Friday update

Madison Avenue Park’s Fall Concert Series kicks off today with The Candy Company performing 4-6 PM. The new park is across the street from The Brass Door on Madison. The concert is free to the public, and beer will be available for sale.

Courtney Little performs on the lawn of the National Civil Rights Museum tonight from 6 to 8 as part of the MLK 50 concert series. Free to attend and you can bring your blanket or lawn chair. There will be food truck fare and MLK 50 merchandise for sale. In addition to the live music there will be MLK speeches, spoken word artists, and DJ Swagg.

Like beer? There’s some good stuff being released tonight at the Memphis Made taproom:

Memphis Made will also have Cerrito Bingo tonight at 8, and Links and Drinks will be their food truck.

Best Memphis Burger Fest has announced that there will be a cornhole tournament at the festival this year. $25 advance/$30 at the door per team to compete and top finishes pay out $200 for first place, $125 for second, $75 for third. Nice prize structure! I’m tempted to compete in this but since I am supposed to be taking pictures for my burger team I don’t know if I can afford two hours away. The festival is presented by Jack Pirtle’s Chicken (that may seem weird, a chicken joint sponsoring a burger fest, but Pirtle’s makes a damn fine burger) and is 10:30-6:00 Saturday, October 7 at Tiger Lane. In addition to the cornhole and burger competitions, there’s charity bobbing for burgers, a slider eating competition, burger sampling to the public by the competing burger teams, access to the Jack Pirtle’s Kidzone ($5 entry/$10 all day), DJ Superbrad, Hiway HiFi, Star & Micey, and the 1st Annual SCA Steak competition at Best Memphis Burger Fest. :mrgreen: Only $10 to get in. Why would you be anywhere else that day?

But wait, there’s even more cornhole. Every Thursday, Ghost River Brewing Co. and Down and Back Cornhole Co. will organize a cornhole tournament every Thursday 6-9 PM at Ghost River. There’s a “%70 payout,” whatever that means, with number of teams paid and payout amounts based on number of entries. Each team is guaranteed at least 2 games.

Loflin Yard will be hosting Corks not Forks this Sunday, October 10, 6-8 PM on the Safe House patio. Four pairings of wine and finger food. Tickets are $50 per person and you can email to sign up. Here’s the menu:

brisket, charred tomato, goat cheese
paired with Chardonnay – Central Coast, California

Cheese Board
olives, fruit, jam
paired with Red Blend – Central Coast, California

The Gayoso
hot barbecue shrimp on French bread
paired with Brut Rosé – Marlborough, New Zealand

Grilled Vegetable Platter
chimichurri tzatziki sauce, fine herb aioli
paired with Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, New Zealand

Bardog has a deal going on for Childhood Awareness Month, the month of September. Stop by and donate $25 to St. Jude, and you will receive a Breakaway-Bardog 5K and Monroe Avenue Fest commemorative mug and T-shirt.

Off to work. I may do a second post at lunchtime, so check back.