Thur update: American Queen, Jerry Lee pulls out of Music Fest, stuff going on tonight (great night to wear a tube top)

Today is a big day for the city of Memphis. The American Queen steamboat pulled into Beale Street Landing early this morning. Priscilla Presley will christen the boat tomorrow at 3, and it will embark on its first voyage tomorrow at 5. The steamboat has already brought hundreds of jobs to Memphis, and will bring many thousands in tourist dollars to the city in the weeks and months to come. If you’re Downtown, head over to Riverside Drive today and have a look at this majestic steamboat.

Memphis in May has announced that Jerry Lee Lewis will be unable to perform at Music Fest. Another rock’n’roll legend, Little Richard, will take his place.

Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster brings the ’70s and ’80s disco to the Peabody rooftop tonight for their weekly party. $10 admission includes your first drink and a food buffet. To go along with the band, this week’s buffet theme is ’70s. There will be pigs in a blanket, celery and carrot sticks with pimiento cheese for dipping, and cheese fondue on French bread. If you’re in the VIP section, there’s a second buffet for you with mac ‘n’ cheese casserole, deviled eggs, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, and chips with French onion dip. Ladies free til 7, VIP passes available for purchase at the front door.

The Peabody won’t be the only ’70s themed party tonight. Over at Bleu, the ’70s are the theme at their “Go Retro” party on the patio. 6-9 PM. Food and cocktails to match the theme.

Now, I know many of my readers weren’t even alive in the ’70s and are probably wondering what to wear. Look no further than this blog for fashion advice… TUBE TOPS were huge in the ’70s. No better way to go retro than in a tube top. With highs back in the 80s today, weather should be perfect for tube top wearing.

Joyce Cobb will headline tonight’s rooftop party at the Madison. Jazz, blues, and pop; cash bar; small plates prepare by chef Connor O’Neill. 7-11 PM, $7 cover.

It’s also the weekly Buzztime poker tournament at Max’s Sports Bar. I have a little insider information to share with you: Many of the regular players have a BBQ team meeting and won’t be there for tonight’s game. So, it would be a good week for someone new to slip in and win the bar tab. Game starts at 7, but you should probably get there a bit early to get a box. Maximum 10 players in the tournament.

Also tonight, the Redbirds are back in town for a 7:05 game. Tonight is social media night with Facebook and Twitter themed contests and prizes. Tomorrow’s game is a special afternoon game starting at 3:05 PM, with $2 Coors Light, a block party two hours before the first pitch, and a bluff blanked giveaway to the first 2000 fans.

And I guess that’s the news… OH WAIT! There is one other thing going on tonight… a little game of basketball at the FedExForum. The Grizzlies are playing the L.A. Clippers in the first round of the playoffs regardless of tonight’s outcome, but if we beat the Orlando Magic, we move into the #4 seed. That would give us home-court advantage, giving us the games in bold of the 2-2-1-1-1 series. According to the CA, the NBA has confirmed that Game 1 will be Sunday, regardless of who ends up being the #4 seed. If we win tonight, we could be looking at a playoff game happening the same time as Beale Street Wine Race on Sunday. That’ll be interesting to say the least.

All right, outta here for now. Not exactly sure what I’ll be doing tonight, but I’ll have the Tube Top Cam out with me, so come say hello if you want your photo taken for the blog.