Oftentimes I finish blog posts with plans for the evening or day or weekend, but this time I’m going to start off with it.
Plans for the weekend: I’m gonna dance.
The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival happens today and tomorrow on the Main Street Mall between Union and Gayoso. There will be six stages, two of them inside in the air conditioning. Nearly every kind of music imaginable will be represented: Rock, country, blues, folk, gospel, rap, rockabilly, bluegrass, R&B, soul. I plan on being at the festival the majority of the time these two days. I’m going to find some bands I like and then I’m gonna dance.
Hey, they finally posted the schedule! About time.
Being the opening weekend of college football, I considered a trip south to Max’s Sports Bar for today. However, my team Arkansas is not playing a significant opponent. They’re heavily favored versus UTEP. When they start playing quality opponents (i.e. the SEC West) my trips to Max’s will increase.
My “DAWG” John D tipped me off to a good place to eat on the outskirts of Downtown: Sabrosura, a Cuban/Mexican restaurant at Washington and Manassas. “Diagnosis delicious” was John’s verdict on Sabrosura. He described the menu items and our friend Clay said, “Some of those dishes sound more Peruvian than Cuban.” The Memphis Flyer agrees in this article from June, also picking up hints of Ecuadorian cuisine. It’s a little far to walk from the Downtown core, but it’s reachable by bike, so I hope to try this restaurant soon. You can “Like” Sabrosura on Facebook. Here’s a review by Jennifer Biggs.
Be careful if you drive on Tennessee highways this weekend: The Tennessee highway patrol is using a big rig to catch distracted drivers. It gives them an excellent vantage point to see who is texting or using their phone in other ways that they shouldn’t be doing behind the wheel.
Copeland Coaching is back with another first-class job announcement: The Grizzlies seek a producer/editor responsible for generating video content for use on TV, websites, and other media outlets.
The Peabody has a new website. Check it out.
A question out-of-towners have asked me is, “If I only have time to visit one local brewery in Memphis, which should it be?” All four local breweries are good, but I have to admit I’m partial to Memphis Made. I have known both owners years before they opened the brewery from the Flying Saucer: Andy as a frequent customer, Drew as a bartender. They have a passion for great craft beer and their goal is to bring it to the Memphis community. One of the ways they get involved in the community is to brew special beers for local events, including two that are coming up. Memphis Made is on South Cooper, near the railroad bridge in Cooper-Young.
Speaking of beer: Seth has announced a craft beer garden for Best Memphis Burger Fest.
Since we all walk Downtown, this app might be something to put on our phones: Campanion allows you to have a friend virtually walk you home. If there’s any sudden jarring motion to your phone, as would be the case in a robbery or other violent crime, Campanion sounds off a loud alarm drawing attention to you, and it provides the option to call the police immediately.
Great news for those who use Google Chrome: In new releases, Chrome will use less memory. As both a web developer and end user, I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. I use Chrome at work, and Chrome or Firefox (whichever is the lesser of two evils) at home. I laugh when people ask me if I use IE.
Interesting article: A look at international air travel in the 1930s. The article focuses on the British Empire, on which the sun never set in that era.
Nice article about WordPress, the content management system that powers this blog and 24% of all websites worldwide: The billion-dollar company with no offices or email. WordPress was the main sponsor of The Ques Brothers/The Moody Ques BBQ team 2009-13.
Time to get started. Panda/Michael Time at Bardog at 11, librarian glasses at Blind Bear at 1, festival at 2. Let’s get dancin’!