I know it’s been a week since the Liberty Bowl parade, but I forgot to report something I observed as I walked onto Beale about 35 minutes before the parade start. The street was crowded, mostly with Kansas State fans, and people were walking single file east and west as they attempted to get to their desired watch spot on Beale. Well, most people were walking single file; one was not. I recognized him as one of Downtown’s petty criminals and scammers. He was moving erratically through the crowd, shifting from one direction to the other, cutting through lines of people as though in a hurry. I have little doubt he was looking for an opportunity to pick a pocket or grab a purse. I just wanted to warn everyone, at future parades, keep your hand on your valuables as you navigate your way down Beale.
Loflin Yard will host a free Tennessee Titans watch party this Saturday at 7:15 PM.
Bluff City Backsliders play Loflin Yard at 8 Friday evening. They’re described as “high-powered, hip-shaking, barrelhouse hoodoo music that’s as profane as it is glorious.” Not exactly sure what all that means, but I’ve seen this band before and they’re good.
Random thing I learned over the holiday break… you can now buy wet wipes shaped in the form of a mitten. The product’s name? Shittens.
Couple of cool events happening at the Halloran Centre this month. History fans are gonna love this one… Give ’em Hell, Harry! is an accurate and often whimsical look at the life of Harry Truman, from his beginnings as an apprentice in the political world through his two terms as president. Since 2017, Truman has been portrayed by Clifton Truman Daniel, Harry Truman’s oldest grandson. That performance will happen on Saturday, January 18.
On Friday, January 31, conductor Robert Moody and the Memphis Symhpony Orchesta will perform The Complete History of Music, Abridged. The performance will explore how music evolved from 9th century single monastic tunes to 21 century musical styles. Everything from Gregorian chants to Frank Zappa will be on the menu.
All Elite Wrestling, the relatively new wrestling promotion with a national TV deal, will broadcast its weekly Dynamite TV show live from the Landers Center at Southaven at 7 PM Wednesday. Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that AEW will go out of its way to pay tribute to legends of Memphis wrestling on the show, far more than any other national promotion ever did. Among those honored will be “Macho Man” Randy Savage and his father Angelo Poffo, Lance Russell, “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert, “Dangerous” Doug Gilbert and their father Tommy Gilbert, Brian Christopher, Austin Idol, Dave Brown, The Rock & Roll Express, Randy Hales, Brandon Baxter, and the “Boogie Woogie Man” himself, Jimbo from Mempho, “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant. Why will Jerry “The King” Lawler not be among those honored? He works for AEW’s competition, WWE, as a color commentator so AEW can’t use his likeness.
Matches for the AEW show in Southaven are expected to include
- Riho defends the AEW women’s title against Kris Statlander
- Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes vs. the Lucha Brothers
- Jon Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose in WWE) will give his answer to the Inner Circle’s invitation
The holidays are over! Back to work. After work I am going to continue on my study of data science. If you don’t see me out some days this week, don’t worry, I’m probably at home studying. Back tomorrow with more news.