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Sorry you missed the show

Concerrt Promotion

I’m normally a little wary about featuring concert ad murals. They get painted over quick. But this one is for a show back in March, it’s still there, the building seems only part occupied, and it’s a very nice mural, so who knows how long it will last? Still, we have to call this temporary art. BJ The Chicago Kid, Xavier Omär, and Kamau gave a rockin’ show on March 20th – or so I imagine! The artist is Bryan Deese, who has done a number of murals around town. He signs this piece with his website address, but that leads to a blog not updated since 2014. Try his Instagram account for more up to date information about his work. And if you go visit this one and it’s gone, you can still see a Bryan Deese mural across the street.

Located at 2622 Jefferson Street. The mural is on the west side of the building. There is plenty of parking at 2622 and nearby businesses. If the church on the west side is out of session, there is lots of parking there.

A bottle of red, a bottle of white

MamaMia

The building that lies at the northwest corner of Harding and Trousdale has various restaurants. There’s Donut Place and Sub House, Bei Jing Chinese, and Back to Cuba Cafe. But this mural visible from Harding on the south side of the building advertises a restaurant in a different building, Mamma Mia’s, which lies just north.  Oddly, there are no words, no indication what this mural is advertising, but it is clearly a copy of the image found on Momma Mia’s sign. I suppose you are just supposed to guess that Italian food is somewhere nearby, and you must seek it out.

Located at 735 Harding Place/4961 Trousdale Drive. The mural is on the south side of the building, facing Harding. This a small strip mall, with plenty of parking here and nearby businesses. Mamma Mia’s is next door at 4671 Trousdale Drive. Grab some grub and enjoy the art!

Mmm, pizza!

Italia

There are signs, and there are better signs. Italia Pizza and Pasta, known to everyone just as “Italia,” recently acquired an impossible to miss mural advertising its scrumptious pizza. Seriously, you have to look hard to find bad reviews of this place. Most people love it (and I say for good reason). Once housed in the old Dairy Dip (now occupied by the Urban Cowboy Public House), Italia has been at 16th and Woodland for several years now. Maybe success has paved the way to art, but it’s also true that right across the street is Lockeland Table, one of the very best restaurants in town, in Tennesse for that matter, and which also serves pizza. In fact, they are very different places and both very much worth a try if you haven’t yet. Italia has tables but is more of a take-out place, while you should get reservations for Lockeland. The mural is signed “MCM/Music City Murals Tomasek.” We’ve seen Tomasek before – that’s the nom de paintbrush of Anthony Billups, and as noted before, at least one other artist in town uses the brand name “Music City Murals.

Located at 1600 Woodland, at the corner of 16th. There’s parking in back and some street parking. Order up a pizza or maybe some lasagna (or both!) and enjoy the art!

The revolution will not be streamed on Facebook

MakeMusic

Some murals are prime selfie bait. Probably the best-known ones in Nashville are the “I Believe in Nashville” murals (various locations) and the wings in the Gulch. This one may not reach that level, but its size, message, and location (12 South, at Epice) seem designed for portraits. Indeed, when I went to photograph it and the mural across the alley from it, I had to wait for a photo shoot in progress to wrap up. The mural is signed @RelaxMaxApparel. Relax Max Apparel is a clothing line created by Allan Geiger, a Nashville-based artist. The design of the mural also shows up on some of his clothes. Given that Relax Max is Geiger’s “one man show” (see the article above), he presumably made the mural. The model in the photo shoot might have been one of Relax Max’s models, but this is Nashville, so she might also have been someone shooting pictures for the cover of her next EP. Or both – again, this is Nashville.

Located at 2902 12th Avenue South, on the north facing wall of Epice. This is 12 South, so park as best you can. The smell from Epice was powerful when I shot this. If you have never tried Epice (and why not?) make a reservation right now, and get your selfie after you fill up on wonderful Lebanese food.

Maybe you’d like some art?

MaiBee

At the site of the former Chief’s Family Diner on Buchanan Street, a new restaurant has opened, Mai-Bee’s Southern Cuisine. But this is not a food blog, (most of the time!) so what gets it noticed here is the mural, courtesy of Murals and More, the business home of artist Michael Cooper. Mai-Bee’s is a family owned, family run operation, and the mural and the restaurant honor the memory of the family matriarch. It’s new, and little bare bones, but definitely worth a try. And you get more art bang for your buck, because And her hair was an unfolded flower is right next door! The Buchanan Street corridor is beginning to see a number of new business. How it handles possibilities of gentrification remains to be seen.

Located at 1200 Buchanan Street. The mural faces 12th Avenue North. There is some parking at Mai-Bee’s and street parking is available. Grab some grub and enjoy the art!

I’d like to teach the world to sing

On the north side of the Star Market on Dickerson, across the parking lot from Piggly Wiggly, there are two murals that I think are probably from the same artist, though there’s no signature as far as I can tell. The Coke piece made me immediately thing of that song from that Coca-Cola ad long ago, given the subject of the mural that’s just a few feet away from it. The Coke ad also seems to have been damaged as the result of a repair to the wall.

Located at 903 Dickerson Pike, on the north side of Star Market. They face a parking lot, so, lots of parking.

A tale of two murals

The M&M Discount Liquor and Wine building on Gallatin is malleable. A quick perusal of Google street view reveals some of its iterations. But what I think most interesting are the two very different current murals. Here we have a brash, very visible advertisement for New Amsterdam Vodka, with its easily understood vocabulary of iconic buildings (and art!) from downtown Nashville. But around back…..Below you see a much more abstract mural, one hidden from view, easily missed even by customers of M&M or the auto parts store next door. A curious thing — but hardly the only hidden art in town.

Located at 2828 Gallatin Pike, on the south and east walls of the building. Plenty of parking.

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