News Update: Memphis Brewers Dinner Edition
In today's news, we have a trending Memphis hashtag, a couple of new restaurant announcements, a rare gathering of Memphis breweries, and more.
Four Memphis breweries will come together for one rare and sure-to-be-amazing beer dinner at Sweet Grass next Wednesday night (June 25) at 6 p.m. Tickets are $59 per person and include five courses and all the beer. Call (901) 278-0278 for tickets, while they last.
#YouAintFromMemphis has been trending on Twitter. Proceed with caution.
The Zebra Lounge is an 85-year-old piano bar and Chicago institution, and they're opening a location in Overton Square later this year.
The Hard Rock Cafe on Beale is moving down the street in a few weeks, and Nashville-based chain restaurant "Tin Roof" is moving in its old location later this year. The Tin Roof's online menu has your basic crowd-pleaser menu (salads, appetizers, sandwiches) plus a variety of some things called "pizzadillas" and make-your-own nachos. There will be weekly live music.
Tonight (Wednesday) the Dixon is showing E.T. on the South Lawn at 8:15 p.m. Picnic baskets and chairs are welcome and there will be music live before the show and food trucks. Members and children under six are free; it's $5 for nonmembers.
Yesterday, Memphis' self-proclaimed professor of rap Knowledge Nick released his first EP "The New Memphis". You can download it for $3.99 on iTunes.
Mark your calendars if you haven't already: Cooper Young Fest is on September 13 this year. Artist vendor applications opened on June 15.
Georgia-based SweetWater Brewing Company has landed in Memphis. Or at least, several of their beers. You can buy cans and bottles at Whole Foods and the Madison Growler at Cash Saver and get it at several bars around town – I'm waiting on a full list.
Volunteer Odyssey is allowing five people (typically, job seekers or people looking to transition to a new job) to go through their weeklong program at no cost. You can apply starting on June 23 (July 11 is the deadline). Check back here in a few days for application info.
Free and family-friendly alert: Brister Street Productions (the group behind Bristerfest) has formed a new record label, Brister Street Records. They're releasing their first album, a blues record, "Three Poisons" by Julian Dossett, at a free concert at Overton Square on July 8.