotion is looking for music in all styles and genres that is well suited for music sync (Film, TV, Ads, Video Games, etc.) and other licensing avenues. One overall winner will get the opportunity to be mentored directly with a group of high-profile music supervisors who specialize in music placement, including ABC Television, Lionsgate, Position Music, and more. Ten finalists will have their songs made available to over 1,000 industry licensing contacts who are looking for music for upcoming projects. Enter your songs today at

Deck the Halls at Hunters!
The recently opened Hunter Station is celebrating its official grand opening this weekend with a “Deck the Food Hall” celebration. All ages are welcome to enjoy complementary bites, festive tunes, and selfies with Santa. Even better, bring an unwrapped toy donation for the Nashville Rescue Mission and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Hunters Station gift basket.

Hunters Station features tasty food from Vui’s Kitchen, Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop, Citizen Market, The Picnic Tap, The Grilled Cheeserie, and Tacos Aurora. The festivities are Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-5 p.m. at 975 Main St. More info at

Share the Warmth
The Cayce Place Resident Association annual coat drive is currently underway with the goal of ensuring every child in this East Side neighborhood is properly clothed for the winter weather. Collection boxes for winter coats are located at the Turnip Truck, Pied Piper Creamery, and Explore! Community School. For more information, or if you are in need of a winter coat, contact Cayce Place Resident Association Vice President (and 2019 East Nashvillian of the Year nominee), Marilyn Greer at


Don’t Miss Events!
Several good shows to put you in the holiday mood along with affording an opportunity to give back are on the schedule this week!

Nashville’s masters of pugilistic rock’n’bop, Hillbilly Casino is celebrating the season with their fifth annual Christmas Party at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave.) on Friday, Dec. 13. With some assistance from countrypolitan swingers Cheryl Deseree and the Sugar Moon Swingers, they’ll be rockin’ the jingle bells starting at 9 p.m. along with collecting unwrapped toys for Kathy’s Toys for Boys and Girls.

Saturday, Dec. 14, the Chuck Foster Band and the Captain Midnight Band are bringing a “toy drive like you’ve never seen” to Dee’s County Cocktail Lounge at 102 E. Palestine Ave. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and don’t forget the unwrapped toy for the kids!

Your urge to rock around the Christmas tree still not satisfied? Well get yourself over to the Mercy Lounge on Wednesday, Dec. 18 when the Horton’s Holliday Hayride arrives in Music City. In addition to the good Reverend Horton Heat, the bill features the Voodoo Glow Skulls, roots rock blaster Dave Alvin, and all the way from Japan, the fabulous garage rock-surf sounds of The 5,6,7,8’s (musical stars of  Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 1). The festivities starts at 8 p.m. at 1 Cannery Row.

Quick Bits

  • After facing large rent increases at their original Riverside Drive location, The Catio — Cat Café has found a new home at 2416 Music Valley Drive, Suite 114 and will be celebrating their grand (re)opening Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. More info at their Facebook event page.
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