5 Things To Do This Weekend: 4/24 – 4/26
This pandemic is anything but Memphis-as-usual, but we’ll continue to bring you the usual Memphis love on this here I Love Memphis Blog!
Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend—while staying safe at home and social distancing if you have to get out.
But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog lately:
- Memphian To Meet: DJ Alpha Whiskey
- Mother’s Day Takeout Guide
- Virtual DJ Dance Parties (continues Friday!)
- Virtual Events Guide (please submit yours here)
- Memphis Spring Festivals Reschedule Guide (new dates for postponed events)
- The Absolutely Savage Memphis Food Challenge
- Get Your Memphis Beer To-Go…or Delivered!
Wash hands. Wear masks. Stop shopping every day. Stop crowding up everywhere. OK here’s your guide:
1. Virtual Concert Live From Royal Studios + Restaurant Iris Dinner, Live Stream + Delivered To Your House, Friday, 6:30 p.m., $65 – $135 per person, all ages
Green Dot Public Schools creates music programs for Memphis students, local musicians, and local restaurants—you can help support them at this virtual dinner and concert fundraiser! The Virtual Concert Ticket is $65 and includes access to a live stream link via DittyTV featuring music from Marcella & her Lovers and Stefani Bolton broadcasting from the historic Royal Studios.
For an additional $70 per person (YOU MUST PURCHASE BY 3PM ON 4/23) receive a three-course meal and cocktails created by Chef Kelly English and Caramelized. Again, this is a fundraiser for public school students and Memphis musicians, so support if you can.
2. Grizz Rewind: Playoff Edition, Your TV or App, Friday 7 p.m and Sunday 6:30 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
I MISS SPORTS. ESPECIALLY BASKETBALL. To attempt to assuage our sportsball addictions, The Grizzlies continue their re-play of past games with a focus on exciting playoff matchups from the last few years. Order your favorite Memphis restaurant takeout or delivery, some local beer, and settle in to cheer on our past Grizz. This week you can watch:
– Game 2 of 2015 Western Conference Semifinals against Golden State (Friday at 7 p.m.)
– Game 1 of 2011 Western Conference First Round against San Antonio (Sunday at 6:30 p.m.)
There will be special commentary during the games from Tony Allen, Chris Vernon, and more. See the full schedule for the May replays here.
3. Levitt Shell @ Home featuring Big Ass Truck, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., donations needed, all ages
Did you miss when hometown heroes Big Ass Truck performed at the Shell a couple seasons ago? No worries! The Shell @ Home series brings you this Memphis rock show via streaming video on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. don’t forget that the Shell really needs our donations so they can stay keep going through and after this dang pandemic. Drop a donation in the virtual bucket here and tune in to the Big Ass Truck concert video on Facebook.
4. DJ Series Featuring DJ Alpha Whiskey, Social Media, Friday, 8:30 p.m., free, all ages
For the second of four Memphis Music Hub dance parties, DJ Alpha Whiskey brings us an all-ladies Memphis soul jam session live streaming this Friday night. To tune in, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Read my Q&A with DJ Alpha Whiskey here. Get details about upcoming dance parties here.
5. Live Malco Movie Trivia & Theatre Worker Fundraiser, Facebook, Saturday, 7:05 p.m., donations encouraged/all ages
Cerrito Trivia hosts a Facebook Live movie trivia night this Saturday. While it’s free to play, teams are highly encouraged to donate to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation Assistance Fund. Watch and play along live online from the comfort of your own home for free at facebook.com/malcotheatres and read Kevin Cerrito’s informative post about how to play here.
Looking for more ideas? Here are a few:
– The Memphis Flyer has a long list of music live streams for this weekend and next week, which you can see here.
– Louise Page goes live from The Zebra Lounge piano bar on Friday night, and she takes requests.
– Musician Eric Hughes hosts “Scrappie’s Jukehouse” with a live blues music streaming video every day at 8 p.m.
There are a ton more here.
ANOTHER IDEA: MEMPHIS MUSIC FROM CROSSTOWN ARTS’ AGAINST THE GRAIN
Want to tune in to one of these music streams I keep talking about, but are kinda picky about what you listen to? Or maybe haven’t seen your favorite local artist on any streams yet?
Crosstown Arts has launched a new Memphis music channel called Against the Grain. For a few bucks each, you can enjoy creative videos and music from more than 55 local artists from 13 different genres and counting . This is really one of the coolest things I’ve seen come out of Memphis quarantine creativity. Stop what you’re doing right now and head over to The Website and peruse all the Memphis talent that you can support.
OK, I’ll see y’all Friday night for the DJ Dance Party Series featuring DJ Alpha Whiskey.