Get there early if you’re going to see the Redbirds tonight. The first 1500 fans get a Stubby Clapp half-and-half jersey. Half the jersey features the current logo, and the other half has the classic logo from 1999-2002 when Clapp was a Redbirds player. Gates open at 6:00, with a 7:05 first pitch. Before the game there will be a block party in the plaza with live music by John Paul Keith and $2 beers.
Fourth Bluff Friday is back at RiverPlay tonight from 4 to 10. DJ Capital A will bring the music at 5:30, and then at 6:30 Memphop legends Iron Mic Coalition will take over. The Fuel food truck will be there, and TapBox will be back serving 10 craft beers. Memphicity Design will have a pop-up T-shirt shop there too, and there will be basketball, roller skating, and ping-pong as well.
Rent: The 20th Anniversary Tour comes to the Orpheum today through Sunday.
It is always nice to see a vacant building in the Downtown core being renovated into living space. Frank Corkren, a ServiceMaster employee, is redeveloping 134 Monroe into an apartment building. He was drawn to the location because of the proximity to his company’s new office building down the street on Second, as well as of all the great dining in the immediate area. He will keep one unit for himself and rent out the others using short-term rental services like Airbnb. What a great idea… think of the money he will make during Music Fest and BBQ Fest and Grizzlies playoff season.
Let’s Go Fishin’ is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. The Market has vendors selling seafood from the Gulf as well as farm-raised catfish. From 10 to noon the Dixon will be at the kids’ table with a Scratha-Art koi fish craft that you can cut and glue and give to Dad on Father’s Day. Live music by Andrew Cabigao 8:30-10, Joe Johnson 10-11, and Amaris 11-12:30. The Market is held under the pavilion every Saturday at Front and G.E. Patterson from 7 AM to 1 PM.
Cordova’s new craft brewery, Meddlesome Brewing Co., scheduled to open June 30, is already garnering attention for the name of one of its beers, 201 Hoplar. It generated what the Memphis Flyer’s Bruce V accurately described as a “kerfluffle” on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, with some finding the reference to the infamous Downtown jail inappropriate. I personally see nothing wrong with it. I was checking @WooPigBrewey yesterday to keep up with beer news from my home state of Arkansas, and I see that North Little Rock’s Diamond Bear brewery has re-released a beer called “Stripper Sweat.” I wonder if feminists in the LR metro are up in arms over that name.
LUNCHBOXeats sent out their Father’s Day brunch menu if you’re looking for somewhere to take Dad. 10 AM to 3 PM.
The Rusty Pieces play the Flying Saucer this evening from 6 to 9.
That’s it for now. Off to work, possibly another post at lunchtime.