Kroger is on a hiring spree at the moment.
The grocery chain’s Delta Division – which includes West Tennessee, along with Arkansas, Mississippi and parts of Missouri and Kentucky – is looking to add 767 jobs this year.
The positions range from part-time to management. It’s part of a move by the nation’s largest grocery chain to add about 20,000 permanent positions company-wide this year.
At the moment, Kroger employs more than 375,000 associates.
As we previously noted, Sept. 2 saw the reissue via Stax Records of Big Star’s “#1 Record” and Radio City albums, remastered from the original analog tape.
Liner notes for the records come courtesy of former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who has some thoughts up at Salon.com today about Big Star.
“I discovered Big Star the same way I discovered much of the music I love — by listening to Peter Buck’s record collection,” he notes. “I knew immediately that I had just heard one of my favorite bands, a band who had gotten it right, who made records that sounded like rock ‘n’ roll bands should sound. A band who wrote all the songs, from flat-out rockers to achingly beautiful ballads that were still somehow rock songs. Songwriting has always been, for me, the most vital gauge of a band’s quality, and these guys were clearly masters.”
It’s a thoughtful meditation on a Memphis act that never got its big break but still created something remarkable anyway, and Mills ends with this:
“Big Star took me on a trip. From Memphis, Tennessee, we went way out West, all the way to India, hanging out the whole time in the back of a car with Morpha, Daisy and a bunch of September girls. I may not have gotten what I deserved, but I found out what it was worth, and it’s still one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.”
As a reminder, George P. Bush, the grandson of President George H. W. Bush, will be in Memphis in a few weeks.
He’ll be the featured speaker at the Latino Memphis Leadership Luncheon Sept. 9. Bush will share during the first Leadership Luncheon his thoughts on the role Latinos play in the country and will touch on topics including education reform, immigration and increased civic and political participation by Latinos.
The event will take place at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Consortium MMT, a nonprofit dedicated to help cultivate Memphis’ homegrown musical talent, is honoring Stevie Wonder at “A Soulright Evening,” an event coming in October to the Downtown Cannon Center that will include a performance by Wonder.
The event, presented by Southeastern Asset Management, will be held on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and will include both performances from Wonder as well as artists paying tribute to his repertoire of hits. “American Idol” music director Rickey Minor will serve as producer and music director.
Memphis native and multi-Grammy award winner David Porter founded The Consortium MMT in 2012 to foster a new pool of young musical talent in Memphis.
The eighth annual Church Health Center benefit concert, Rock for Love 8, will be held next month at Crosstown, Overton Square and the Levitt Shell.
The event will be Sept. 5-7. A block party will happen that Friday at Crosstown with a headlining appearance from the Dirty Streets at the Hi Tone. Also that night, bands will perform at Crosstown Arts, Amurica, the Church Health Center’s bay space and on an outdoor Visible School stage. The night will also feature food trucks, a hula hoop luau, flea market, comedy, art exhibition and more.
Saturday will move to the Overton Square Tower Courtyard stage with acts like Black Oak Arkansas after a party featuring the likes of the Stax Academy Band, Paul Taylor and the Mighty Souls Brass Band. And Al Kapone will host a hip hop revue after-party at Hattiloo Theatre.
On Sunday, a finale at the Levitt Shell will feature the Grifters, Impala and Mark Edgar Stuart. All shows are free except for Friday’s Hi Tone show and Saturday’s Hattiloo Theatre After Party.
For the full lineup and set times, visit rockforlove.org.