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Hi-Tone has Gone to the Dogs


Get ready for the first ever Gone to the Dogs Festival presented by Sweet Water Brewing Company at The Hi-Tone, November 21-22! It is $10 for a 1 day ticket and $15 for both days. All proceeds are going to Street Dog Foundation. Saving puppies is always a good idea. Gift certificates, food, and lots of free stuff will be provided by Cooper Young Glassworks & GiftsRichard HiQuebbqYelp Memphis, Memphis Hates You, and more.

Grab your tickets at  http://www.holdmyticket.com/event/183163.

Here’s the lineup, doors open at 8:00 both nights:

FridayFly the Light Records Showcase:

Arms Aloft
Nights Like These
Chaos Order
Ugly Girls
+ Special Guests

Saturday – (Memphis Tolerates You Fest):

Iron Tongue
Reserving Dirtnaps
The Devil’s Right Hand
+ Special Guests

Concerts for Causes in Memphis


Who doesn’t love getting together with their friends, enjoying a few grown up drinks, and watching some great performances in the process? It is even better when it is for a great cause! There are some excellent opportunities coming up in Memphis this fall to enjoy some of your favorite activities, without feeling guilty, because you are giving back to the community.

Two events will be supporting the Church Health Center. Church Health Center provides affordable medical services to individuals without health insurance. Since so many starving artists fall into this category, it is no wonder that so many are willing to provide the entertainment to help raise much needed funds.

One of these events is Rock for Love 8. This year’s the music festival will be held from September 5-7 with a huge dose of live, local musicians pumping out tunes at multiple venues around the city. Don’t miss what are sure to be outstanding performances from James & the Ultrasounds at Hi Tone, Mighty Souls Brass Band at Overton Square, and Al Kapone at Hattiloo. Check out the full lineup here.

There will be another chance to not only support Church Health Center, but to honor the memory of local legend Russell George at Ernestine & Hazel’s on September 13 from 7-11pm. Donate $10, munch on a soul burger, and listen to the Ernestine & Hazel’s band. E&H has not been quite the same since Russell passed away, but it is still one of the best places in town to grab a snack, have a cold beer, and be in the company of friendly faces.

Another upcoming event for a great cause is The Levitt Shell’s 3rd Annual Stars at the Shell Benefit Concert. This years benefit on October 25 will feature R&B and soul singer, Aaron Neville. The Shell hosts some of the best free concerts around, and this benefit helps them keep it up! General Admission tickets are available here.

Rot-Gut Whiskey in the Neon Lights – The Dead Soldiers at DKDC

Every now and then I like to escape the magnetic pull of the Memphis South Main district, and see what the rest of the city is up to. So last night I grabbed a buddy and met up with a few more at DKDC in Cooper Young to see what The Dead Soldiers had in store. I am always impressed with these guys when I can catch them. Given the oversaturation of bands like Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers, The Dead Soldiers’ style borders on the edge of “eh, I’ve heard this shit before,” but they manage to make it just unique enough to keep me listening. I would describe them as bluegrass-country with some Memphis stank on it.

I was a little disappointed about the size of the venue. I don’t mind an intimate setting if that’s what you’re going for, but when you’re playing boot-stomping songs like “Tennessee Quickstep” it helps when you have room to dance without almost taking out the bass player. If you’re a band that has been known to easily fill up The Hi-Tone, you probably shouldn’t play a spot that can only hold about 50 people comfortably.

Close quarters aside, the crowd was feeling all the energy the band could pump out. The highlight of my night was watching a friend try to do her best slowed-down interpretation of “Thriller” dance moves to the funky undertones of The Soldier’s song “Church.” Who doesn’t want to get down and dirty with lyrics like, “drinking rot-gut whiskey, in the neon lights?” I think we’ve all been there.