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Things To Do In Memphis: 2nd Annual Chicken and Beer Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Saturday, August 3rd from 6PM-10PM on the field of the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the 2nd Annual Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival.

General Admission tickets are 40+tax and include admission into the event, a souvenir glass, over 90 different beverage samples, and benefits the Dorothy Day House. VIP tickets are $70+tax and includes everything with General Admission plus a VIP lanyard, access to the VIP lounge located in the newly renovated University of Memphis home team locker rooms, along with heavy appetizers and restrooms.

There will be live entertainment from local musicians such as Kevin&Bethany Paige and The Marcus Malone Band. In addition there will be a variety of different yard games including giant jenga, inflatables, human fooseball, and giant beer pong.

Local restaurants will have food on site available to purchase. Must be 21+ to attend!

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335 S Hollywood Memphis, 38104

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #56: Pro Football Comes to Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

The Alliance of American Football wants to fill your post-NFL season sportsball needs, and Memphis is one of the cities where they’ve established a team. The Memphis Express start their season on February 10th and have their first home game coming up at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, February 16th. To help get you ready, here’s a look at what the AAF is, who’s involved, and what you can expect in their inaugural season.

What’s the Alliance of American Football?

The Alliance of American Football is an 8-team league:

  • Memphis Express

  • Orlando Apollos

  • Atlanta Legends

  • Salt Lake Stallions

  • Arizona Hotshots

  • San Diego Fleet

  • Birmingham Iron

  • San Antonio Commanders 

The league was founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, and several other notable football figures are involved. The AAF wants to fill a void felt by football fans following the Super Bowl and give players who just barely missed their shot at the NFL a second chance to go pro. It’s called the Alliance to signify a partnership between the fans, the players, and the game. They’ve placed an emphasis on being tech-savvy, allowing live streaming of games on a free Alliance app and integrated fantasy football options with “real rewards.” The league’s culture also prioritizes player safety and wellbeing by using state-of-the-art protective wear and providing players a bonus system, post-football career planning, counseling, and scholarship support for postsecondary education.

The AAF teams will play a 12-week season kicking-off February 9, 2019 on CBS and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.

Who are the Memphis Express?

Team President: Kosha Irby

General Manager: Will Lewis

Coach: Mike Singletary

See more of the staff roster here.

The players for the Memphis Express come mostly from schools in the region. Four of them are either from Memphis or played for the University of Memphis. The Memphis Express 52-player active roster for 2019:

The Memphis Express Game Experience

The AAF will be officiated under slightly different rules and will offer a different game experience from the NFL. They’re working on an official document that covers all the rule differences. A couple of examples:

  • No kickoffs or extra points. Teams must go for two.
  • Onside kicks have been replaced by a 4th & 12.
The AAF is also aiming for shorter game times hoping to entertain fans without you having to commit your full day. Game times in San Antonio during preseason averaged 2.5 hours.


2/10 Memphis at Birmingham
2/16 Arizona at Memphis
2/23 Memphis at Orlando
3/2 San Diego at Memphis
3/10 Memphis at Atlanta
3/16 Memphis at Salt Lake
3/24 Birmingham at Memphis
3/30 Orlando at Memphis
4/6 Memphis San Antonio
4/13 Atlanta at Memphis

Three Memphis Express games will be televised thanks to a partnership with CW30/Local 24:

  • Saturday, March 16 at Salt Lake, 3 pm
  • Saturday, March 30 vs. Orlando, 1 pm
  • Saturday, April 6 at San Antonio, 3 pm

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #78: Southern Heritage Classic

by Melissa Thompson


Are you ready for some football! The Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is the annual college football game between the Tigers of Jackson State University and the Tigers of Tennessee State University since 1994. However, The Southern Heritage Classic is so much more than the annual football game. It's also a weekend long celebration that includes golf tournaments, music, fashion shows, marching bands, comedians and tons of tailgaiting.

Events leading up to the game include:

September 10

  • 8 am: Classic Business Conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis campus.
  • 9 am: Classic College Fair at the Pipkin Building on Tiger Lane. Presented by AC Wharton and City of Memphis Office of Youth Services. At the fair you can talk to regional colleges and universities about attending college. Admission is free!
  • 5 pm: Classic VIP Party at Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. AC Wharton hosts and music by Trio Plus (Invitation Only).
  • 8 pm: Classic Concert at Orpheum Theatre. Gladys Knight will bring soul to the theatre during a magical performance alongside special guest Jammin Jay Lamont. Tickets cost $82.50 and $62.50.

September 11

  • 9 am: Classic College Fair continues at the Pipkin Building on Tiger Lane.
  • Noon: Nike Classic Coaches Luncheon at The Peabody Hotel Grand Ballroom. An honorary lunch for Tennessee State University head football coach Rod Reed and Jackson State University head football coach Harold Jackson (Invitation Only).
  • 7 pm: Greek Showdown. Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority present a step show. Tickets cost $15 advance admission and $20 at the door. For tickets and information,
    contact Adrienne Dobbins at [email protected]
  • 7:30 pm: Classic Music Festival at Landers Center. Jammin Jay Lamont will host performances by Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia, Johnny Gill and Avery*Sunshine. 

September 12

  • 8 am: Classic Tailgate at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Food, music, and everything you could want at a tailgate. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available.
  • 8 am: Ed “Too Tall” Jones Golf Classic at Tunica National Golf & Tennis. $150 per person, including green fee and half a cart.
  • 9 am: Classic Parade along Park Avenue from Haynes to Airways. Local high school marching bands will perform to celebrate the Southern Heritage Classic.
  • 10 am: Classic Battle of the Bands at Whitehaven High School Stadium.
  • 11 am: Classic Fashions & Brunch at Holiday Inn University of Memphis. A glamorous Sunday brunch presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Memphis Chapter. Tickets cost $50.

Southern Heritage Classic Football Game

The classic rivalry between Jackson State and Tennessee State will start at 6 pm at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. During halftime, the AutoZone Halftime show will feature TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands and JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South. Following the game, the 5th quarter will finish the night with the battle of the bands. 

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