In light of his show in Memphis last week at the Orpheum, British comedian Eddie Izzard posted this photo to his Facebook page, showing the comedian at Overton Square. It’s a special place for him, he noted, because the square is where he did his first-ever performance in America in 1987 – a street show, he says, for Memphis in May.
Happy birthday, Resource Entertainment Group.
The business, which creates live music events around the Memphis area, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Clients over the years have included the RiverArts Festival and the Memphis Grizzlies, as well as St. Jude, FedEx and both the Madison and Peabody Hotels, with one of the latest additions being Thursdays Squared.
That’s the new music series on Thursdays at Overton Square. The inaugural event on April 17 drew a crowd of more than 1,100 to the Tower Courtyard.
Former Big Star drummer Jody Stephens was shopping at the venerable Amoeba record shop in California a few years ago. He walked up to the counter to pay for the Big Star CD he was buying for someone, and the girl behind the counter told him, “Oh, my brother really like this band.”
Jody asked what her brother’s name was.
Jody recounts the memory in this clip from “What’s in my bag,” a segment where Amoeba puts people in front of the camera to ask what they’ve discovered on the Amoeba racks. He says he went on to record with Elliott, the late singer-songwriter whose work was featured prominently on the soundtrack to “Good Will Hunting.”
In unrelated Big Star news, Jody will be part of a group performing Big Star’s “Third” on May 23 at the Levitt Shell. In addition to a slate of guests, they’ll be backed by a chamber orchestra, and the concert also will feature earlier Big Star tunes like “September Gurls” and “In the Street.”
The post on Kickstarter’s official Facebook page Tuesday included a picture of young Memphis entrepreneur Moziah “Mo” Bridges and was headlined, “An 11-year old CEO who just so happens to be the bow-tie king of Memphis.”
Turns out, a venture called Squirrel Friends has finished shooting a documentary about the 11-year-old founder of “Mo’s Bows” and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help with publicity and distribution. The money, according to the Kickstarter page, will go toward that as well as helping get the film in front of new audiences.
As of Tuesday evening, the Kickstarter campaign had 28 days to go and already had picked up 39 backers who’d contributed $1,325 toward the project’s $5,000 goal.
By this summer, the film should be moving into the audio mix phase, including music composition and graphics. If all goes to plan, the documentary will be released this fall.
The filmmakers say they’re extra excited to get it done, because “everyone,” Squirrel Friends writes on its Kickstarter page, “should really meet Mo!”
The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau is teaming up with the Downtown Memphis Commission to host residents, visitors and hospitality employees in a “Pop-Up Vacation” at Court Square May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Visitors will be able to experience a min-vacation with a putting green from Mirimichi, a forge from the National Ornamental Metal Museum, an Elvis tribute artist, the presence of local sports mascots, cars from the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, Yellow Cab and American Dream Safari, and the Peabody will fill the water fountain in the square with hundreds of rubber ducks.
The event, according to the CVB, “represents the travel community’s collective call to showcase the importance and impact of travel on jobs and economic growth in Memphis.” Travel supports more than 35,000 jobs in Memphis, according to CVB president and CEO Kevin Kane.