Folk All Y’all is a house show series which aims to bring singer-songwriters to accessible venues in Memphis including living rooms, front porches, and backyards.
Folk All Y’all is hosted by Andria Brown, who started presenting house shows in June 2014, when a friend named John Elliott was touring through town but couldn’t book a venue on the date he needed. Andria was excited to have 30 people at his backyard show. Four months later, a local show by David Wilcox was cancelled because of logistical issues, and Andria talked his agent into letting her set up a show. With two weeks’ notice, they packed 80 people into a living room, and she started to realize this was something she could do on a regular basis.
As a booking agent for Memphis musicians like Cory Branan for five years, Andria knows the struggle of finding a room that works for solo singer-songwriters. She had been a guest at some Memphis House Concerts‘ events and listening rooms like the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Those are the types of venues she wants to emulate – where there’s a genuine connection between artist and audience.
We all know that Memphis is a great music town, but it can be a tough city to break into for a new artist. I spent years helping our local artists play around the country, and now I’m working in reverse to introduce Memphians to talent from all over. I’ve hosted artists from Sacramento to Boston, all of whom consider a show in Memphis to be a badge of honor.
Because of the small setting and consideration for neighbors, all events are private and by invitation only. Guests have to RSVP to get the address, but you can join the invitation list by signing up at FolkAllYall.com. Suggested donations at each show are $20-$40, and 100% of donations go directly to the artists. Andria also provides complimentary food and beverages for each show.
Upcoming shows include:
- Freddy & Francine: February 25th at 6:30 pm
- Bobby Bare Jr. – Manos de Madres Benefit Show – April 15th at 7pm
- John Elliott, Stefan Honig, Ida Wenøe: May 20 at 7 pmth & May 21st at 10pm