Friday News Roundup, October 25

Still Time to Get Your Ad On!
A reminder that The East Nashvillian’s November-December issue is coming up and you can still get your ad in our pages, but time and space is limited! Contact today to place your ad!

Madison Town Center for Sale
The Madison Town Center mixed-used property that is currently under re-development at 721 Gallatin Pike S. is being listed for sale with an asking price $30 million according to a story published this week in the Nashville Post.

Real estate investors Tom Corcoran and Jim Maddox purchased the former Madison Square Shopping Center in 1992 for $4.4 million. Built in the mid-1960s, Madison Square was once home to high-end retailers like Harvey’s, Levy’s, and McClures, and the site of the state’s first Shoney’s restaurant. In February 2018, Corcoran and Maddox’s company, Madison Square Partners, L.P., announced plans to transform the property to a mixed-use residential/office/retail live-walk community with a proposed 1035 residential units and 562,000 square feet of office, retail, and adaptive use space.

Work on Phase I of the project is continuing and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. According to the Nashville Post story, Corcoran and Maddox are seeking a buyer with the resources and vision to see the project through to its completion.

Be sure to check out our economic development story in The Madisonian insert in the Nov/Dec print edition of The East Nashvillian!

The Basement East and Live Nation Sign Exclusive Booking Deal
Booking behemoth Live Nation Entertainment announced a multi-year exclusive booking deal with The Basement East this week. Under the agreement, Richard Sloven, talent buyer for The Basement East, joined the staff of Live Nation’s Nashville office.

Owned by Dave Brown and Mike Grimes, The Basement East at 917 Woodland St. (aka “The Beast”) opened in 2015 (as detailed in our July 2015 profile of the venue) as a companion to the popular Eighth Avenue South club, The Basement. In the past four years, The Basement East has set a high standard as one of the most popular music venues in Nashville.

“We are very excited to be partnering in this joint venture with Live Nation,” Grimes said in a press release from Live Nation. “With Richard Sloven continuing his role at ‘The Beast,’ we are certain it will serve all involved and bring even more amazing live music to the Nashville community.”

According to the press release The Basement East plans to continue nurturing local talent and artists while the agreement will give them greater access to nationally touring acts.

Inktober Charity Art Show – Fundraiser & Silent Auction Call for Submissions
Time to pick up that pencil, pen, or brush and show us what you’ve got in celebration of Inktober, all for the benefit of worthy causes! Sponsored by Make Nashville and Jerry’s Artarama, the Inktober Charity Art Show is coming to the East Side on Nov. 9 from 5-9 p.m. at the Make Nashville Makerspace, 620B Davidson St. Proceeds from the art show will benefit the artists’ charity of choice.

To submit your work for the show and auction, check out the artwork and submission guidelines. Your Submissions must be dropped off on Nov. 2 or 3. For more information and show rules, visit the event page.

Halloween Week Roundup
There are a lot of treats for this Halloween week! Ready to do the Time Warp again? Slide on down to the Z. Alexander Looby Theater at 2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd. for the Circle Players’ production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show now through Nov. 2. More info and tickets are available at

“More brains!” your Halloween mantra? Then local punk scene supergroup Eat My Fuks will serve them up with their live tribute to The Return of the Living Dead soundtrack, Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Little Harpeth Brewing, 30 Oldham St. For more info run, don’t shamble, to the Facebook event page.

Nashville favs *repeat repeat bring their annual “Late Night Howloween Hang” back to The Crying Wolf (823 Woodland St.), Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. This year’s event is free. Check out the Facebook event page for details.

Not very spooky but most certainly harrowing is the best way to describe Steve Gorman’s new memoir, Hard to Handle: The Life & Death of the Black Crowes. Gorman will be discussing the book and signing at copies at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music (1060 East Trinity Lane), Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. For more info visit Grimey’s on the web.

Start your Halloween off right with a treat for your Hellhound at Baxter, Bailey and Co. (1004 Fatherland St., Suite 101). In addition to free doggie treats for single-headed Cerberuses that stop by on Halloween, they are currently accepting entries for their Pet Halloween Costume Contest.  More details on their Facebook page.

Halloween night not only brings out the ghouls and goblins, but also great music and entertainment. Ron Sanford Productions and Music City Prep Clinic bring you Nashville Horror Story at 8 p.m. at Track One, 1201 4th Ave. S. with a late night dance party, cash prize costume contest, and killer performances from internationally recognized drag entertainers. Plus a portion of the proceeds will support the Bianca Paige Awareness Network to educate and spread awareness to the community on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ civil rights issues. More info and tickets at eventbrite.

Your best Halloween couture is also welcome at Honeytree Meadery (918 Woodland St.). From 5-11 p.m. they’ll be partying with a costume contest featuring a grand prize for best costume along with seven meads on tap, including their seasonal Extra Basic Pumpkin Spice Mead, mulled mead, and non- alcoholic apple cider to satisfy your spooky Halloween thirst.

Meanwhile, Smoking Flowers will be hosting the Halloween Vampire Ball starting at 7 p.m. at The 5 Spot (1006 Forrest Ave.) featuring Music City Burlesque, tarot readings by Lindsay Grey, a vampire organ, and special guests that will FREAK YOU! (So they say!) More at Facebook.

And at Vinyl Tap, Cold Lunch Recordings will present Halloweird with live (or undead?) sets from Hervana (Nirvana covers), The Pre-Menstruals (The Cramps tunes), and Travollta (Don’t ask. Just be there) along with great DJ sets between acts. The screams start at 7 p.m. at 2038 Greenwood Ave. More info on Facebook.

Still looking for more after All Hallow’s Eve? Then you’ll want the Day of the Dead Tequila Fest at The Pavilion East on Friday, Nov. 1 starting at 6 p.m. Sample from over 30 types of tequila while partying in your best Halloween costume, along with enjoying jams from local DJs, tasty tacos, and more. Info and tickets are at bigtickets.


Time to Nominate the East Nashvillians of the Year!
The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association is now accepting nominations for East Nashvillian of the Year for 2019 in both the Business and Individual categories. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Please submit your nominations to Include the following information:

  • Business Name, Owner’s Name, and Reason for Nomination
  • Individual’s Name and Reason for Nomination

Quick Bits

  • Nashville Eater reports that Chef Tom Bayless and Dauer Ellis are partnering to open BokBox, a coal-roasted chicken restaurant BokBox to be located at 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 203. No opening date has been announced yet.
  • The former Bill Martin Grocery building at 1105 Fatherland St. will be getting an interior renovation according to a story in the Nashville Post. Glengarry Partners purchased the property April 2019 for $3.54 million. No plans for the building have been announced yet.
  • The building at 953 Main St. which currently houses East End Chiropractic and Star Physical Therapy is listed for sale with an asking price of approximately $2.5 million. The current owner of the property, Body in Balance L.L.C., purchased it 2005 for approximately $348,000.
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