22 Memphis Music Happenings This Week

22 Memphis Music Happenings This Week

Memphis music is legendary and has made a significant impact on musicians all over the world. As we honor the sacred history of our musical culture, we also want to share what’s happening in the Memphis music scene right now. Check out these local musicians, buy their albums, and support local.

40+ Things To Do In Memphis In Summer 2017

40+ Things To Do In Memphis In Summer 2017

At The Memphis Flyer’s third annual margarita, you can indulge in sample-sized margaritas from 15 local restaurants and bars, as well as purchase food and full sized-drinks. Vote for your favorite! This event only has a limited number of spots, and it will sell out – so get your tickets ASAP. Early bird tickets $25, $35 general admission.

A pimento by another name is still as sweet

A pimento by another name is still as sweet

For years folks have run in Holiday Ham for a nice sandwich, a take-out container of Papa’s Pimento Cheese or a nice big ham bone to throw in a pot of soup. But these days there’s a new deli in town, offering all that plus a little more.

Pimentos Kitchen + Market opened in October in the new development on Poplar just east of Massey, and guess what? You can still get Papa’s Pimento Cheese, because when it comes down to it, it’s almost the same.

“Holiday Hams Holding is the umbrella company for both companies," said Andie Ray, director of marketing. “Pimentos Kitchen + Market is the rebrand, it’s Holiday Ham 2.0.”

‘Graduate Memphis’ To Help Adults get Degrees

‘Graduate Memphis’ To Help Adults get Degrees

Leadership Memphis says a plan is in the works aimed at increasing the number of adults here in Memphis with a college degree through a new program called Graduate Memphis.

The Plough Foundation is giving a 1.7 million dollar grant to create a college resource center here in the Benjamin L. Hooks Library.

It will be called The Graduate Memphis Resource Center, and will offer online and one on one counseling to help manage adult students on a case by case basis.

Governor Haslam to sign Tennessee Reconnect Bill into law in Memphis

Governor Haslam to sign Tennessee Reconnect Bill into law in Memphis

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will be in Memphis to sign the Tennessee Reconnect Bill into law.

The ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library on Poplar Avenue.

Tennessee Reconnect provides free community college to adults who qualify.

It’s an expansion of the Tennessee Promise program that provides free tuition to high school graduates.

Gov. Haslam signs bill in Memphis that allows eligible students to get free associate degree

Gov. Haslam signs bill in Memphis that allows eligible students to get free associate degree

Gov. Bill Haslam stopped in Memphis on Wednesday to sign a bill that allows eligible students to get their associate degree without paying tuition.

The program’s called "TN Reconnect" and is an extension of TN Promise. It allows eligible students to receive their associate degrees or certificates for free.

SB Weekend

SB Weekend

Summertime and sandwiches go hand in hand. Although we are still a month out from the official arrival of summer, this warm weather has us celebrating early. You might be surprised to find that I Love Juice Bar has more than smoothies and juice. They also have a delicious, healthy and filling sprouts sandwich on the menu! 

The Weekender: May 19th – May 21st

The Weekender: May 19th – May 21st

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. 

Legends of Memphis Barbecue

Legends of Memphis Barbecue

As I'm interviewing Frank and Eric Vernon, the father-and-son team behind the Bar-B-Q Shop, Eric suddenly jumps up to greet a man coming in the door. It's James Alexander, the legendary bass player of the Bar-Kays. 

14 Locally Made FINDS from Memphis Makers

14 Locally Made FINDS from Memphis Makers

“Radiance” is an essential oil diffuser necklace that radiates a sky blue 24-petal flower over a soft, ivory background and is accented by a hand-knotted Greek leather cord. This necklace-and-essential-oil-diffuser-in-one can be found for $25 to $28 at Delta Groove YogaChampalou SpaSouthern Whimsy or on Nautilus Pottery’s Etsy shop.

Where To Take Your Memphis Visitor

Where To Take Your Memphis Visitor

Art Project. ‘Nuf said. (I cannot stress the deal that it is to get a membership to this place. They are not crazy-psycho-Nazi about NOT letting the parents “help” the kids or touch the art supplies, so you get to scratch that itch so to speak, a little, too.)

Diamonds in the Pork: 4 Memphis Barbeque Spots You Need To Try

Diamonds in the Pork: 4 Memphis Barbeque Spots You Need To Try

They served up some of the best barbeque in a restaurant environment that I’ve had. I was overwhelmed with tender turkey, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and brisket full of smoky flavor. I didn’t even use the three available table sauces on any of the meat, which is a huge compliment.

The Mother’s Day Weekender: May 12th – May 14th

The Mother’s Day Weekender: May 12th – May 14th

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. 

Tour The Old Dominick Distillery

Tour The Old Dominick Distillery

Last week, I had the chance to tour the Old Dominick Distillery. I posted some photos online and told a few people about my visit. The most common question I got was “when does it open?”

Y’all, it’s open! They opened on May 1, 2017. It’s all up to you now. The last time I snooped around over there was when it was still under construction, so it was very cool to see the finished space. The distillery is very pretty. I’m gonna go ahead and say it’s beautiful.

I’m not going to give away the whole tour or anything, but I will give you all the information I know.

15 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Memphis

15 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Memphis

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!

Save the Dates: Memphis Festivals 2017

Save the Dates: Memphis Festivals 2017

Vintage901 is a wine, food and music festival to benefit The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Enjoy wine tastings, tapas, salsa, soul and jazz. Vintage901’s sommelier and grand tasting host for the weekend is Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach, as seen on Dr. Oz, Martha Stewart Living and Fox Morning News.

  • Saturday, April 29 – East Buntyn ArtWalk – 1pm – 7pm – Free – Family and pet friendly

Each spring, the East Buntyn ArtWalk celebrates local artists and musicians with an open-air bazaar of galleries set up in the front yards and porches of the historic east Memphis neighborhood. This unique arts fair offers visitors the opportunity to visit and engage with local artists while enjoying the hospitality of East Buntyn residents. There will be a silent auction tent featuring special items from the artists, local food trucks, live music, and more. Rain date is April 30th.

Why Drake & Justin Timberlake Love Memphis: Inside Its Bold New Renaissance

Why Drake & Justin Timberlake Love Memphis: Inside Its Bold New Renaissance

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.”

The Stax Music Academy Spring Concert Brought Great Music To Overton Square

The Stax Music Academy Spring Concert Brought Great Music To Overton Square

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!