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Hey kids, it's fun to wear clothes when you play music. It's also fun to shop for clothes, and to listen to music and to help out kids who want to play music and wear clothes. In other words, music and clothes go together. You, on the same hand, should go to Fanny's House of Music
in East Nashville (Holly at 11th, next to Bongo Java) this evening. It's free! Also: Tracy, from our Critics' Picks
Music stores are often total snake pits. So it's refreshing that East Nashville's Fanny's House of Music--which doubles as a vintage store--creates an atmosphere welcoming dudes, broads and every musical aptitude imaginable. Their current holiday vintage sale--hosted by fashion stylist, journalist and Diamond Star Halo Vintage owner Libby Callaway--drives the ethos home. Mixing primo party duds with the stylings of a host of bands from the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp, folks can peruse Callaway's curated selection of a variety of local vintage dealers and listen to femme rock in the making. Just don't forget to bring cash or checks--your plastic's no good here.
More info after the jump.
On Monday, November 16th, a dozen of Nashville's most popular vintage clothing dealers will join bands from the famed <> for a special holiday shopping and music event. Fanny's Frocks! will feature affordable vintage party clothes and accessories for guys and girls from area purveyors of fine pre-loved and antique clothing including Closet Case Vintage, Kim Vintage, Local Honey and Sabrosa Vintage. While shoppers peruse the racks, they'll enjoy performances by bands formed at the summer 2009 session of the <> (SGRRC), who will be on hand "to put the rock in Fanny's Frocks!"
The event is hosted by Libby Callaway, a local stylist and fashion writer and owner of Diamond Star Halo Vintage, the permanent clothing boutique located in Fanny's House of Music, the music store and school located in East Nashville's Five Points.
Fanny's Frocks! is the fourth multi-vendor vintage sale organized this year by Callaway, the former fashion editor of the New York Post. Fanny's Choice sales held in May, June and September each drew as many as 500 shoppers to the little blue house on the corner of Holly and 11th streets. Fanny's Frocks! will be Callaway's first sale to feature only party clothes. "So many people ask me where they can find unique holiday outfits that are cool but affordable," she says, "But instead of having them shop-hop all over town to all my favorite fellow vintage dealers, I'm bringing everyone together for a night of one-stop shopping."
The addition of the SGRRC bands was a "no-brainer," says Callaway, a volunteer at the Murfreesboro summer music camp, which encourages girls ages 10 to 17 with little or no music training to form rock bands. "Fanny's House of Music's mission is to make playing music accessible to everyone," she explains. "Girl or boy, novice or pro, anyone who wants to play an instrument is welcomed there. With the obvious exception to gender, SGRRC's mission is very much the same."
Fanny's Frocks! is free and open to the public. The sale will run from 6 until 10 pm with performances by different SGRRC bands happening on the hour. Note that most vendors accept only cash or checks. For more information about Fanny's Frocks! or Diamond Star Halo Vintage, email Libby Callaway at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fanny's House of Music is located at 1101 Holly Street at 11th Street in East Nashville. Find them on the web at www.fannyshouseofmusic.com.