We’re less than a month away from fall Wednesday night alley party season! The events are produced by the CCC and sponsored by Mpact Memphis, Blue Moon, and the Memphis Flyer. Here’s a quick summary of the lineup:
September 16 – Court Square Karaoke Cocktail Party – you can sign up to be one of the 25 participants competing for up to $500. Competitors will be judged on vocals and showmanship.
September 23 – Neosoulville Alley Party in Gayoso Alley off Peabody Place. City Champs, Tonya Dyson, Candace Ashir, Cassie Bonner, Tim Terry.
Setpember 30 – REG Party in the Rendezvous Alley off Union. The Dempseys (ultra-high-energy rockabilly) and the Soul Shockers (soul, disco) will perform.
October 7 – back in Gayoso Alley for the Makeshift Music party. Two Way Radio, Paul Taylor, Pezz.
October 14 – Goner Records Alley Party in Barboro Alley. I believe that’s the alley that runs alongside Bardog Tavern and that place on Union that used to be Sleep Out Louie’s. Harlan T. Bobo will perform, as will Quintron and Miss Pussycat.
The final party will be the only one not on a Wednesday. On Friday, October 30, they’ll present Memphis Pops in the lot next to Earnestine & Hazel’s. Mitch Easter, the new Mary Jane, and the return of The Simple Ones. That’s a trolley tour night so the area should be hopping. It’s also Halloween weekend so there will probably be people in costume.
They did these last year and they were a LOT of fun, a great chance for Downtowners to enjoy the mild fall weather and mingle with their neighbors. Vending starts at 4:30, music at 6 for these parties. More details here.