ZACH RANDOLPH JERSEY RETIREMENT CEREMONY ON DECEMBER 11 CULMINATES WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION OF THE GRIZZLIES LEGEND

Among the events – on the day of Randolph’s jersey retirement, Saturday, Dec. 11, Grizz Nation is invited to arrive early and stop by the 2021 Memphis Holiday Parade on the world-famous Beale Street, where Randolph will serve as Grand Marshal. The parade starts at 3 p.m. and afterward fans can stop by the FedExForum Box Office for a chance to purchase select Terrace Level tickets for 50% off, in honor of the number the Grizzlies will retire that night, while supplies last.

–  Tickets Still Available for Zach’s Jersey Retirement Game Against the Rockets –

–  The First 5,000 Fans in Attendance Receive a Commemorative Vinyl Record Honoring Randolph –

– Retirement Ceremony Airs Live on Bally Sports Southeast Immediately Following the Game –

 

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The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the full slate of events for Zach Randolph’s jersey retirement game on Saturday, Dec. 11, vs. the Houston Rockets at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets for the game are still available and start at just $11. Tickets are available for purchase by calling (901) 888-HOOP or by going online to grizzlies.com/tickets. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Commemorative Vinyl Record honoring Randolph, produced locally in partnership with Memphis Record Pressing.
#50ForDaCity Documentary

Festivities tip-off Tuesday, Dec. 7, with the digital release of the new Zach Randolph documentary film, #50ForDaCity, produced by Grind City Media. The documentary chronicles Randolph’s journey in Memphis starting with the trade that brought him to the Bluff City and includes every Z-bound, headband toss, MLGW bill paid, chokeslam and more. #50ForDaCity, which premieres exclusively as a benefit for MVPs on Dec. 5, can be found on grizzlies.com or the Grizzlies YouTube Channel starting Dec. 7. Fans wanting a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was created can tune in on Wednesday, Dec. 8, for the premiere of “Making of #50ForDaCity” on GrindCityMedia.com and Grind City Media social channels. This show will include a roundtable discussion led by Grind City Media’s Jessica Benson and feature Randolph, Grind City Media’s Chris Vernon, the film’s director, Michael Blevins, and The Daily Memphian’s Chris Herrington.

Zach Randolph Jersey Retirement Game & Weekend

The Claw Crew will continue festivities with the Mountain Dew Street Corners throughout the day on Friday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 11, giving fans an opportunity to receive tickets to the game vs. the Houston Rockets. Fans can follow @memgrizz on Twitter to find out where the Claw Crew will be popping up throughout the city.

On Friday, Dec. 10, Zach Randolph will stop by the Porter-Leath Toy Truck drive at WMC-TV Action News 5 Station, 1960 Union Ave, from 2-3p.m. The 20th annual Toy Truck, presented by International Paper, provides over 2,500 preschool children with meaningful, age-appropriate holiday gifts. The first 200 fans who stop by between 2-3 p.m. and donate a gift at the toy drive will meet Zach and receive two tickets to Saturday’s game gifted by Zach.

On the day of Randolph’s jersey retirement, Saturday, Dec. 11, Grizz Nation is invited to arrive early and stop by the 2021 Memphis Holiday Parade on the world famous Beale Street, where Randolph will serve as Grand Marshal. The parade starts at 3 p.m. and afterward fans can stop by the FedExForum Box Office for a chance to purchase select Terrace Level tickets for 50% off, in honor of the number the Grizzlies will retire that night, while supplies last.

 Musical tributes for Zach will occur throughout the night from a myriad of Memphis acts including the Royal Studios All Star Band, Al Kapone, the reuniting of Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul and Young Buck along with 8 Ball and MJG. Also on hand for the festivities is Randolph’s first-ever artist off his NLess Entertainment roster, multi-platinum recording artist and Memphis native Moneybagg Yo.

During the game, Grizz Nation will be able to enjoy their favorite Zach Randolph in-game video skits and highlight videos as the Memphis Grizzlies celebrate the guest of honor throughout the game. Immediately following the game, Zach’s jersey retirement ceremony will begin and air live on Bally Sports Southeast, hosted by Pete Pranica, Brevin Knight and Rob Fischer with special guests including, Tony Allen, Lionel Hollins, Chris Wallace, Damon Stoudamire, Bonzi Wells and more from Zach’s career, along with a special tribute video and musical performances.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase single game tickets, including to Zach Randolph’s jersey retirement game, can do so now by calling (901) 888-HOOP or by going online to grizzlies.com/tickets. Season Tickets are the best way to guarantee seats to the top matchups at the lowest prices all season long. For more information on the Grizzlies, visit grizzlies.com, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram (@memgrizz).

 

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Beale Street Artcrawl Festival Returns Saturday

Vicky Love, self-proclaimed science geek and art collector, looked for an art crawl after moving back to Memphis from Nashville. Something not as big and glamorous as River Arts Fest, but a cozy, independent artist pop-up fair working symbiotically with local businesses. “I told myself, ‘They don’t have an art crawl in Memphis? I’m going to claim one,’” Love says.

A graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, Love holds a master’s degree in geospatial information systems, and she’s an artist and photographer. Her left and right brain work double duty. She is also the founder of Dear Music Nonprofit, supporting artists and creators with the creation and public performance of their work.

“Creating opportunities for others is my calling,” she says.

In 2018 and 2019, the Beale Street Artcrawl Festival was amazing, according to Love. Beale was packed. The crawl went online last year due to Covid. This year, the event is a hybrid, with an online presence and the live event on Saturday.

“It’s hard to step out and believe in yourself and your abilities,” says Love. “Artists believe in their work, but they still need to pay the bills. It was hard before the pandemic. It’s even harder now.”

Her pet project is getting the word out that Dear Music Nonprofit not only supports traditional artists but also encourages young artists like Thomias Calderon, who is on the autism spectrum.

“I want those young artists who test within the autism spectrum to continue to express themselves and discover more abilities.”

Beale Street Artcrawl Festival, Beale Street, Downtown Memphis, Saturday, Aug. 21, 1-7 p.m., free.

Ja Morant the focus of Moneybagg Yo’s new song ‘ROTY’

If one could hold Ja Morant’s star potential in their hands, it would have been strapped to a rocket ship and sent to the moon this postseason.

The Memphis Grizzlies point guard has emerged as one of the league’s brightest rising talents, taking down two-time MVP Steph Curry and legendary coach Gregg Popovich along the way.

No player since 1949 scored more points in his first two playoff games than Morant did in Utah. He’s one of only four NBA players — the others are Hall of Famers George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — to score more than 100 points in his first three playoff games. He has set franchise records, NBA records and career highs along the way.

But now his star portfolio is getting a few more sections, with a documentary series and a tribute song.

Morant made headlines because he scored 47 points in a game. He made headlines because some Jazz fans made offensive and racist comments in the direction of his family. He was name-dropped in a J. Cole record last month.

If the discussion is about playoff basketball or simply hoops culture — Morant’s name is likely to come up.


“Dropping my documentary, ‘PromiseLand June 3rd,” he posted on Instagram Monday.

“Promiseland” is a six-episode docuseries — produced by Crackle, a network that airs free TV and movies — that chronicles the rise of Morant.

It features fellow NBA star Carmelo Anthony, WNBA star A’ja Wilson and Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo, according to the trailer.

GHOST RIVER BREWING COMPANY OPENING SECOND LOCATION ON WORLD FAMOUS BEALE STREET

Ghost River Brewing Company, Memphis’ first craft brewery, and Beale Street Management are excited to announce Ghost River’s second location at 341-345 Beale Street in historic Downtown Memphis, with a grand opening scheduled for July 2021. Beyond great local brews, the Beale Street location will feature cuisine from Chef Sobie Johnson of Flying Sobie’s Gourmet Kitchen, a taproom, an outdoor beer garden, and live music.

Ghost River is independently owned and operated and has been making good beer for the good people of Memphis since 2007. This is the brewery’s first expansion.

“We are excited for the opportunity to expand our historic Brewery, Tap Room, and Beer Garden to world-famous Beale Street,” said Bob Keskey, owner of Ghost River Brewing Company. “We think it will be a great partnership – giving Memphians and tourists easier access to our assortment of hand-crafted beers – and we couldn’t be happier to help add to the vibrancy of Beale.”

Ghost River’s commitment to providing a place where everyone can enjoy some distinctive southern hospitality with their hops will be a welcome addition to Beale Street. And, if beer wasn’t enough, the brewery will also provide another dining option on the street with a unique partnership with Flying Sobie’s Gourmet Kitchen. Ghost River first became aware of Chef Sobie because of his strong following within the food truck community, and the partnership idea took off during the past year. With Ghost River covering the kitchen buildout, and equipment, Chef Sobie will bring his signature ground chicken burgers to his first “brick and mortar” location.

Beale Street Management fully supports the partnership.

“We are really looking forward to what the Ghost River/Flying Sobie’s team is going to bring to the street,” said Jon Shivers, manager of Beale Street. “Their timing couldn’t be better – Grizzlies are in the playoffs, we are gearing up for summer concerts, great weather9, 01FC and Redbirds games are ramping up. This is perfect beer and burger season.”

It seems Ghost River has equally positive feelings about Beale.

“It is important to Ghost River and our team to continue our support of all existing establishments on Beale, from the west side of Beale to the east side,” said Keskey when asked about the new location. “I want to thank the City of Memphis and Beale Street Management for their support and vision to bring this to fruition. There isn’t a better Memphis location than Beale; we are honored to be a part of the street.”

Beale Street and Memphis Tourism Launch 10-week Outdoor Music Series This Summer

Memphis Tourism, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Downtown Memphis Commission and Beale Street, will launch a 10-week outdoor music series “Get Loud!” on Beale Street’s biggest stage in downtown Memphis.

 

The LIVE music series kicks off Saturday, June 5 with GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter PJ Morton at the newly renovated W.C. Handy Park outdoor performance space. GET LOUD! will follow with 10 Thursday night concerts starting June 10th and culminating August 12th, 2021. Additional headliners include St. Paul & The Broken BonesDavid Ryan HarrisRebirth Brass BandPaul ThornSon Littleand Marc Broussard. The performances will be free and open to the public, pairing a touring headline act with a Memphis-based band as opening act.

The GET LOUD! initiative helps ensure the Memphis destination delivers on the brand promise of live and local music for visitors. It also allows Memphis artists, musicians and event production personnel to get back to work all over our city. Memphis Tourism is partnering with existing live music events to designate them as additional Get Loud! activations throughout the year.

“Our goal is to create a unique opportunity to showcase Memphis music by putting silenced artists and musicians back to work, and delivering the core motivator that drives visitors to the Memphis destination, and that is music,” said Kevin Kane, President & CEO of Memphis Tourism.

 

“This activation of the Beale Street entertainment district will not only create activity on the street, but in turn, increase overall hotel occupancy, fill our restaurants and venues and extend the length of stay.”

Made possible by Tennessee Department of Tourist Development funding, Memphis Tourism and the State worked together to develop strategic initiatives that will motivate travel and bring visitors back to a state known around the world for multiple genres of music.

“The Soundtrack of America is made in Tennessee, and we’re excited to see our stages and venues filled with fans again and artists back to doing what they love,” said Commissioner Mark Ezell, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

“Tourism is vital to our state’s economy. Bringing music back to historic Beale Street every day is an important step in restoring our industry, as well as celebrating the identity and culture that make Memphis so special. We’re grateful to Memphis Tourism and all who helped bring the ‘Get Loud!’ summer concert series to life.”

The lineup for the GET LOUD! concert series features a variety of headline acts, many with connections to Memphis, along with local bands serving as opening acts in the concert series set for Beale Street’s W.C. Handy Park. The thoughtful approach to booking acts has produced a soulful lineup sure to entertain both visitors and locals who visit Beale Street for the concert series.

Additional headline, and a full slate of opening acts, will be announced in the coming days. For latest updates and schedule visit https://www.memphistravel.com/getaway

GET LOUD! CONCERT SERIES CALENDAR

Saturday, June 5th

PJ Morton
Marcella & Her Lovers

Thursday, July 1st

Victor Wooten, Joseph Wooten, Roy “Futureman’ Wooten, Regi Wooten, The Wooten Brothers,

Dottie

Thursday, June 10th

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

The MD’s

Thursday, July 8th

Paul Thorn

Amy LaVere & Will Sexton

Thursday, June 17th

David Ryan Harris

Thursday, July 22nd

Son Little

Thursday, June 24th

Rebirth Brass Band
Chinese Connection Dub Embassy

Thursday, August 12th

Marc Broussard
Turnstyles

 

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“EVERY STORY IS A SONG” MARKETING CAMPAIGN: GET LOUD. GET LIVE. GET HERE

The live music showcase on Beale Street will work in tandem with, and be promoted via Memphis Tourism’s planned “Every Story is a Song” digital media campaign, targeting visitors in key drive markets within a 600-mile radius of the Home of the Blues, Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The soundtrack to the advertising campaign is a summer anthem penned and performed by Memphis artists at world famous Royal Studios, with Grammy award winning producer Boo

Mitchell as producer on the track. The GET LOUD! campaign anthem will be released via digital platforms in early Summer 2021.

“Our community is rooted in music, and the pandemic has made it hard for many of Memphis’ most creative voices to be heard over the last year, whether performing in venues or even creating new music in the studio,” said Boo Mitchell, a Grammy award winning record producer, musician, songwriter, audio engineer, and owner of the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis.

“I have a tremendous amount of civic pride in Memphis. When I was approached about getting involved with this project to produce a song that was a musical invitation to visit our amazing city, I didn’t just say yes, I asked, when can we get started.”

Storytelling within the marketing campaign will be inclusive of all audiences through a variety of channels, emphasizing the current Memphis sound, while giving a nod to the legacy sound that made Memphis a world-famous music city.

“Through this music series and marketing campaign, Memphis Tourism is inviting all visitors, the uninitiated and the indoctrinated, to come be a part of our extended family, to share in our city’s stories and our songs,” said Regena Bearden, Chief Marketing Officer for Memphis Tourism.

“We’ve all relished anecdotes from visitors who describe feeling a deep connection to the Memphis sound. It touches your soul, creating a familial feeling, echoing who we are as a city and a destination. When you visit, you become a part of our extended musical family, and you may want to dance too.”

The multi-channel digital campaign will focus on the 600-mile radius key drive markets that, driven by data and research, have demonstrated a solid return by generating hotel room night sales, attraction tickets, restaurant and retail sales. In 2019 Memphis & Shelby County welcomed 12.4 million visitors, accounting for a $3.65 billion economic impact in spending from domestic visitors alone. This spend generated $179.5 million in state tax receipts and $101 million in local tax receipts. The leisure and hospitality industry in Shelby County includes over 2-thousand businesses and supports 49-thousand jobs.

Anywhere you go in Memphis, there’s a story waiting to be told, a song that connects to your heart and stays with your soul. Visitors can make a long weekend of it and celebrate that spirit with live music citywide every day this summer, kicking off with the GET LOUD free concert series in Handy Park. With live music, legendary attractions and Beale Street – plus food that’ll feed your soul – planning a visit to Memphis for an unforgettable music experience is effortless with resources available at MemphisTravel.com, log on today and feel the Memphis beat.

 

Businesses celebrate as sports fans return to Downtown Memphis

Two Memphis sports teams are expanding capacity during games.

On Monday afternoon, the Redbirds announced full capacity while the Grizzlies increased capacity to 40 percent.

Business owners on Beale Street are excited about this because more fans at games mean more people downtown to celebrate afterwards.

“We have waited months and months and months to hear this kind of news,” said Silky O Sullivan’s owner Joellyn Sullivan.

Sullivan is looking forward to seeing big crowds at Grizzlies and Redbird games.

“All of it means more customers, all of it means more revenue, more people we can employ, and more music we can play,” said Sullivan.

At Redbird games, masks will not be required outside or in suites. They are only required in indoor common areas like bathrooms, the bar and the hallway.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies will increase capacity to 40 percent for its post-season tournament.

“I’m thinking the Redbirds and the Grizzlies bring in all the local business so maybe we could get them to come to the street,” said A. Schwab manager Teri Cox.

Cox said A. Schwab gets most of its revenue from international business but she expects to see more local and regional customers.

Overall, both owners are excited to see fewer restrictions and more customers downtown.

“When someone comes to visit they’ll bring their friends or family to show,” said Cox.

“Being able to have a little bit more stability in what we can do, being able to say yes a whole lot more than no, we are not used to being the fun police so we are very, very glad,” said Sullivan.

The Redbirds are allowing full capacity at its game on Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Grizzlies will have its first game at 40 percent capacity.

Hyatt Announces Plans for Caption by Hyatt Development in Memphis

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement with Carlisle LLC for a Caption by Hyatt hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The Caption by Hyatt brand is grounded in a commitment to caring for people and place and creating connections between them.

“We’re excited to bring the Caption by Hyatt brand to Memphis, a brand that is truly committed to embracing the evolving needs of today’s traveler. We are confident this hotel will deliver on creating a welcoming space where both travelers and locals can hang out, be themselves, and feel connected to the community,” said Crystal Vinisse Thomas, Hyatt’s global brand leader, lifestyle and luxury brands. “Hyatt is committed to growing in places that matter most to our guests, World of Hyatt members and owners, and with the Caption by Hyatt brand, we have the opportunity to expand our footprint in a way that reflects the brand’s commitment to being truly of the community – not just in it. At Caption by Hyatt hotels, the people make the place, and we’re excited to see that come to life in Memphis.”

Located at One Beale Street and adjacent Hyatt Centric Memphis Beale Street, which is set to open on April 15, Caption by Hyatt Memphis is expected to debut in 2022 and will be integrated into the historic main building of Wm. C Ellis & Sons Ironworks and Machine Shop, one of the earliest and longest running businesses in Memphis. The historic building will house the hotel’s ground and second floors, and a new 136-guestroom tower will rise above offering guests spectacular views of the Mississippi River and city skyline.

The Caption by Hyatt brand’s signature marquee will adorn the hotel’s dual entrances, leading avid travelers and locals into the all-day, multi-functional lounge space, Talk Shop. The double height lounge will be enveloped by the historic building’s original heavy timber framing, decorative brick walls, archways, and clerestory windows. At Caption by Hyatt Memphis, Talk Shop will include an expansive patio and double height beer garden that will be incorporated into the building’s historic, decorative façade on Front Street – with locally driven tap beer offerings that will showcase the best beverages of the region, open fire-pits, exposed brick, and existing metal work, Caption by Hyatt Memphis will have an unmistakable neighborhood feel. Caption by Hyatt Memphis will work with Memphis-area purveyors and suppliers, making every effort to support local and minority-owned businesses whenever possible.

“Carlisle is deeply rooted in the local Memphis community, and our properties reflect those roots. Just like our soon to open Hyatt Centric Memphis Beale Street, the Caption by Hyatt brand is aligned with our vision to truly make Memphis a world class destination for business and leisure travelers, as well as residents,” said Senior Vice President of Development & Asset Management Stephen Kallaher, Carlisle LLC. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate again with Hyatt to introduce the Caption by Hyatt brand to Downtown Memphis and we look forward to providing guests and locals with authentic, fresh experiences and new opportunities for meaningful connections.

With additional projects underway around the world, including Shanghai, Caption by Hyatt hotels will combine the design and comfort of an upscale, lifestyle-forward hotel with the self-guided options of a select-service property. Further, the brand can flex and adapt to suit the needs of different locations and markets, offering a more sustainable approach to design and operations. Destined for urban and downtown markets and lifestyle mixed-use developments, the Caption by Hyatt brand is redefining hospitality by embracing the evolving needs of people and places and allowing them to make Caption by Hyatt hotels their own. Offering dynamic, welcoming spaces for those who seek meaningful conversations, Caption by Hyatt hotels will encourage guests and locals to embrace self-expression in a space that delivers on experience and connection. The Caption by Hyatt brand is committed to hiring diverse talent, vendors, artisans, and suppliers in the community, giving each Caption by Hyatt hotel its own authentic expression of place.

“We are focused on expanding the Caption by Hyatt brand footprint globally with the hope of building our business in key urban and downtown locations, including emerging neighborhoods and mixed-use lifestyle centers, where we can best extend care while also making a positive impact on our guests and communities,” said Jim Chu, Hyatt’s executive vice president of global franchising and development. “There’s incredible excitement surrounding the Caption by Hyatt brand, and we look forward to collaborating with new and existing owners and operators to bring managed and franchised Caption by Hyatt projects to fruition. As a fellow owner, Hyatt is deeply committed to helping owners and operators fully tap the power of the Caption by Hyatt brand in an effort to achieve operating excellence and ultimately drive revenue.”

With a signature marquee sign above each hotel’s main entrance, Caption by Hyatt hotels will be distinct and at the same time have an unmistakable neighborhood feel. Anchored by an eclectic contemporary-meets-urban industrial style, each property will feature a playful layering of colors, textures, and hand-drawn graphic art. At Caption by Hyatt hotels, animated social and food-and-beverage spaces with tech-forward features – like digital check-in, digital keys, and mobile-order food service – unite for a seamless and efficient guest experience.

At the heart of the Caption by Hyatt brand experience will be the brand’s food and beverage concept, Talk Shop, that will serve as a lively welcome area, all-day lounge and workspace, coffee shop, eatery, grab-and-go artisanal market and cocktail bar. Menus will feature locally inspired all-day items and regional favorites with locally sourced ingredients in a spirited and upbeat setting.