Lasso some tunes at Soulsville.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore
Sat., June 18, 11 a.m.
My Dad is a music lover. Everything from the Ink Spots to ZZ Top. He discovered ZZ Top because of me, I discovered the Ink Spots because of him. Mustang Sally was the only song my mom ever liked to my knowledge. When Mom was gone, Dad would turn up the tunes. We knew she was home when the words, “Turn that racket off” interrupted Otis Redding professing his love over Cigarettes and Coffee. One of my favorite activities with Dad was to go to Poplar Tunes on Summer Avenue and browse vinyl all day long. I would choose three or four records from the bargain bin based solely on the cover design. Sometimes I got lucky, sometimes I got some great art for my 99 cents. It made my dad crazy. On this Father’s Day weekend, I just want to thank my dad for my love of music. The weekend offers three days of record swapping via the Record Swap Pre-Party on Friday at Memphis Made Brewing Company, 768 S. Cooper and the Record Swap Post-Party on Sunday at Goner Records, 2152 Young. Sounds like I have a date with Dad.
Photo by Jackie Sparks
Fetch a margarita during the dog days of summer.
Overton Park, off Poplar
Sat., June 18, 3-6 p.m.
For the second year in a row, this event is sold out. Which is not cool because I have been wanting to use this picture of Domdom the dog for over a year now. So get your tickets early next year and head out to Overton Park anyway. The morning offers a free hooping class at 10 a.m. and a Pink Party at the Levitt Shell starting at 6 p.m. You'll just have to watch the margarita swilling from the sidelines to whet your whistle for next year. You can also enjoy some other food and drink events this weekend like the Fountain Friday Food Truck Fest at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Cheers!
Greenbelt Park, Harbor Town
Sat., June 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
I imagine the Chickasaw Native Americans were paddling the same area about 200 years ago. I bet they didn't have the Memphis Ukulele Band playing for them like you will when you get out of the heat and into the water during this annual event for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. For landlubbers, try the Memphis Farmers Market Crop Hop 5K where Three Kings will entertain you during the after party. This weekend should be called the Downtown Memphis Surf and Turf.
Hattiloo Theatre teams up with Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to present a comedic exploration of what it means to be black in America.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar
Sat., June 18, 2 p.m.
George C. Wolfe's play premiered in 1986 celebrating and satirizing prominent themes in contemporary African-American culture. These staged readings offer a rare opportunity to laugh at our culture defying logic and limitations. And showing during a weekend of Juneteenth events makes it all the more memorable. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. In Memphis, along with the festival in Robert Church Park, there will be a soul food cooking contest and art events.
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Dr.
Sun., June 19, 12-5 p.m.
Want to do something fun with Dad on a budget? Enjoy free admission for the first 20 dads along with one free hook and bottle opener to the dad that can answer a tough question after blacksmith and foundry demos.
For a full list of what’s happening this weekend in and around Memphis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos of Memphis while you are out and about with the #memphismagazine hashtag. I hope you have a great weekend.