- Craig Schuster
“He’s been with us for more than 15 years as one of our Dueling Piano players,” says owner Joellyn Sullivan. “We were very pleased, and we look forward to the next one.”
Buddy Nemenz from Almost Famous played this week, and this upcoming Tuesday, Danny Childress, another one of the venue’s regular pianists, will perform. “Danny has been with us for over 20 years,” says Sullivan. “He's almost one of our original piano players, really, since we opened up in 1992.”
- Buddy Nemenz
During Tuesday performances, viewers are invited to a toast as the artist shares Silky O’Sullivan’s drink recipe of the day. The first week’s drink recipe was for Green Tea, which contains 1 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey, 1/4 Peach Schnapps, and equal parts sour and Sprite.
“We figured we’d share a recipe somebody might not be that familiar with,” says Sullivan. “It's just another social opportunity to get in contact and to help with isolation and the loneliness of not getting to come in and share time and experiences with others.”
In the videos, the performing artists also talk about Silky O’Sullivan’s Silky's 2020 Season Pass, which will cover unlimited door charges for any event from whenever the venue is able to open back up until New Year’s Eve. Plus, purchase of the season pass enters new members into a giveaway for a Diver bucket full of cool Memphis-themed swag. Ultimately, however, proceeds from these passes benefit the musicians who have lost gigs at Silky’s due to COVID-19.
“Memphis has so many talented artists, and we have been so blessed with the venues to keep them busy,” she says. “Beale Street, as a grand example, is looking at live music day and night, seven days a week, at least 363 days of the year, if not 365.”
She says that’s a lot of time musicians aren’t getting paid for, especially considering that many of them play several other venues as well.
“There are not nearly as many resources out there [for them],” she says. “They're independent contractors. They’re basically individually small business people. And these resources that are available to the rest of us are largely not available to them. They can't apply for unemployment.”
- Danny Childress
To view weekly Virtual Happy Hours, stay tuned on Silky’s Facebook page every Tuesday at 5 p.m.