Lucero Family Block Party takes over Midtown on Saturday
It started as a picnic, and now it’s a block party: Memphis roots-rockers Lucero host their annual concert extravaganza and community event this Saturday outdoors at Minglewood Hall.
The venue will block off South Willett Street and the surrounding areas in order to stage the concert, formerly known as the Lucero Family Picnic and now rebranded as the Lucero Family Block Party. A host of local food and beverage vendors will be on hand, while local artisans and crafts makers will be selling their wares.
In addition to Lucero’s headlining set, Alabama soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones will also perform. Singersongwriters Cory Branan and Mark Edgar Stuart are also on the bill, along with Jackson, Mississippi, rockers Young Valley.
Doors open at 2 p.m. The musical lineup starts with Young Valley (3 p.m.) followed by Stuart (4 p.m.), Branan (5 p.m.) St. Paul & the Broken Bones (6 p.m.), with Lucero set to close things out at 8 p.m.
The event is all ages. Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door. Available at the box office (1555 Madison), minglewoodhall.com or (901) 3126058. Chairs and coolers are not allowed. Outside bars will be cash only, but the 1884 Lounge will be open for liquor and credit card sales.
ESPN Films’ “30 for 30 Shorts” series is turning its attention to one of the lesser-known aspects of Elvis Presley’s life: his love for racquetball. The network’s documentary on the subject, “When the King Held Court,” debuted this week at espn. com/30for30/shorts.
As ESPN touts in its teaser for the film, “the name Elvis Presley evokes a lot of memories: the music, the hips, the hair, the screaming fans. But one thing about ‘The King of Rock and Roll’ that few commoners saw was his passion for racquetball.”
Seeking to delve into Presley’s love for the game (he’d been playing the morning of his death in 1977), this short film, which mixes animation and interviews, explores how Presley got interested in the sport, how he sought to bring it to the masses through his Presley’s Center Courts enterprise and details the construction of the elaborate racquetball court at Graceland.
In addition to its online availability, the film will make air during the 5 p.m. hour of “Sportscenter” today.
A Steal on Beale
The Beale Street Merchants Association has announced a new promotion for the Downtown entertainment district. The organization is offering up a Beale Street Fast Pass — an all-access program that will provide expedited entry onto the street and participating venues, as well as special parking rates.
A seasonal membership of sorts (it runs from April through October) the Beale Street Fast Pass offers free cover charges and VIP entrance at several bars and clubs, as well as discounted parking at 250 Peabody Place. Local retailers will also provide benefits to members throughout the year.
The idea for the seasonal pass to Beale follows Stiff Records legend Wreckless Eric plays the Galloway House in Cooper Young tonight.
the success of a similar New Year’s Eve Fast Pass.
The pass costs $150 and offers benefits to the cardholder plus one guest.
For more information on the Fast Pass or to purchase, go to bealestreet. com.
Punk troubadour “Wreckless” Eric Goulden, the British-born spitfire, Stiff Records alum and author of the immortal romancer “Whole Wide World,” returns to Memphis this weekend.
Goulden, who resettled in Upstate New York and has been playing in partnership with his wife, singer-songwriter Amy Rigby, for much of the past decade, is coming to the Bluff City in support of his latest album, “AMERICA.”
No stranger to Memphis, Goulden played Gonerfest in 2013 and reunited his mid-’80s band the Len Bright Combo for their one and only American performance at the fest in 2014. The singersongwriter performs at 8 tonight at the historic Galloway House (1015 S. Cooper) in Cooper-young.
Tickets are $10, available in advance at gonerrecords.com or at the door.
HARBOR town Sounds
The fourth edition of the local concert program “The River Series at Harbor Town Amphitheater” kicks off this weekend. The late spring series, booked by Goner Records and Shoulder Tap Records, will take place at the amphitheater located across from Miss Cordelia’s on the campus of the Maria Montessori School, at 740 Harbor Bend Road.
Shows start Saturday with a performance by post-punk combo Nots, garage-soul outfit Chickasaw Mound and DJ Painted Bird.
The concerts continue May 14, as the original lineup of garage greats the Reigning Sound reunites for a headlining performance. The bill will also feature Robby Grant (of Vending Machine/big Ass Truck) and DJ Hot Tub Eric. The series closes out May 28 with Motel Mirrors, the group led by Amy Lavere, John Paul Keith and Will Sexton. Marcella & Her Lovers will also perform, along with a guest DJ.
Doors open, and DJS begin spinning at 6 p.m. Live music starts at 7 p.m. A donation of $5 or more is suggested for each concert. Miss Cordelia’s will sell food, and Wiseacre Brewing Co. will provide beer. Proceeds will go to benefit the Maria Montessori School.
Roots rockers Lucero host their newly expanded “Family Block Party” concert on Saturday outside Minglewood Hall.