Friday News Roundup, December 6

ENOTY voting deadline, Hitchcockian tunes, and more!

Still Time to Get Your Ad On!
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 feature the winners of East Nashvillian of the Year awards along with other great features. Contact sales@theeasnashvillian.com now to place your ad!

And speaking of the ENOTY awards, if you’re a member of the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association don’t forget that the deadline for voting is today, Friday Dec. 6 at noon CST. Visit the HENMA website to place your vote now!

Smoked Cabbage No More
East Side barbecue and smoked cabbage lovers are saddened by the recent closure of G’z Barbecue and Catering’s walk-in location of Gallatin Avenue. The closure was announced in a Nov. 21 Facebook post.

“It is with deep regret that G’z Barbecue and Catering is closing the doors. We are still available for catering so please feel free to place your order. We want to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to the future and we will see you again. Thank you all so much. Come by and see us Friday, Nov. 22 for our official last day of business we will have a limited amount of food for sale so come early if u what that G’z Bbq one more time.”

Opening in 2013, G’z owner and barbecue master Chris Galloway attending to his smoker quickly became a frequent and reassuring sight at 925 Gallatin Ave. In addition to barbecue staples like beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken, Galloway specialized in unusual and unique specialty items — smoked meatloaf; smoked, deep-fried, Cajun-spiced chicken wings; Shoulder Mac — macaroni and cheese made with six cheeses and layered with pulled pork; and his renowned smoked cabbage.

Updates concerning G’z future projects will be posted to Facebook. Catering orders can be placed by calling 615.953.6385.

Affordable Housing in Peril from Barnes Fund Cuts
One of Nashville biggest challenges, affordable housing, may be in greater peril due to announced cuts to the city’s Barnes Fund.

Established in 2013, the Barnes Fund makes competitive grants to nonprofit housing developers to increase affordable housing options for Nashvillians. Previously funded for $9.5 annually, Mayor John Cooper announced he’s cutting the grants to just $5 million for the current fiscal year. The cuts came in response to orders from the State Comptroller to balance Metro’s budget immediately. While the mayor said the cuts were required to avoid employee lay-offs, the decision has raised alarms from several homeless advocacy groups who have vowed to fight the reduction.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Mayor’s office announced the recipients of the $5 million in grants adding that with potential budget savings and efficiencies Metro will hopefully be able to back an additional round of grants in the spring of 2020.

Tax Season, Volunteer Season!
United Way is looking for volunteers to provide free tax preparation throughout the Middle Tennessee area beginning late January as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax prep program. VITA volunteers will offer free tax preparation services to individuals and families who earned $66,000 or less per household in 2019. Volunteer positions include greeters/intake specialists, tax preparers, quality reviewers, and site coordinators. All volunteers will receive classroom training by IRS-certified instructors.

United Way will be operating 24 VITA sites throughout Middle Tennessee, including eight locations in Davidson County. Residents can find the nearest VITA site in their community and more information about the program by visiting UnitedWayFileFree.com or through United Way’s 211 Helpline by texting their ZIP code to 898211. Volunteers may visit volunteerforvita.org to register for orientation and trainings and select their VITA site.

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Don’t Miss Events!
Several good shows this week to put you in the holiday mood!

Former East Nashvillian cover star, Robyn Hitchcock is delivering a special early Christmas present with his only rock show of the year with his backing bad, the Nashville Fabs, tonight at the Mercy Lounge. As a preview, check out this super cool appearance on Anne McCue’s radio show, “Songs on the Wire” on WXNA101.5 FM that was broadcast on Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show at 8. More info at the Mercy Lounge website.

With us now officially in the month of December the Christmas music moratorium has been lifted and it’s time to get your yule on, and Josh Rouse’s new album, The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse, is the perfect place to start. He’ll be celebrating its release on Dec. 7 with an in-store performance at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music (1060 E. Trinity Lane). And it just so happens it also coincides with Grimey’s annual storewide holiday sale! The show starts at 5 p.m. and the sale will be running all day. More info at Grimey’s website.

You say the only Christmas song you cotton to is Tom Waits’ “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis?” Don’t worry, Mac, we got ya covered. GET Behind The MULE: The 14th Annual Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit is breaking loose from the barnyard this Saturday, Dec. 7 at The 5 Spot at 7:30 p.m. This year’s line-up includes Afton Wolfe & The New Coats Of Paint, Anana Kaye & The Sins Of Our Fathers, Anne McCue & The Jersey Girls, Chuck Foster Band, East Kin, Kevin Gordon, Laura Rabell & Her Devils On A Leash, Ned Hill, RAYGUN, Sally Jaye, and Tom Mason, plus a Live Painting stage-side with Jeff Bertrand and Billy Martinez and cool record spins from DJ Tim Hibbs. All proceeds from the gate and art sale are donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door, more info at the Facebook event page.

Looking for an even more spectacular celebration of Christmas music? Nashville’s favorite post-atomic age orchestral pop collective, Aqua Velvet, have just what you need. They will be unveiling the 2019 edition of their Christmas Spectacular, Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 3rd & Lindsley (818 3rd Ave. S.) at 8 p.m. Featuring lush arrangements from Jim Hoke, classy vocals from Kristi Rose, and a veritable Nashville who’s who of band members and surprise guests, it’s sure to warm the coldest Grinch heart. More info at the Facebook event page.

Quick Bits

  • Celebrity chef and restaurateur Sean Brock’s new, McFerrin Park restaurants are not open yet, but he’s already planning another new endeavor eater.com reports. Joyland will be located at 901 Woodland St. The focus of the new eatery has not been announced yet, but Brock says he hopes to open it before his two McFerrin Park restaurants at 809 Meridian St.
  • The Wild Cow is open for business at its new location in the former home of Local Taco at 1100 Fatherland St. near Five Points. The new iteration of Wild Cow features a heated patio, a full bar, draft beer, and light and … space!
  • The Eastland, the mixed-use building located 1035 W. Eastland Ave., recently sold for approximately $9.9 million, Nashville Post The Los Angeles-based Lion Real Estate Group purchased the property from Carter and Chris Dawson, who paid approximately $3.5 million for it in August 2013. Lion now owns five properties in Davidson County.
  • The East Nashville property that is the new home of Alpha Graphics Music City has been listed for sale with a price tag of $5.25 million. Located at 838 Dickerson Pike, the 1.7 acre site is also home to Cash America and Family Dollar.