Third Consecutive Year-Over-Year Growth
Tom Lee Park Update
Memphis in May and Memphis River Parks Partnership have entered into mediation over issues related to the revision of Tom Lee Park We appreciate Mayor Strickland’s leadership in making this decision, and we welcome the opportunity to join MRPP in mediation. We are hopeful this effort will assist both parties in quickly finding a resolution that will meet everyone’s needs for the park and will allow us to remain financially viable. Should construction begin in June as originally scheduled by MRPP, a location to host the 2020 Festival events is still undetermined.
2019 Fine Arts Poster Unveiled
We proudly unveiled the 2019 Fine Arts Poster honoring Memphis on Tuesday, March 19 at the Pink Palace Mansion. The selected artwork is an oil painting on canvas created by local artist Evelina Dillon. We owe a huge thanks to Farris Bobango for sponsoring the evening.
Rather than selecting a local artist and commissioning a work, we held an open call for any Memphis artist to submit their work for consideration. The public cast over 2,800 votes as part of the juried panel to select the work.
Ms. Dillon's work holds great detail and features a plethora of the historic and current landmarks that make Memphis a special place. Posters can be purchased at our online store beginning May 1, but a limited quantity of signed ($65) and unsigned ($35) are available now at 1910 Frame Works.
Made In Memphis
A total of 26 artists performing at the 2019 Beale Street Music Festival come from Memphis or the surrounding area, comprising more than 30% of the lineup! We love showcasing the talent of our city during each year's festival, and with this being the city’s Bicentennial, the focus is even greater.
If you want to witness these Memphis acts and pay the low price of $135 for all three days, do it now because on 4/20 the deal goes up in smoke. Ticket prices will increase to $180 for a three-day pass and $60 for a single-day ticket. You can also choose to BSMF in style with a VIP Experience ($649). Get yours now by clicking here!
The 2019 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest schedule has been set and can be viewed here. Of note is the return of Sauce Wrestling presented by McVean Trading and nightly entertainment, which includes performances from The Dan Band (Thursday, May 16), MINI KISS (Friday, May 17) and Bobby Rush (Saturday, May 18).
For the true barbecue aficionado, check out the Kingsford Tour of Champions or the Prairie Fresh Cooker Caravan, both get you behind the scenes with the top pitmasters. BBQ Alley presented by Big Green Egg is your chance to enjoy championship-quality barbecue from five renown barbecue restaurants without being on a team! Add-on tickets for each of these experiences at Eventbrite.com.
GARR Downtown Memphis Routes
The 2019 Great American River Run race routes have been published and will guide the runners through the streets of downtown and along the banks of the Mississippi River. The maps also include hydration markers so that all half-marathoners can plan their water breaks accordingly.
Claim a medal, don the soft-style race shirt and enjoy a MASSIVE champion-style post-race party with us on Memorial Day weekend.
In addition, if you're fast you can win some cash! A total of $4,500 in cash prizes are up for grabs, including $500 for the King/Queen of the Hill presented by Downtown Memphis Commission. Prices go up soon, register here!
Celebrate Memphis World Record Attempt
Celebrate Memphis, our huge bicentennial event, is focused on bringing families and communities from around the city to Tom Lee Park. In addition to FREE admission, an air show, local music, the largest fireworks display in the Mid-South and a drone show, the day will include an attempt to set the record for the World's Longest Picnic thanks to Walmart, Circle B & King Cotton. Guinness will be on hand to certify the table length and that all spots around the table are filled, so come help us break the record! Full details on all event information will be unveiled on Tuesday, April 16! Circle Saturday, May 25 on your calendar, and enjoy a full day of fun with the family.
Memphis Bicentennial Gala
The Honorable Jim Strickland, Mayor of Memphis, The Honorable Lee Harris, Mayor of Shelby County and the Board of Directors of the Memphis in May International Festival present the Memphis Bicentennial Gala - Saluting the City of Memphis and Shelby County
The evening will include spectacular Memphis Musical Entertainment featuring The BarKays, Al Kapone, and surprise special guests. Tables and tickets can be purchased here.
Where: FedEx Forum
When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - Cocktails 6:30 pm | Dinner 7:30 pm
All Month Long
The city's biggest birthday month is less than 30 days away, and we've got events lined up all May long. From cinema showings (including The Firm and Hustle & Flow) and fine-dining cuisine events, to month-long exhibits by local artists, historical walking tours, and a lecture series, we have something for EVERYONE. You may be a life-long Memphian, but unaware of several of the events we produce every year. Get up to speed on the festival, view the full calendar of events by clicking here and join the fun next month!
Pollstar Touts Beale Street Music Festival
Pollstar, the respected music industry publication, interviewed our CEO Jim Holt about the success of the Beale Street Music Festival. Read about our record-breaking year, affordable ticket prices and the authentic experience only found in Memphis, TN.
The Beale Street Music Festival continues to grow in stature and scope as we attract music lovers to Memphis from all 50 states and 31 countries this year!
Board Spotlight: Bathsheba Sams
A Memphis in May board member since 2017, Ms. Bathsheba Sams was promoted at International Paper last fall to Vice President, Human Resources, Industrial Packaging the Americas, and has been with International Paper since 1981. She serves Memphis in May as a member of the Nominating Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and By-Laws Committee, with her term expiring in July of 2020.
Sponsor Spotlight: Servicemaster/Terminix
We would like to send out a big welcome to our newest Beale Street Music Festival stage sponsor, Terminix, a ServiceMaster Company. We couldn't produce our world-class festival without help from sponsors and we're so thankful for their support. We are proud to have their World Headquarters as one of our neighbors just off the world-famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis, so it’s only fitting that they should now sponsor the legendary Beale Street Music Festival during the celebration of Memphis’ Bicentennial! We couldn't produce our world-class festival without help from sponsors and we're thankful for their support of Memphis and Memphis in May.
Staff Spotlight: Robert Griffin
Memphis in May announced last month that Robert Griffin was promoted to Vice President of Marketing. He will direct all marketing strategy, branding, public relations, advertising and media for all the month-long festival’s events.
“In his last two years as Director of Marketing, we have seen an expansion in our media coverage, advertising reach, and audience growth,” said Memphis in May President and CEO James L. Holt. “Robert has contributed significantly to two consecutive record-setting years for Memphis in May, and we are proud to have him on our team and pleased to announce his promotion to Vice President of Marketing as he joins our management staff.”
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- Great American River Run
- International Salute To Ghana
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