Wed update: Parades, Cafe Keough, Lionel Richie, performing arts center

Today’s post will start off with information about a couple of parades coming to Beale Street in March. On March 8, the second annual Grizzlies Dribble Parade will take place on Beale. For $35 you will receive a Grizzlies basketball, a T-shirt, and a ticket to the 7 PM game against Charlotte. A portion of the proceeds will go to Youth United Way of the Mid-South. More information here.

The Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day parade will happen one week later, on Saturday, March 15. This will be the first parade since founder and spirited leader Silky sullivan passed away, and everyone involved wants this to be the best parade ever to make Silky proud. The time has been announced as 2 PM, odd because in previous years it has begun at 4. They are still looking to add bands and dance teams. Email the organizers at if interested.

Cafe Keough received some praise from former Downtown Memphis Commission president Jeff Sanford in a tweet this week. He complimented the lunch, salads, sandwiches and soups, and said it looks like a place in the Village in New York City. The cafe is in the Number 10 Main building, on Main between Madison and Monroe.

FedExForum has announced that Lionel Richie’s “All the Hits, All Night Long” will come to the arena on June 18. CeeLo Green will be the special guest.

The Orpheum has filed a $10.2 million permit for construction on a new Centre for Performing Arts at 225 S. Main, currently the parking lot south of the theatre. The centre will offer advanced performing arts education programs. More info here.

A new band of snow has fired up over Crittenden County as of 1:00 and it looks like it may be headed this way. We may not be done with winter weather quite yet so everyone be careful on the roads today.