Happy Zach Randolph Day! The mayor has named today Zach Randolph Day in Memphis to recognize all that the Grizzlies forward has done for the community. It looks like Z-bo will be paying a fine to the NBA on his day. Last night he said it was eight against five when Houston played the Grizzlies – the five Rockets players and the three referees versus the five Memphis players. Criticizing the officials is a no-no in the eyes of the NBA, so Zach will soon have to write a check.
There’s a “Kill the Keg” party at Tamp & Tap this afternoon starting at 4, with $2.50 pints until the keg runs out. Yazoo Brewery cellarman Ivan Chester brewed up a special batch of Hop Project, using Tamp & Tap’s coffee as an ingredient, for the party. Spencer Kellum will provide live music beginning at 6.
If you’re a Rice or Mississippi State fan, there’s a team welcome party for the Liberty Bowl at 6 at AutoZone Park. Tickets are $25.
It’s Trolley Night tonight on South Main. Classic cars will be parked along South Main and G.E. Patterson, and many of the shops will be open and serving libations and hors d’ouevres to guests. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up. There will be live entertainment at the following locations, according to the Trolley Night Facebook page:
Kris Acklen Trio-D’Edge Art (tentative location)
Po Boys-Green Beetle
Double J-Donnie Smith
Also music at New Connection
The new electronic parking meters have been a topic of discussion lately. Last night friends pointed out that the meters are generating additional revenue beyond charges from the meters themselves. New meters have been placed on streets where you could previously park for free, and there’s pretty much no free parking in the Downtown core anymore. As a result, many Downtowners are now forced to pay monthly parking garage fees, and guess who owns many of the garages – the city. One way or another, they’re going to get ya, get ya, get ya.
The MBJ blog has an update on what’s happening at the Chisca. Not a lot of progress is visible from the outside yet, but will be in early 2014.
The Zac Brown Band plays the FedExForum tonight at 7.
Google Play is giving away two albums for free today. The albums are Kanye West’s Yeezus and CHVRCHES’ The Bones of What You Believe.
Everyone have fun tonight, be safe, don’t drive drunk, and if you do drive drunk at least try not to run your car into any bar patios. I’m going to lead off at Cafe Keough after work, my first trip there since the coffeehouse opened to the public. If I find anything newsworthy there (and I suspect I will) I will have a report on the blog this weekend.