The Weekly Memphian: 'Good Burger,' Pup Party, and Trap Jazz

By Updated: June 13, 2019 12:49 PM CT | Published: June 12, 2019 5:22 PM CT

The Weekly Memphian is a partial guide to things happening in Memphis, recommended by Daily Memphian staff. This guide covers June 12-18.


Johnny Cash statue unveiling in Cooper-Young: Johnny Cash’s first paid performance – with Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant, the Tennessee Two – took place at Galloway United Methodist Church. Near the site, which is now a wedding hall, a statue of Cash created by Memphis artist Mike McCarthy has been erected. Come and celebrate the “Man in Black” and his tie to the neighborhood with snacks and musical odes to Cash’s legacy. – Jared Boyd

5 - 7 p.m. Free. 999 S. Cooper St.

“Good Burger” screening and “All That!” preview with Kel Mitchell at Malco Summer Drive-In: Though not posted in any official Malco materials, an Instagram ad has been circulating from Nickelodeon’s “All That!” account with ‘90s kids' comedian and actor Kel Mitchell promoting an appearance in a Memphis screening of 1997’s “Good Burger.” The film, which is based on a recurring sketch from the original run of television variety series “All That!” stars Mitchell and Kenan Thompson, now famous for his unprecedented tenure on Saturday Night Live (y’know, the sketch comedy show for adults). The old show and its spin-off film were produced by Memphian Dan Schneider. Mitchell and Thompson, now elder statesmen, are executive producers of a reboot of the show that made them breakout child stars. Some adults have sounded off in disapproval of early looks at the reimagined “All That!” but show up at the drive-in and relive the good ol’ days while supporting the show for current kids to enjoy. To gain entry into the screening, fans must print off the flier from the Facebook event page. – Boyd

7 p.m. Free. 5310 Summer Ave.

The HollowSquad Tour at Growlers: Current underground king Xavier Wulf has taken his cassette-era Memphis rap revivalism from the corners of East Memphis to the world. Expect to see Wulf and his HollowSquad crew turn Midtown out with their high-energy, lo-fi rap, which blurs the lines of street realism and social media globalism. – Boyd

Doors at 7 p.m. $22. 1911 Poplar Ave.


Yoga on the Field 901 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium: Lately there are more and more opportunities to do yoga outside in Memphis. You can practice it on the Mississippi River on Tuesdays, you can practice with small goats, occasionally, and now you and lots of other people can walk through the tunnel and then practice at the Liberty Bowl. Wiseacre Brewing Co., Lululemon and Hot Yoga Plus are sponsoring this event. Margaux Bartosch and Charlie Hayden will be the instructors. Besides the yoga, there will be a DJ and Wiseacre happy hour afterwards. – Elle Perry

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., class from 6:30-7:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 335 S. Hollywood St.

Tameca Jones at The Green Room: The self-proclaimed “Queen of Austin Soul” is rolling into town from Texas for a night at The Green Room in Crosstown Arts. Much like collaborator Gary Clark Jr., Jones employs a heavy dose of hard, Southern rock to contrast her smoothed-out R&B sound. - Boyd

7:30 - 10 p.m. $10. 1350 Concourse Ave.


Pup Party on Broad: Originally scheduled for June 7, the Pup Party will go on! “Wet pups possibly spooked by thunderstorm doesn’t seem conducive for a fun nor safe evening,” organizer Pat Brown said last week. As it stands, sunny skies are in the forecast for Friday, and pups and owners should be able to go forth and enjoy drink specials, food specials, doggie treats and entertainment provided from businesses along Broad. – Boyd

5 - 8 p.m. Free. Broad Avenue Arts District.

Transmission: '80s Dance Party at Lamplighter Lounge: Some folks loved new wave, some folks loved hair metal, some folks got down to the new jack swing. Some folks weren’t around to experience the music of the 1980s at all. But that certainly doesn’t disqualify anyone from dancing. Come out to the Lamplighter, one of the undervalued gems of Midtown’s nightlife scene, to boogie-woogie. – Boyd

9 p.m. - 2 a.m. $5. 1702 Madison Ave.


Trap Jazz Cafe at Playhouse on the Square: Monthly urban jazz series Trap Jazz has found some common ground between contemporary hip-hop production and smoothed-out instrumentation, as the event’s name so squarely suggests. The rooftop venue left organizers susceptible to a rain-out in May, but die-hard fans of the series will turn out, dressed to impress, for the June edition, an elegant, Southern rap-inspired jazz music affair overlooking Overton Square. – Boyd

7-9 p.m. for first set. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for late set. $25 for general admission. $35 for VIP. 66 Cooper St.

Literacy Mid-South’s Literatini at Novel Memphis: Sample cocktails from local bars and restaurants, pick a winner, support adult literacy. That’s a short explanation of Literatini. You can also support a local, independent bookstore and nab some silent auction items. The night of the event, 20% of all Novel sales will benefit Literacy Mid-South’s Adult Learning Program. Each event ticket gets the buyer a sample from each participating bar or restaurant, as well as two drink tickets to be exchanged for full-sized cocktails. Participants are scheduled to include The Greyhound, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Restaurant Iris, Ronnie Grisanti's, Libro, Loflin Yard, Pontotoc Lounge, Automatic Slim's and Cafe Ole. All event proceeds benefit the Adult Learning Program. – Perry

7-10 p.m. $50-$75. 387 Perkins Extd.


Artistik Lounge 7th Anniversary Show at Madison Dance Studio: For seven years, the chilled-out soul music series Artistik Lounge has been a showcase for talented everyday Memphis folks with under-appreciated talents. The crew behind the event leaves room every third Sunday for an open-mic night for those who feel compelled to share their gifts. Additionally, caterers and vendors bring their wares and politicians have even brought their platforms. If you’ve missed out on the past seven years of this de facto black bazaar, here’s your chance to celebrate its existence and invest in its longevity. – Boyd

7 - 11 p.m. $10. 1555 Madison Ave.


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