There was another event at the Mid-South Coliseum last month featuring live music and wrestling matches, all supporting the goal of revitalizing the long-dormant dome.
Don’t get me wrong; I love the Coliseum. I saw Elvis there as a kid, from second the top row, with my family (at least I think I saw him… it was just a speck). I saw Jerry Lawler pile-drive a bunch of dudes there. I saw monster trucks sling mud all the way up to and against the sides of the building. I saw circuses and Tiger games and even Disney-themed atrocities (my kids loved them anyways).
No, I want to know why we didn’t save the Shoe, that beautifully ridiculous shoe-shaped building on Lamar. I remember the excitement my sister and I experienced from the backseat when we knew we were going to be passing it. Wait… wait… wait… THERE IT IS!
I get it.
Progress marches on, and times change. We can’t save every cool, funky building in town, but we can keep them in our hearts and our memories.
Thanks for supporting Mid-South Flair.
August 16, 1978. This date marks exactly one year after the King’s passing. For four decades, Memphis has hosted a weeklong celebration commemorating its’ beloved rock star. Every year thousands of fans from across the globe come to praise the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Death Week is a Memphis tradition and remains one of the biggest events in the Mid-South.
A candlelight vigil, an auction of memorabilia and music accompany the yearly ritual. As part of the celebrations, special guests and those who knew him best come to tell stories about the King. Fans also enjoy musical performances and movie showings focused on his legacy throughout the week.
While new musicians and entertainers make up the modern music landscape, one thing’s for certain, Memphis will never forget the King.
Our t-shirt carries on the celebration and gives you a reason to sing.
Get your One Year Later t-shirt here.
Ever get tired of following the same routine and schedule every week? Why not get out of your rut and try something different and fun this week! There is never a shortage of interesting things to do in Memphis at any given time. We have rounded up a few things to do to liven up your week..
Belly Dance with Karsilama
Tuesdays 7:30-9 p.m.
Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School
60 N.Perkins Ext.
Botanical Art Watercolor Class
Wednesdays 1:30-4 p.m. through Sept 2
Botanical artist Sally Markell has simplified the color blending process so that students can achieve a rich depth that only the finest paints can produce.
$160 members/$235 nonmembers///www.dixon.org
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Haunted Pub Crawl
Wednesdays & Fridays 7:30 p.m.
Join knowledgeable and entertaining guides on an informative and humorous walking tour of downtown Memphis restaurants, bars, and taverns. Ages 21 and over. $20
Scenes of the Dinosaurs
Through October 2
Travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth and get closer than you ever could have imagined. Visit the life-like dinosaurs and interactive learning stations that will inspire and engage all the senses.
Memphis Pink Palace Museum
Meditation and Dharma Talk
Fridays 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.
Featuring chanting, silent sitting meditation, and Dharma talk with Q&A and book discussion
Quan Am Monastery
3500 S. Goodlett
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through November 18
Hop through constellations, learn star names, and groove to planetarium space music in this full-dome audiovisual experience. $7
Pink Palace Museum- Sharpe Planetarium
World Series of Drag Racing
August 26-27 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Top names in racing participate in exhibition runs, match racing and competitive eliminator action.
Memphis International Raceway
5500 Victory Lane
2nd Annual Mid-South Renaissance Faire
Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Aug 31
Travel back in time to the Elizabeth era and be knighted by the Queen, eat a giant turkey leg, browse the merchant rows, enjoy the performers, sail the seas with the Mid-South Buccaneers, and cheer your favorite jouster. $15
500 N. Pine Lake
Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Memphis? Look no further, Mid-South Flair has you covered. We have compiled a list of events happening in and around Memphis to keep you entertained!
Art-er Limits Fringe Festival-Powerhouse Community Arts Center
The Art-er Limits Fringe Festival is an annual celebration providing local artists an opportunity to present, exhibit, and share their art. Admission is $10 and there is no telling what you might see.
Thursday 8/11, 6-9 p.m., Friday 8/12, 6-12 a.m., Saturday 8/13, 10-12 a.m.
Memphis International Film & Music Festival
Four days of local and international filmmaking, industry discussions, and musical performances.
$30 admission for entire weekend/Malco Studio on the Square
Thursday 8/11, 7-10 p.m., Friday 8/12, 12-10 p.m., Satuday 8/13, 12-10 p.m., Sunday 8/14, 1-3 p.m.
It’s Elvis Week!! Celebrate this weekend by attending the final round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on Saturday 8/13 at the Orpheum Theater at 7 p.m.
Fourth Bluff Fridays: Pop Up Beer Garden
Friday, August 12 from 4:30-9 p.m. Listen to live music from the Mighty Souls Brass Band and check out the vendors and food trucks underneath the glow of hundreds of string lights. This is a free event with drinks and food available for purchase. All ages are welcome to attend.
…you still call the local university “Memphis State”
…you know the Ford dynasty is not a new model of American car.
…you own multiple growl towels.
…your parents used to drop you off at the Mall of Memphis.
…you ever got out of school for Fair Day.
…you consider Elvis’s birthday and death to be national holidays.
…when giving directions, you can say "Take Poplar" and get anywhere from anywhere.
…you rush to the grocery store if there’s the slightest risk of ice or snow.
…you consider macaroni-and-cheese to be a vegetable.
…the term “gas station sushi” doesn’t gross you out.
…you knew that Monday nights at the Coliseum meant wrasslin’.
…you ever fed the catfish at The Hungry Fisherman.
... you say "errrbody."
…going to the Enchanted Forest at Goldsmith’s was a holiday tradition.
… you brag about never having been to Graceland.
…the shirts on this site bring a smile to your face.