Today marks the 79th birthday of Elvis Presley, and here’s hoping you’re all having meatloaf and Pepsi for lunch in commemoration. The birthday celebration starts early at Graceland this morning, but most official events won’t crank up until this weekend. We’ll have a guide to weekend Elvis events for your perusal in this week’s GoMemphis and online tomorrow. For a full calendar of official events, go here.
But not all Elvis-related events this week are Graceland-certified. We’ll kick of this new daily brief on things to do around Memphis with an off-the-grid Elvis event:
Mike McCarthy films and music at Studio on the Square: Have a McCarthy New Year tonight at the Studio on the Square (2105 Court Street) as Memphis filmmaker John Michael McCarthy and his daughter, 14-year-old singer-songwriter Hanna McCarthy, host an evening of films and music.
At 7 p.m., Hanna will perform a short concert of original songs, including some that will appear on her upcoming debut release on the Spacecase Records label. Hanna’s performance will be followed by two of her father’s music videos (one featuring The Willowz, another starring Hanna), which preface McCarthy’s hour-long documentary “Native Son,” which investigates the filmmaker’s mysterious Tupelo roots while also chronicling the effort to create the Elvis statue now on display near Tupelo City Hall, site of Presley’s famous 1956 homecoming concert.
The program repeats at 9 p.m., minus Hanna’s performance. (She has school, after all.) The event is a fundraiser to help sponsor Hanna’s trip to the SXSW festival in Austin; admission is by donation, or, as McCarthy says: “What Would Elvis Pay?”
Wednesday is not only the 79th anniversary of Elvis’ birth. It’s also David Bowie’s 67th birthday, and looping Super 8 footage of Bowie’s 1972 “Ziggy Stardust” performance at Memphis’ Elis Auditorium will play prior to the start of both shows. -- John Beifuss
Looking for something different? Memphis-based Americana artist Bryan Hayes hosts a “Songwriter’s Round,” in which he and several other locals trade tunes and stories. 7 p.m. at the Hi-Tone (412-414 N. Cleveland). Cover is $7. For more information, go to hitonememphis.com or call 901-278-8663.