Friday’s East Side Roundup, August 16

The 2019 Music Issue Is On the Way!

Just a quick reminder that The East Nashvillian’s annual Music Issue is coming up in September, and you can still get an ad in this keepsake issue that brings the stories of Music City to life! Check out last year’s Music Issue and contact asap to get your ad in the 2019 edition!

Noisefest 2 to Rock East Nashville

Are you sick of singer-songwriters? Clobbered by classic rock? Addled by Americana?

Then Noisefest 2 may be just the tonic you need. Organized, booked, and promoted by East Nashville’s own Queens of Noise (with sponsorship from Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities, aka YEAH!), Noisefest returns for its second year this weekend with 11 young DIY rock ’n’ roll bands to kick out the jams. The line-up includes Vanilla Milk Sasquatch, Dog Friday, Solaris, Cabin Color, Sleeping Fit, Jungle Tooth, Soy Milk Boy, Technical Difficulties, Cheer Up, Industrial Supply Co, and headliners Queens of Noise.

“We were inspired by [local DIY rock festival] Freezefest,” explains Queens of Noise guitarist and vocalist Robin August Fritsch. “We wanted to make something where people could come together, listen to music, have fun, and not worry about school and stuff. People should expect to dance a lot, buy cool merch, and meet a ton of new people!”

Noisefest 2 goes down Saturday, Aug. 17, 1:30-9:30 p.m. at 1015 West Kirkland Ave., #203. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 1:30. Music starts at 2.

Living Waters grand opening Pairing Dinner

As mentioned three weeks ago, Living Waters Brewing, the new East Side location for craft beer and coffee, opened their doors with little fanfare, but the time for the big celebration has now arrived. They’ll be observing their grand opening Monday night with a coffee, beer, and food pairing dinner.

“We wanted to create a unique experience to show how beer, coffee, and food can pair together to amplify the flavors and aromas,” Living Waters brewer Ryan McCay says, “and how what you eat and drink can affect the flavor of the next course. We’re emphasizing this by inviting the community to a small event, like a family gathering, that’s a multi-course meal of small plates.”

The six courses will include:

  • Salmon Chowder paired with Romker Gose
  • Bahn Mi Sliders paired with Seven Sisters Pineapple Pale Ale
  • Hanger Steak Tacos paired with Victoria New England IPA
  • Lamb Tagine over Farro Polenta paired with Rubicon Milk Stout
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake and Cream Anglaise paired with Anduin, a Milk Stout with Vanilla and Cinnamon
  • Coffee & Chocolate Pairing

Living Waters will supply the beer and coffee with the food prepared by Ingrained, a new East Side bread company.  The event is Monday, Aug. 19, from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $60 and are available through EventBrite, but are limited and selling fast. For more information on Living Waters Brewing visit


Rezoning Hearing Set for Rock Block

While not on the East Side, Nashville’s “Rock Block” is near and dear to hearts of many East Siders. Now the row of nightclubs, eateries, and apartments along Elliston Place between 21st and 24th Avenues South may be under a new threat.

A rezoning proposal to allow for a structure up to 15 stories high on the property now occupied by three historic buildings known collectively as the Louise Douglas Apartments is headed to a final vote on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Many have expressed concerns over the passage of the proposal and how it might dramatically alter the character of the area, leading to the demise of many long-established businesses.

Citizens opposed to the rezoning are encouraged to contact their councilperson and urge a “no” vote on BL2019-1568. Then again, you might be for it but, either way, now’s the chance to give voice to your opinion. Contact information for your councilperson is available on the Metro Council Members page. You can also attend the council meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the David Scobey Council Chamber in the Metropolitan Courthouse. For more information visit the Metropolitan Council Meetings page.

Quick Bits

  • The Americana Music Association recently announced this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees. They include renowned songwriters and one-time Madison residents Felice and Boudleaux Bryant (President’s Award), Elvis Costello (Songwriting), Delbert McClinton (Performance), and Maria Muldaur (Trailblazer). Mavis Staples will also be recognized for her career, and Rhiannon Giddens and the late Frank Johnson will both be honored with the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award, presented in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music. The 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards show will be held on Sept. 11 at the Ryman Auditorium as part of the association’s 20th annual AMERICANAFEST, taking place Sept. 10-15.
  • East Side eatery Las Maracas was recently ordered to pay approximately $63,000 in back wages and damages to 56 employees as a result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor according to a story on NewsChannel5 and other local news outlets. The investigation found that the Inglewood and Madison locations of Las Maracas, owned by Daphne Smith, violated minimum wage, overtime, and record keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, along with violating child labor laws, which led to an additional $20,232 in civil penalties.
  • A summer 2020 completion date has been announced for the renovation and expansion of the Boedecker Foundation-owned building at 1600 Riverside Drive, according to a story in the Nashville Post. The Nashville-based foundation — co-founded by former Crocs shoe company CEO and philanthropist George Boedecker Jr. — plans to make the location into a nonprofit community hub called the East Nashville Community Collaborative with an event space available for use by local nonprofits and a culinary skills and a kitchen training program.
  • Congratulations to Lillie Mae whose new album, Other Girls, on Third Man Records drops today. It’s available at fine record retailers all over town as well as at Third Man’s store. For more, read our cover story on Lillie Mae in the current issue!
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