Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Manuel celebrates birthday, reflects on a changing Nashville

Daughter Morelia launches Rhinestone Cure diabetes foundation

Manuel, Nashville's tailor to the stars, was recently featured in two separate online multimedia pieces by Tennessean reporters.

The first is a Metromix slideshow of his recent birthday party, described by Heather Byrd like this:
The king of country couture, Manuel, celebrated his 70-somethingth birthday at his mountain cabin over the weekend, and hundreds of friends and loved ones came out to join the party.

And what better way to celebrate than with a day full of fabulous food and music? The impressive roster of musicians included Danny Salazar, Suzette Renee from Neon Angels, the Flick Peterson Trio, Brooks Brothers, Ben Cyluss, Love Life, Rosie Flores, Rockin’ Bones, Tullie Brae and The Medicine Man Revenue, Max Onion, R.B. Stone, Jimmy Charles, Corazon Musica, Miss Melba Toast, Music City Burlesque, The Naughty School Girls and many more.

Partiers came from as far away as London and Mexico to attend this party. After all, no one knows quite how to throw a fiesta better than Manuel!
The other feature is the video series "First Impressions" by Jessica Bliss and Jennifer Justus - about what makes Nashville Nashville. An excerpt from Manuel's video:
When I came here in 1988, I found Nashville kind of a rural city. Second Avenue, down Broadway, was kind of down a little bit. But then it started to pick up. ... And we have a lot of culture. Since I arrived here [from California], many, many people from Santa Fe, Los Angles, Arizona are moving to Nashville. ... Old Nashville or Tennessee is no longer a bunch of Americans, a bunch of hillbillies with one thinking in mind. And that black and white stuff is gone forever. I am so happy to see that.
The First Impressions video also features Manuel's daughter Morelia Cuevas, who has just launched Rhinestone Cure, a non-profit diabetes foundation.

Metromix H/T: Post Politics

Photo of Manuel by Cambridge Jones

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