Firstly, let us all raise a glass in celebration of the fact that the weekend I-24 road closures, this weekend, ain’t happenin’. Drive to and from East Nashville with wild abandon, non-East Nashvillians, as the highways are clear as this afternoon’s lovely sky! Rejoice!
While we’re basking in traffic-free freedom, a few tidbits of East Nashville fun follow. Stuff We Heard, once again:
We thoroughly enjoy watching the world at large getting exposed to our neighborhood’s treasures via the TV box, and that happens frequently enough. It’ll be happening again soon: Street food-focused Cooking Channel show Eat Street returns to Nashville this weekend, and our own Mas Tacos is on the schedule for a visit.
According to a Facebook event page from the East Nashville taco titans, Eat Street will be by starting in the vicinity of 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, and the Mas Tacos truck will be out to strut its truck-y stuff, alongside some brunch specials inside the 732 Mcferrin Ave. shop. Show up, eat tacos, and perhaps you’ll get your big small-screen break.
Other local fooderies on the Eat Street docket this weekend, according to the tweeter, include the Wrapper’s Delight and Mere Bulles trucks.
(Above image: Mas Tacos Facebook.)
While we’re on the East Nashville food-and-drink tip, just wanted to share some congrats to the new Barista Parlor, who’ve been slinging caffeine and accoutrements on our side of the river for a week-plus now.
Our multiple attempts at a visit have been thwarted thus far, since we’re apparently too goofy to realize they close at 2 p.m. That will be remedied a.s.a.p, since, y’all, they brew Intelligentsia coffee. Have you had? You should have. Sincerely.
So as a reminder to ourselves and a heads up to you: Check the place — and their by-the-cup coffees and various foodstuffs — from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 to 2 on weekends, at 519B Gallatin Ave., near Porter Road Butcher and The Bloomy Rind.
More: Barista Parlor on Facebook.
And while we’re talking beverages: Cocktails turbo-nerd Jon Yeager — whose delicious concoctions can be enjoyed at Riverside Village‘s Watanabe, among other places — just started crafting a quarterly column for Her Nashville, the first of which is available now.
That first column, eye-able at HerNashville.com, touches on women and their role in cocktail history, local and otherwise. A pretty neat read — give a look.
As we’ve mentioned previously, you can also benefit from Yeager’s cocktail nerdery by downloading his PourTaste iPhone app, which’ll point you to fine places to imbibe around the land.
Today, as it happens, is Bob Dylan’s birthday. You’ve probably heard of the guy. Guesses are you’ve also heard of East Nashvillian singer-songwriter Todd Snider, who regularly proclaims his proud East Nashvilleness about as intently as Jay-Z does his New Yorkness. These things have something to do with each other.
Hat tip to American Songwriter, who shared this Todd Snider cover of Dylan’s “You’re a Big Girl Now.” Give a listen below.
From a birthday to a party: The Green Wagon‘s set to host its second annual Summer Block Party come Saturday, June 2, at its 1100 Forrest Ave. location.
What summer treats will you enjoy there? Sounds from Denney and the Jets, Blackfoot Gypsies and others, brews from East Nashville’s Fat Bottom Brewing Co. and others, eats from the Grilled Cheeserie (from 6 to 10 p.m.), lots more.
The whole shindig runs from noon to 10 p.m. The event will benefit the East Nashville Cooperative Ministry. Mark the ol’ calendar.
More info: the Green Wagon website.
Expect a mix of budget-friendly and collectible albums, 78s, 45s, even a few CDs.
The sale starts up at 10 a.m., and Logue’s is located at 2915 Gallatin Rd.
More info: Morally Good Vinyl sale on Facebook.
On the subject of East Nashville and music: We recently mentioned East Side of the River, an in-the-works documentary film that intends to chronicle our neighborhood’s fascinatingly vibrant collection of music-makers.
We also mentioned that director Ron Coons is fundraising for the film via Kickstarter. As of this posting, he’s reached just under $2,500 of the $7,500 goal, and as you Kickstarter veterans know, folks who come in under goal get zilch. A scant 11 days remain in the fundraising, so if you’ll like to pitch in, get ye to Kickstarter. A preview snippet may be viewed above.
Remember how we five seconds ago mentioned how fascinatingly vibrant East Nashville’s collection of musicians is? The neighborhood shows, rather than tells, on Friday and Saturday at the Family Wash, as the Sons of Zevon continue their run of capturing a year of top-notch 1970s music onstage.
The year this time: 1975. We’re not trying to predict what they’ll play, but, y’know, hits of that year included “Listen to What the Man Said,” “You’re No Good,” Bowie’s “Fame”… wasn’t too bad of a year, so we’ll guess they’ll fire up some good ones.
Oh, and the Sons’ ranks include Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow) Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks), Marc Pisapia (Joe, Marc’s Brother; Josh Rouse) and other serious-business local players.
Shows start at 9:30 p.m. sharp, and the cover is $10. The Family Wash continues to be located at 2038 Greenwood Ave.