Get ready for spring festival season! Mudbugs in March will be back in Court Square for its second year on Saturday, March 16. There will be an authentic Louisiana crawfish boil, with $5 general admission and $35 VIP pass that includes all the crawfish you can eat. There will also be twisted mac & cheese from Hard Rock Cafe, a gumbo contest, and BBQ from 2011 Memphis in May BBQ Fest champs Fat Side Up. FreeWorld and The Mason Jar Fireflies will supply the live music. The event will be from 2 to 8 PM.
In other Court Square news, there will be a food truck rodeo there tomorrow.
A rock’n’roll legend will soon have a club on Beale named after him. Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe and Honky Tonk is set to open on May 1st at 310 Beale, in the building that was Pat O’Brien’s and most recently has been operating as Dancin’ Jimmy’s. The Killer will not be there regularly but plans to make an appearance opening night, and may do occasional fan appreciation nights. His memorabilia will be on display. There will be live music at the club, and a menu of Southern food. About $150,000 will be spent on renovations to get the club regularly for the opening.
Congratulations to neighborhood bar Bardog Tavern on their win for Best Soup at Youth Villages’ Soup Sunday. Bardog also won the spirit award.
Bass Pro wants to put illuminated signs of the Bass Pro logo on the four sides of the Pyramid. There is some debate about the signs, which are 100 times larger than what has been the standard for maximum size in that area.
Ever wonder what a liquor brand ambassador does? Find out in this New York Post article.
Performers of all types: Apply to be part of DowntownMemphis.com’s spring lunchtime series. (PDF)
The city has approved the KKK’s permit to rally at 140 Adams from 1:30 to 4 PM on Saturday, March 30. Participants will not be allowed to wear their masks. Officers assigned to that rally will go through riot training. MPD Director Toney Armstrong advises Memphians to ignore the rally and go about their business as usual that Easter weekend. The rally is to protest the renaming of Confederate, Jefferson Davis, and Forrest Parks. I agree with Director Anderson: The best thing we can do is ignore these fools.
Time for beer. Saucer is the likely first stop tonight.