Sat update: Memphis Music & Heritage Festival next weekend, Redbirds/playoffs, pesto lesson by Felicia, cultural exchange to Panama, Meet the Bartender, therapy on a budget, Foo Fighters tribute concert

This is the last dull weekend before fall festival season kicks off. If you haven’t made plans for next weekend, Downtown is the place to be. One of the best music festivals of the year, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, takes place Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 11 to 11 both days. Live music on multiple stages, dance demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and a lot more. The festival is put on by the Center for Southern Folklore on the block of South Main between Gayoso and Peabody Place.

The Redbirds’ last home game was August 20, but they are still in the hunt for the playoffs. Playoff tickets for Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League championship, to be played September 6, and games 4-5 if needed, to be played September 7 and 8, go on sale at 10 this morning. The MBJ has more info here.

Want to learn how to make pesto? Learn from the best in this video. Chef Felicia Willett from Felicia Suzanne’s stopped by the WREG Live at 9 studio to do a little cooking yesterday.

High school students can apply for a cultural exchange program to visit Panama, the honored country for Memphis in May in 2014. The exchange is overseen by Memphis in May and students will get to spend 10-12 days there, enough time to (Edit: immerse. I really said emerge? No posting before at least 8 oz. of Mountain Dew has been consumed) themselves in Panamanian culture.

A Downtown bartender, Dale Naron from Bluefin, was featured in this week’s Meet the Bartender on

From Lifehacker: How to find someone to talk to when you can’t afford therapy. Note that “Go to a bar, latch onto the person next to you, and bore the living shit out of them with nonstop, unwanted, uninteresting conversation” is not among the suggestions.

There’s a Foo Fighters tribute concert at the Hard Rock Cafe tonight at 7. $10 in advance with limited seating. How sad is it that when I saw “A Tribute to Foo,” I thought of the computer programming variables foo, bar, baz and bat rather than the band? I spend too much time around computers. The show is put on by Memphis School of Rock. This is the first I’ve heard of the school and it sounds like an awesome program. If I had kids I’d encourage them to get into this.

I’m up reasonably early for a Saturday, so I guess I’ll start work on the next installment of “Paul’s PBR Review.” The next place I plan to cover has been open for less than two years, which is good because it means I don’t have to fire up the 2006-09 laptop to mine photos. When Panda’s bar at Bardog opens at 11 I will be there, with a stop at the Flying Saucer to follow.