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Wilburn Street Tavern is a neighborhood watering hole in the McFerrin Park area of East Nashville. The original Wilburn closed for renovations in Fall of 2017, expected to be re-opened, and then closed permanently at the end of 2017.  The neighborhood was saddened by the loss of their haunt and home of the beloved Miss Paulette aka “Mama.”

Teresa Mason, the owner of the widely popular food truck turned brick and mortar, Mas Tacos Por Favor, took over the dive.  The new Wilburn Street Tavern opened in May 2018.  The bar is quickly gaining newfound popularity.

The Tavern offers $6 dollar drink specials of handcrafted cocktails as well as regular house cocktails ranging from $6 to $10.  The $6 drink specials vary from a fresh and bright Berry Sangria to Wine Spritzers.  Their house cocktail offerings consist of Latin influenced mixology, a Fancy Margarita and the classic Salty Dog. Wilburn also offers select beers, wines, and bubblies.

The dive is an open space with a full service bar and offers a $5 menu of snacks and quick bites. On select Sundays, Wilburn offers a brunch menu with fresh and carefully prepared Latin influenced options, such as Tamales and Empanadas.

The new Wilburn Street Tavern has maintained much of the dive aesthetic with a trendy revamp.  The bar has a reddish hue with few windows masking out the light of day, adorned with knick knacks, subtle tiki undertone and mid-century vibe. The bar also  offers an event space and a small back patio to indulge in other vices.

The dive bar mojo is evident, complimented with friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. Sitting at the aged wooden bar reminiscent of my grandparent’s den, the Wilburn had a feel of an upscale establishment.

On my visit, I enjoyed one of the Labor Day Weekend $6 special berry Sangrias. The cocktail was well balanced, bright, and refreshing. One of my companions allowed me to sample their Arnold Palmer, which was also on special.  Arnold was also a well crafted cocktail with a hint of lemon.

I am a person of simple tastes, and honestly, my favorite part of these drinks was their ice.  The Wilburn Street Tavern offers the kind of ice you can find at Sonic Drive-In  that perfectly fills every crevice of liquid and allows it to stay cool exceedingly longer than your standard cube.

Stop in to The Wilburn Street Tavern Tuesday through Thursday 3PM-12AM, Friday 3PM-1AM, and Sunday and Monday from NOON-1AM for cocktail and quick bite.

 

 

 

Little Harpeth Brewery located in Germantown is not only a great Nashville microbrewery, but inside holds a quaint event space. While enjoying one of their craft brews, including the ever popular Chicken Scratch, you can catch some original talent.

This past Saturday I ventured over to Little Harpeth for a friend’s show, among other artists that played that night.

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The opener was a one man band, The Blues Against Youth. The man who is the band, Gianni Tbay, came to us from Rome, Italy. He had been on quite a journey starting in Italy, stopping in Chicago, with his final destination being Nashville, Tennessee. Half way through his first song, I was hooked. Gianni, on a borrowed guitar, simplified drum kit, and microphone belted out Hank Williams classics and tunes of his own in tride and true honky tonk form drenched in southern blues. His finger pickin’ suburb, voice laden with twang, I expected a native to rocky top Tennessee. His set was an absolute treat.

Followed by The Blues Against Youth was a singer songwriter, Sierra Ferrell. Sierra’s music was a delightful blend of folk, country and traditional Americana. Her voice was full of sweetness and her music had a bright personality. Sierra’s tunes had a definite Emmylou Harris influence with a bit more of a folksy vibe. Her music wrapped me in a sincere warm hug.

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Lucas Denton with Special Guests finished the show with a full band and female trio on background vocals. Their set was mostly traditional Country and Americana, fronted by Luke, his vocals reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen. The set was lovingly punctuated with heart warming harmony and exquisitely executed lead guitar.

Little Harpeth hosts shows of many different genres, but it’s always magical to see what Nashville does best.

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My Lenormand card reading with Renee at Crystal Spirit House in Lebanon was a switch flipped. A literal lightning bolt that started in my stomach and moved to my awareness. I could feel electricity through me and felt the messages very clearly. I could feel my energy rising and my inner being vibrating. It was connecting me to myself.

My reading was mostly bringing to light feelings and ideas floating around in my head I hadnt fully danced with and latched onto. Confirming messages I was getting and questions I needed answered.

The reading did not tell me what action to take or predict my future. It confirmed what I knew in my heart were choices I needed to make. Its time to drop what no longer serves the highest good. Jump off and go into the unknown. Personal wellbeing ahead of all others. Nothing can be given from an empty well. The trust and confidence to optimize my gifts and strengths.

The specifics of what all this relates to, well, I will keep that to myself, but sometimes in life, we need help hearing what message is out there for us. Sometimes the message is just not clear. Sometimes we need to connect with our divine and clear out negative space.

Speaking with an intuitive, psychic, card reader, is just a way to do that. Its a way to help, a tool. If you have questions or seeking guidance, I would highly recommend Renee as a messenger.

 

http://www.crystalspirithouse.com

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Back in 2013 when Twitter was somewhat of a foreign thing to me, I followed a food truck I had tried at The Porter Flea, that being Deg Thai. It was one of the first accounts I ever followed on Twitter. Among the ranks of Thought Catalog and Texts From Last Night, and well before The Donald’s covfefe. I wanted to know their schedule and where I could find them. I needed that flavor in my life as much as possible. Every since I’ve been a loyal follower.

Working in downtown Nashville for several years, I sampled the plethora of lunch options available. Even with many convenient and tasty spots a short walk away, I’d still make the trek to my favorite food truck. My office was located off 4th Avenue at Commerce Street. With an hour lunch and working at a busy law firm, I was committed to making that walk down to 7th ave on certain Thursdays.  Even if I had to eat it while walking back to the ever growing pile of paperwork on my desk, it was well worth it to get  my fix.

Back when I would visit Deg Thai downtown, they parked off 7th Avenue between Charlotte and Union by the War Memorial and Tennessee Tower. You can still find them there most Thursdays in addition to many other locations, including local events such as Live on the Green and Shakespeare in the Park.

Deg Thai never fails to exceed my expectations.  Easily the best Thai option in Nashville and I have tried nearly all of them. With awards from Street Food and Best of Nashville in the Nashville Scene, I am not alone in my praise of this gem.

Deg Thai offers the American Thai favorites, including Pad Thai. Their Pad Thai is fantastic and made with care.  The menu offers all of their main dishes with chicken, but a friendly disposition and polite request, they will happily make your dish with their exquisitely prepared Tofu. They also offer their dishes in Mild, Medium, Hot, Native Thai, and Ass Fire.

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My go to is the Red Curry with Tofu. I like it Native Thai hot, but even without the heat, its well balanced. The Tofu is fried with a light crisp cooked to perfection, not too dense or too soft. The dish contains baby corn, mushrooms, peppers and fresh Thai Basil in a lightly sweet red curry sauce on a bed of rice. The proportion of Curry to rice is spot on, easily consumed with a fork or chop sticks. The Curry paired with their Thai Coffee of Thai Tea and you’ve got a banger.

Even if you’ve never sampled Thai Cuisine, this is a must try. For more information and schedule, visit: https://degthai.com/

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The first weekend of August a kayaking and river floating outfit called Smooth Rapids hosts a Reggae Festival in McMinnville, Tennessee. The festival opens at noon on that Friday and closes the following Monday at noon.

McMinnville is another town of Appalachia, rich in southern culture, unspoken codes of conduct and whispered sins all washed away by Sunday morning service.  McMinnville is about an hour and a half drive from Nashville and before Chattanooga. The drive consists of sparsely populated towns decorated by smokey rolling hills off Interstate 24. McMinnville borders Manchester, Tennessee. Manchester is the home of Bonnaroo.

Reggae looks, smells and feels a little like Bonnaroo. You’ve got your “Centeroo,” food trucks and beer tent. Close your eyes and you might think you’re on the farm. Now, I’ve been to the farm 3 times. I’ve been going to music festivals since my tween years. Bonnaroo is the dog’s bollocks of music festivals. Tis a magical place.

Reggae has its own magic. It has something Bonnaroo cannot touch. At Reggae, you can have a bonfire at your camp site, drink your own beer, enjoy your camp and still hear the music with the stages being a short walk away.

I’m a music lover. No particular genre. I feel it on a spiritual and visceral level. Fuck, I sleep to it. Forget sleep, I fuck to it. Music tells my story when I can’t squeak a peep. It licks my wounds and gets me high. I’m also what some call “outdoorsy.” I daydream about walking barefoot in green grass, taking in nightly rhythmic chatter, symphonies of snores. Score, if there’s a bullfrog or two. I sleep my best sweaty in a tent with my stomach and chest pressed against mother earth, save for a few thin layers of fabric, dreaming of another day ahead. Its where I come to life. My father, son, and holy ghost.

This was my second year at Reggae. This year I went to Reggae with a couple friends and quickly made more upon setting up camp in the rear of the Smooth Rapids property, Area 51.

One of our new friends was a local named Michael.  Michael is a nomadic spirit with an easy smile, shoulder length dread locks and glasses. He regularly blessed the campgrounds with incense and donned a homemade Sawbriar pipe. Michael walked about playing his didjeridoo alerting all to his presence with uplifting melodic drones. The didjeridoo was a great addition to the many jam sessions that broke out at night.

Reggae is technically easy music. Its simple, but done well, its beautiful. Reggae is real talk. Its sexual. Its sunshine. The original punk rock.  Most of the music at Reggae at Smooth Rapids was decent.  A lot of the artists had a sound resembling Sublime with a touch of 311.  I did have my favorites that have made their way onto my spotify playlists.

The festival opened with an EDM artist, LVNKY, who had a total of three sets on Friday night. LVNKY was probably my favorite performer of the entire weekend. LVNKY’s music is a delightful mix of EDM and hip-hop influence punctuated with delicious bass, ambient rap lyrics and soulful R&B mixed in. Its highly dance-able, creating an almost irresistible urge to move. LVNKY would be the perfect late night set, inviting festies to dance with the moonlight under the influence of festival haze. With only 2 EPs released in 2015, LVNKY is a budding hopeful talent. Another favorite, Of Good Nature, also played Friday night. I’m a sucker for brass and beachy vibes. The 4 man band, which includes a horn player, guitarist, bassist and drummer, Of Good Nature offers both and an overall feel good lighthearted sound. They closed their set with a cover of 311’s “Summertime,” which the crowd erupted to in unison. Whyte Noise and CCDE are a couple of artists worth mention.  Their sets were fun and also dance-able.  Afroman closed out Sunday night, which seemed to be the highlight of most everyone’s weekend.

Reggae is a regular ficture of my summer. See you back at Area 51.

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