Thursday update

Rebirth Brass Band headlines the Get Loud! concert series tonight at Handy Park, corner of Beale and B.B. King Blvd. This is a free show starting at 6 PM. Chinese Connection Dub Embassy will open.

Dream Girls is the movie of the week in the DNA’s Spring (now Summer) Movie Series. They’ll show the free movie at Greenbelt Park on Mud Island. There will be food trucks if you get hungry, or you can pre-game at Mud Island restaurants. People will gather at 7:30 and the movie will start at 8.

Edible Memphis has a lot of great info and photos of Crazy Gander Coffee Co. on its Facebook page. Crazy Gander is a new coffee shop at 150 Madison, next door to the Brass Door.

The DM put the spotlight on Uptown’s Malone Park development recently, where it’s easy to get to know your neighbors. Parking is in the back of the homes so they can be closer together, unimpeded by driveways. Malone Park is bounded by N. Main St., Saffarans Ave., and N. Second St.

The U.S. Women’s National Team group draw schedule for the Tokyo Olympics has been announced. If you want to watch the matches live, I suggest you brew some coffee.

  • Wednesday, July 21 vs. Sweden, 3:30 AM
  • Saturday, July 24 vs. New Zealand, 6:30 AM
  • Tuesday, July 27 vs. Australia, 3:00 AM

Nice of the schedulers to let us sleep late before that Saturday game. Much of the Olympics will be shown on Peacock Premium. Xfinity subscribers, remember, Peacock Premium is included in your subscription. You just need to create an account and verify you are an Xfinity customer.

StyleBlueprint has 12 must-try dishes in Memphis. Downtown restaurants Edge Alley, Majestic Grille, and Paulette’s made the list, as did our friends out on Broad Avenue SALT | SOY.

Software pioneer John McAfee, creator of McAfee Antivirus, was found dead in his prison cell. McAfee was imprisoned in Spain but was to be extradited to the U.S. to face all kinds of charges of financial mischief.

Tug’s Casual Grill will have a special menu for the July 4 holiday Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of next weekend.

Places to score some free booze at South Main Trolley Night this Friday:

  • South Main Hemp (wine and beer, plus a prize drawing)
  • Paper & Clay (Ghost River beer)
  • Sue Layman Designs (wine)

Free kayaking tonight!

Service and hospitality workers: $1000 grants are still available if you can show you were financially impacted by COVID-related work shutdowns between March 20 and December 31 of last year. The grants are offered by the Memphis Urban League and there’s still $1.7 million waiting to be distributed. It’s free money, so you might as well grab it if you qualify.

Don’t forget that Irish dance performance Celtic Throne is at the Orpheum tonight.

That’s it for today. The days of pleasant low temperatures and dew points are over and we’re back to humid and muggy. Back tomorrow with more news.

Wednesday update

I heard 3 gunshots at 3:33 this morning. They sounded like they came from several blocks south of where I live, possibly the Second and Beale area. There were reports this morning on Nextdoor of gunshots in the area of Washington Park in the 1100 block of N. Second in the 5:00 hour.

Makestic Grille co-owner Patrick Reilly had his quote about the effect of the I-40 closing tweeted by the @WhiteHouse yesterday:

117 Prime will be closed today and tomorrow. They anticipate opening Friday with a new menu.

The Detroit Pistons won the NBA draft lottery last night. The Grizzlies were not in the lottery and will pick 17th in the first round. They don’t have a pick in the second round, having shipped number 46 off to Toronto.

In other basketball news, the U.S. men’s basketball team roster for the Olympics is complete. Among the biggest names are Brooklyn’s James Harden and Kevin Durant, Portland’s Damian Lillard, and Golden State’s Draymond Green. The Olympics start one month from today.

Exciting job news from a great local nonprofit. From Volunteer Odyssey’s Facebook page:

We have some exciting news to share with you – Volunteer Odyssey is hiring a fourth team member!
This role is our Volunteer Experience Manager. The Volunteer Experience Manager is at the core of Volunteer Odyssey’s mission. The Manager ensures high-quality volunteer experiences – working directly with our individual volunteers, corporate volunteers, and partners throughout the community.
If you are looking for a great work environment where you’ll make a difference in Memphis, we’d love to talk with you about joining our team and furthering our mission.
To apply:
Complete the application at volunteerodyssey.com/join-our-team
Email your cover letter and resume to apply@volunteerodyssey.com

Bring your dog to Music Bingo at Grind City Brewing tomorrow night (7-9 PM) and get an extra bingo card.

Lifehacker thinks you should grill your pickles this summer.

COGIC broke ground on a 20-unit housing development Downtown this week. It will be located at 291 E. Pontotoc.

That’s all for today. Back tomorrow with more news.

Tuesday update

Atomic Rose has announced that they’re going to start doing a service industry night on Thursdays from 8 to 3. Industry specials that night will include 2 for 1 beers (domestic & import), $4 well drinks, and 20% off appetizers.

For those of you who are fans of the New Wing Order food truck, you have a rare opportunity to catch it Downtown on Saturday. They’ll be at Grind City Brewing from noon to 5.

The fractured beam was removed from the I-40 bridge yesterday and TDOT reports that significant progress has been made.

Not a Downtown thing but nevertheless worth a mention: TJ Mulligan’s Midtown opens tomorrow. For the first day on Wednesday, they will open the doors at 3 PM, with regular hours (11 AM to 3 AM) after that.

ODDS Atelier is throwing an “I survived Trolley Night!” party on Friday, June 25 from 7:30 PM to midnight. Live music, DJ, free food, free cocktails. Admission is free but they ask that you RSVP to guarantee your spot at the party.

Imani Soap Company is opening at 65 Monroe this Saturday, June 26. The business is part of the Open on Main initiative and will have a storefront for 6 months.

Today is National Onion Rings Day. My #1 recommendation to celebrate would be Majestic Grille’s tempura fried onion rings, but they’re closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

There’s going to be a Caribbean foam rave at Carolina Watershed Sunday, July 11. Swimwear is appropriate attire, there will be hookah and bottle service available as well as Jamaican food.

Action News 5 has a list of where to watch July 4 fireworks in the Memphis metro. There will be fireworks shot off Mud Island Sunday, July 4. That celebration will also include a Stax vs. Motown dance party, and live music by Nick Black Band and Lucky 7 Brass Band. There will be fireworks at AutoZone Park following the end of the Redbirds games on July 2, 3, and 4.

DJ Superbrad hosts a ’90s Party at Blind Bear this Saturday.

Don Bryant plays a free show at Wiseacre Downtown Friday at 7.

I awoke to the sweet, sweet sound of my air conditioner cycling off for the first time in more than a week. I don’t know what we did to deserve these cool, crisp temperatures, but I’ll take it. The MemphisWeather.net forecast has us at a high of 80 and a low of 59 today. That’s a normal high and low for October 1.

That’s it! Back tomorrow with more.

Monday update

Memphis soccer supporters the Bluff City Mafia will have not one, but two, marches to AutoZone Park for this Saturday’s match. In support of Pride Month, they will march from Atomic Rose (corner of Second and Lt. George W. Lee) at 6:35 and then will march from Brass Door at 7:00. Come show your love for the game and all its supporters.

James Aycock’s COVID week in review has some mildly disturbing news. Cases are up 28% and for the first time in a while, the infection rate is above 1.0. This is because the Delta (India) variant is gaining a foothold in Shelby County and it is more infectious than the Alpha (UK) variant which is the dominant strain here. Delta is expected to be the dominant strain within weeks. If you plan to get vaccinated but just haven’t got around to it yet, might want to go do that soon.

Local 24 has a look at yesterday’s Memphis Vegan Festival in Fourth Bluff Park.

The Downtown core has a new coffee shop! Crazy Gander Coffee Company has opened in the space next to the Brass Door at 150 Madison. They’re in the space that was formerly The Mad Earl. They’re currently in their soft opening phase with hours of 7 AM-3 PM Monday-Friday.

As your number-one source of news and information about The Edge District, it’s my pleasure to tell you about a job opening in that part of town. Orion FCU is looking to hire a Commercial Real Estate/Asset Portfolio Manager.

The Memphis Flyer has a piece about Ghost River’s second location on Beale Street. They have photos of what will be the outdoor beer garden, and it looks amazing.

Happy Monday, YOGA! Today is International Yoga Day.

New courses have been announced for the St. Jude full and half marathons, the 10K, and the 5K. The redesigned courses incorporate more landmarks and neighborhood cheering stations. As always, all courses run through the heart of the St. Jude campus.

Take the umbrella with you if you get out today – heavy storms are likely this afternoon. As of about 11 I’m following them on the radar and they are dropping rain and even some hail on north Arkansas and the Missouri bootheel. Back tomorrow with more news.

Saturday update

Memphis 901 FC returns to AutoZone Park for another home match tonight at 7:30. Their opponent will be OKC Energy FC. If you can’t make it out to see the match live, catch it on TV on CW30.

Fast-forwarding for a minute to the home game after that, next Saturday, June 26, vs. Sporting Kansas City II: Not only will it be Pride Night at the park, but a special all-inclusive ticket will allow you to have the Memphis 901 FC experience and the Raiford’s experience at the same time. You’ll get a seat on Paula Raiford’s Party Deck, an open bar (draft beers, house wine, well liquor), an all-you-can-eat buffet, and a photo-op with Paula. Paula will smash the guitar prior to the start of the match. To grab your seat:

  1. Click this link
  2. Click on ‘TICKETS’ and select ‘BUY TICKETS’ for the June 26 game
  3. Enter coupon code PAULAPARTY
  4. Choose your seats and check out

Pam & Terry return to the Blind Bear this coming Thursday, June 24 at 7 PM.

Congratulations to the Grizzlies’ Desmond Bane, who made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Also, congratulations to the Grizzlies’ front office, because this award indicates that they know what they’re doing. Bane has been recognized as one of the 10 best rookies in the NBA, yet the front office got him at number 30 in last year’s draft (via trade from Boston).

The Memphis Flyer has issued a call for artists for the second Memphis Flyer coloring book. Purchasing the coloring book is a way to support great local artists and great local journalism. Proceeds are split 50/50 between the artists and the Flyer. Submission deadline is Monday at 5.

Whet Thursday, an after-hours program at the Metal Museum, returns this Thursday, June 24 from 6 to 8 PM. Among the activities:

  • Art tile mold casting in the Foundry ($20 to purchase a mold). This is a kid-friendly activity that they can finish at home with adult supervision that introduces kids to the world of casting.
  • Exhibit Measured Making: The 150mm Challenge and Tributaries: Andrew Meers in the museum’s galleries
  • The Museum Store will stay open late
  • Live music
  • Food trucks on site: El Mero Taco, Tipsy Tumbler Traveling Tavern
  • Lawn chairs are encouraged

Little Italy’s Downtown location will be closed June 20-24 so their staff can enjoy some well-needed rest.

Yesterday I met people from Miami, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles who traveled to Memphis to celebrate Juneteenth. WREG has coverage of the Juneteenth celebration in Health Sciences Park. The organizers stress that the celebration is open to all. “Memphis is not about one race. Memphis is about the human race.”

Today is also National Martini Day.

Bachata will be the featured dance tonight at the Latin Dance Series at Fourth Bluff Park, 7:00 to 8:00. Come down to the park and learn this popular dance, taught by instructors from Cat’s Ballroom.

Craft Axe Throwing in The Edge District will have a Juneteenth celebration beginning at 5 today with discounted axe throwing, the newest beers from Beale St. Brewery, and a craft beer share where you can bring your favorite for others to try.

Also celebrating Juneteenth today is Butterific Bakery & Cafe, beginning at 2 PM. Mouthful food truck and Artreanna’s Italian Ice will be onsite, along with local vendors. There will be music, giveaways, and games.

That’s it for this post. Back tomorrow with more news.

Friday update

Bad news for Memphis 901 FC. Their goalkeeper, John Berner, went down with an injury late in Wednesday’s game. It’s been confirmed that Berner ruptured his Achilles and will need surgery. That’ll be the end of his 2021 season.

Hospitality HUB will have the groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility at 590 Washington this Monday, June 21, at 10:00 AM. The public is invited to come out and learn more about this facility, which will include

  • The region’s first barrier-free shelter for women
  • A 25,000 square foot day plaza
  • A 6000 square foot intake center to host the HUB’s programs
  • Three outdoor green spaces for clients and staff

The Gray Canary had its first off-menu course and cocktail dinner this week and it was said to be a hit. The next one will be Wednesday, July 21 at 6 PM and you can use Resy to sign up or call 901-249-2932.

Yesterday I reported that laws are being passed to fight the recent rash of thefts of catalytic converters… hours later, I got an email from a resident of South Line Apartments saying her catalytic converter had been cut off. When she started her car, at first she thought she’d parked next to someone who had modified their car to make it super loud… then she realized it was her car.

As your #1 source of news and information about The Edge District, it’s my pleasure to provide a link to take you back in time – to the 1990s, when a nightclub in The Edge was as close to New York as it got. DJ David the Worm recently celebrated 6/16 Day by compiling the music of legendary nightclub Six-1-Six and sharing memories with Wilbur. Listen here.

A Nashville news station reports that alligators and cougars are expanding into Tennessee. A 7-foot gator was spotted near the Wolf River in Fayette County in May 2018. Several cougars were active in South Main and the Downtown core in the middle of the 2010s decade.

Sad to hear of the death of Frank Bonner, who played radio station sales manager Herb Tarlek in WKRP in Cincinnati 1978-1q82 and in a restart of the series 1991-1993. A snazzy dresser and a man of impeccable ethics, Herb has left us to be reunited with The Big Guy.

From the Flyer: Two Memphians made their own tequila called Disbelief.

Juneteenth Shop Black will happen in Fourth Bluff Park this Saturday. Over 50 Black-owned businesses will be on site selling everything from artwork to clothing.

Central Station Hotel is prominently featured in Forbes article All Aboard in Train Stations Turned Hotels.

Today is International Sushi Day.

Irish dance production Celtic Throne comes to the Orpheum Tuesday, June 24.

Phase 2 of the repairs on the I-40 bridge is underway.

If you don’t mind a drive out to East Bumblefuck, a balloon jamboree is happening this weekend.

The movie Clue is showing at Elmwood’s Cemetery Cinema tonight. 8:30 start time. Tickets are $17.

Keep your eye on a potential tropical system in the Gulf. If it organizes into a tropical storm it will be named Claudette. It’s currently projected to go east of Memphis but if the path changes, it could bring us some rain.

I’ll be out at the usual spots this afternoon. Back tomorrow with more news.

Thursday update

The new Ghost River Beer Garden location is now hiring. They’re looking for bartenders, servers, hosts, and door people. It’s a beautiful atmosphere and no late nights. You can apply in person at 345 Beale.

South Main Sounds, home of great music by talented songwriters, at 550 S. Main will be closed for a couple of weeks for maintenance and drain pipe repair.

Popular music series Soulin’ on the River returns tomorrow night with Tonya Dyson performing at the Grove on Mud Island.

Queen Ann Hines & The Royal Gents play the Blind Bear tonight at 8.

Loflin Yard will have a Best Dad Ever brunch this Sunday for Father’s Day.

Infectious disease experts say that if you’re not vaccinated, you’re at considerably more risk than they thought two weeks ago. It’s because the Delta variant of COVID, which crippled India a few months ago, is now spreading in the United States.

If you want to do something about that, you can… get a free shot and get a free beer at Wiseacre’s ribbon-cutting ceremony Downtown today 4-7.

A new law will aid in prosecution of catalytic converter thieves. Catalytic converters have been stolen from cars in Downtown parking garages as well as parking lots in The Edge in recent years.

GREAT NEWS: Memphis 901 FC supporter Magan Hall pre-gamed at the Brass Door and attended the team’s match at AutoZone Park last night. It was her first live soccer match since beating cancer for the second time.

Catch the movie Toy Story for free at Mud Island’s Greenbelt Park this evening. The crowd will begin to gather at 7:30 with movie time at 8. If you get hungry, Gandy’s Grub Huh food truck will be onsite, or you can pregame at Mud Island’s restaurants.

President Biden is expected to sign a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

That’s today’s news. Back tomorrow with more.

Wednesday update

The sign is gone! Don’t worry, Downtown Walgreens is still open. I went in and purchased a package of Chips Ahoy (on sale for $1.99 this week if you’re a myWalgreens member) to verify.

Prior to the pandemic, I had heard there was potentially some money in place to renovate and upgrade Downtown Walgreens. I wonder if this is the beginning of that process.

Disco is back. The Daily Memphian interviewed Paula Raiford about disco as a brand, why she closed completely throughout the pandemic, and her plans for the future now that “Let’s go disco!” is once again an option.

Developers have until August 31 to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of the 37-story 100 N. Main building as well as the block on which it stands. Preference will be given to proposals that retain the current structures, but demolition will also be considered. WREG has a look inside the building and how fast it fell into disrepair.

After 8 years of restricting distribution to Shelby County, Memphis Made Brewing Co. is heading east. DET Distributing Co. will get their beer into Fayette County and even all the way to Jackson.

Memphis 901 FC has its first home match of the season this evening. They’ll play Atlanta United 2 at 7:30. First 901 fans to purchase tickets through the team’s website can get them for $3. As always, supporter squad the Bluff City Mafia will pre-game at the Brass Door and march over together. Fox 13 has a look at COVID protocols in place for those attending the game.

Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice-President Kamala Harris who is known as the Second Gentleman, will be in Memphis tomorrow to promote local vaccination efforts. Shelby County trails the national average in percent of the population vaccinated. With the Delta strain (the one that caused so many hospitalizations in India) now being found in our community, that could be a problem.

President Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva today. I bet that meeting won’t be as much fun for Putin as meeting with U.S. presidents the past 4 years has been.

I can’t believe I’m typing this, but I’m excited to experience karaoke at the Blind Bear tonight. I’ve been there once before, but I had started happy hour at 1:15 that afternoon and karaoke began at 9, so needless to say I won’t remember much. Tonight I’m setting 7:00 for my going-out time so I can experience the event in all its glory. Back tomorrow with more news.

Tuesday update

Downtowners: We have a chance this week to help a local make it big. Shannon Bailey started working at Rizzo’s a couple of months ago and quickly impressed Chef Michael Patrick with her passion for food.

Recently, one of Shannon’s Instagram posts was liked by Jill’s Inspiration Kitchen (website) (Instagram) based in Billings, Montana. Jill invited Shannon to come out to Montana and share her culinary point-of-view on Jill’s show.

Of course, travel costs money, so Thursday, June 17 Rizzo’s is going to do a fundraiser for Shannon’s expenses. For $25 (cash preferred) you’ll get to try what Shannon will cook on the show:

  • Bayou Bourbon shrimp and grits
  • Banana bread Foster’s bread pudding

For $7 more you can add a specialty smoky cocktail. Come out and help support a Memphian making a name for herself in the world of food.

If you enjoy a good shitshow and you haven’t looked at the Rec Room’s Facebook page in the past 36 hours, do it now. Wait, read the rest of this post then go take a look, because once you do you’ll be down the rabbit hole for a good while. I’ve said it before on this blog, and I’ll say it again: You are who you associate with.

The New Wing Order food truck makes a rare appearance Downtown today. They’ll do dinner service at the High Cotton taproom from 4 to 7 PM. Their special this month is Memphis Mumbo wings. Mumbo sauce is sweet and sour. It originated in Chicago and is a staple in Washington. D.C. I wonder if the Trumpster ever ordered 32 mumbo wings to eat in the Oval Office during his time as president?

Hearing that some Downtown restaurants are not taking same-day reservations anymore. Big groups of 6 to 10 have been calling places asking “can we come right now, can you hold a table for us” and then either showing up 2 hours later, or not showing up at all (because they called 2 other restaurants and made the same request). You know how bartenders and servers have to get licensed by the ABC? Sometimes I think restaurant patrons should be required to get a license too, certifying that they know how to act when they go out in public.

The 3rd Annual River City Jazz and Music Fest has been announced for the Cannon Center, Sunday, September 5. Featured artists will be

  • Damen Escobar
  • Kenny Latimore
  • Karyn White
  • Con Funk Shun
  • Julian Vaughn

From the Daily Memphian: Will we see any Grizzlies in the Olympics™? Ja didn’t make the final cut for the United States team due to a deep point-guard field. Then again, that may be a good thing – with a shorter-than-usual offseason, it will give Morant needed time to rest.

As for other countries’ Olympic™ teams, Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke have been invited to Team Canada’s training camp. If Lithuania can make the Olympic™ field, Jonas Valanciunas has a spot locked in at center.

In A Century of Good Eats, the CA’s Jennifer Chandler looks at Memphis’ five oldest restaurants. Two of them, the Arcade and The Little Tea Shop, are Downtown.

There’s relief for southbound I-55 traffic as it enters Memphis. TDOT added a second lane at the interchange at Crump over the weekend. Yep, I’m looking out my window watching 8 AM rush hour on the bridge and traffic is moving much faster than it did last week. Late July or August is the time frame for the reopening of the I-40 bridge.

Sign of the times: The owners of Oak Court Mall have filed for bankruptcy.

Teach901 hosts a job fair via Zoom tonight.

That’s it for today. Back tomorrow with more news.

Monday update

I did not go out for brunch yesterday, but about 12:20 I took a walk around Downtown. There was a line of at least 40 people waiting to get into Sage! I knew a line developed right at 11 right when they opened, but I had no idea it persisted throughout the day! Good for them. It’s fantastic to see a great local business thrive post-pandemic regulations. Maybe I’ll have to grab lunch at Sage one day this week, although it looks like I need to figure out when the place is not busy.

Things on the MemphisWeather.net blog look good for this week. We’re finally going to get a break from the rain, and our air conditioners will be happy to hear we’re going to get a break from the humidity as well. After a weekend of dewpoints in the 75-80 range, they’re going to drop into the 60s and maybe even the 50s by midweek. That’ll make being outside downright pleasant.

In yesterday’s blog, I mentioned that on Thursday, July 1, the Blind Bear would have a drag show hosted by Holly Walnutz. That’s not all that will happen at the Bear that evening. At 9:30 PM they will have Drag Bingo hosted by Pattie O’ Furniture. You’ve seen Pattie host bingo at Downtown spots like Oshi and Atomic Rose. Now you can catch her at the Bear!

From the DM: Mud Island renovations hit supply chain problems, cash delays. The city is waiting on $4 million in funding to renovate the amphitheater. City Council member Martavius Jones proposed emergency funding to get the monorail running again, but it was voted down 1-10.

Interesting read: The tyranny of time

It’s Flag Day, National Bourbon Day, and the Trumpster’s 75th birthday.

The Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum in Central Station has reopened.

The Memphis Vegan Festival will happen in Fourth Bluff Park this coming Sunday from noon to 5. There will be live music, vegan food, and a marketplace featuring vegan items. Note that most vendors will take only electronic payments, so plan accordingly.

That’s the news for this post. Back tomorrow with more.