As a media contact for the Downtown Memphis Commission, I receive copies of permits granted for events in the area the DMC oversees. Yesterday I was very pleased to see a permit for the annual Sinners for Saints Halloween Ball in my email. If you want to “go big” on Halloween (or actually, the Saturday before, the 28th) there’s no better way to do it. At the corner of Madison and Danny Thomas, at Stop 345, Brinson’s, and Tad’s indoor trailer park with the street blocked off, there is something for everyone. Aquanet, Charvey Mac, karaoke, songwriter’s showcase, food from some of Memphis’ best restaurants, beer, wine, punch, 3000 craft Jello shots, a DJ, costume contest with big prizes.
Better still, when you “go big,” your $50 entry fee (in advance; $60 at the door) is not going into the pockets of some skeevy nightclub promoter. Sinners for Saints is a fundraiser for the Church Health Center.
A GoFundMe has been set up to fund the college education of Downtowner Eric Janssen who passed away Monday in Chicago. Donate to help ensure that his kids get to live a great story the way their dad did.
If you came to Memphis to hear the blues, I have a destination for you tonight: The Warehouse at Front and G.E. Patterson. There’s no signage but it’s in the back of the green building of the northeast corner of the intersection. The Eric Hughes Band will celebrate the release of their CD “Meet Me in Memphis” starting at 7 tonight. The CD brings together many different Memphis musical styles. Following the band performance there will be a musicians’ jam.
The Gibson Guitar Factory is looking to sell its building and move into a smaller space. The current building has way more space than they need, including a lounge that has not been used in years. That lounge is a sweet space and would be perfect for a nightclub similar to the old Isaac Hayes club in Peabody Place Mall.
Grind City Media has a recap of the Memphis Hustle open tryouts:
The Hustle have training camp this coming week and then their lone pre-season game October 30.
Arby’s has venison sandwiches nationwide as of today.
UT football coach Butch Jones made his annual visit to Memphis for a speech at the Touchdown Club. Having fallen on hard times in Knoxville, he came to Memphis looking for some love. However, Memphis did to Butch what Georgia did to his team: shut him out.
More info on the burlesque show at Bardog Tavern on Halloween night: It will be called Spooky BOO-bees and will be hosted by Kitty Wompas. Show at 9, costume contest at 11, and drawing to win the hearse parked outside at midnight. $5 Jameson Irish Whiskey Caskmates Stout Edition all month long.
The Rusty Pieces play Loflin Yard’s Front Porch Series today at 3.
Steph, Klay, Draymond, and KD come to town tonight as the Grizzlies host the Golden State Warriors tonight at 7.
Leading off at Blind Bear at 11 then over to Bardog at 2 for the first stop of a pub crawl in celebration of Eric’s life. Come join if you knew him. It’ll end at Earnestine & Hazel’s around 5. Back tomorrow with more news.