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February 2017


Music Row Makeover

One of Nashville’s most iconic Music Row studios is getting a facelift.  It was recently announced that RCA Studio A, the birthplace of so many legendary recordings, has a major renovation project in the works. Nashville-based Anderson Design Studio announced a $500,000 makeover for the space that will capture the retro-vibe of the studio’s 1960s heyday. “What we’re talking about is paying homage to the environment that Chet [Atkins] and Owen [Bradley] envisioned when they built this, and when they worked here,” preservationist Aubrey Preston says.

“Turn it down, Midtown!“

Too noisy in Midtown?  Noise complaints in the area show growing tension between urban housing and entertainment in Nashville. Indeed, 82 noise complaints have been leveled against Midtown bars since Jan. 1 2016, according to police records. A petition seeking to ease outdoor noise restrictions for Midtown venues like Soulshine garnered over 6,100 signatures. Created by local musician Michael Fabrizio and owner of Red Roots Music, the petition aims to help the close-knit musical community continue to thrive without having to sacrifice decibel levels or opportunities to play. According to nearby residents however, they are not only losing sleep from late night music, but are also worried about property values dropping as a result.

Major League Soccer Coming to Nashville?

Yes, Major League Soccer may be coming to Nashville. Mayor Megan Barry is proposing a new pro soccer stadium for The Fairgrounds Nashville that will be a crucial item in a bid to bring the league to Nashville. In a statement on January 26th, Barry said that "while no formal proposals or deals have been reached," her office has been working with the ownership group to submit a bid and she fully supports the effort to bring MLS to Nashville. “Ultimately, a soccer facility will be needed in order to attract an MLS team here to Nashville," she said. The area proposed, south of downtown Nashville, is near neighborhoods that are hotspots for new development and some of the city’s most diverse immigrant communities.


Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials

Treating your sweety to some place nice this year? Want to avoid making your significant other hangry at you when you can’t figure out where to eat on the most romantic day of the year?  Here are a few options:

1808 Grille

Delight your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner from 1808’s new Executive Chef, Kerri Roach. A special prix-fixe menu priced at $75.00 per person (excluding beverages, tax & gratuity) will be available.

Adele's Nashville

A special prix fixe menu priced at $70 per person will be available for guests to enjoy this Valentine's Day.


Serving a special 4-course prix fixe menu for $80 with optional wine pairings for $30 on Valentine's Day.


Serving a special 4-course prix fixe menu for $90 with optional wine pairings for $40 on Valentine's Day.

Fin & Pearl

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a 3-course prix fixe dinner for $65 created by Executive Chef Matt Farley and Chef de Cuisine, Dale Levitski. Wine pairings for $45 are also available.

Le Sel

Prix fixe dinner of French fare at $55 per person. Dinner includes shared snacks, a choice of one appetizer per person, one entree per person, and shared desserts.


Songwriter Round
Location: Bridge Bar
Date: February 7
Time: 10pm

Songwriter Round
Location: Commodore Grille
Date: February 22
Time: 9pm



After spending more than a decade in higher education as a teacher and music researcher, I switched gears in order to serve my local Nashville community.  I've chosen to hang my real estate license at VILLAGE because it's a company with a heart for continuing education, personal growth, and most importantly, a responsible people-based approach to Music City's market.  

Thank you all for your support and please keep me in mind if you or anyone you know may be looking to call Nashville home!


These giant guitar pick signs are more than just sidewalk decor.  In fact, these “Live Music Venue” signs denote Nashville live music venues that host music four or more nights a week.  With more than 120 live music spots throughout the city, local Nashvillians and visitors have more than a few options to hear some of Music City’s best tunes and musicians.  
Cookie Dough Truffles

Whether you eat a baker’s dozen of these by yourself on the couch in the dark on Valentine’s Day or share a couple of them over a glass of wine with your sweetheart, these little buggers are packed with enough sugary love to make even Cupid blush.

- 1 stick butter, softened
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 c. mini chocolate chips
- 2 c. semisweet chocolate chips, melted


1. Make cookie dough: In a stand mixer, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add flour and salt and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into balls and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour.

3. Dip cookie dough balls in chocolate, shaking off excess, and transfer to freezer, 15 minutes.


Artist and Musician Kim Kennedy

If you’ve ever driven past 12th and Porter at 114 12th Avenue North, you’ve seen Kim Kennedy’s work. In 2014, 12th and Porter chose the local artist to paint the venue’s mural, which became a larger than life image of local musician, Dave Baker (Kellie Pickler’s guitarist) playing a Gibson Dobro. Kennedy, an Ohio native, moved to Nashville from Milwaukee in 2013 and hit the ground running not only as a visual artist, but as a musician as well, having recorded two albums since hitting town. I caught up with Kim recently to talk about her work and what lies ahead for 2017.

Before the 12th and Porter mural, had you done other mural projects?

Actually, no, the 12th and Porter project was my first mural, so there was a bit of a learning curve. In translating my original small scale piece to the entire side of a building using just a projector and my eyes, I had to think differently about lighting, making small details pop, and doing art publicly. So many people walking by would stop to chat about what I was up to--not quite as private as painting in my room!

Have you done other large scale projects since?  

Yes, since the 12th and Porter project, a number of other opportunities have opened up, including one in Hamburger Square in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, which I finished up in the late spring of 2016. I also have a couple new mural propositions in the works in Nashville. 
One of the most satisfying things about doing murals is that they become bigger than what covers the wall; the murals belong to the communities that host them and to be part of that kind of local giving feels really great.

Besides murals and small pieces on more traditional canvases, you also do body painting. Tell me about that.

Yeah, so, body painting is an interesting thing. First off, it’s not easy to paint a body. Skin is squishy and certainly not without imperfections, so navigating curves on a pliable surface can be a challenge. Second, body painting can involve nudity which not everyone is totally comfortable with, but I’ve found that body painting is a powerful way for people to celebrate their bodies while expressing themselves. For instance, my personal body painting has involved portraits of musicians that I highly admire, like Prince, David Bowie, and the Beatles.

In addition to being a talented visual artist, you are a monster musician. What role has music played in your world?

I’ve been writing music for thirteen years. I love classic rock--Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Beatles, of course--and so many of the ‘90s and 2000s female artists who were making waves then--Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette. Lately I’ve also been getting more into jazz and blues and some of the classic crooners like Frank Sinatra. I write a lot in the pop vein, but I try to soak up everything I can get my ears on. If you’d like to check out some of my music, you can check out my reverbnation page and I have a full album available on itunes too.  

What are you up to now?

Currently I’m working on the mural proposals I mentioned but I also have a couple events coming up: Skully’s Saloon on February 9th (9pm) and an art show on February 11th (7-10pm) at MAIN in East Nashville where I’ll also be performing. The latter is part of the East Side Art Stumble and will help fight human trafficking in Tennessee, so we’d love to see people come out for that.  


Thanks to Kim Kennedy for indulging me! Check her out @allyouneediskim on Instagram and see her live in Nashville soon:

Skully’s Saloon
February 9, 9pm
333 Swinging Bridge Rd, Old Hickory, Tennessee 37138

February 11, 7-10pm

709B Main St. with alley access.

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