Party Line: Pastner, Walton, players meet fans at Tigers basketball benefit

University of Memphis Tigers coach Josh Pastner, left, and Los Angeles Lakers player/assistant Tigers coach Luke Walton were at the High Tops Party.

University of Memphis Tigers coach Josh Pastner, left, and Los Angeles Lakers player/assistant Tigers coach Luke Walton were at the High Tops Party.

Josh Pastner stood in front of a long porch graced with eight Ionic columns, part of the majestic house and grounds that served as the site of this year’s High Tops Party, a fundraiser for the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team.

It wasn’t Josh’s house. “One day,” said the U of M basketball coach. “I’ve gotta win some more games.”

The Collierville residence belongs to Hilliard and Harriett Crews, who hosted the party Thursday night. Tigers fans chatted and took pictures with Tigers team members. Music was by Sue & the Lenders, and the barbecue was from Blues City Café.

Los Angeles Lakers player Luke Walton, working as a Tigers assistant coach during the NBA lockout, said he’s a barbecue fan. “I love it,” he said.

Luke, who attended with Bre Ladd, couldn’t name the restaurants that provided the barbecue he’s been eating in Memphis. “They just keep bringing barbecue everywhere I go.”

Gonerfest matinee

Andy Klein traveled from Stuttgart, Germany, to Memphis for last weekend’s Gonerfest 8 punk/gospel/garage/trash rock festival presented by Goner Records.

It was his second Gonerfest. “People are easygoing, friendly,” he said. “That’s why I like it.”

Andy, who was at the “Afternoon Blowout” featuring outdoor/indoor shows Saturday afternoon at Murphy’s, said he’d rather go to the Memphis event than a huge festival with throngs of people. “It’s like a little family here.”

Andy and his girlfriend, Christine Keuper, have a small band in Germany called Dirty Engines.

Bobby Carlos Jr. from Zebulon, Ga., said he likes the “camaraderie” at Gonerfest. Sarah Mason, who was sitting next to him, likes “the weirdos.”

“The weirdo camaraderie,” Bobby added.

Ryan Sweeney, who is in the Nashville band Cheap Time, was at his fourth Gonerfest. He said he returns because he likes “seeing people from all over the world who are into the same stuff that I am.”

Screwie Louie, from the Austin, Texas, band Screwie Louie & the Screwups, is another Gonerfest fan. “Tough music, dude.”

Also from Austin, Rob Yazzie, of Smithers, Love Collector and Lola Cola, has been a music fan since around the time his mom “used to crank up Three Dog Night,” he said. “I’ll always like rock and roll.”

Gonerfest began Thursday and continued with shows at the Hi-Tone Cafe, Murphy’s, the Buccaneer and Goner Records before ending Sunday.

‘Connections: Food’

Marcella René Simien, who performs under the name Fille Catatonique, couldn’t wait for dessert Saturday night. Not because of a sweet tooth, but because four of her original songs were included in the final ballet at “Connections: Food,” the annual Ballet Memphis fundraiser at Bridges.

This is the event that pairs food with a choreographed dance during a four-course dinner. Marcella’s songs, “Faire Whoopeecq,” “The Flame,” “Bonsoir Moreau” and “Untitled,” were included in “The Ten Degrees Between Happiness,” which was choreographed by Kendall G. Britt Jr.

The dance was paired with Beauty Shop Restaurant pastry chef Jenny Dempsey’s Dreamy Chocolate Fudge.

Marcella did some performing, too; she sang and played accordion with guitarist Chris Owen during the cocktail portion of the evening. This year’s event celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ballet Memphis.

Garage Band Reunion

Guests got out their dancing shoes — literally and figuratively — to relive some music memories Saturday night at the Memphis Garage Band Reunion at The Warehouse. Performers included Larry Raspberry, Eddie Harrison & the Shortkuts, Reflections, Interstate 55 and Triplethret.

The event was a fundraiser for the Ricky Huddleston Memorial Scholarship Fund at Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis Inc. Melissa Totty, daughter of the late Ricky Huddleston, was honorary chairwoman.

Ron Hall, author of “Playing For A Piece of the Door: A History of Garage & Frat Bands in Memphis 1960-1975,” was honored for his contributions to the Memphis garage-band scene.

More than 300 attended, said Katie Redus, Alzheimer’s Day Services assistant development director. George Klein was emcee.

Food included a cake made out of Hostess Twinkees, Ding Dongs and Snowballs.

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