At the end of July, it became known that Fran’s East Side, a dive bar popular with Nashvillians young and old, would be forced to vacate its space on Greenwood Avenue near what is now Vinyl Tap and was previously The Family Wash. Owner Fran Frances Adams and Karaoke Master Gowa is hoping she can reopen Fran’s in another location, with the help of donations to a crowdfunding campaign.
Still, there is the closure of the current location to contend with, and a large collection of people who love Fran will make the last day a time to remember and help pour money into the relocation fund in the city. process. Saturday, October 30 is the last day for the current iteration of Fran’s, and there will be live performances from noon to 8 p.m., including rockers like Justin and the Cosmics, Heaven Honey and The Smoking Flowers as well as poet Ben Burr.
We were also told that Sean Brock’s Joyland is about to throw burgers in a pop-up at Fran’s from noon to 3 p.m. that day, and there will be special limited-edition Fran’s products available. After the bands there will be karaoke “until it’s dead”. No cover has been announced, but all proceeds are expected to go to the relocation fund which, if all goes as one can hope, will ensure that the impending closure of Fran’s is only temporary.