East Nashville news: Nikki Lane + Spiritualized, Eastland Cafe + crawfish, more

East Nashville news: Nikki Lane + Spiritualized, Eastland Cafe + crawfish, more

Lots of food, lots of celebration, lots of celebration with food. And Music.

On to the latest Stuff We Heard:

  • Nikki Lane hits the road with Spiritualized

    East Nashville-based singer-songwriter and High Class Hillbilly vintage maven Nikki Lane just scored a big, big tour opening for the mighty Spiritualized from coast to coast in May.

    On that jaunt, she’ll be taking the stage at some of our fine country’s finest large clubs and theaters, including D.C.’s 9:30 and San Francisco’s Fillmore. Closest to us? Atlanta, at the Variety Playhouse on May 13.

    Ahead of that run, Lane does make a hometown showing at Exit/In on April 28, alongside The Apache Relay and Colorfeels. That show kicks off at 9 p.m., and she’s second. Tix: $10.

    Drop by Lane’s Facebook page for the run of Spiritualized dates.

  • Old Made Good kicks off Summer Songs season

    While we’re on the music/vintage tip: Lovingly scavenged/handmade goods haven Old Made Good will kick off the 2012 season of its outdoor Summer Songs shindigs come Thursday, May 3, with talented locals The DanBerrys providing the sounds.

    They’re wicked Americana/bluegrass players, those DanBerrys, which we learned at a 2011 Summer Songs installment. And as Summer Songs veterans, we feel we can safely say: They’re a dang good time.

    Food trucks have generally been on the premises, whilst happy neighbors have perched on blankets to watch and listen to music behind the backdrop of scenic… McGavock Pike. (Hey, it has its charms.) Some folks winkingly called it “Hipster Picnic” last year, and, well, fair enough. (Why errybody so sensitive about the word hipster? It implies some degree of fashionableness and cultural engagement. Ain’t like you’re being called a turdster. Just embrace it.)

    Summer Songs events, including this first one, are free. Stuff starts up at 7 p.m., and OMG is located at 1304 McGavock Pike. More: Summer Songs Facebook event page.

  • Win a week of My Veggie Chef

    Speaking of the hipsters: vegan food, right!?

    East Nashville-based vegan meal kit delivery biz My Veggie Chef… delivers… vegan… uh, meal kits. We recently did a week-long test-drive, and will write that up in great detail, but headline: It was pretty simple, and pretty tasty.

    Intrigued? You can try their food out by paying for it (eyeball the My Veggie Chef website), orrrr, they’re hosting a vegan recipe contest right now, prize being a week of My Veggie Chef meal kits.

    The process: Submit a favorite vegan recipe on the My Veggie Chef Facebook wall (needs to be full-on, with instructions and such), and head Veggie chef Kristie Agee will parse through those submissions and pick a winner. The guilty party behind the chosen recipe will snag that week of meal kits. Pretty simple, pretty tasty.

    For more, check out My Veggie Chef’s contest on Facebook. Deadline for submissions is May 30.

  • Celebrate Jon Yeager’s PourTaste

    On the tastiness subject: We’ve mentioned cocktails guru Jon Yeager and his in-the-works PourTaste app in the past. That app — a 50-state-wide cocktail house locator, which also includes regular cocktail recipes — is now live in your Apple app store for 99 cents.

    In celebration of the new app, Yeager’s stomping grounds, Riverside Village’s Watanabe, will host a celebration tonight, starting at 8 p.m. No cost to hang after 8 p.m.

    Meantime, check out PourTaste on Facebook, and on your cellular gadget.

    Watanabe is located at 1400 (scenic) McGavock Pike.

  • Enjoy a crawfish boil at Eastland tonight

    Also tonight: Eastland Cafe launches what’s meant to be a weekly crawfish boil on the patio, starting up at 6:30 p.m.

    Cost for the eats (which’ll come via the Louisiana Seafood Company), according to the call we just made to Eastland: $20.

    Eastland’s located at 97 Chapel Ave.

  • Green Wagon celebrates the ladies

    Continuing on the party subject: The Green Wagon reminds us that International Midwives Day and Mother’s Day are on the way, thus, a celebration of womanhood is in order.

    From The Green Wagon:

    We along with our sponsors, Nashville Birth Network, The Wild Cow, and Sweet Betweens Bakery, are throwing our second annual mixer to celebrate womanhood here at The Green Wagon. Come drop in and enjoy a glass of wine and fellowship here at The Green Wagon while munching on some delicious food provided by The Wild Cow and Sweet Betweens Bakery. All women, young and old welcome! Come celebrate with us!

    This all goes down from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Green Wagon, 1100 Forrest Ave. More info: Midwives, Mommas, Misses, and More Mixer on Facebook.

  • Party people: Peep Stockroom Vintage

    Back on the vintage subject: We recently became aware of East Nashville-based Stockroom Vintage, which takes a slightly different approach to the vintage-wares game. They stock tons of stuff — from furniture to dishwares to various forms of knick-knackery — but said stuff is for rent, not purchase. Handy for when you’re, say, throwing a shindig that might benefit from a throwback theme.

    Stockroom also does event styling, so heads up, you vintage-liking brides and grooms.

    Take a gander at the Stockroom Vintage website for more.

  • Marathoners: save on Five Points Pizza

    Perhaps you’ve heard: The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is nigh, on April 28. People will be running. People will be carbing.

    Good news for you runners: Our own Five Points Pizza‘s pizza sure is delicious, and sure is carb-y, and bonus, if you bring your number from the marathon in on Saturday, they’ll drop 10 percent off your meal.

    1012 Woodland St. (Oh, and try the garlic knots, frreals.)

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