Thur update: Rooftop parties, MLGW app, new photo blog, yogurt place about to open

Rooftop party season gets into full swing tonight as the Madison Hotel starts their “Sunset at the Madison” Thursday night parties. Elmo & the Shades play tonight. Rooftop tapas menu, sophisticated drinks. Doors open 5:30, live music 6-10. $7 cover.

The Madison is adding a second party this year – “Moonlight at the Madison.” From 10:30 PM to 1 AM, DJ Tommy Austein will entertain. Cash bar continues, late night menu. $5 cover and Sunset attendees extend their party for free.

Over at the Peabody rooftop, one of the most popular bands they book, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, will perform tonight. Get down with ’70s and ’80s disco and enjoy a buffet of ’70s favorites like pigs in a blanket and fondue. In the VIP secion, the buffet will consist of deviled eggs, mac & cheese, and ham/asparagus rollups. $10 cover includes first drink, ladies free before 7.

If you hold a VIP season pass (buy them at the entrance for $75), the Peabody will occasionally have VIP pre-parties in the Corner Bar. There’s one tonight from 5 to 6. It will be a Bud Light Happy Hour. Complimentary Bud Light, Crispy Chili Glazed Chicken Wings, Bar-B-Que Pork Sliders, Spicy Traditional Pepperoni and Mozzarella Pizza.

(Disclosure: The Peabody gave me a VIP pass for the season.)

(John D: “Whaaaaaa? Complimentary Bud Light at the pre-party? Paul, can I borrow your pass?”)

There will be an after-party in the Corner Bar to which the public is invited (i.e. it’s not VIP only), from 10 to 12 with DJ Witnesse. 10 to midnight, benefits the Memphis Music Foundation.

In other news: If you’re one of the ones without power, MLGW has an iPhone app that you can use to check for status updates. (Of course, you’ll have to find someplace with power to charge your phone.)

Cool new street photography blog: seen memphis.

The CA reports that the new frozen yogurt shop on Main will be open Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Second post on the way, about a new trivia night Downtown. Plans for tonight: Probably a warm-up beer at the Saucer, then a trip to Shelton Clothiers to eat Squeal Street BBQ at the Third Thursday party. Possibly Peabody rooftop to hear Dr. Zarr afterward, depending on weather.