Saturday update

Fantastic news for Memphis: Plans for the Byhalia Connection Pipeline have been scrapped. The proposed pipeline was an example of environmental racism, its route to run through some of Memphis’ poorest and Blackest neighborhoods. It also endangered one of the purest water supplies in the country. They say pipeline plans were scuttled due to decreased oil demand following COVID-19. I suspect community protests had a lot more to do with the decision than the people in charge care to admit. Whatever the reason, I’m just happy the thing won’t be built!

The Peabody Hotel is hiring a local graphic designer. There are a lot of hospitality industry jobs available at the hotel, too, including an on-call duckmaster. Check out their Careers page.

Lifehacker has a list of summer cookout foods you shouldn’t feed your dog. At the top of the list: hot dogs, which are a choking hazard and have too much salt and fat.

The annual Africa in April festival, moved to August this year, will celebrate the Republic of Botswana. There will be a children’s and seniors diversity day August 6; a health & wellness day August 7; and an international music day August 8. Learn about Botswana

Brimstone Jones plays the Blind Bear tonight. Don’t forget to dress in your gangster or flapper attire and get your picture taken for the Bear’s updated photo wall 8-10 PM.

Memphis 901 FC has an away match at Atlanta United 2 tonight at 6:30. Watch locally on CW30.

The Redbirds host the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at 6:35 PM with fireworks following the game. There is a specialty ticket that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet of burgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies, and up to 2 drinks (water or soft drinks).

DJ Ben Murray will mix the music tonight at a 4th of July Party at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Honky Tonk and Cafe.

Something called Betor Fest – Benefit for a Betor Way happens this afternoon at 3 at Carolina Watershed. I can’t find any information on who this is a fundraiser for, but anyway, it’s $10 to get in, all ages, and these are the bands:

  • Tamar Love
  • Yubu Kazungu
  • Bailey Bigger Music
  • Louise Page
  • The Whiskey Wells
  • Music by KOTA
  • Danny Davenport
  • Roben X
  • The Fast Mothers

HeSaid SheSaid make their debut at the Ghost River taproom tonight at 7. This is the last weekend I don’t have to specify which taproom. Just to clear up any confusion, it’s the one at Main and Crump.

I’ll be at brunch at Bardog today, then come back out tonight to get my pic on the 2021 Blind Bear photo wall. Back tomorrow with more news.