Join the IRIS Orchestra in Overton Square for an upbeat and family fun Spring Concert in the Tower Courtyard. Enjoy the variety of selections played by the Orchestra, from Vivaldi to Timberlake, it will be day mom will remember! A few more extra things they will have are: A Mother’s Day Card craft station, outdoor games, free face-painting, photo booth and more!
Over the past few years, Memphis has been lavished with high-profile praise from pop polymath Justin Timberlake (who grew up in nearby Millington), rapper Drake (who spent summers in town with his father, Dennis Graham) and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, who crafted much of their megahit “Uptown Funk!” there.
More than just paying lip service to the city, the admiration has also bolstered a renaissance that initially was born out of practicality. Young, upwardly mobile Southerners, priced out by the boomtown costs of Nashville and inconvenienced by the sprawl of Atlanta, have been looking (and moving) to the Bluff City, as it’s known, as an easy, affordable alternative. Others, from industry hubs like New York and Los Angeles, are discovering the city’s charm and rich history. “It’s a place where you can always feel the weight of the past,” says Memphis Grammy chapter senior executive director Jon Hornyak. “That history is a draw.”
Stax is a Memphis music powerhouse, and they didn't let a little thing like rain get in the way of a good concert.
The Stax Music Academy Spring Concert was supposed to be last weekend but was rescheduled because of the weather.
The delay didn't put a damper on the mood of rock and soul fans who gathered at Overton Square for some live music. The streets of Cverton Square were lined with people and every chair had someone to sit in it, that is unless they were on their feet dancing!
Kids brought their creativity to Overton Square today.
They got down on their hands and knees to chalk the courtyard! There was no such thing as coloring inside the lines as kids were invited to color anywhere on the tower courtyard.
During the event donations were taken for LeBonheur Children's Hospital's art therapy programs.
Event organizer Anna Blair said, "We have tons of kids who come in our space at The Art Project every day, and it’s just nice to get out in the sun and chalk the place."
If you haven’t had a chance to see the uber-talented high schoolers from the Stax Music Academy perform their souther soul amazing-ness, this Sunday is your chance. Bring $5, bring chairs, and head to the Tower Courtyard (in Overton Square by the big tower near Memphis Pizza Cafe/Belly Acres) for two hours of great music.
Construction crews on Thursday were completing a renovation to Lafayette's Music Room in Overton Square, even though the long-closed, colorful bar was revived, restored and re-opened just three years ago.
The ownership group led by Tommy Peters -- who also heads the owners of the five B.B. King's Blues Clubs across the South -- decided to open up the front of Lafayette's by inserting two, long bars in the exterior wall.
A roll-down door with glass windows can be raised to expose Lafayette's to the outside on nice days, or be lowered on bad-weather days.
May in Memphis means spring is here with live music, festivals, and more. Check out these events, put them on your calendar, and share with your friends. Know of an event we missed? Submit it here for consideration.
Get ready for the 8th annual East Buntyn ArtWalk, featuring regional artists in an open-air bazaar of galleries set up in the front yards and porches of the historic East Buntyn neighborhood. This community event is a vibrant celebration of art and community. Saturday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. www.eastbuntynartwalk.com
Get ready for the 8th annual East Buntyn ArtWalk, featuring regional artists in an open-air bazaar of galleries set up in the front yards and porches of the historic East Buntyn neighborhood. This community event is a vibrant celebration of art and community.
The al fresco galleries will display and sell work by neighborhood residents, as well as pieces by artists from around the Mid-South. Over 60 artists will show off watercolors, oil, photography, pottery, textiles, woodworking, jewelry, stained glass, and more. This unique arts fair offers visitors the opportunity to visit and engage with local artists while enjoying the hospitality of East Buntyn residents.
With all the great things going on in the 901 these days, have you ever been overwhelmed with choices? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a weekly post called The Weekender, filled with a handy schedule to help you hit some of our best bets for an amazing weekend.
You can follow this schedule to a T, or use it as a launching point to plan your own adventure! The Weekender is not meant to be exhaustive, but will include our suggestions to help you plan the weekend ahead.
– East Buntyn Art Walk, Midland Avenue, Saturday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages
Head to Midland Ave between Prescott Street and Reese Street for the eighth annual East Buntyn Art Walk , where residents will turn their front yards into galleries for local and regional artists. There’s also a silent auction, food trucks, live entertainment, and directions. Go mingle with the neighbors at this kid, people, and pet-friendly event.
At Overton Square, there's green beer and Jameson at Bar Louie, Irish drink specials at Lafayette's, Irish whisky specials at Local, Shamrock whiskey sours at Babalu, green shakes at Belly Acres, and more.
Here it is: Memphis area patios, listed (generally) by neighborhood. I will continue to update this, so if left off your favorite patio all you have to do is leave me a comment!
I’ve created this based on older posts here, here, and here, and more I added in March 2017. While those other blog posts give a bit more commentary on the patios and have more pictures, this post you’re reading right now is meant to be more of a big reference list.