Friday update

Tickets are now on sale for SmokeSlam, the new BBQ festival on the river in Tom Lee Park May 16-18. They are

  • $24.99 single-day
  • $65 three-day pass

St. Paul and the Broken Bones will be the headline musical act for the festival. April Michelle Bureau, who hosts a BBQ series on Netflix, will emcee the awards ceremony.

OJ Simpson died Wednesday. Please please please let the hearse be a white Ford Bronco.

The Flying Saucer will have 4/20-themed trivia Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies host the L.A. Lakers tonight at 7 at FedExForum. TV: Bally Sports

Cody Johnson: The Leather Tour comes to FedExForum Saturday.

The Memphis Fairy Tale Ball happens at the Renasant Convention Center Saturday.

Cheley Tackett returns to South Main Sounds Saturday.

I only counted 4 food trucks in Court Square yesterday for the return of Food Truck Thursday. And they weren’t parked in the square itself, but on Second adjacent to it. They had games including table tennis and pool set up on the square’s sidewalks.

Saturday is SCIPlay with CAESAR and Connect Crew at Tom Lee Park 10:00-11:30 AM. This month the theme is Earth Day. There will be Pollution of Prevention Bingo and Story time.

Dr. MLK Jr. Avenue will be closed 7 AM Tuesday through 7 PM Thursday between Main and Second for sign installation at The Chisca.

String lights may be coming to the intersection of South Main and Beale where The Orpheum sits.

It’s my day! National Only Child Day

It’s also National Dive Bar Day. The Tap Room on Beale, Momma’s, and Earnestine & Hazel’s are three places to get that celebration going.

The festival presenters may change but the road closures don’t: Section of Riverside Drive to close for most of May

Our buddy Shrek is going to join Randy, Theresa, Butt Slut #1, and me for Bardog brunch tomorrow. Excited to hear about his latest adventures in sports TV production.

Before Bardog, I’ll hit the Farmers Market tomorrow morning. Back Sunday with more news.

Apologies for typos. I’m typing on my phone and there have been a couple of shots this morning.

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