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Coming to The Green Room

Since opening with the Continuum Music Fest last fall, The Green Room inside Crosstown Arts has quickly become a go-to venue for high-quality listening experiences.

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Photo: Crosstown Arts

The intimate lounge setting and flexible configuration make it ideal for a variety of genres from big band to hip hop, jazz, orchestra, spoken word, and singer-songwriter. So far The Green Room has played host to Amy Lavere, Marcella Simien, Tonya Dyson, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Barrie Cooper, and its monthly guest DJ series, SPINS.

The state-of-the-art lighting and sound put the emphasis where it belongs— on the performance and your enjoyment of it— free of the distractions and smoke you’ll find in bars.

Programming for The Green Room is picking up steam and you’ll now find something cool going on every week. Here’s what’s coming up…

Makaya McCraven 
Thursday, March 21

Crosstown Arts presents Chicago-based drummer, producer, and sonic collagist Makaya McCraven in the Green Room on Thursday, March 21.

Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The bleeding edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive, cinematic style defy categorization.

His recent releases, the DJ-style mixtape Highly Rare (IARC,2017) as well as an internationally recorded Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape) (IARC, 2018) have been well received globally, leading to increased bookings in some of the world’s best clubs, theaters, and festivals alongside the likes of Corey Wilkes, Bobby (Baabe) Irving (Miles Davis), Ari Brown, and Bernie Worrell.

McCraven’s latest album, Universal Beings, topped Apple Music and Billboard album charts, and was featured in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, the New York Times, AFROPUNK, Noisey, NPR, and a plethora of “Best Albums of 2018” lists. Rolling Stone listed Universal Beings at number four in its 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2018 list. Later in 2019, he’ll be featured at the Norfolk Jazz Festival and Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN. 
Learn more about Makaya McCraven via Rolling Stone and Pitchfork
$15 at the door | $10 advance

Spotlight Concert Series: SHEarWinds with Susan Snyder

Monday, March 25, 7:30 pm

Join Memphis Symphony Orchestra woodwind trio SHEarWinds for the second Spotlight Concert Series performance at Crosstown Arts. SHEarWinds consists of MSO members Rena Feller (clarinet), Delara Hashemi (flute), and bassoonist Susanna Whitney (piano). They will be joined for this performance by pianist Susan Snyder for a program featuring works by Johann Joachim Quantz, Georg Philipp Telemann, Jacques Ibert, Walter Piston, and Max Friedman (premiere).

$10 (purchase on Eventbrite) | $5 at the door with student ID

West Philadelphia Orchestra
Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 pm
With a line-up of Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world.

Tickets: $10

Black Cream

Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 pm
More info & ticket link coming soon!

Big Red and the Cuties
Thursday, April 4, 7:30 pm

Join Big Red & the Cuties (Daniel Quinlan, Eric Martin, Peter Armstrong, and Griffin Rone) for a one-night-only show at the Green Room to kick off Alli Lemon’s Art Bar artist feature for the month of April. The show is designed to feature Alli’s artwork and there will be a limited number of prints available for purchase.

Big Red & the Cuties is a new and limited edition pop up group led by Daniel Quinlan and Eric Martin of the Memphis psych-pop group known as Spaceface. The group reflects the influence of the members past songwriting and show production, but works to bring the listeners a simpler retro era sound blended with unmistakeable ’60s homage garnished with current components in a way that mixes the two elements perfectly. Joined on stage by a cast of familiar Memphis talent, the quintet is exemplary good mood material.

Tickets: $10

Event poster by Alli Lemon with lettering by Natalie Meagan (founder of The Cry Baby Club).

Other Notable Happenings at Crosstown Arts

Crosstown Arts Resident Artist Open Studios – Crosstown Arts spring session resident artists will open their studios to the public in this behind-the-scenes look at the residency program. The residency program features visiting and Memphis-based artists and curators, working in any creative discipline including visual and performing arts, music, film, and writing in all genres.
SPINS featuring Devin Steel – Devin Steel is a 25-year turntable veteran who plays a combo of classic hip-hop from vinyl set, reggae dance hall, Afro Beats, Classic Chicago house, and R&B.

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