Lucero Fam­ily Block Party takes over Mid­town on Satur­day

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - MUSIC -

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), min­gle­wood­ 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.

Royal Rac­quet

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 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.

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