Tue update: Music Fest 3-day passes, changes at a local radio station, MemphisTravel.com redesign, and An Evening of Classic Soul

I wonder if I was responsible for Memphis in May cutting off their 3-day passes early this year?

Last year they sold them up until the Wednesday before Music Fest. I blogged that I would wait until the last day to make my decision. If the weather looked good, I wrote, I’d buy a 3-day pass. If the forecast was for the weather to suck, I’d skip it. Wednesday came and rain was in the forecast. So I didn’t buy, and MiM missed out on my $69 (or however much it was last year). I know the people at MiM read my blog. I wonder if it had anything to do with their decision to cut off the 3-day passes on April 18 this year? If you wait until after the 18th, you’ll have to buy individual tickets to each day. If you’re sure you want to go all weekend, buy passes here before the deal runs out.

Congratulations to a couple of friends of mine who are stepping up to new gigs at Sports 56 WHBQ. Will Askew, who has done the afternoon drive-time show The Sports Bar for the past several years, will take over Ron Tillery’s spot on the Morning Rush from 6 to 8 AM. Tillery is leaving the station to spend more time with family. Congratulations to Will on winning the coveted morning drive-time spot. Guess the 6 AM start time will put a damper on his late nights at Max’s Sports Bar though.

Also congratulations to Chris Hrabe, who will take Will’s seat on The Sports Bar. He’s been the show’s producer and has had a weekly afternoon show of his own, and now he’s making the move to afternoon drive time. More info about the changes can be found on Sports 56’s site.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau site, MemphisTravel.com, has a snazzy new redesign. Check it out here. If you meet people visiting from out of town, it’s a good link to give them.

There will be an Evening of Classic Soul in the Peabody’s Grand Ballroom Friday night, in celebration of Peabo Bryson’s 60th birthday. Performers on hand will include Jerry Butler, Dennis Edwards from the Temptations, Russell Thompkins, Jr., and The New Stylistics, The Emotions, Percy Sledge, Billy Paul, Archie Bell, Candi Staton, Maxine Brown, and Dee Dee Sharp. The event kicks off with cocktails at 7, then a seated dinner and then a 3-hour concert. The performers will mingle with the guests over cocktails. Event benefits The MED Foundation; get tickets on their site.

All right, guess I’ve procrastinated on my chores long enough. I hope the team is doing well at trivia tonight. Tomorrow I’ll be back out for the Grizzlies watch party at Bardog, and possibly poker as well.