Living on The Edge in this second Friday update

TRAFFIC ALERT: Union between Front and Riverside will be closed between approximately 8 AM and noon tomorrow, Saturday July 18, for the installation of a crane.

Sorry there was no post at the lunchtime hour, but it was for a good reason: I was doing my civic duty and voting in The Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis 2015 poll. For Best Blog, there is no dropdown list this year – you fill in the box with the blog’s URL, minus the www. So you would put in if you wanted to vote for me.

One other thing – if you have a person in mind for Best Bartender or Best Server, but you don’t know their last name, find it out before voting ends August 4. You have to supply their full name, and there is no dropdown list of nominees this year. This puts voters who aren’t on Facebook at a disadvantage – I didn’t know the last name of either my vote for bartender or server before we became Facebook friends.

Lots of news about The Edge district today, the neighborhood east of Fourth that includes Sun Studio, Trolley Stop Market, Evelyn & Olive, Arepas & Salsa, and the former Wonder Bread bakery. The Daily News has an excellent article about potential for growth in The Edge, pointing out that the neighborhood is reaching a tipping point the way South Main did 15 or so years ago.

Trolley Stop Market in The Edge will be closed tomorrow through Wednesday for remodeling and to get their new summer menu together. The market will re-open Thursday, July 23.

I didn’t even know The Edge had a neighborhood association (the fact that they do is a promising sign), but it will meet at the Premiere Palace Ballroom Monday at 6 PM. Darrin Hill who is spearheading and who is the spokesman for the International Rockabilly Festival, to happen on two blocks of Marshall August 15-16, will discuss the festival. Also, Cat Pena will talk about the progress of the Collaboratory public art project.

Next Saturday, July 25, is the 27th annual Blues on the Bluff, a fundraiser for radio station WEVL. It will be on the grounds of the Metal Museum, overlooking the Mississippi, starting at 6 PM. There will be live music by Lightnin’ Malcolm, the Gary Burnside Band, and Elmo and the Shades. Food sales by Central BBQ (profits donated to WEVL), beer for sale (sponsored by Schlafly), wine for sale, event posters for sale. Kids welcome when accompanied by parents. There will be a silent auction as well. Buy advance tickets here.

Through Sunday, you can get free spinach artichoke dip with purchase of any meal at Spaghetti Warehouse. No coupon necessary, just ask your server for the deal.

Pre-sale of tickets for the September 14 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw at FedExForum has begun. Go here and use code MEMPHIS to purchase. You have until 10 tonight to take advantage of the pre-sale.

From Thrillist: 14 cities, 14 bars: The traveler’s guide to happy hour. Bardog made the list for Memphis!

Whew. Home from work. Going to hit happy hour at Silly Goose then figure out my stops after that.