Downtown to get a new brewery taproom and more (Thur update #2)

Awesome news: Downtown is getting a second craft brewery taproom. Ghost River plans to open a taproom at the corner of Main and Crump in time for Oktoberfest. The brewery is opening the taproom as part of its 10th anniversary. The first brewery taproom Downtown was opened by High Cotton two years ago at 598 Monroe.

There’s a new Fast Pass you can buy to skip the line to get on Beale Street. It gets you and a guest free cover at participating venues, and discounted parking at 250 Peabody Place. You’ll receive an e-newsletter about special promotions at the venues on Beale for Fast Pass holders. The pass is valid April 15 to October 1.

You have until April 10 to register for Downtown Olympics and pay your fees in order to guarantee your team’s spot on April 16. Come be a part of the debauchery and hilarity – as a participant or a spectator – and help raise money for the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry.

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour comes to the New Daisy tonight, with performances by Issues, Crown the Empire, One OK Rock, and Night Verses. Doors at 6, performance at 7. Tickets $25 at the door.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest comes to the Orpheum tonight at 8. Come see your favorite game moments from Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise set to a gorgeous orchestral score. The music was approved by Koji Kondo, Nintendo’s director of sound and the Legend of Zelda franchise composer. Tickets are $31.50-$87.50.

This Flyer article on the Memphis Comedy Festival discusses the rise of comedy in Memphis and has a nice piece about the Tuesday comedy nights that happen downstairs at the Brass Door.

Today is your last day to order a special ticket to Jewish Heritage Day with the Redbirds for their game Sunday, April 10 vs. the Colorado Sky Sox. The ticket gets you a commemorative shirt with the Redbirds logo and their name in Hebrew. (I think that’s Hebrew; not Jewish myself so am not sure)

Hay! It’s Opening Day! is the theme of this Saturday’s Memphis Farmers Market. They have published a list of 2016 vendors and if you didn’t believe me when I said there was tremendous diversity in the offerings at the Market, just check out the list.

Want to find a specific vendor so you can get in and out quickly? No problem, the Market has published a week-by-week stall map.

Here’s a Vendor Chitchat with Kathy Katz of Cooper Street 20/20, which sells pre-prepared meals at the Farmers Market. She says her tamale pie is her “underdog,” her offering that is a hit but sometimes doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. I love tamale pie!

From 8:30 to 11:30 kids can participate in an activity that will teach them about life on the farm. This Saturday kids can learn about seeds and decorate a planting pot to put their seeds in. There will be live music by Tony Manard 8:30-10 AM and Angie Keilhauer from The Voice 11 AM-12:30 PM. The Memphis Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM at the corner of Front and G.E. Patterson.

With my BBQ team having a regional in Atoka tomorrow and Saturday, there was some question about whether I would be able to attend Opening Day at the Farmers Market. However, Moody Ques pitmaster Frank and vice-president Erik are both on the board of directors of the Market, and they have assured me they understand the importance of me being there. “We will cover photo duties in Atoka for you,” they said. “You go to the farmers market where you belong.” Yay! It’s nice to have such supportive teammates.

That’s the news for now. Hoping these severe storms stay north of us and I have a safe drive home. Out at the Silly Goose after work probably.