Sat update: Famous Chicken, dragon boat race demo, Double J cooking for July 4, Daddy Mack Blues Band, Wayne’s Candy and more

The Famous Chicken (often known as “The San Diego Chicken”) will make an appearance at the Redbirds game Friday at AutoZone Park. Game will be versus the Albuquerque Isotopes and first pitch is at 7:05. Gates will open 2 hours early for an end-of-the-week block party in the plaza with $2 16 ounce Coors Light. Click here to buy tickets.

By the way, I heard an interesting fact last night: In all of professional baseball – major and minor leagues – there is only one park where the number 1 item in food sales is not the hot dog. Can you guess which city this park is located in? Answer at the end of this post.

On Tuesday there will be a Dragon Boat Race Demo at Mud Island River Park from 2 to 5. This is a chance for you to see what the annual Dragon Boat Race, scheduled for September 22, will be like. Teams of 20 will race around the harbor in authentic Hong Kong-style dragon boats. It’s very much a team sport because all 20 members have to work in sync. The race benefits the Tennessee Clean Water Network. If you like what you see at the demo, you have until September 9 to submit your team application, although you’ll probably want to attend the August 27 team captain’s meeting as well.

Want to have a July 4 cookout, but don’t really feel like cooking? Talk to the folks at Double J Smokehouse and Saloon. They’ll have Boston butts available for $30, and full slabs of Double J baby back ribs for $20. Sides will be available too. Putting your order in as far in advance as possible would probably be a good idea.

The Daddy Mack Blues Band has their CD release party at the Center for Southern Folklore tonight at 8. Special guest Billy Gibson and the Ghost River Blues Band will perform as well.

Kerry from the I Love Memphis Blog visited one of Downtown’s hidden secrets this week: Wayne’s Candy on East Carolina.

And now, the answer to the ballpark question: The only city in which hot dog sales are not number 1 is Memphis. BBQ nachos are the top seller here.

On my way to Mud Island with the Tube Top Cam to check out the LuvMud festivities. I’m really not excited about being outside in 95 degree heat, having to put on sunscreen, and missing my regular noon stop at Panda Manda’s bar at Bardog. However, this event seems too good to miss. Also, my friend Bob is cooking BBQ sliders at his house, and when a member of Squeal Street BBQ is cooking, it’s a wise move to show up. Panda will be at Bardog until 8 so I have plenty of time to get back to the core and have some PBR at her bar. Come on down to LuvMud Island and let’s see those TUBE TOPS!