Rumba Room infuses downtown Memphis with a dose of Latin culture through fusion food, tropical mixed drinks, and monthly live music and dance events. Guests can shake along to Latin rhythms at regular reggaeton, swing, and salsa events, or hone their skills in salsa lessons and dance competitions.
The Silly Goose's laid-back atmosphere of candlelight, antique books, vibrant artwork, and non-flammable coat hangers provides an environment for the cerebral tête-à-têtes and swordfighting that'll ensue over your meals. Prime your palate with chicken quesadillas ($7.29) or the melted sausage cheese plate ($7) before moving on to one of the menu's main dishes. The panini selection includes the flavorful pesto parmesan chicken ($7.50) along with the turkey and swiss ($7), or for a sandwich with less panini qualities, try one of the flatbreads ($6.50¬–$7.50). The Silly Goose entree selection features a spicy smoked sausage on baguette with fries ($7) and smoked beef brisket sided with Gouda mashed potatoes ($8).
Setting the stage for hilarity on shows such as Comedy Central's Insomniac, and Fox's Show Me the Funny, the Loony Bin Comedy Club presents a mirth-filled environment where patrons can enjoy good service and creative drink concoctions amid impressive feats of farce. Serving as a stepping stone to up-and-coming comedy kings, the club's fluorescent backdrop features a new comedian every week, and has welcomed guffaw greats such as Jeff Foxworthy, Tommy Chong, Dave Attell, and a marmoset dressed as Woody Allen. Upcoming performers include Larry Reeb (April 27–30), known for his politically incorrect alter ego "Uncle Lar," and Arkansas native Tim Gaither (May 4–7), who draws upon his dysfunctional upbringing to create his chortle-inducing characters on command.
With more than 120 million records sold, more than 2,600 concerts performed, and a million faces seen and rocked, Bon Jovi has carved out a New Jersey–sized place in the rock pantheon. The band's current trek into the stadiums and arenas of the world, The Circle Tour, ups the ante on live music with an 800,000-watt sound system and a 4,300-square-foot, high-definition video screen. Bona fide Bon Jovi fans can expect to hear songs from the band's most recent album, The Circle, as well as classic smash hits like "Livin' on a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name," and "It's My Life." Opening act Kid Rock is no slouch himself—the Motor City music maker has blended rock, rap, and country into a sonic smorgasbord that has earned multiple Grammy nominations and sold millions of records worldwide. Concertgoers may hear hits like "All Summer Long," "Cowboy," and "Bawitdaba," which is "Kid Rock" spelled backwards.
Providing a stage for bands of roaming musicians to ply their melodic wares, Hi-Tone Café also feeds hordes of Memphis's hungry with its wide-ranging menu. Start things off with a Middle Eastern staple, hummus and a handmade pita ($4), or go for the gustatory gold of upstate New York with nine hot wings plus celery and carrots ($7). Six-ounce burgers ($6) use beef from local Neola Farms, except for the handmade veggie burger, which eschews meats both domestic and foreign for oats, veggies, soy, and sesame. The New York–style cheese pizza (slice $2.50/small $9.50/large $12.50) pays homage to sewer-dwelling, martial-arts-competent teenage reptiles whose genetic mutations make pizza their only digestible option, while eclectic topping posses grace the varied house specialty pizzas (slice $4/small $13/large $16). The barbecue pizza puts grilled chicken or pulled pork in barbecue sauce instead of marinara, and the Greek pie is comprised of eggplant, artichoke, roasted red peppers, and feta cheese. Toppings ($.50 per topping for a slice/$1 per topping for a small/ $2 per topping for a large) such as bacon and Roma tomato can be annexed and terminated at will, unlike tenancy on Russia's first mandatory moon colony.
Devised by the crew of Strictly Jazz Entertainment, the 2nd annual Pianos in the Park JazzFest palliates families and friends with a relaxing evening of jazz and soul, filling Overton Park with the mellow tones of assorted ivory-ticklers, saxophone maestros, and groove engineers. This year’s festival features the esteemed Philadelphia trio Pieces of a Dream, whose blend of smooth jazz has charmed audiences since 1976. Adding to the evening’s jubilant spirit, Sal Crocker and the Sax on Sunday Quartet deliver straightforward jazz free of air guitars and electronic gongs. Former Bar-Kays keyboardist and platinum-selling gospel jazz artist Winston Stewart bears witness with an uplifting set of rhythm and praise, and Will Graves & Soul fills the air with old fashioned R & B. Food and beverage vendors are on hand for fueling finger snaps and belly dances, and a moon bounce allows jazz-savvy children to eschew gravity and intercept floating quarter notes. This event allows BYOB.