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Mike Conley assists Memphis with 500 free tickets for fans

Mike Conley may be hurt, but he’s still helping how he can.

To thank fans for the support they showed after his latest injury – he underwent surgery Monday for facial fractures suffered in Game 3 in Portland – Conley wanted to buy 500 tickets for Game 5 of the Grizzlies’ first-round playoff series vs. Portland.

The tickets were given away Wednesday, April 29, in the Grand Lobby at FedExForum on a first-come, first-served basis; a line to receive the tickets had wrapped around the block by 10 a.m.

“My spirits were immediately lifted after all of the support I received from fans around the world, but especially those right here in Memphis,” Conley said in a team statement. “As a way to say thank you, I’d like them to be cheering us on at Game 5 because there’s no greater experience than the NBA Playoffs in Memphis.”

– Don Wade

Details of Live at the Garden’s new lineup

The Memphis Botanic Garden has announced the lineup for this year’s Live at the Garden concert series.

The series gets started June 26 with Aretha Franklin, followed on July 17 by Rob Thomas, then on August 15 is ZZ Top, with Martina McBride on Sept. 4, and finally on Sept. 18 Daryl Hall & John Oates.

The series, now in its 15th year, is held on the grounds of the Memphis Botanic Garden and can seat 6,600. The series title sponsor is Duncan-Williams, Inc. Presenting Sponsors are Fed Ex, TruGreen, Infiniti of Memphis, Regions Bank, Hollywood Casino, Ashley HomeStore, Nolan’s Audio/Video, Classic Party Rentals and Nationwide Insurance.

Porcellino’s + City & State = something new

City & State, the new retailer that opened recently on Broad Avenue which also has a coffee and food component, added something new this week.

The retailer’s coffee bar/food side has added a few items from the guys behind Porcellino’s in East Memphis. Via the City & State Facebook page:

“We are super stoked to announce we have teamed up with Chefs Andrew and Michael of Porcellino’s and will now be carrying new breakfast and even a couple lunch options. Food doesn’t get better than theirs!”

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From Big Star drummer to Ardent CEO

As the drummer for Big Star, Jody Stephens helped hold things together, keeping time with his sticks. Now, it appears he’s serving a similar role at Ardent, the Memphis studio where Big Star – and many other artists local and national – recorded their tunes.

Ardent confirmed that Stephens, whose previous title was studio manager, is the studio’s new CEO. Continued leadership at Ardent preserves the longevity of the Memphis music landmark that lost its founder John Fry in December at age 69.

In January, Ardent posted on its Facebook page:

“Thanks to all those that have inquired as to the future of our Ardent family here at 2000 Madison. We will continue the mission put forth by our great founder and leader John Fry and run the business as it has been run under his guidance for the last 48 years. John’s advisory role at Ardent has been the best example for us for many years and the owners and administration here at Ardent know that it was John’s wish that we soldier on in this mission, with him at the helm in spirit, always.”

This Wednesday, a celebration of Fry and late Ardent engineer John Hampton is happening at the Levitt Shell. The free show, “Press/Play: A Celebration of John Fry and John Hampton,” starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Stephens and guests performing Big Star songs as well as performances by the Gin Blossoms and Tora Tora.

LeBron James tops NBA jersey sales — again

Six titles in a row for LeBron James. No, not NBA titles. Six times leading the NBA in jersey sales, his third time as a Cleveland Cavalier.
The rankings are based on overall retail sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the 2014-2015 season.
Here is the Top 10:
1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
4. Kevin Durant, OKC Thunder
5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
6. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
7. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
8. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
9. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
10. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers

By team merchandise, the top five in sales were the Bulls, Cavs, Warriors, Lakers and Thunder.

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