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16 Memphis Music Happenings This Week

Photo: Marie Fong

Memphis music is legendary and has made a significant impact on musicians all over the world. As we honor the sacred history of our musical culture, we also want to share what’s happening in the Memphis music scene right now. Check out these local musicians, buy their albums, and support local.

Idle&Wild (Sara Jo Cavitch and Caleb Sigler) are returning to Lafayette’s music room this Thursday evening. Come eat dinner, and enjoy their americana/folk sounds. The first hour will be I&W’s take on a few cover songs. The second hour will be all original songs, and the duo will be joined by their good friend Terence F Clark (Gungor/ HI Rythym/Robert Cray).

The bands have been narrowed down, come see the finalists compete for the coveted spot at the 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

A night of music and entertainment, featuring performances by Kirk Whalum, Mighty Souls Brass Band, Sibella, Dassia Rose, Writeous Soul, Angela Garrone, Oscar Sueing, and of course, The Melrose High School Band. The MC for the night will be Michael Adrian Davis, host of the Michael Adrian Davis Show. A $10 suggested donation will be collected at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Melrose High School Band, to replace instruments that were stolen last summer. You can also donate online.

Pillow Talk just released their first full length album, This Is All Pretend, on March 10th. They’ve put together an awesome show to celebrate its release here in Memphis. Some of their favorite local bands and talents will be joining in.

The soft and soulful sounds of jazz will return to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3080 Poplar Ave.) for an encore season of Five Fridays of Jazz, a free concert series starting March 3 – April 28, 2017 featuring some of the region’s great jazz entertainers. This event features Joyce Cobb & the Rhodes College Jazz Band.

Ashlee K Thomas comes home for her “Bend The Light” record release. Jeff Hulett makes his second trip to 550 S. Main with Me & Leah during his birth week celebration. Paul Jewell debuts on the South Main Sounds stage with some introspective originals.

Dead Soldiers “The Great Emptiness” Release Show at The New Daisy. Doors open at 8pm. Show starts at 9pm. $10-$15. All ages.

buck ragga

This is the first of many “NEW” dynamic parties in Memphis TN! Buck-Ragga is Memphis concrete culture that brings together the hottest Memphis DJ’s, producers, rappers, and dancers and a dope new fusion of Memphis Island flair (Reggae, Dancehall, Bashment) and Memphop/Rap.

Faith and the boys are back at Faith’s favorite pirate themed watering hole and they’re ready to make you move, then maybe make you cry, then make you move again. Come drink some dranks, eat some oysters (or stoner pie), and get to dancing.

Catch Marcella & Her Lovers at Bar DKDC as she promotes her first LP (which you can support here).

fool fest

This years’ PURGEFEST has been renamed FOOL FEST for obvious reasons, not the least of which, it falls on APRIL FOOL’S DAY! This huge sale includes thousands of bargain LPs, 45s, CDs and more. Live music schedule: 2pm JANA MISENER, 2:45pm CASSETTE SET, 3:45pm KELLEY ANDERSON, 4:30pm TERRY PRINCE & the PRINCIPLES.

Get to the Hi-Tone and be a part of the first full length live recording from Heavy Eyes and Dirty Streets.

A benefit show for H.O.P.E. Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality. Cover at the door is a box of feminine hygiene products or $6. Performances by Magnolia, Sweaters Together, Louise Page, and Megan Carolan.

Featuring Bobby Rush, The Bo-Keys, Southern Avenue, Vasti Jackson, Buddy Guy. This show benefits Prostate Cancer Awareness. Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 6pm.

Sunday Evening Slowdown at Ghost River is a night of relaxation, preparation for the work week, local talent, and craft brews. Host Crockett Hall will bring in a different artist every Sunday night.  This week features Jeremy Scott, a Memphis songwriter who you can hear in bands Toy Trucks, Reigning Sound, and Harlan T. Bobo. He also hosts “Out on the Side” on WEVL every Sunday evening at 8pm.

Join The Rusty Pieces, a two piece strum, stomp, shake, slap and bang duet from Memphis, every first and third Sunday at Belle Tavern in the heart of Downtown. The Rusty Pieces are currently playing shows to promote their upcoming LP “Broken Parts.” The album, which is being produced and engineered by Grammy Award winning sound engineer and Memphis music icon Boo Mitchell at the legendary Royal Studios is set to be released this summer.

Check out New Memphis Beat, a newly launched blog by local musician John Paul Keith that covers the Bluff City’s vibrant recording industry.

Follow our Memphis music Twitter list here for updates and find our Spotify playlists here.

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See even more Memphis music events happening this month here.

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