Overton Square celebrates its revival during 45th anniversary event

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Midtown neighborhood celebrated its comeback 45 years in the making.

Overton Square has seen its ups and downs.

Several years ago, many store fronts sat empty, but now the swanky neighborhood has turned things around.

"It was so dead for so long. To see it come back like this, it's unbelievable," said Ron Hall of Memphis.

The neighborhood was buzzing in the 70s with restaurants, bars and music.

Folks WREG talked to said it was the real deal.

Sadly, the square fell apart.

It became no stranger to empty store fronts until some developers moved in a few years ago and gave it another shot.

Now, it's thriving.

Businesses have opened up and down the block.

There's even plans of an upscale hotel.

Lafayette's Music Room opened in October.

"Putting a restaurant in Overton Square right now is kind of like cheating. It's such a hot area and has so much going on right now. It's like if you know what you're doing, it's hard not to be successful here," said the General Manager Alex Boggs.

Other blighted neighborhoods in the city are hoping for the same success.

Broad Avenue continues to grow, and Sears Crosstown is getting a major facelift.

Folks on the square said that's a good thing.

"Success breeds success. It does no good for Lafayette's to have failing businesses in areas around us. We want a thriving community," said Boggs.

"It's good that you don't just have one or two areas everyone goes to. You want to spread it out," said Hall.

The 45th anniversary celebration continues through Saturday.

It's free too.

The party is happening in Tower Courtyard on Trimble Place next to the Overton Square Garage.

The lineup is as follows...

Thursday, May 21 / Tower Courtyard

5pm Randy from The Radiants

6pm Greg Reding & The Memphis All Stars, with Debbie Jamison

7pm The Willys

8pm Reba & The Portables

9pm Keith Sykes Band

Thursday, May 21 / At the Square

4pm-9pm Doug Saleeby – Zebra Lounge

6pm-9pm Bob Nelson - Bosco's patio

6pm Jimmy Davis - Lafayette's

7pm John Paul Keith – Schweinehaus

9pm Mighty Souls Brass Band – Bayou Bar & Grill

9pm River Bluff Clan – Lafayette’s

9p-2am James Sexton – Zebra Lounge

Friday, May 22 / Tower Courtyard

5pm John Kilzer

6pm The Maître ‘D

7pm Tony Thomas Trio

8pm The Bluebeats

9pm The Crime

10pm Earl the Pearl

Friday, May 22 / At the Square

4pm-9pm Katharine Hedlund – Zebra Lounge

7pm Henry Gross – Lafayette’s

9pm-2am James Sexton – Zebra Lounge

10pm Devil Train – Lafayette’s

Saturday, May 23 / Tower Courtyard

1pm Bikram Yoga demonstration

5pm Pam & The Passions

6pm Crawpatch

7pm Sons of Mudboy

8pm Danny Green Band

9pm Larry Raspberry & The Highsteppers

Saturday, May 23 / At the Square

11am-3pm Bikram Yoga – Scavenger Hunt

11am The Settlers – Lafayette’s

3pm Magpie – Lafayette’s

4pm-9pm Adam Levin – Zebra Lounge

6pm-9pm Loveland Duren - Bosco's patio

5pm Bikram Scavenger Hunt Awards – Tower Courtyard

7pm Memphis Sheiks – Lafayette’s

7pm Sauerkraut 6 – Schweinehaus

9pm-2am Katherine Hedlund – Zebra Lounge

10pm Sam Riggs & The Night People – Lafayette’s

May 21, 22, 23 / Bosco's Patio

9pm-10pm WKNO Documentary / Memphis Memoirs: Overton Square - The Golden Years

 

 

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