Gonerfest, Best of Memphis party, and more!

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In addition to hearing great music, Gonerfest is a chance to see old friends. In my case, I ran into filmmaker Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury, chef Brett Shaggy Duffee from New Orleans and, in the background, musician Abe White, who now lives in New Orleans. - ANNE SCOTT BARRETT
  • Anne Scott Barrett
  • In addition to hearing great music, Gonerfest is a chance to see old friends. In my case, I ran into filmmaker Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury, chef Brett Shaggy Duffee from New Orleans and, in the background, musician Abe White, who now lives in New Orleans.

Anne Scott Barrett probably spoke for many Gonerfest fans when she said, “This is my Easter. This is my Christmas. This is my holiday.”

Barrett, who was at the Afternoon Blowout Sept. 29 at Murphy’s, is a Gonerfest regular. “This is my fifth year to do this,” she says.



Murphy’s was jam-packed. Bands performed on stages inside and outside.

More than 40 different acts performed at this year’s event — Gonerfest 15 — that began September 26th and ended September 30th, says Eric Friedl, who co-founded Goner Records with Zac Ives.

“I think it was a more diverse festival in terms of having hip-hop and different types of artists playing," Friedl says. "And it was probably the best received I can remember."



Eric Friedl and Zac Ives at the Afternoon Blowout. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Eric Friedl and Zac Ives at the Afternoon Blowout.


A Weirdo from Memphis at the Afternoon Blowout. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • A Weirdo from Memphis at the Afternoon Blowout.
Pat Kerr Tigrett at the Best of Memphis party. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Pat Kerr Tigrett at the Best of Memphis party.

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Pat Kerr Tigrett wore a Memphis Flyer T-shirt to the Best of Memphis party, which was held September 26th on Mud Island. This is the annual event where Best of Memphis winners in  various categories are honored.

“I’ve been a part of the Flyer since it was first developed,” Tigrett says. “I love it. I think it’s just great. It’s informational, but it’s also a bit of a twist in many ways.”

Dale Watson was the headliner at the event that featured music by McKenna Bray, the 30 Days of Opera performers from Opera Memphis, and a performance by the Collage Dance Collective.

More than 2,000 people attended the event.

Dale Watson and Celine Lee at the Best of Memphis party. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Dale Watson and Celine Lee at the Best of Memphis party.
Anna Campbell and Zach Sloyan represented Gibson's Donuts (Best Donut Shop) at the Best of Memphis party. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Anna Campbell and Zach Sloyan represented Gibson's Donuts (Best Donut Shop) at the Best of Memphis party.

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David Parks at the Best of Memphis party. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • David Parks at the Best of Memphis party.

Best of Memphis bartender meets Best of Memphis restaurant.

Veteran Memphis bartender David Parks is now a bartender at Restaurant Iris, which was voted Best of Memphis Best Restaurant and Best Fine Dining, is owned by Best of Memphis Best Chef Kelly English.

Parks, who attended the Best of Memphis party, says, “I’m excited about it. The wine list is great. Larin Culp has done a great job with the cocktail list. Very small inventory of liquor but it’s all carefully chosen.”

Says English: “There are a few people in town that don’t need a resume in an interview. And Parks is in that handful of people. He immediately makes any team stronger and we are exuberant to get to see him everyday. He and Larin will make a formidable team and I could not be more thrilled for them and our guests.”




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Andy Cates and Eric Barnes at the Daily Memphian launch party. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Andy Cates and Eric Barnes at the Daily Memphian launch party.

Guests sipped beer from commemorative Fireside Ale cans bearing the name “Daily Memphian” at the online daily newspaper’s launch party, which was held September 28th in the courtyard at Overton Square.

Daily Memphian staff was introduced, Memphis Grizzlies’ Grizzline Drummers performed, and Gary Goin G3 provided the music.

“It was a great event that seemed to speak to the desire people have for another news source in Memphis,” says editor/publisher Eric Barnes. “We had more than 500 people show up to celebrate local news. That’s amazing.”



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Kappa Sigma fraternity art show at Pimento's - MICHAEL DONAHUE
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  • Kappa Sigma fraternity art show at Pimento's



Kappa Sigma fraternity at University of Memphis raised $1,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital at its art show, which was held September 26th at Pimento’s Kitchen + Market.

Kappa Sigma member Doug McClew is an intern at Jordan Enterprises, where he is executive assistant to CEO Trey Jordan. Jordan Enterprises owns Pimento’s Kitchen + Market as well as Holiday Deli & Ham.

“Through my involvement with Kappa Sigma as grand master of ceremonies and a member of the executive board, I was able to get us partnered with St. Jude and Up Till Dawn at University of Memphis," MCclew said. "It’s a student-lead organization They orchestrate a series of fundraiser events for St. Jude.”

The four artists represented were jazz pianist Tim Stanek, photographer Ally Perkins, and painters Steven Heard and Kyle Owens.

“Tim was at his piano and we set aside some part of the restaurant to display the paintings and photographs. And Steven brought a guitar that he painted.”

The event was the first of a weekly artist showcase McClew has planned at Pimento’s.

“Right now we’re working with Visible Music College to expand our artist showcase program.”

The next St. Jude fundraiser will be on October 26th at Pimento’s.

McClew also is the drummer in Jordan Pierce Music.

Penny Hardaway painting by Steven Heard at Kappa Sigma art show. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Penny Hardaway painting by Steven Heard at Kappa Sigma art show.

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Southern Heritage Classic - MICHAEL DONAHUE
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  • Southern Heritage Classic


Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland hosted the Southern Heritage Classic “Classic VIP Party,” which was held September 6th in the Heritage Ballroom at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown.

Representatives from Jackson State University and Tennessee State University attended.

The purpose of the party was “to bring everybody together to get a kickoff for the weekend,” says founder Fred Jones.

Unfortunately, there was no kickoff at the football game this year because there was no game. “The game was cancelled for the first time,” Jones says. “The weather killed us. We couldn’t do it this year. Everything happened but the game.”

But, he says, “Almost immediately people started talking about next year.”

And, he adds, “Next year is our 30th anniversary. Right now we’re just going through the process of refunds.”



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Green Dot reception. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Green Dot reception.

California-based Green Dot Public Schools launched its Tennessee Ambassador Program at a reception, held September 5th at Mollie Fontaine Lounge.

Green Dot ambassador Cecilia Walker hosted the event, which featured Marcella & Her Lovers, Lucky 7 Brass Band, Ashton Riker, and Ziggy Mack.

Green Dot, which has five schools in Memphis, provides opportunities for students by implementing innovative learning tools and building supportive administrations.


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Bratfest - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Bratfest


“Bratfest” had nothing to do with naughty children. It had to do with bratwurst.

Leaves weren’t falling and the temperature wasn’t chilly, but guests enjoyed German cuisine as if it was October. The event was held August 29th at Calvary Episcopal Church.

“Bratfest is Calvary Episcopal Church’s annual kickoff event to begin the Fall Wednesday night dinners and classes for all ages,” says Calvary director of communications Robyn Mauldin Banks. “It’s a fun night of enjoying German food, great music, and learning about the formation offerings at the church ranging from yoga to a class on faith and politics in preparation for the midterm elections.”


In addition to bratwurst, guests dined on potato salad, local beer, root beer, and frozen treats.

The event was “a festive night of celebration.”


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100 Women Who Care - MICHAEL DONAHUE
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  • 100 Women Who Care


DeNeuville Learning Center was selected as the nonprofit to receive funds from 100 Women Who Care at a meeting, held September 18th at Madonna Learning Center. It received $17,500.

The organization nominates, selects, and funds a variety of nonprofits. Members meet three times a year to listen to presentations of representatives. They then vote. The non-profit that receives the most votes receives a check for $100 from each member.

“We’ve obviously surpassed the 100 members,” said board member Madelyn Gray.

DeNeuville, Through the Roof Pediatric Therapy, and the Girl Scouts Heart of the South were the three nonprofits nominated to receive funds.

Lori Jones represented DeNeuville.


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