What’s going on in the wild world of Memphis restaurants, bars, and foodie events? Here’s a quick update.
Cast as Memphis childhood sweethearts reunited through a love of Elvis music, Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown finally said "I do" near the end of Saturday night's television premiere of the Hallmark Channel's "Wedding at Graceland," the shotgun-wedding-swift sequel to the hit "Christmas at Graceland," which debuted less than seven months ago.
One of country music's great '90s hat acts, Tracy Lawrence, comes to Tunica this weekend. Lawrence, who's scored more than 40 singles on the Billboard charts — including No. 1 hits like "Sticks and Stones,” “Alibis” and “Time Marches On” — will play the Gold Strike Casino on Friday at 8 p.m. Only a handful of tickets remain.
A curious thing has happened in Memphis over the last few years. As Nashville has reached its peak and turned into an all-out bubble of both tourist and investment insanity, Memphis has quietly stepped up to bat as the true icon of Tennessee with an unmistakable identity. And with the Memphis bicentennial upon us—indeed, the Bluff City turns 200 years old today!—there’s never been a better time to celebrate her metamorphosis as she emerges from her cocoon a full-blown butterfly of cultural integration. Sure, Memphis music is how you undoubtedly know the state’s largest city, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg—it’s also full of great food, innovative art and up-and-coming neighborhoods garnering national attention.
Tav Falco is a musician, yes. But the near-homonym “magician” may be just as appropriate a job description for the former Gustavo Antonio Falco Nelson of Clark County, Arkansas, who came to Memphis four decades ago to materialize a blues-infused, rockabilly-charged, punk-simpatico and so-called “art-damaged” brand of musical “conjuration” that has sustained a career of remarkable longevity.
It was a dismal Saturday afternoon, but sometimes you have to run errands no matter how rainy and chilly it is. That’s where I found myself last weekend, and hungry, too, as it was approaching 2 p.m. and I’d skipped breakfast. A friend called to see if I wanted lunch when I was at Poplar and Perkins. I looked around, saw a crowded parking lot at Hopdoddy, and it looked inviting.
Mother’s Day 2019 is Sunday, May 12. Here is a list of things to do with mom this weekend, and then a list of places to have brunch. Don’t forget to check out this weekend’s guide, too.
Mark your calendar. The Peach Truck is gearing up for another tour in Tennessee.
North Mississippi Allstars co-founder Cody Dickinson will appear at Overton Square’s Lafayette’s Music Room on Friday. Leading his Cody Dickinson Project, the Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist will perform a set at 9 p.m. Starting at 6 p.m. that evening singer-songwriter Grace Askew will also play at Lafayette’s. For more information go to lafayettes.com/memphis.