Tag Archives: Memphis live music

Juicy J and Project Pat Tear It Up at Minglewood Hall

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So Colt 45 and K97 got together and made quite a few Memphians very happy by putting on Juicy J and Project Pat at Minglewood Hall. Now I know most people would take one look at me and think I don’t have any business going to this show, but let me tell you something. I remember rolling around in my cousin’s old car bumpin’ “Tear Da Club Up” just as well as everyone else that grew up in this great city. I did my first twerk at 616 Marshall Avenue, and last night I was pleasantly surprised that I can still get that low without breaking a hip. It was just as sweaty and dirty as I wanted it to be. We dusted our shoulders off, we showed out, the bandz made her dance, me dance, and errbody dance!

Considering all of the social unrest going around lately sparked by the Ferguson shooting, and overflowing into our town with the Kroger parking lot fight, it was refreshing to see a group of people from all parts of town, and all walks of life, united by the common goal of watching some of our favorite artists at work. Sure a few drunken skirmishes broke out here and there, but the only shots taken all night were of the liquid variety. Getting up for work was a little harder this morning, and my ears are still ringing worse than after a night at Raiford’s, but it is a small price to pay for another unforgettable Memphis moment.

Hi-Tone has Gone to the Dogs

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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
Gryscl
Chaos Order
Ugly Girls
Vera
+ Special Guests

Saturday – (Memphis Tolerates You Fest):

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

Concerts for Causes in Memphis

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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.

August 2014 Events Memphis, TN

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Grab some lunch while enjoying music and shaded seating areas every Friday through August 15.

Location: FedEx Forum Plaza

 

JIM WILSON

Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

MEMPHIS JAMS ON BEALE

Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

Featuring: Nancy Apple’s Rhythm and Roots Revival

Location: WC Handy Performing Arts Park

 

ORPHEUM SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Orpheum Theatre

 

DEN OF STRINGS

Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 8:00 PM until Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Location: Center for Southern Folklore

 

THE STUNNING CUNNING BAND

Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

THE MICHAEL BROTHERS

Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Location: Blind Bear Speakeasy

 

DOWNTOWN BICYCLE RIDE

Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Location: Central Station Pavilion

 

ROSS JOHNSON AND FRIENDS

Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 3:00 PM until Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

EARL THE PEARL

Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

JIM WILSON

Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

JESSE MCCARTNEY

Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Hard Rock Cafe

 

MOJO HAND AND RICE DREWRY

Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 8:00 PM until Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Location: Center for Southern Folklore

 

DAN MONTGOMERY

Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

THE STUNNING CUNNING BAND

Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

KEVIN AND BETHANY PAIGE

Saturday, August 02, 2014 @ 10:00 PM until Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 2:00 AM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

FUCH with Jimmy Wilson

Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 4:00 PM until Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

FREEWORLD

Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

THE MEMPHIS 3

Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

MEMPHIS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

901 BLUES BAND

Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 8:30 PM until Monday, August 04, 2014 @ 12:30 AM

Location: Huey’s

           

MEMPHIS MUSIC MONDAY

Monday, August 04, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

Location: Hard Rock Cafe

 

THE MEMPHIS 3

Monday, August 04, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

SLEEPWAVE

Monday, August 04, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: New Daisy Theatre

 

DEVIL TRAIN

Monday, August 04, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

EARL THE PEARL

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

RICHARD JAMES AND DAVE COUSAR

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

JAMES TAYLOR

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Mud Island Amphitheatre

 

BOB REUTER’S ALLEY GHOST | JAMES AND THE ULTRASOUNDS | RICHARD JAMES

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Kudzu’s Bar & Grill

 

STAMMERS | POWERS THAT BE

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

#IPADAY

Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 11:00 AM until Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 2:00 AM

Location: Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

 

BACKSTAGE BASH

Local food, beer, and cocktails with live entertainment by The Super 5

Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Location: Orpheum Theatre

 

PEABODY ROOFTOP PARTY

Featuring: Memphis Soul Revue

Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Location: The Peabody Memphis

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS

Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 11:00 AM until Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

Location: FedEx Forum

 

JIM WILSON

Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

ORPHEUM SUMMER MOVIE SERIES

Featuring: JAWS

Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Orpheum Theatre

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS

Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

DEERING AND DOWN

Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Center for Southern Folklore

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

“LAST CHANCE” ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST

SEMI FINALS ROUND 1

Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Hard Rock Cafe

 

KEVIN AND BETHANY PAGE

Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 10:00 PM until Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 2:00 AM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

ROBERT WASHINGTON: BLACK ELVIS

Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

JIM WILSON

Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS

*Fireworks game and Elvis Tribute

Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 6:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

STUMBLING ELVIS PUB CRAWL

*Benefit for FedEx family house

Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

 

A TRIBUTE TO MOSE VINSON

Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Center for Southern Folklore

 

“LAST CHANCE” ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST

SEMI FINALS ROUND 2

Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Hard Rock Cafe

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

KEVIN AND BETHANY PAIGE

Saturday, August 09, 2014 @ 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

ROBERT WASHINGTON: BLACK ELVIS

Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS

Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 6:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

“LAST CHANCE” ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST HARD ROCK FINALS

Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Hard Rock Cafe

 

FREEWORLD

Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

THE MEMPHIS 3

Monday, August 11, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. NEW ORLEANS ZEPHYRS

Monday, August 11, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

DEVIL TRAIN

Monday, August 11, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST: SEMIFINAL ROUND

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Orpheum Theatre

 

ROBERT WASHINGTON: BLACK ELVIS

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

RICHARD JAMES AND DAVE COUSAR

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

ROBERT WASHINGTON: BLACK ELVIS

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

ROBERT WASHINGTON: BLACK ELVIS

Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

DOLPH SMITH GALLERY DISCUSSION

Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Cotton Museum of Memphis

 

PEABODY ROOFTOP PARTY

Featuring: Ingram Hill with special performance by Christian Seay

Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: The Peabody Memphis

 

ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST: FINAL ROUND

Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Orpheum Theatre

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

Friday, August 15, 2014 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: FedExForum

 

ROBERT WASHINGTON: BLACK ELVIS

Friday, August 15, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

JIM WILSON

Friday, August 15, 2014 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

KEVIN AND BETHANY PAIGE

Friday, August 15, 2014 @ 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS

*Newly re-mastered rescreening

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Location: Orpheum Theatre

 

DOWNTOWN BICYCLE RIDE

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Location: Central Station Pavilion

 

PHOTOGRAPHING AMERICA WORKSHOPS

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Mississippi River Park

 

ROBERT WASHINGTON: BLACK ELVIS

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

JIM WILSON

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

AN EVENING WITH DIONNE WARWICK

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

 

KEVIN AND BETHANY PAIGE

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

BREAKAWAY/BARDOG 5K

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Location: Bardog Tavern

 

50S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PARTY

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: TJ Mulligan’s Irish Pub

 

ROBERT WASHINGTON: BLACK ELVIS

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

MEMPHIS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

BIG SMO

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: New Daisy Theatre

 

FREEWORLD

Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

THE MEMPHIS 3

Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

DEVIL TRAIN

Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

EARL “THE PEARL” BANKS

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

RICHARD JAMES AND DAVE COUSAR

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

RICHARD JAMES AND DAVE COUSAR

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

AN EVENING WITH CROSBY, STILLS & NASH

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

Location: Orpheum Theatre

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

SHELBY COUNTY COURTHOUSE TOUR

*with historian Jimmy Ogel

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Location: Shelby County Courthouse

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

JIM WILSON

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

ORPHEUM SUMMER MOVIE SERIES

Featuring: CASABLANCA

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Orpheum Theatre

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

HILLBILLY CASINO

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

KEVIN AND BETHANY PAIGE

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 10:00 PM until Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 2:00 AM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

ORPHEUM ART SALE

Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 1:00 PM until Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 4:00 PM

Location: Orpheum Theatre

EARL “THE PEARL” BANKS

Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

JIM WILSON

Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS

*Fireworks Game

Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 6:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

UNIQUELY BEVERLY

*Special Tribute to Beverly Robertson

Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: National Civil Rights Museum

 

HILLBILLY CASINO

Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

KEVIN AND BETHANY PAIGE

Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 10:00 PM until Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 2:00 AM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

DOWNTOWN VS. MIDTOWN SANDLOT BASEBALL

Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

Location: Central Station Pavilion

 

THE MEMPHIS 3

Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

MEMPHIS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. FRESNO GRIZZLIES

Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 6:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

FREEWORLD

Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

THE MEMPHIS 3

Monday, August 25, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. FRESNO GRIZZLIES

Monday, August 25, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

DEVIL TRAIN

Monday, August 25, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Location: Buccaneer Lounge

 

EARL “THE PEARL” BANKS

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. FRESNO GRIZZLIES

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 7:02 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

MEMPHIS REDBIRDS VS. FRESNO GRIZZLIES

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

Location: AutoZone Park

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

FOOD TRUCK RODEO

Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 11:00 AM until Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

Location: Court Square

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

SOUTH MAIN TROLLEY TOUR

Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

 

JIM WILSON

Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

THE PRIME CUT BAND

With Vicki Newsum

Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 9:00 PM until Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Location: Marmalade Restaurant

 

KEVIN AND BETHANY PAIGE

Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 10:00 PM until Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 2:00 AM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

MEMPHIS MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 10:00 AM until Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Location: Center for Southern Folklore

 

WLOK STONE SOUL PICNIC

*Featuring performances by local and national gospel artists

Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 1:00 PM until Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Location: Tom Lee Park

 

EARL “THE PEARL” BANKS

Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

JIM WILSON

Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

THE MEMPHIS 3

Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

MEMPHIS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

Location: Alfred’s On Beale

 

FREEWORLD

Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

Location: Blues City Cafe

 

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.