Wednesday News Update: Our Grindfather, Who (Still) Art on Beale Edition

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 3rd 2013 1451 0

Happy almost Fourth of July, y'all.

Today in Memphis, our spirit animal returns, Bob Dylan's set list was great, and Neely's Barbecue is no longer. All of that (and more) is in today's Memphis news update.

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– First, the big news: Tony Allen, our civic spirit animal, isn't going anywhere. He signed a four year, $20 million deal yesterday. Also returning (albeit at a much lower pay rate) is my personal spirit animal, John Leuer.

This article about bike lanes is a joke.

– If you missed last night's Bob Dylan / Wilco / My Morning Jacket concert at AutoZone Park (or, if you just want to relive it on Spotify) here's Dylan's set list.

– Speaking of AutoZone park, its neighbor, the Toof Building, is getting a makeover.

– Sad news: pour one out for the Nineteenth Century Club. The historic mansion (one of the last on Union Ave.) is slated for demolition.

– In other closing news, Pat and Gina Neely have decided to permanently close the Neely's Barbecue locations in Memphis (there's a story in the CA, but they announced it on Facebook). No word on the one at the airport, but they've also stopped selling at FedExForum. If you want Neely's down-home Memphis barbecue, you'll have to get it in New York City.

– Lastly, if you're still looking for somewhere to watch fireworks on the Fourth (or tonight), here's this year's list of events.

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Kelly says:

    No I wont have to go to NYC for down home b-b-que.  This is Memphis for godsake.  So many other good b-b-que joints here.  I heard Interstate B-B-Que will still be open.  Owned by the same family and much better to me.  They should get a TV show.

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