Well, I think yesterday is a day we’d all like to forget. I just really don’t know what to say about the mass shooting in Las Vegas. It seems like the 2010s will go down as the decade when humans were terrible to each other. As for Tom Petty, his death was tough to read about because it happened the same way my mom’s did: Cardiac arrest, no brain activity, had to be taken off life support. Also sad to read an article where Petty said that 2016 was the last big Heartbreakers tour because he had a granddaughter now, and wanted to spend as much time with her as possible.
And now there was news this morning that longtime Memphis wrestling commentator Lance Russell has died. RIP Lance and prayers to his family and friends. He helped so many realize their potential, the two most obvious examples being Dave Brown and Jerry Lawler.
My dear friend Lance Russell has passed. He aired my 1st show on WHBQ that later became BDO. I may not be here today without him. RIP! Bill
— Bill Dance (@Bill_Dance1) October 3, 2017
Lance Russell. So iconic that @DustinStarr & I asked him to record our radio intro. So kind that he immediately agreed to do it.
— Kevin Cerrito (@cerrito) October 3, 2017
The 40th anniversary Downtown Memphis Commission meeting happens tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4, on the Civic Center Plaza and at the DMC building at Main and Adams. Open to the public and admission is free but you need to click the link and RSVP. Open house tour 5:00-5:30 PM, opening remarks from Mayors Luttrell and Strickland 5:30-5:45, and then awards presentation 5:45-7:00. From 7 to 9 there will be live music by the Nick Black band, free photos in the Amurica booth, food, drinks, games, and more. The awards will honor Old Dominick, the Madison Avenue pocket park, and Hotel Napoleon.
The 3rd annual Sinners for Saints Ball will happen Saturday, October 28. Stop 345 and Tad Pierson’s Indoor Trailer Park are back as event venues, and this year they have added Brinson’s for even more event space. Hair band cover band Aquanet will headline, along with Charvey Mac, DJ SuperBrad, a songwriters’ showcase, and karaoke at Brinson’s hosted by DJ Lil’ Eggroll. Your $50 admission ($60 at the door) includes beer, mixed drinks, punches, and Hipner’s craft Jello shots. Costume contest with lots of prizes. Food by local restaurants including Stanley BBQ and Pete and Sam’s. Costumes strongly encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Church Health Center.
Peppa Pig Live visits the Orpheum tonight at 6 PM. This was said to be the #1 family show of 2016. Tickets are $29.50-$139.50
The MBJ has a slideshow of progress on the Tennessee Brewery redevelopment.
There will be a Creative Works Market at the Halloran Centre Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6. Over 30 makers, designers, and artists are in town for a creative conference, and Friday and Saturday they will sell their works to the public. Might be a good chance to pick up a unique Christmas gift. Click the link to see a list of vendors.
Michael Butler, guest blogger for I Love Memphis, has an article about Two Girls and a Whip, the new cakery at Front and Huling. They sell delicious cakes in shop, but if you need a custom cake, definitely give them a call! They can do amazing things with custom cakes. Hmmm I bet they could make a custom cake that looks exactly like my troll. Hopefully not scaled to size though, because that wouldn’t be much of a cake. (Edit: Now hearing that they are not quite open yet. Shouldn’t be long thouigh.)
The New Daisy announced that tonight’s Morgan James event has been canceled.
Cooks’ meeting for Best Memphis Burger Fest is tonight at 6:30. I’m not a cook and therefore not attending the meeting; however, if any of my teammates want to meet up for delicious and affordable $2 PBRs prior to going over the meeting venue, I will be at the Silly Goose tonight around 5:30. Back tomorrow with more news.