Some Stuff to talk about… We’ll jump right into it:
Biggest East Nashville news going right now: Obviously, the weekend I-24 closures that’ll be… let’s say “complicating” travel in and out of our area for 13 weekends over the coming months.
The basics: First closure begins tonight, April 20, at 9 p.m., and runs until Monday at 5 a.m. The closed roadway hunks, via TDOT:
Ain’t that sound fun!? TDOT’s also provided a thorough list of Interstate and local detour routes, which you may gander at by clicking the toggle below.
Motorists traveling from north of Nashville on I-24 East/I-65 South toward Chattanooga will follow I-65 South/I-40 West at Exit 86, then follow I-40 East/I-65 South at Exit 84A, and then follow I-40 East/I-24 East at Exit 210.
Motorists traveling from south of Nashville on I-24 West/I-65 North toward Clarksville/Louisville will follow I-65 South/I-40 West at Exit 211, then follow I-40 West/I-65 North at Exit 210A, and then follow I-65 North/I-24 West at Exit 208.
Local Detour Routes
Motorists traveling east on Woodland Street wanting to continue east on Woodland Street will turn right onto Interstate Drive, then turn left onto Shelby Avenue, then turn left onto South 5th Street, and turn right onto Woodland Street.
Motorists traveling west on Woodland Street wanting to continue west on Woodland Street will turn left onto South 5th Street, then turn right onto Shelby Avenue, then turn right onto South 2nd Street, then turn left onto Russell Street, then turn right onto South 1st Street, and turn left onto Woodland Street.
Motorists traveling east on James Robertson Parkway(Main Street) wanting to continue east on Main Streetwill turn right onto Interstate Drive, then turn left onto Shelby Avenue., then turn left onto South 5th Street, and turn right onto Main Street.
Motorists traveling west on Main Street wanting to continue west on James Robertson Parkway(Main Street)will turn right onto Spring Street, then take the I-24 East on-ramp, then exit I-24 East at James Robertson Parkway (Exit 48), and turn right onto James Robertson Parkway.
Motorists traveling on Shelby Avenue to I-24W will turn onto South 5th Street and will continue on Spring Street to the I-24W on-ramp.
Motorists traveling on Jefferson Street and North 1st Street to I-24 East will take North 1st Street, and then turn left onto Woodland Street to the I-24 East on-ramp.
And now for a little real talk: With all the road-monkeying, there is, of course, the very real possibility that many non-Eastsiders who regularly visit our area to partake in our array of fantastical businesses will choose to avoid the potential inconvenience, and thus, avoid East Nashville. And that sucks, potentially. It sucks because our businesses are a big part of what makes East Nashville so vibrant, and those businesses enjoy receiving money. (So weird, right!?)
We all yap a lot about how tight-knit and supportive our neighborhood is, and here’s a golden opportunity to put our money where our yaps are. Over these 13 weekends, to whatever extent we have the means, it’d be a fine thing to show up at our various independent East Nashville businesses, and ideally, trade them some moneys for whatever it is that they offer. Folks are sweating these closures, understandably. Here’s hoping it’ll be nothing more than a minor hiccup. Aaaaaand, feet off soapbox.
For a visual aid to circumventing the closures, click the map (shared by the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association, designed by Art Dude Creative) to embiggen. (Green means go, here.)
And now, let’s talk about fun stuff. Saturday, April 21, Fannie Battle hosts a big ol’ Block Party celebrating 120 years. That’s a lotta candles.
At said free, rain-or-shine party: children’s activities, food (from Pizza Buds, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, many others), wares from local vendors, lots of other family-friendly stuff.
It’ll run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 108 Chapel Ave. Check out the flyer on Facebook, and mark down your Saturday plans.
Some more local fun this weekend: Fanny’s House of Music hosts a spring vintage clothing sale on Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., sharing wares from The Mom and Pop Culture Shop, Pink Star Vintage, KimVintage, My Favorite Plum, Closet Case Vintage, Huella Huella and The Trunk Nashville.
What with it being a House of Music, there’ll also be DJs spinning throughout the day.
Fanny’s is located at 1101 Holly St., and there’s no cost to hang, listen to music and peruse the vintage wares.
Shall we move on to next weekend? Drifters is set to host a Jamboree and East C.A.N. Challenge on Saturday, April 28 from noon to 11 p.m.
That’ll entail a bunch of live music, eats and the East C.A.N. 1,000 beer challenge, which, as you might guess, is a fundraiser for East C.A.N., involving beer. (With a $10 fee, you’ll have access to $1 12 ounce PBRs and be entered into a bicycle raffle, with all proceeds going toward East C.A.N.).
The music lineup features Moses James, Geoff Davin, Sarah Lou Richards, Rev. Marko and the Jipsees and Gorilla Baby. Drifters is located at 1008B Woodland St.
More info: Check out the Drifters Jamboree Facebook event page.
Dude? So it’s 4/20! OMGSOFUNNY! Annnnyhow, in celebration of the dudiest of holidays(?), the new Kama Loka Hookah and Tea Lounge, which we mentioned the existence of recently, is going all out, theme-wise. According to the Facebooks: They’ll be showing a Weeds marathon (actually a really good show, regardless of whether you’re a fan of that particular brand of recreational activity), and pots of tea will be going for… $4.20.
The lounge is located at 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 205. Check them out more thoroughly via the Kama Loka Facebook page.
Heads up for vegetarians/vegans/folks who like food: Eastsider-run Vegan food delivery service My Veggie Chef (which we’ll be writing about more soon) has a Groupon going, for 51 percent off five vegan meal kits. (It’s $39, as opposed to the regular $80.)
Snag the deal over at Groupon.com.
A little bit of local music, above: Via American Songwriter and Martin Guitars, a live video of Eastsider Jasmin Kaset and her band, captured here in East Nashville.
From NewsChannel 5: Michael Mills, 18, was arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Quintin Johnson Wednesday outside a Chicamauga St. home.