Thur update: Rooftop parties, a severe weather drinking game, and new rumors of Trader Joe’s

’80s cover band Venus Mission plays the Peabody rooftop party this Thursday night. Doors open at 6, $10 cover to get in but it includes your first drink, ladies free until 7.

The food theme this week will be Caribbean. On the buffet (included in price of admission) will be jerk chicken sliders, Caribbean beans & rice, and tropical fruits.

You can still buy season-long VIP passes for $75. This gets you access to a private VIP area with beer tastings and a second buffet, this week consisting of coconut shrimp with pineapple dipping sauce, pork kabobs, and chips and jalapeno-mango dipping sauce.

The Peabody occasionally has pre-parties for its VIP card holders, and this week is one of them. In the Corner Bar from 5 to 6 they’ll have complimentary Michelob Ultra, chili-glazed chicken wings, calamari fritti, and an antipasto platter. Free food? Bet the Nuh-Uh Girl will make plans to leave work early. Must show your VIP card to get in.

Meanwhile, over at the Madison, Billy Gibson and his band will play. You no longer have to go to Beale Street to hear Billy… party begins at 5:30, $7 to get in, cash bar and tapas menu available. Afterward there will be a moonlight party at 10:30 with DJ (free for those who paid to get into Sunset Atop the Madison, $5 otherwise).

I know a lot of people are looking forward to June when Amy LaVere plays the Madison; her date on the rooftop has been changed from June 2 to June 16.

In other news: There’s now a Mid-South Severe Weather Drinking Game. Kerry from the I Love Memphis Blog came up with it.

I’ve heard from three different sources this week that a Trader Joe’s may be coming to Memphis. I heard those rumors last year and dismissed them because they wouldn’t be able to sell wine. However, there’s now a Trader Joe’s in Nashville that sells beer only, so maybe there is a chance Memphis will get one. I know a lot of Memphians have never shopped at a Trader Joe’s before; would it be worth it for me to write a blog post explaining why it’s such a big deal?

Looking forward to plans for tonight, but as far as posting them here, they need to remain “off the grid” (to use Foursquare lingo) for the time being. Photo album coming soon.