Monday News Update: BBQ Fest, Blues Hall of Fame, and BYO-Burgers Edition

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 11th 2015 3083 0

Happy Monday and Grizz Game Day, Memphis! In today’s news, we have some BBQ Fest updates, some blues and bluesman news, a couple of fun events, and a whole lot more.

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BBQ Fest aka World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, is this Thursday through Saturday at Tom Lee Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The Miss Piggy Idol competition is Thursday at 6 p.m.

This week is American “Craft” Beer Week and the Flying Saucer in Cordova is celebrating by having a special keg tapping each day at 5 p.m. Monday is Lagunitas Waldos’ Special Ale, Tuesday is Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout, Wednesday is Founders Blushing Monk, Thursday is Brewery Ommegang Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven, Friday is Stone’s Drew & Steve’s Imperial Mutt Brown Ale, Saturday is Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, and Sunday is Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Abbey Saison.

Summer sippin’ events: the Memphis Flyer will host the first-ever Margarita Fest on June 27. The Pink Palace is putting on their first-ever Science of Wine event. Read more about both here.

Bike To Work Day is this Friday, May 15. Read more here.

Six-time Tony-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots, about drag queens, family, acceptance, and fabulous shoes will be at the Orpheum from May 19 to May 24. Get your tickets here.

Brewville at DeNeuville Homebrew Competition is on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the DeNueville Learning Center (190 S. Cooper). Taste local home-brews, enjoy local food and entertainment, and support the DLC’s mission of empowering women through education and training. Tickets are $35 per person, $60 per couple, or $20 for a non-drinker ticket.

John Prine and Jason Isbell will perform together at the Orpheum Theatre on October 3. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m.

Creative Works – a conference for designers, illustrators, and other creatives – will be held at Central Station in downtown Memphis on October 1-3. Click here to see a lineup of speakers. Last year was awesome – people came from all over the world to Memphis to meet Memphians and talk design. I’ll be back again this year, and I hope to see you there, too.


Tomorrow, May 12th will be officially declared as “B.B. King Day” by Mayor A.C. Wharton.

Want to try some free BBQ pizza at BBQ Fest this week? As reported by downtown blogger and BBQ fest extraordinaire Paul Ryburn, Papa Murphy’s take ‘n’ bake pizza will have a tent and will be offering free samples of their new chicken, steak, and pork BBQ pizzas.

The Blues Hall of Fame opened on South Main last week. I’ll be there ASAP to check it out and report back. In the meantime, take a look at this article from the Jackson, Miss., paper. The Blues Hall of Fame is located at 421 S. Main and is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10.

Belly Acres is hosting a Build Your Own Burger Contest through the months of May and June. To enter, go to Belly Acres and create your own burger masterpiece then post a photo online and tag it #BYOBBellyAcres. The top three burgers with the most “likes” will be offered at Belly Acres in June, and whichever creation sells the most, wins and gets to go on the menu permanently. This should be fun. Go here for details.

The owners of the vacant French Quarter hotel in Overton Square have submitted a request to the Land Use Board to demolish that building and build a new “Hotel Overton”. Proposed plans call for a 134-suite boutique hotel with restaurant, bar, rooftop bar, and a 140-car garage.

Pop stars Ed Sheeran and Hozier went to Graceland when they were in town for Beale Street Music Fest.

Shelby Farms has announced what restaurant will be opening in their new event center: The Kitchen is a farm-to-table concept started in Boulder, Colorado; the Memphis location will open in 2016. The Kitchen Next Door, the casual pub version of the eatery, will open in Crosstown Concourse in 2017.

Elvis’ planes aren’t going anywhere.

Registration for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon is open! If you sign up between now and May 31, you’re entered to win a vehicle. If you meet certain fundraising goals this month, you can get even more perks. Sign up here.

The San Francisco Chronicle had a great piece on Memphis, grit ‘n’ grind, and the Peabody ducks. Read it here.

Help fund the training for a guide dog named “Grizz” who will provide his vision impaired handler with support and independence. Go here to check out the Go Fund Me.


The Arcade now has its liquor license, so you can enjoy Bloody Marys and spiked shakes with your classic diner fare. Thanks to reader Joe Sills for sending in the photo above of the boozy milkshake he had this past weekend.

Have you seen the Black Cadillacs video of their “Last Song To Memphis”? You oughta. Check it out here.

A group is raising money to put up a statue of Johnny Cash in Cooper Young in front of the venue where he played one of his first concerts, now known as Cooper Walker Place.

ESPN published an article about “Errrbody” finally noticing the Grizzlies. Our next playoff game is tonight at 8:30 p.m. Read more about the playoffs here.

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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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