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East Nashville St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

15 Mar

This Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day. It means a lot of things to a lot of people, but to East Nashville it means East Nashville’s 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl with cheap beer and potential prizes. And probably food trucks.

Participating bars include Red Door East, 3 Crow, Beyond the Edge, Batter’d & Fried, Boston Seafood House, and Drifters. Apparently the big prizes this year are a Guinness Golf bag and a round of golf and FIVE pairs of Predators tickets! Those winners will be announced on the radio on Monday.

The event runs from 7pm to about midnight. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Scene Report: Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream Grand Opening

25 Jun

When I got my Ohio drivers license I was never told that as an Ohioan I would be expected so spread the Good Word concerning ice creams of the Buckeye state, but it seems like that’s exactly what I’ve been doing this week. If you don’t understand my passion concerning the Ohio delicacy recently brought to Nashville by the name of Jeni’s then you weren’t there to get free scoops Thursday night.

Fellow blogger Matt Kraatz and myself wondered over to East Nashville pretty much the moment we got off work, so we were there an hour early – 6pm. We didn’t really want to be those people who line up an hour early – especially since Jeni’s was hosting some sort of private party, so we headed over to Rose Pepper to enjoy their happy hour, get some food, and kill some time. Still, we were antsy to finish dinner and get some free ice cream with weird names.


Scene Report: fEASTival Nashville

23 May

This past Saturday brought the first fEASTival Nashville. As you may have guessed by the name, the festival was held in East Nash and promised all the best the neighborhood had to offer

There were food trucks galore and plenty of great music, that’s for sure. I mean, there was basically a food court and there were three different stages for music. For a festival in its first year fEASTival did a commendable job.

However, there were a few things that could be improved upon. Firstly, you have to purchase food tickets to get food from the vendors, and there was no standard entree price nor a menu up at the ticket counter that listed the vendors and their food prices. This typically meant that you’d either buy too many tickets and might waste money or you’d have to sheepishly return to the ticket counter to buy more. I understand that tickets serve their purpose for festivals, but I don’t like having to buy them blindly like that.

The biggest disappointment at fEASTival was the lack of artists. I was expecting more pretty and interesting works by local artisans to peruse while eating my Banging Taco. Maybe the threat of rain kept some people away, but next year I just hope that they get more booths of stuff to buy.

So basically there were two things I really hope fEASTival imrpoves upon next year. It’s obvious that a lot of work and went into it, and for a first year street fair it was pretty well-stocked with food and tunes. I take that back, the food and tunes rivaled any other fest in Nashville. Hope to see it come back and be even more rocking next year!


The 4th Annual Nashville Scavenger Hunt

8 Apr


Robert's Sweet Ride

As a dedicated cyclist in this city for nigh on nine months now, I think I can claim at least a touch of “street cred”. I rode all through the winter. For a little bit, I rode with spoke cards from a real messenger style checkpoint race I rode in. I own a hideous pink, blue, and white cycling cap (Team Lampre/NGC) which I wear proudly when I parade down the streets on my single speed green ’77 Varsity, Portlandia style, complete with a plaid shirt and pants that are too tight on me. I’m even a member of the Facebook group about cycling in Nashville. I also spend a decent chunk of my time getting paid to fix bicycles for the Belmont Bikes bike share program, so I’ve had my fair share of grit under my nails. Credibility established? Didn’t think so.

I may not be cool, but I know a good time when I see one, and the 4th Annual Nashville Scavenger Hunt promises to deliver it in spades. It’s a standard messenger style checkpoint ride, NOT race, through East Nashville. At each checkpoint, each rider will receive a playing card and at the end of the night the person with the best poker hand wins, NOT the fastest person, so all riders have a chance of doing well. And if you’ve ever come out to an event like this in Nashville, you know that cyclists in this town are pretty great folks. The honest truth is that literally everyone is welcome at events like this. All skill levels. All kinds of bikes. All you need to come down and cruise is a helmet and your sweet ride.

I did mention winning a couple of times, and that’s because these rides usually have sponsors and prizes, and according to the official blog for the event, the overall point’s winner receives this sweet Steamroller frame, courtesy of Nashville Bicycle Lounge. I’m betting there will be other prizes as well, but I can’t find an official sponsor list anywhere, so I don’t know what else will be there from whom, if at all.

So there you have it. The hunt rolls out on Saturday morning at 11, with sign up starting at 10 and will be finished by 1, which means you’ll have the whole rest of the day to lie on the couch and complain talk about how tired you are to your room mates or guzzle frosty brews at the East Nashville Beer Festival (not free and sold out so good luck). This being an event involving cycling, I’m almost positive there will be a group of people, or at least me, who don’t have tickets to the beer festival that will be going out for pints afterwards, so there’s the possibility of day drinking to lure you as well. Hope to see you tomorrow morning in East Nashville!


6th Annual St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl in East Nashville

17 Mar

There will be a lot of bar specials tonight. It’s St. Patrick’s Day for God’s sake! There will be green beer flowing in the streets of Nashville, that much is certain. However, if you want to go to the hipster-est of all St. Patrick’s Day events you need look no farther than East Nashville’s 5 Points.

This will make it the 6th year Beyond The Edge, Drifters BBQ Nashville, Batter’d & Fried, 3 Crow Bar and Red Door Saloon East will combine their respective powers to create a St. Patrick’s Day you’re sure to not remember.

Since the whole event is sponsored by Guinness there will be drink specials on Guinness at all locations. Everyone will also have drink special on Miller Lite (okay?) and probably a few other beverages. The whole shebang is also sponsored by Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream, 102.9 The Buzz, 102.5 The Party and the Nashville Scene.

While drinking is probably at the top of your list tonight at the pub crawl I highly suggest you take a few sober minutes to enter to win U2 tickets as well as Predators tickets, Bar Bucks, Movie Passes, and other various concert tickets. So make sure you can write your name and phone number down!

As always, have fun and be safe.


The Hook Up: Ultimate Comedy at The Building

27 Jan

Here’s the thing about comedy shows: they’re usually really bad or really good. I’ll be honest, I don’t know if Ultimate Comedy is the funniest thing in East Nashville or if it will leave you shaking your head in disappointment, but you have to give a chance to a comedy event that “only promises to get louder, weirder, and funnier” this year.

Like I said, I basically knownothing about Ultimate Comedy except that I was emailed about their show tonight at the Building (1008-c Woodland St in East Nashville). The promise to go too far, they promise to be strange and hilarious, they promise to turn it up to eleven AND, if you mention that you heard about the show from Nashville for Free  that you won’t have to pay that pesky $5 cover. That’s right, Ultimate Comedy is free to you, my loyal readers. All those other poor souls will have to open their wallets at the door, but not you. You can see a comedy show you probably haven’t heard of for free, and isn’t that how it should be?

Again the show starts at 8pm tonight, January 27th at The Building in East Nashville. Don’t forget to mention Nashville for Free to get your perks.


2-4-1 Tuesdays: Mad Donna’s

12 Oct

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I seriously have trouble leaving East Nashville. I just can’t help it that all of my favorite bars and drink specials are east of the Cumberland river! This week I decided to hit up Mad Donna’s on Woodland Street just a few blocks down from 5-points.

Let me begin by saying that this bar does not have bar food, they have REAL food. This gay-friendly bar can cook up a tasty order of nachos and a variety of other foods. However, the money you’ll be saving on drinks will be spent on your meal which will definitely not be cheap. But onto the drink deals. On Tuesday you can enjoy your 2-4-1 well drinks until 10 pm while you give it a go at Drag Queen bingo. I’m not joking, the most fabulous drag queens in Nashville will be shouting out “I-8!” to help you fill your bingo card. What can be better in this life? Not much, kids.

Wednesday nights are 2-4-1’s on your favorite drafts. Thursday nights are wine nights, you’ll get $2 off wine by the glass and $5 off wine by the bottle. I’m not a huge fan of Martinis, but if you are you need to go to Mad Donna’s on Friday for Martini night They have $5 Smirnoff and specialty martinis until 10 pm. On Saturdays there are 2-4-1 mimosas and a make-your-own-bloody-mary bar during brunch (10 am-3 pm). Also on Saturdays from 3pm-10pm indulge in $5 Long Island Iced Teas. On Sundays they still have the 2-4-1 mimosas and the bloody mary bar during brunch, and after brunch they are $5 margaritas from 3pm-10pm. For all you trivia lovers, 8pm sharp in the loft on Sundays is where you need to be!

My only complaint: the drink specials end way too early. The atmosphere is cool and welcoming, and the food is pricey, but delicious. Next week, I’m going to cross the bridge and visit the Gold Rush, so watch for that!

The rundown:

Sundays: 2-4-1 mimosas, make-your-own-bloody-mary bar from 10 am to 3 pm. $5 Long Islands from 3 pm to 10 pm

Tuesdays: 2-4-1 on wells until 10 pm, Drag Queen Bingo

Wednesdays: 2-4-1 on drafts until 10 pm

Thursdays: $2 off a glass of wine, $5 off a bottle

Fridays: Martini night, $5 smirnoff and other specialty drinks until 10 pm

Saturdays: 2-4-1 mimosas, make-your-own-bloody-mary bar from 10 am to 3 pm. $5 Margaritas from 3 pm to 10 pm. Trivia at 8 pm.

Tomato Art Festival: This Saturday

11 Aug

For the past three years one festival has been voted best festival by Nashvillians: the Tomato Art Festival. Going into its seventh year, the Tomato Art Fest has gone from a goofy neighborhood celebration to a full-on extravaganza with 20,000 in attendance.

I went last year and had a great time despite the heat. There were SO MANY freebies too! I got a free tote bag from Whole Foods, some free tomato ice cream (kind of weird, not gonna lie), a balloon, a free bloody mary, and more. There were also a lot of great thing available to buy, like Mas Tacos and fried green tomatoes.

But I have to say, it was worth braving the heat just to people watch. East Nashville is weird, and that’s a good thing. There were so many people who were completely decked out in their tomato costumes or dressed head to toe in red. It was awesome to know that there are people who don’t care if they look completely silly, they were there to have a great time and participate, and that makes them my heroes.

As for this year’s events, there are far too many to mention, but here are some of the events that caught my eye:

  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Second line parade – 9pm
  • Bobbing for tomatoes at Wags and Whiskers (it’s harder than you’d think)
  • Bicycle tomato art show at Eastside Cycles
  • TomatOlympics in the alley behind Beyond the Edge
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes screening at Kustom Thrills

Screw it, there are really too many awesome things to mention. You can see the whole list here.

So go, and get your tomato on. Be weird, Nashville, be weird.


Artist of the Week: Paul Burch and the WPA Ballclub

12 Sep

paul burchFriends, today I’m excited to tell you about our artist of the week: Paul Burch. I’ve been a fan of Paul since I was 16 and heard his song “Railroad Steel” on a Bloodshot Records sampler that I got from a magazine that probably doesn’t exist anymore (RIP music mags of the world).

I was instantly drawn to the song, which is still one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. It impressed me with its simplicity and it’s emotion, and Paul’s clean vocals brought something to the song that any other singer would have been lacking.

After hearing Paul for the first time I immediately bought a few of his records and found that “Railroad Steel” wasn’t his only masterpiece, in fact, his records are full of great songs. I was still in Ohio at the time, and I was saddened to see that he doesn’t do those big ‘ol tours that so many people embark on, and when I moved to Nashville I finally got a chance to see him at the wonderful Family Wash in East Nashville. For free. It was awesome. Some fella bought me dinner and Paul was fantastic.

I’m sure by now a lot of you have heard that The Family Wash is in trouble. I’ll admit that I haven’t been there much, though it is frequently on my mind (as is their baked mac’n’cheese and baked potato pie). It’s an awesome little place that has a pretty big selection of beer that would please any connoisseur, but, in my opinion, the best part about the Family Wash is the live entertainment. They’re open from Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm until midnight, and almost every night they have live music with no cover charge (though they do pass around the hat).

I bring all of this up because Paul and the WPA Ballclub are playing at the Family Wash this Wednesday, the 16th at 7pm, and I think that you should go out and see him. If you miss what country used to be then Paul is your man. I’ve seen the man twice so I can tell you firsthand that he doesn’t disappoint (and neither does the venue). Don’t just take my word on it. Check out his website, where you can hear songs from his new album, and if you like what you hear, which I’m sure you will, head down to the Family Wash, catch his set for free, and enjoy a beer and a shepherd’s pie.

Paul’s site

The Family Wash