ELLISVILLE NEWS–5/5/24 Upcoming Gig for the Gordon Ellis Ensemble; The Cicadas Are Coming, The Cicadas Are Coming! (Oh Boy)

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying Spring wherever you are. We’ve been in the upper 70s to upper 80s here, and it’s been mostly beautiful.

It’s been a while since my last newsletter, as there hasn’t been anything particularly exciting to share, and I don’t want to take up people’s time blathering on about nothing. But I do have some news to share this month.

After finding a new drummer, The Gordon Ellis Ensemble is ready to start playing out again. We will be performing at the Springwater Lounge, on Sunday, May 19th. from 5 – 7 p.m. Known as the oldest bar in Tennessee, the Springwater has been in the same location (115 27th Ave. North, across the street from Centennial Park) for over 100 years. I hear it used to be a pretty rough bikers bar back in the day, but it’s now a safe and popular place for bands to play. It is also no longer a “supper club”, so plan on having dinner elsewhere, if you come out. There is a chicken place next door (Where Hog Heavan used to be) and a McDonalds a half block away, plus several restaurants nearby on West End Ave. This will be our first gig in several months, and our first with a drummer in even longer. I’m excited about getting out there again–it should be a great time. Mark your calendars– I hope you can make it.

Meanwhile, the cicadas have started invading Middle Tennessee, though I haven’t personally seen one–yet. This is expected to be a particularly large invasion, as the ones that only come out of the ground every 13 years to mate, and the ones that only come out every 17 years will be coming out around the same time. The last time that happened the air was so full, it looked like snow flurries, and their buzzing sounded like distant chain saws . The good news is that they don’t bite or sting–they just annoy big time. If you are visiting , bring your goggles and ear plugs (LOL).

I guess that’s all the news to share. Everyone have a great month, and thanks for reading this. Be safe, be well, be you.