Memphis Downtowner July/August 2017 : Page 4

CITY BLOCKS Music Mojo ... n The late, great, Bobby “Blue” Bland is honored with a life-size bronze statue, created by sculptor Andrea Lugar, at the northeast corner of South Main and MLK Ave. One of the greatest blues singers of all time, Bobby was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1991, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012. He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, and he was a lifetime Memphis-area resident until his death in 2013. The effort to erect a life-sized Bland statue was led by former Blues Foundation President & CEO Jay Sieleman. City of Good Abode … n Memphis-area philanthropists Pitt and Barbara Hyde received the 2017 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, an annual award administered by The Philanthropy Roundtable that honors living philanthropists who have shown exemplary leadership through their own charitable giving. Pitt and Barbara founded the Hyde Family Foundation to support their passion for transforming education, strengthening neighborhoods, and promoting Memphis’s cultural, civic, and environmental assets: n In honor of the historic Orpheum Theatre’s 90th birthday, a campaign has launched to restore the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ to its original splendor. Built in North Tonawanda, New York, in 1928, the $19,000 instrument was originally purchased to play for vaudeville shows and silent movies. It is now enjoyed by patrons during the Orpheum’s annual Summer Movie Series. Time, however, has taken its toll on this precious instrument. Restoring it means removing the organ from the Orpheum, shipping it to JL Weiler’s shop in Chicago to be rebuilt. To donate, call 901-529-4299, visit, or mail to PO Box 3370; Memphis, TN 38173 (designate the Wurlitzer Campaign). On the Move ... n Architecture, Incorporated has rebranded into ArchInc. The 23 year-old firm appointed Valentina Cochran, a 13-year employee and partner since 2014, as the first female president. She also became the majority shareholder. Charles “Chooch” Pickard joined Cochran and co-founders David Schuermann and Joey Hagan as a principal. ArchInc will continue focusing on the specialty of renovation, preservations and adaptive use. n Patrick and Deni Reilly, owners of The Majestic Grille on Main, are now also rolling on the river, reinventing Beale Street Landing’s Riverfront Bar & Grill into the city’s “Front Porch.” Under a six-month contract that runs through Halloween, the “pop-up” restaurant includes a new menu that appeals to the diverse types of traffic that access the riverfront, from workday lunches and weekend “picnic fixin’s” to sunset happy hours, brunch, and romantic dinners. Bright red rocking chairs along the promenade and on the patio make for an inviting place to sit and relax while sipping their new signature cocktails and listening to live music. The reserved parking area next door is complimentary for restaurant guests: 251 Riverside at Beale, 901-524-0817, 4 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | July/August 2017

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