901Fest - A Celebration of all Things Memphis

Join us for 901Fest - a celebration of all things Memphis!
Memphis music. Memphis food. Memphis merchandise.
Saturday, May 28 at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis.

Imagine all your Memphis favorites together with the beautiful Mississippi River as the backdrop and you've got Memphis in May's newest event, 901Fest! We've got all the bases covered, from music to food, beer & wine, to merchandise. Learn more about all the family fun below and make it a Memorial Day weekend to remember!

Purchase tickets for 901Fest here.

901Fest Rundown
Gates open - 3:00 pm  |  Music begins - 3:30 pm  |  Air Show - 4:15 pm  |  Fireworks finale - 9:30 pm

Four stages stacked with the 901's favorite music and talents. View the full music lineup below or click here.

Orion 901 Rocks Stage

North Mississippi Allstars – 8:15
Dead Soldiers – 6:30
Star & Micey – 4:45
The Incredible Hook – 3:30

NexAir 901 Beats Stage
Al Kapone – 8:20
Frayser Boy – 7:20
Lyl Wyte – 6:20
Tyke T – 4:45
Artistik Approach – 3:30 

AutoZone 901 Arts Stage
Opera Memphis – 8:20
Iris Orchestra – 7:25
School of Rock – 6:00
New Ballet Ensemble – 4:45
Stax Music Academy – 3:30 

FanBank 901 Fan Choice Stage
Zigadoo Moneyclips – 7:50
CCDE – 6:20
Nuttin’ Fancy Band – 4:50

BBQ, cupcakes, popsicles, beer, baked goods and more! View the full list of food vendors here.

Art, jewelry, illustrations, crafts and more! See the full list of merchandise vendors here.

Jump in the ball and hang out tight, free sessions of knockerball are coming at you! Stop by the designated knockerball area from 4:00-8:00 pm and bounce around a bit.

Commemorative Air Show
A fan favorite during every festival, the most exciting air show in Memphis is back! Keep a look out for the special 767 flyover and enjoy the great family entertainment starting at 4:15. 

Celebrate the close of another great festival and take in a Memphis-themed fireworks display along the Mississippi River.

901Fest FAQ's
Q: What can I bring in with me?
A: Blankets and small umbrellas are allowed at 901Fest. Leave your coolers, outside food and drink, lawn chairs, thrown objects (football, frisbee, etc.) and weapons (including pocket knives) at home.

Q: Where should I park?
A: Parking garages and lots around Tom Lee Park can be located here.

Q: How much are tickets and where can I buy them at?
A: Tickets are $9 in advance (click here) or $10 at the gate on Riverside and Beale. Kids six and under will be admitted at no cost.

Q: Can I bring a bag or backpack?
A: Backpacks larger than 12 inches wide by 12 inches tall are not allowed at 901Fest. All purses and backpacks are subject to inspection.

Q: Where can I enter?
A: Entrance to the 901Fest is at Beale and Riverside only. Patrons with advance tickets may enter at the two gates on the Bluff walk. There is no patron entry at Riverside and Georgia for this event.   

Q: Can I bring my camera?
A: For the convenience of festival goers, cameras are not allowed with the exception of cell phone devices. Cameras are allowed for credentialed media with photography passes.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 0 comments
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WCBCC16 - Grand Champion and Final Results

Jack’s Old South Named Grand Champion of the 2016 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

May 14, 2016 (Memphis, TN): Final Results of the 2016 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest Announced

Two hundred thirty-five barbecue competitors from 22 states and five foreign countries met on the banks of the Mississippi River this weekend to see who had the best barbecue on the planet. Tonight, Jack’s Old South barbecue team from Unadilla, Georgia, was crowned Grand Champion of America’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competition, the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (WCBCC).

This is the fourth Grand Champion title for Jack’s Old South at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, having won in 2001, 2004, 2007 and now in 2016. The only other team to win four WCBCC contests is Big Bob Gibson.

"This was my 20th anniversary at Memphis in May and to win Grand Champion four times, well I couldn't be happier! Both my brother and my son weren't with me the first three times, so this win is special,” said Myron Mixon from Jack’s Old South. “This whole team is new and they are all really excited."

When asked about tying Big Bob Gibson’s record of four Grand Championships Mixon said, "We're coming back to win it again next year!"

Jack’s Old South won the Whole Hog Division and was named Grand Champion of the Memphis in May World Barbecue Cooking Contest taking home $30,500 in prize money.

“It is an amazing accomplishment to win Grand Champion four times, we couldn’t be happier for Jack’s Old South,” said Jim Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. “To be named Grand Champion of the most prestigious barbecue cooking contest in the world even once is a huge accomplishment. Myron Mixon has risen to a level very few will ever experience.”

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest started in 1978 in a parking lot with a few dozen teams and their grills. The contest has grown to now occupy, and fill to capacity, 25-acre Tom Lee Park on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

Grand Champion - $30,500 - Jack’s Old South

Whole Hog
First Place - $5,000 - Jack’s Old South

Second Place - $2,250 - 3 Taxi Guys
Third Place - $1,500 - PLP Smokers, Competition Team
Fourth Place - $1,000 - Cotton Patch Cooking Crew
Fifth Place - $750 - Yazoo’s Delta Q
Sixth Place - $600 - 17th Street BBQ/Apple City
Seventh Place - $500 - Salty Rinse BBQ
Eighth Place - $400 - Pickin & Grillin
Ninth Place - $350 - Barbeque Republic
Tenth Place - $300 - Boom Boom Que

First Place - $5,000 - Lillie's Q

Second Place - $2,250 - Pork University
Third Place - $1,500 - People’s Republic of Swina
Fourth Place - $1,000 - Boofhead BBQ
Fifth Place - $750 - Moonlight Smokers
Sixth Place - $600 - The Grand Masters of Cooking Disasters
Seventh Place - $500 - Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q
Eighth Place - $400 - Southern Hoggers BBQ Company
Ninth Place - $350 - Parrothead Porkers of Hogaritaville
Tenth Place - $300 - Barnstormers BBQ

First Place - $5,000 - 10 Bones BBQ

Second Place - $2,250 - Pitmaker-BBQ Addiction
Third Place - $1,500 - Prime Time BBQ
Fourth Place - $1,000 - AOC Hogs
Fifth Place - $750 - Pork Fiction
Sixth Place - $600 - Give the Devil His Que
Seventh Place - $500 - Boss Pitt
Eighth Place - $400 - Smoke Masters
Ninth Place - $350 - Dirk Piggler’s Porkographic BBQ
Tenth Place - $300 - Born in the Que S.A.

Patio Porkers
First Place - $2,000 - Phat Chance

Second Place - $1,000 - Bastey Boys
Third Place - $750 - Smoke a Little Smoke
Fourth Place - $500 - Bad Pig BBQ

Kingsford Tour of Champions
First Place - $1,500 - The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint

Second Place - $1,000 - Too Sauced To Pork
Third Place - $750 - Boars Night Out
Fourth Place - $500 - Big Bob Gibson BBQ

Grilling Green Award
Awarded to the team that collected the most recyclables - Sloppy Chops 

Anything But (Exotic)
First Place - $1,250 - The Bastey Boys
Second Place - $600 - Suspicious Rinds
Third Place - $350 - Canadian BBQ Society 

Anything But (Beef)
First Place - $1,250 - Pitmaker-BBQ Addiction

Second Place - $600 - Willingham's
Third Place - $350 - Big South BBQ

Anything But (Seafood)
First Place - $1,250 - Knob Creek Smokers

Second Place - $600 - Down To Smoke (DTS)
Third Place - $350 - Uncle Murles BBQ

Anything But (Poultry)
First Place - $1,250 - Nuts N' Butts

Second Place - $600 - P-Funk and the Fat Back All-Starz
Third Place - $350 - Natural Born Grillers

Cattleman's Best Sauce (Tomato)
First Place - $1,200 - Prime Time BBQ

Second Place - $600 - The Grilla's
Third Place - $350 - Boofhead BBQ

Cattleman's Best Sauce (Vinegar)
First Place - $1,200 - Killer Hogs

Second Place - $600 - Cotton Pickin Porkers
Third Place - $350 - Fat Side Up

Cattleman's Best Sauce (Mustard)
First Place - $1,200 - Salty Rinse BBQ

Second Place - $600 - All Star Ten Pin Porkers
Third Place - $350 - Whole Hog Cafe

Frank's Red Hot Hot Wings
First Place - $1,500 - Uncle Murles BBQ

Second Place - $750 - Smoke Masters
Third Place - $500 - Half-Porked

Big Hog Run
First Place - $1,000 - Mike Page of Pages Pig Pew

Second Place - $750 - Kevin O'Sullivan of 10 Bones BBQ
Third Place - $500 - John Bailey of Greaseland Porkers
Fourth Place - $250 - Gary Saylors of R3 Que Team
Fifth Place - $100 - Chalmer Sanders of Sander Smoken Que

Ms. Piggie Idol
First Place - $2,000 - Chi Town Cookers

Second Place - $1,000 - Swinos
Third Place - $500 - VooDooQ

Home Depot Best Booth
First Place - $2,500 - All Star Ten Pin Porkers

Second Place - $1,250 - Boofhead BBQ
Third Place - $750 - Swine & Dine

Best T-Shirt
First Place - $1,000 - Bryce Boar Blazers

Second Place - $500 - Parrothead Porkers of Hogaritaville 
Third Place - $250 - Swine & Dine

PHOTO: Jack’s Old South after winning the Grand Championship and $30,500 at the 2016 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition. Photo Credit: Lawrence Hsia

Posted by Penelope Huston at Monday, May 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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Welcome to the 2016 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

235 competition teams. 22 States. 5 Foreign Countries. ONE GRAND CHAMPION.

The planet’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competition, the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, fires up on May 12-14, 2016 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Teams will go grill-to-grill for the honor of being named World Champion and a chance at the largest prize purse in the history of the competition – $115,000, with the Grand Champion taking home more than $14,500. 

“We expect the growing intensity in master grilling to bring out the best of the best at this year’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.” Says Jim Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May. “Both Memphis and the festival have received a lot of international praise for being the mecca of all things ‘cue and we know the 2016 competition will live up to all expectations.” 

The 2016 Memphis in May honored country of Canada is represented by Chef Rob Reinhardt of the Saskatchewan Smokers, who are bringing their “Eh” game and a lot of northern spiciness to the park, along with four other Canadian teams competing in the 2016 competition – including Memphis’ own Shawn Danko and Team Canada BBQ. Also bringing their best to the park this year are eight past Grand Champions, which adds more than a little spice to the mix. 

The Cattlemen’s Main Stage will provide the backdrop for more than just the barbecue awards. Miss Piggie Idol, Best T-shirt, Best Booth, and performers Cracker on Thursday, Tone Loc on Friday, and Jason D. Williams on Saturday will all take the stage during the three-day festival.

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest with all its intense competition and outrageous fun starts Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and tickets are available via ($9 in advance) or at the main gate at Beale and Riverside during festival hours ($10). 

Camping World Cooker Caravan
The Cooker Caravan is free and gives the general public an intimate view of the barbecue contest and competing teams. The Cooker Caravan behind-the-scenes tour includes information on how the world’s best barbecue cooking teams produce prize-winning barbecue, a chance to see a variety of specialty grills and smokers, and tips on how to improve backyard grilling. Interested Cooker Caravan participants should meet between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May, 13 at the Camping World Cooker Caravan tent located in the middle of the park near the main judges tent to sign up for a time slot. The Cooker Caravan departs every 30 minutes.

Kingsford Tour of Champions
Want to judge the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest? Join the Kingsford Tour of Champions to taste and judge the best of the best in ‘cue.  Sessions are Thursday and Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. and tickets are an additional $12 per session. SOLD OUT. 

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 0 comments
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Great American River Run Information Update

The 2016 Great American River Run is less than 10 days away. If you haven't registered already, do it now. Here's some useful information for those who are registered for May 28.

Friday, May 27 - Expo & Packet Pick-Up - 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Runner packets may be picked up at our Run Expo at the Peabody Hotel (Tennessee Room, 149 Union Avenue, Memphis TN 38103). Nike runner bags include: race bib, timing chip, wristband for entry to 901Fest, discount coupons, special surprises and important runner instructions. NO PACKET PICK-UP ON RACE DAY.

Saturday, May 28 - Race Day
Gear Check Drop-Off - 5:30 am
Stretch/Warm Up - 6:30-6:45 am
Half Marathon Start - 7:00 am
5K Start - 7:30 am
Yoga - 8:00-8:30 am
**Be advised: The half marathon race has a 3.5 hour time limit (16 min/mile). The course and course support will be shutting down based on this pace. You may finish the course, but will be asked to move to the sidewalk if you chose to continue.**

Hydration/Cooling Stations
Water stations will be set up at 10 different mile markers throughout the half marathon race and one spot during the 5K. In addition, there will be cooling stations at miles 9 & 11 for added support and cold towels will be available to racers on miles 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12. 

This article can also help provide some tips to running in the heat.

Rates Rising Soon
If your friend, coworker or running buddy hasn't registered for this year's race, encourage them to do so today because the rates to run are going up.

Half-Marathon Prices
$75 from May 16 - 26
$85 on May 27 & 28 if available (we expect full capacity)

5K Prices
$40 from May 16 - 26
$45 on May 27 & 28 if available (we expect full capacity)

Additional Information

  • A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the fastest male & female finishers for the half marathon, while the fastest 5K finishers will receive a Porsche prize package sponsored by Gossett Porsche.
  • You bring your running shoes, we'll bring the course entertainment. Mile 1: Memphis Jones. Mile 6: Jeff Hulett. Mile 9.01: Daddy Mack  
  • Olympic athlete Sable Otey will be leading a round of stretching and warm ups from 6:30 - 6:45, so arrive early!
  • Unwind after the 5K with a yoga session in Tom Lee Park from 8:00 - 8:30 am
  • Stick around following the conclusion of the race for the best post-run party in Memphis, including music from the North Mississippi Allstars and Dead Soldiers, food, drinks and more!
  • Every runner gets a medal! Click here for more information on this year's awesome medals (some late registering 5K runners may have their medals mailed to them).
  • Click here for more information on parking downtown. There are a host of surface lots near the park in addition to several parking garages. 
  • If you're registered for the Great American River Run, you also get FREE ENTRY to the inaugural 901Fest!
  • The routes for both runs have been updated recently. See the new course for your run below.
  • The start and finish lines are at the same location inside Tom Lee Park for both races. The race will start in the North Center area of the park. All runners are encouraged to enter the site from Riverside Drive at Beale Street.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Friday, May 6, 2016 | 0 comments
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2016 Beale Street Music Festival Stage Times Unveiled

It's officially TIME to party. 

The stage times for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival were announced last month. Sixty-six different artists will be performing over three days on five different stages.Grab your friends and plot out your musical journey at the FedEx, Rockstar Energy Drink, Bud Light, Pearl River Resort Blues Tent and Blues Shack stages! 

Get VIP Tickets to #BSMF16, grab an affordable 3-day pass or check out the lineup and kick your summer off right!

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Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 0 comments
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