901 Fest to wrap up Memphis in May + Wednesday news

Just announced: A new event called 901 Fest will wrap up Memphis in May on Saturday, May 28. It will be a celebration of all things local, with local artists on multiple stages, local vendors, and local food and drink. The airshow and fireworks show will be retained from the old Sunset Symphony event. More details will be released later. Good job, Memphis in May; this event sounds like a winner.

If you need to prepare for rain at Memphis in May’s outdoor festivals, Life Is Good has fashionable ladies’ rain boots back in stock.

If you have never been to Flight at the corner of Main and Monroe, this blog post, Fine Dining Takes Flight with Fire and Ice, will give you an excellent idea of what to expect. Beer flights and wine flights allow you to try several samples of those beverages, but Flight takes it a step farther and offers food flights, where you can try three smaller plates that complement each other.

I’ve posted about the Tigers-UCF game at FedExForum tonight at 6 (Josh Pastner really wants you to be there), but don’t forget that Memphis’ other team will be there tomorrow night. The Grizzlies will host the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night at 7, and they will have their Memphis Sounds throwbacks on. Be one of the first 5000 through the door and you will get a Memphis Sounds car freshener from First Tennessee. It could also be your first opportunity to see Birdman and Hairston in action for Memphis.

From Teen Vogue: Taylor Swift is making the tube top happen again. THANK YOU TAYLOR!!! I don’t have too long before I have to decide whether to bring back Tube Top Month for 2016. Keep in mind that if I bring it back, 901 Fest will happen during Tube Top Month.

Michelle Lewis from the Memphis Flyer and her sweetie recently checked out Valentine’s Day at Itta Bena. For those of you who would not expect to find an elegant, fine-dining restaurant on Beale, take a walk up the staircase on Second Street outside B.B. King’s and you will be in for a surprise.

In the aftermath of three small boutique hotels being approved for Union and Vance Avenues, Land Control Use Board member Rob Norcross warns that what Downtown really needs is a 500-room, full-service hotel with meeting space that is located in the center of the action. Norcross and the folks at the MCVB feel that Downtown needs to be aiming for hotel construction that will increase tourist business or convention business.

From Memphis Magazine: New soccer team Memphis City FC puts down roots in Memphis

WREG reports that several times in 2015, MATA almost didn’t make payroll. To quote the great Ron Simmons, “Damn.”

Programming note: Blog posts may be a bit sparse between today and Sunday. We’re doing a number of important server upgrades at work. I may have to work extra hours to make sure none of our applications break in the process, so I may not have a lot of time to round up the news and post it here. If I miss one of my usual weekend bar appearances (Panda Time, D-RANKS with my Facebook friend B-RAD), that’s where I am, not in the hospital or a funeral home.

A very happy birthday to my Wednesday-Thursday night bartender Jessica! She is working the Silly Goose tonight from 4 to 7:30, so stop by if you get a chance and celebrate her birthday with her. Unless work gets busy, I will be there tonight at my usual time. Charvey Mac plays the Goose at 10, but it looks like I have a 7 AM start time tomorrow so I may have to take a week off for Charvey. Back as soon as I have more news and the time to post it.