Blow it out in July! Celebrate this patriotic month with spectacular music, neighborhood festivals and old-fashioned fun. And if it is air-conditioned entertainment you seek on a steamy midsummer day, check out movie nights and live performances at your local theatres. July 2014 is a booming month!
Tuesdays in July: Bluesday Tuesdays in Overton Square
The Memphis Blues Society will continue to host Bluesday Tuesdays through July 22 in Overton Square, Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Performances will take place in the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square. (The courtyard is located north of the parking garage, south of Madison Avenue, west of Cooper and east of Florence.) Admission is free. All-ages performance. No coolers. Guests are encouraged to bring their own seating, as limited seating is available.
Here’s what’s coming your way: July 1 – Mark “Muleman” Massey; July 8 – Ori Naftily band; July 15 – Little Boys Blu; July 22 – Ghost Town Blues Band.
Read more about this summer series, here: overtonsquare.com.
Wednesdays in July: Red Hot Summer Music Series
Cooper Young Historic District’s Red Hot Summer Music series has an entertaining lineup in July. The Red Hot series is showcasing a mix of local talent with a broad spectrum of music genres each Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm through August. Unwind on Wednesdays this summer at the Cooper Young Gazebo, located at the intersection of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Everyone is invited, and it’s free! July performances are listed below.
On the calendar: July 2 – Carson and Pool; July 9 – Cherry Brooks and Cal Jackson; July 16 – Van Duren; July 23 – Nancy Apple; July 30 – Kristopher Acklen.
This event continues into August. Follow this link to see the entire summer schedule: cooperyoung.org.
July 3: Patriotic Pops concert at the Levitt Shell
Sing along with favorites like the Star Spangled Banner, America, the Beautiful and God Bless America at the Levitt Shell. Enjoy music from John Williams, Irving Berlin and the Broadway musical, 1776. Performances will be featuring the Second Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and Memphis Symphony Orchestra. There will be special guests and a tribute to all active military and veterans. This patriotic evening on July 3 will conclude with a performance of the 1812 Overture. levittshell.org
July 3: “First Thursday Night Out” in Cooper Young
Independent business owners in the area stay open late and dish it all up. Live music can be found at the Neighborhood Gazebo located at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue and in other restaurant venues up and down the street. Browse and enjoy refreshments at local antique and retail shops while you are there. Be sure to sign up for drawings and giveaways, too! Night Out starts promptly at 5 p.m. The antique and retail shops are open until 9 p.m., and the restaurants and bars usually stay open until well past midnight—a guaranteed good time for your family and friends. cooperyoung.biz
Thursdays in July: Thursdays Squared in Overton Square
A live music experience happening this summer at the Tower Courtyard (Trimble Place and Florence Street) on Thursday nights. Taking place in the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square (adjacent to parking garage) from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursdays, April 17 – August 28. Live bands, wine and beer sales, giveaways and more. Cover charge is $5 to $15 for each Thursday event, depending on the headlining band; beer and wine will be for sale, and there will be parking in the parking garage. thursdayssquared.com
July 4: Annual Central Gardens Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade
On the morning of this patriotic holiday, starting at 10am (parade registration at 9:15am), the Annual Central Gardens Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade returns. This neighborhood event has taken place for more than 30 years and welcomes hundreds of viewers each year. Mayor A.C. Wharton is the guest speaker. There will be mounted police, scout troops, costume prizes for children dressed in patriotic attire and singing of patriotic favorites. And, of course, hot dogs, watermelon, sno cones and cold lemonade. Located on Carr Avenue between Rozelle and Willett. centralgardens.org
July 4: Red, White & Boom fireworks night at the Redbirds game
AutoZone Park, fans can enjoy quality baseball from the future stars of the St. Louis Cardinals and a post-game fireworks extravaganza on July 4. Game time for the Redbirds vs. the New Orleans Zephyrs is at 6:05pm, and Red, White & BOOM fireworks show will follow. milb.com
July 4: Downtown Fireworks Spectacular
Fireworks spectacular with the Memphis bridge as a backdrop. At nightfall a view of this event is what you want for a true Fourth blowout! One of the biggest and best fireworks displays anywhere! downtownmemphis.com
July 4: Memphis Fireworks Spectacular, viewed from the Twilight Sky Terrace
Twilight Sky Terrace is celebrating America’s Birthday with one of the best views of Memphis’ fireworks spectacular Up Close, Up Top event. They will be serving red, white and blue cocktails with delectable bites to eat and there will be an all-night live DJ. It is from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. The cover charge is $10 (and only ages 21 and over are allowed). twilightskyterrace.com
July 7 – Aug 7: Memphis College of Art, Community Education
Go back to art camp! Brush up on your digital photography skills; return to your love of painting; explore other art forms such as chiaroscuro or letterpress—Memphis College of Art offers a full range of continuing education courses and workshops for adults and many new sessions beginning the first week of July. Classes typically meet six times within a few weeks, and the schedule is varied so that adults can attend around their already busy schedules. The instructors are typically working artists and/or teaching artists, and class sizes are small. Adult classes are open to anyone age 16 or older. mca.edu
July 10 – July 31: Movie Nights at the Orpheum
A host of spectacular movie classics at the Orpheum throughout July, beginning with Clue: the Movie on July 10 and continuing into August. There will be a great one (or two, or three …) that you will not want to miss. A fun, air-conditioned night on the town! See the schedule, here: orpheummemphis.com.
July 12: Live at the Garden
The Live at the Garden performance for July is on Saturday, July 12, featuring the Goo Goo Dolls. This series runs through September at Memphis Botanic Garden! See the entire 2014 line-up, here: memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Through July 13: Hairspray at Playhouse on the Square
Hairspray is running through July 13 at Playhouse on the Square). Don’t miss this entertaining musical comedy set in the ‘60s! playhouseonthesquare.org
July 17: Tour Memphis with Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission
Historian Jimmy Ogle gives enlightening, entertaining tours of Memphis year-round. He has delivered innumerable presentations on the history of Memphis, and one that would be fun to catch on July 17 at noon is a walk through the Shelby County Courthouse–cameras are allowed! Meet at the Southwest Steps, Adams and Second. Jimmy is chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, and his knowledge of our city and storytelling ability are amazing. If you have an interest in local history, you need to meet Jimmy. Follow this link for more information and a tour schedule: jimmyogle.com.
July 26: Dinner on Stage at the Orpheum
Dine on the stage where the stars perform! The Orpheum’s Dinner on Stage includes an inside peek into the stories and history of the historic Orpheum as told by Pat Halloran. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a tour of the Theatre and back stage, a brief film in the auditorium about The Orpheum’s history, a three-course meal with wine, Broadway trivia and an enlightening Q&A session. Start time is 6 p.m.
Tickets are $75 per person, $50 for current season ticket holders, or $550 for a table of 8. The event is limited to 90 guests. Call or visit the Orpheum Theatre Box Office (901.525.3000). orpheum-memphis.com
July 29: Red, White & Blues, Vine to Wine night at Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden hosts a series of monthly wine tasting benefits, March through October, in support of the Garden’s education and horticulture programs. These themed “Vine to Wine” events last from 6 to 8pm and feature eight wines or cocktails in a casual setting. July’s Vine to Wine event is taking place on July 29 and the theme is “Red, White & Blues.” Members $25/non-members $35. Call 901.636.4131 for reservations by phone. or follow this link to buy tickets online: memphisbotanicgarden.com.
Go in with a boom and out with a bang! Celebrate throughout the month of July!
This is a sampling of what’s happening in Memphis this July … check out our Homepage Happenings section each week to see additions, updated almost every day! Don’t see your event? Send in a Happening submission to StyleBlueprint.