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April 16 Grand Opening Celebrates Local And Statewide Culture At East Nashville Retailer And Venue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 6, 2016) - Nashville's continuing ascension as a center for all the arts is reflected in the opening of an outlet dedicated to showcasing the work of the city's painters, sculptors, musicians and authors.

On Saturday, April 16, from 10 AM to 7 PM, Atomic Nashville, located at 1603 Riverside Drive, 37216, welcomes all members of the city's creative community as well as those who appreciate their contributions.  This day-long celebration will feature live music by local acts including The Black Lemons, who bring a wide stylistic range to their high-energy performances. Members of The Lemons have opened shows for The Who and Cheap Trick.  Additionally, visitors can watch Jeff Bertrand at work on his latest painting.  A leader in the "outsider/lowbrow" movement of underground visionaries, Bertrand received a Scholastic American Vision Award at age 17 and had his work exhibited at the Corcoran Museum of Modern Art in Washington, D.C.

"Dylan" Courtesy of Jeff Bertrand
The opening festivities will also include a raffle to raise funds for the Crossroads Pets Shop and Adopt, with the winner receiving a free painting by Bertrand.  And next door, The Pied Piper Eatery will join the party by offering a set of specials throughout the day, including an "Atomic Omelette."

Co-owners Dan and Kerry Balog moved to Nashville in 2009.  "When we first visited here, the energy and talent we encountered hit us like a bag of bricks," says Kerry, who had studied classical music and opera at Baltimore's prestigious Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.  "I've seen my share of virtuosos, some of the greatest musicians on Earth.  But I've never seen anything like we're seeing in Nashville.  The people here know their craft as well as anyone I've ever seen in classical or jazz music."

Along with CDs, LPs and art works, Atomic Nashville will stock new contemporary and classic books by authors throughout America and beyond, graphic novels and an extensive collection of DVDs by stand-up comics. Handerpants, underwear wallets, refrigerator magnets and other collectible novelties are also available.

Dan & Kerry Balog 
Credit: Curt / Electric Avenue Design - Nashville
Kerry and her husband Dan invite all area artists to come by, make themselves at home and feel welcome to perform or exhibit. "We're planning to do at least two events per month, one music-related and the other author-related," said Dan, a veteran musician, radio personality and publicist whose clients included the visionary West Coast luthier Stephen McSwain's company, McSwain Guitars. "We've even had a few comedians ask if they can come in and do stand-up."

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