Thanks a lot, Nate

Thanks a lot, Nate. Up until yesterday, the weather was looking perfect for this weekend. However, Tropical Storm Nate is strengthening in the Gulf and should make landfall near New Orleans as a Cat 1 hurricane early Sunday. Showers are possible Saturday, although it doesn’t look bad enough to affect Burger Fest. The heaviest and most constant rain appears to be coming through here on Sunday. For anyone planning on attending an outdoor event that day, that’s certainly going to suck! Thank goodness Mempho Fest is only today and tomorrow. Keep an eye on the forecast for the latest.

For the people who run in the same circles I do, don’t forget that B-RAD is behind the bar at Blind Bear on a Sunday once again this weekend! He’ll be there from 11 AM to 6 PM. Come see him! It’s dry, there’s air conditioning, and you don’t have to worry about transportation to things going on in other parts of town.

Lisa Michaels plays Sunday Evening Slowdown at the Ghost River taproom this Sunday. This weekly series, hosted by Tiffany Harmon, is all about relaxation, singer/songwriters, and great local craft beer. (The event listing adds “preparation for the work week,” but really, who wants to think about Monday on Sunday?) Lisa will be joined by the Midtown Queers (Paul Crum, Darcie Polson, and Drew Sherrod). This is a family-friendly event. Another event Sunday that will keep you out of the rain bands from tropical storm/hurricane Nate, it’s air conditioned, and the price is right: FREE!

Speaking of Ghost River, the Dock Party Concert Series kicks off tonight with Kelley Anderson and Suavo J the Hip-Hop Trombonist. Just Wraps food truck will be on site. $5 cover, family-friendly, dog-friendly patio.

The Po’ Boys make their debut at The Vault on G.E. Patterson tonight at 9.

Local Talent: Memphis, Tennessee opens tonight at Marshall Arts gallery, 639 Marshall.

It’s the first weekend of Flocktoberfest at Bass Pro at the Pyramid, “the world’s greatest hunting expo and sale.” Moon Pie eating contest, duck calling contests, retriever competition, seminars with the pros, and much, much more.

Trolley Stop Market will host a kid’s brunch and story time featuring the new book Memphis Boo Saturday, October 21 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Beale Street bluesman Mojo Bones will be your tour guide through historical Memphis, and on the way you will meet a few ghosts.

Soccer fans may want to start planning a road trip for 2026: Nashville is under consideration to be a World Cup host city.

Meet the Grizzlies’ new PA announcer Marcus Tucker in this video introduction by Grind City Media’s Alexis Morgan.

That’s it for now. Off to work. Possibly a second post at lunchtime, so check back.