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Grindhouse steps up its game in anticipation for next playoff series

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It is obvious that everyone is stepping up their game as Memphis makes history. It is obvious that everyone is stepping up their game as Memphis makes history.
The Grindhouse is stepping up its game, too. The Grindhouse is stepping up its game, too.
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(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Grizzlies proved they have the grit and grind to make it to the Western Conference Finals. Now, the Grindhouse is stepping up its game, too.

Justin Baker knows a thing or two about getting a crowd excited. By day he works at Van Wraps downtown, but by night, he is responsible for the music played during Grizzlies games.

"The crowd is so loud and the atmosphere is so electric that if it's not loud and louder than that crowd, you can't hear it anyway," said Baker.

In his first full season with the Grizz, Baker has gotten to know which tunes get people excited.

But the playoffs are a whole new ball game.

"It's a given that everybody around here wants to hear 'Whoop That Trick'. That's become the story of the post season," he said.

The fans are calling for more local and energetic music.

"Thankfully we have our own flavor of everything here," said Baker.

And speaking of flavor, Executive Chef Thomas Winklebleck is stepping up his game, too.

"It's pretty exciting to be able to do the different types of foods and see the reactions of the people," said Winklebleck.

Not to mention, all the Memphis flavor he puts into the menu each night.

But it is not just fans. The Grizzlies are putting FedExForum in the national spotlight.

There will be so much national media at the FedExForum in the coming weeks that crews are building a special media section that includes a bridge that is 20 feet high, 7.5 feet wide -- and that is just for camera cables.

It is obvious that everyone is stepping up their game as Memphis makes history.

"My favorite thing is empty plates. When I see empty plates that makes a chef smile," said Winklebleck. "You don't have to look very far to make things unique and home grown."

Home grown is exactly what they are going for and everyone is relieved that the playoffs will not effect the Memphis In May barbecue festival.

One challenge is that no one knows who the Grizzlies will play or when, so FedExForum employees have been meeting all day going through every scenario and preparing for every ball that gets thrown in their court.

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