One evening, in the University City Loop Phil and Merferd were fortunate enough to meet a gifted Kurdish musician. He was playing near Ranoush, a Middle Eastern/Syrian restaurant. The restaurant had been damaged during the recent protests. And the Merferd and Ranoush trolley peace train picture was still covering the broken glass front doors.
As you watch him playing, the camera moves to the restaurant. Merferds are covering part of the restaurant. That part of the restaurant was damaged when protesters took to University City, Missouri a few weeks earlier.
We are honored that he'll be performing before the documentary "The Man Behind the Merferds," November 10th and 11th as the doors open at 6:00, at a place of many peoples and nations "New City South."
Paint Memphis 2017 is a free event open to the public with live music, food trucks, vendors and an all-day art show! Our paint festival is designed to highlight overlooked communities in our city and to encourage communal growth within Memphis. For the past two years, the festival has taken place at a floodwall at Chelsea and Evergreen in North Memphis with over 200 artists from across the world participating. This year the festival will take place on Saturday, September 30th under the bridge on Willett Street between Central Avenue and Lamar Avenue, as well as at Altown, the skate park located at Roland and Lamar, on the edge of Cooper-Young.
Phil and Merferd used to once think how cool it would be to be at the front of the Paint Louis Wall. Not only did that happen today, but Phil got to paint alongside Phil Jarvis and get to know a master St Louis painter.
The Bucket truck didn't work today so Phil and Merferd didn't either. They had more and more fun not working. They were in down town Ferguson, driving along -- Carson's mom was JUST telling him about Merferd when Carson spotted us!
Phil did one box and three more Fergusonians made four new friends. We all knew of Merferd! Second day the tree truck is broken down, but Phil and Merferd don't care! Outside of the Aldis of course.
I'm thankful to one of the crews for having repaired a broken leg on one of the Merferds, that had happened from the wind. People would rather see interesting things such as Merferds waving and art than butt ugly billboards… But at least hopefully, this opens some dialogue with Modot
Bradley Tutt Rescues the very Merferd named after HIM! "Where on Earth is Merf?"
This is the first in the series Wherever on the River is Merf
Can you find Merferd?
If you're through Saint Lou on vacation
Very few Merferds will be found,
Missouri Department of transportation
Have taken all that they've found down.
They called them a distraction
For people traveling in a car.
What of butt ugly billboards,
Monstrous hunks of junk,
That trash up the horizon?!
Merf is in a FUNK!
The Merferds in that Cottonwood
While they lasted looked so good.
People were encouraged near and far.
I lifted Merferds up with me,
Trimmed massive deadwood off that tree,
Before the Merferds had appeared,
A huge dead limb smashed someone's car.
Sooo Mo DOT, it's gotten HOT
He needs to move on anyways,
Beyond the beach, out of your reach,
Above Missouri's river-ways!
In this inauguration of Merferd's new migration,
He'll be easy to be find but not to STEEL.
Like a BASS who knows the water
Thrown back too many times,
This once he won't be COURTeous...
Above the river, out of reach
By the bridges, by a beach
Sometimes tall and sometimes short
Sometimes near a raft RESORT.
So now my drive will be boring,
No Merferds waving high and swaying.
But I still will praise and PRAY,
And make up riddles as I drive,
MISSOURI... MERF is here to stay.