Wacky Wednesday – Nashville, Music & Gold and Platinum Records

Fine Young Cannibals Double Platinum Record, photo by Caryn

Fine Young Cannibals Double Platinum Record, photo by Caryn

I cannot emphasize enough the wide range of items people have Junk King of Nashville haul away for recycling. There are the stalwarts: old appliances, mattresses, broken furniture and lawn mowers, and wind-blown trampolines. Then there are the head scratchers like the five framed gold and platinum records that came in last week.

What did we do with the framed records? A crew member took one home to hang on his wall. I dropped one off as a present to a friend’s son who is about to graduate from high school. He is a great kid with musical aspirations and having a Van Halen platinum record (and cassette) to hang in his Jam Room/Bat Cave is quite possibly, in his words, “The coolest thing EVER!”. Two went to the property closet for the locally filmed ABC drama “Nashville”. We kept one for the office wall and posterity. (Yes, it was the Fine Young Cannibals double platinum one because The Junk Lady is a child of the 1980s.)

Happy 5th Anniversary to Fanny’s House of Music!

Fanny's House of Music, Nashville

Fanny’s House of Music, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

After the ice and cold of last week (month) yesterday was a breath of fresh, almost-Spring air and brought many folks out into the sunshine. We took a very late lunch and visited a few of our favorite places in East Nashville. We were making a bee-line to I Dream of Weenie for some hots and brats when we stopped in at Fanny’s House of Music yesterday for their 5th Anniversary celebration.  Fanny’s has multiple personalities and they all get along.

Fanny’s sells, new, used, and refurbished instruments. Fanny’s gives music lessons and has a very strong program for children: Kids Rock Band. Fanny’s has a delightful selection of vintage clothing as well as spotlighting new artwork. It is chock full of ‘hip’ without being pretentious. They are happy to see you whether you are just learning an instrument or just had a paying gig the night before. Fanny’s House of Music is located in an older house at 1101 Holly Street at the corner of 11th in East Nashville, right across the street from the Pied Piper Creamery.

Fanny's House of Music, Nashville

Fanny’s House of Music, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Fanny's House of Music, Nashville

Fanny’s House of Music, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Volunteering With Reverb

I don’t follow a lot of musicians on Facebook, but I do follow Guster. This Spring they posted about volunteer opportunities with Reverb on their upcoming tour with Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies. This was the first I’d heard of Reverb. At each venue, mostly outdoor, Reverb works with the musicians to make the negative impact on the environment as small as possible, i.e. reducing the carbon footprint. Among other things (see hyperlink above) they have compostable plates and cutlery made of potato and corn starch, extensive recycling stations, solar power where possible, and the use of bio-diesel for all the trucks and buses.

reverb tent and solar stage at the woods at fontanel

Photo by Caryn of Reverb Tent & Solar Stage at the Woods at Fontanel

I applied to be a volunteer in the Eco-Village before and during the first part of the show at the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel and was accepted within a few days. Volunteers were not just there to educate about recycling, they were also there to talk about the Lacey Act, which prohibits the trade of plants and wildlife illegally taken, transported or sold. We gathered signatures from people wishing to keep the Lacey Act

photo by caryn of the solar stage at reverb nashville

Photo by Caryn of the Solar Stage at Reverb Nashville

(in place since 1900) strong and encourage elected official to not let special interests weaken it. There were some interesting conversations with concert goers about this because Gibson Guitars, one of Nashville’s prized businesses, ran afoul of the Lacey Act a few years ago.

Volunteers received a t-shirt, training, and, after Guster’s opening act, free range to go in and enjoy Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies performances. But, we got a preview on the ‘Solar Stage’ with Ed Robertson and Jim Creeggan from BNL and Reverb co-founder Adam Gardner from Guster playing a few songs. They were delightful and engaging and hit it out of the park with the Talking Heads ‘Psycho Killer‘.

photo by caryn of slow and low bbq bistros food truck

Photo by Caryn of the Slow & Low BBQ Bistro’s Food Truck

Also there were East Nashville’s non-profit Urban Green Lab and food truck Slow & Low BBQ Bistro. I enjoyed learning about Urban Green Lab and Slow & Low’s brisket was so good that I dragged the Junk King and Princess to their restaurant on 54th Ave North the next day for lunch. This KCBS BBQ judge thinks it is the best barbecue restaurant in Middle Tennessee.

So keep an eye out for the release of Reverb volunteer opportunities across the country for the 2014 season. 2013 saw opportunities to also see Fun., Maroon 5, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer, Yo Gabba Gabba Live, Phish, and Jack Johnson.

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