Saturday update

Stony Blyden, who plays paralegal Emerson on the new NBC series Bluff City Law, will smash a guitar before tonight’s Memphis 901 FC match vs. Bethlehem Steel. Kickoff time is 7 PM, and as always I recommend pre-gaming at the Brass Door Irish pub on Madison and marching over with supporters’ group the Bluff City Mafia.

Actor/comedian Kevin James, who starred in the TV series The King of Queens (1998-2007), will perform a show at the Cannon Center tomorrow night. Tickets are $42.50-$82.50.

Loflin Yard is doing a shrimp boil for the Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints Sunday Night Football game tomorrow evening. In addition to the boil, they will have FREE gumbo, as well as frozen hurricanes and $3 Bud Light. Free gumbo? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up. Oh wait she’s in Europe right now. If you’re in Munich for Oktoberfest, guard your bratwurst closely.

Elite Total Health at S. Main and MLK has a new logo. In recent years they have expanded their business, offering services like hydration therapy, medical aesthetics, and women’s care. However, their logo and branding still reflected Elite’s early days as a men’s health care clinic. Downtown agency LAB Digital Creative helped them with a new logo and new branding that reflects the comprehensive set of services they now provide.

I paid my first visit to Max’s Sports Bar in two months last night, and tried one of their newer menu items, their cheese dip. Being a Little Rock native, I have low expectations for cheese dip in Memphis – it tends to be white and bland and boring. Max’s, however, does it well. It is a white cheese dip, but flavored with plenty of pieces of peppers. In addition, it comes with quality chips, from Las Delicias. I would have to say in recent years, it’s the second best cheese dip I have had Downtown, trailing only the chorizo queso at Maciel’s.

I learned a bartender’s trick this week when a friend of mine got acid reflux: Mix bitters and Sprite, chug that, then swallow a teaspoon or two of mustard. It is said to provide nearly instant relief.

Michael Donahue’s We Saw You column this week covers Paula & Raiford’s Disco and the Bluff City Law watch party in Court Square. He’s right, there is no doubt the spirit of Raiford lives on in that club.

Street closure: From October 7 until May 2020, all lanes of Front Street will be closed between Poplar and Jackson. This is necessary for convention center construction.

Attitude MMA Fights XIX comes to FedExForum tonight.

Today is Wiseacre’s annual Oktoberfest celebration.

For those celebrating Memphis Pride on Beale Street and in Robert Church Park, if you need to get out of the heat for a minute step on over to Atomic Rose, where there will be a Pride Party with $3 well drinks from noon to 6 PM. From 4 to 6 PM there will be a drag show with Holly Walnutz, Mary Gagdaline, Brenda Newport, and Hunny Blunt. Dj Cashmere will perform late night tonight.

As your #1 source of news and information about The Edge District, it is my pleasure to inform you that Spectrum (600 Marshall) will host a Pride After-Party tonight 8 PM-3 AM featuring Brooke Lynn Hines. Drag show at 11 PM and an Open Stage all night where all the kings and queens can show what they’ve got.

According to one social media source, nothing notable has happened in The Edge since June 10. This is why I have to do my job, because no one else will.

It’ll be my first time back in Bardog since they re-opened when I go there in a little while. I plan on catching up with my “DAWG” John D, watching the Texas A&M-Arkansas game, sticking around to see my friends Randy and Theresa, and wondering if the Tennessee Vols will manage to figure out  away to lose even though it’s their bye week. Around 5 I’ll head over to Silly Goose for D-RANKS with B-RAD, where I will catch Brad up on the Downtown gossip, and there is some juicy gossip this week (he may have lost a Facebook friend without even knowing it). Back tomorrow with more news. Post may be up late tomorrow because I am considering not going out until the 4 to 6 PM range.