The 2019 People’s Convention happened yesterday at the Paradise Entertainment Center. The idea behind this convention was to come up with an agenda, and then endorse candidates who the convention believed would best implement that agenda if elected to office; in that way, it’s more about the agenda than any individual candidate. The platform they came up with includes funding for county schools, a living wage requirement for government contracts, criminal justice reform, and affordable housing. The convention then selected Tami Sawyer as their choice for mayor, and endorsed seven other candidates as well.
The Daily Memphian has a good article this morning about development in The Edge District. We now have a name for the building that will house 199 apartments just east of Orion Federal Credit Union/the old Wonder Bread Bakery – it will be known as The Rise, a nod to bread rising when it is baked. Those apartments are 10-11 month away from completion.
There’s also information about The Ravine, the linear park being built on an old rail spur between Union and Madison. The south (Union) side will have a pop-up retail and food truck area. The north (Madison) size will have an event space. When the bar formerly known at Kudzu’s eventually reopens, the lower level of its back porch will spill out into the park.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association will have a party for its members celebrating Memphis’ 200th birthday on Tuesday, June 18 from 6 to 8 PM at Sage. Food and drink, DJ, games, and city officials will be there.
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Reminder: Today is the shrimp and crawfish boil at Tin Roof. $27 for 5 pounds, with DJs playing all day.
Tonight’s the night: An evening with Dutch Mantel at the Hi-Tone. I bet the Dirty Dutchman will have some fascinating stories. He was a wrestler and sometimes booker in Memphis wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s, and is credited with giving a start to young wrestlers who would go on to become famous, including Sting, the Ultimate Warrior, and The Undertaker. In more recent years he was manager Zeb Colter in WWE.
Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd plays The Orpheum Tuesday night. This performance will be a celebration of the 40th anniversary of rock opera The Wall, and they will play songs from Pink Floyd’s other albums as well.
That’ll do it for now. Back tomorrow with more news.