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28 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.

Visual artist and alt hip hop artist Lawrence “Don Lifted” Matthews will transform the Brooks’ Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium with music from his album “Alero” and his “December LP” series as well as new music from a yet-unnamed project. Doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 8pm. Get your tickets here for $5.

This showcase I want to encourage these new artists to keep pushing, because this is only the beginning. So whatever you do: comedy, poetry, sing, or play music. Keep pushing in life. Come out and witness greatness. Tickets are ONLY $7, get yours here!

“Ah yes, a delightfully soulful chicken grease boogie band. Come check it out BROTHER!”

The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy presents the second installment of BuckRagga parties. What is BuckRagga? Memphis Rap + Dancehall/Reggae + GoodVibes = BuckRagga. Check it out this Thursday!

bo keys

Memphis stalwarts, the Bo-Keys, and special guests will perform rarely heard songs from the early years by groups like the Barracudas, the Triumphs, Prince Conley, and others. In addition, several artists from those early days will participate in a pre-concert discussion and Q&A session.

A daylong party to celebrate the opening of Madison Avenue Park in the heart of downtown Memphis! Twelve continuous hours of music, arts, playing, and partying you won’t want to miss! Free and open to the public. For more details on the day, check out our MAP blog.

South Main Sounds Veteran Andrew Cabigao emerges again with second-timers Brenna Clark and Burney Warren. There’s been a lot of talk about Johnna Day who makes her debut on our stage. It will be twenty songs over two hours and we couldn’t be more excited, how about joining us?

Come witness a beautiful collision of the arts…Poetry. Comedy. Music. Dance. Moments. It’s not just an open mic. It’s a production. Let’s keep Memphis great by starting with the arts! Advance tickets: $8. Door price: $11.

From a tiny town in western Kentucky, Brennan Villines has called “The Bluff City” home since 2006 where the singer/songwriter invented himself in an old Memphis mansion-turned-bar in Victorian Village. The style he developed there – a seamless blend of jazz, R&B and playful, funky pop – is all over his 2015 debut solo album “Free”. The songs on the record represent both heartbreak and triumph.

The Mighty Souls are brewing up a strong, stanky pot of Funky Memphis Soul just for You! Come to BAR DKDC to check them out!

record store

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Record Store Day and we’re having a big party! Tons of limited edition LPs and 7″s will be available from artists, labels and distributors far and wide. We’ll also have a FREE show from Tall David at 2 pm at the famed Shangri-La Stadium (parking lot). Come early and hang out with us before heading down the street for the Lucero Family Block Party!

Soulful Tennessee-based singer/songwriter Susan Marshall began her music career as a classical singer before becoming a successful backup vocalist for the likes of Lenny Kravitz, the Afghan Whigs, Cat Power, and Lucinda Williams. Raised in Memphis, Marshall spent her formative years soaking up the region’s rich musical legacy, honing her own impressive pipes.

Memphis-based super duo BURROUGHS & YEARWOOD have performed together all over the world sharing their unique blend of country, contemporary rock and bluegrass. Their world-class musicianship is nothing short of magical!

Lucero Family Block Party returns to the band’s hometown in Memphis, TN on April 22nd at the Minglewood Hall Outdoors! The historic Memphis music venue will be blocking off S Willett Street and surrounding areas to bring you this year’s festival. Lucero and friends are joining forces with a variety of local food, beverage, craft, and merchandise vendors to help celebrate MEMPHIS! Grab your tickets here! Doors open at 2pm.

angel street

We are excited to share our voices with you as we celebrate another great year of Angel Street in Memphis! Friends, family, and supporters are welcome to join us for this memorable event.

Join us on Saturday, April 22nd from 4:00 – 6:30 PM for our Walk the Vine fundraising event. One ticket will get you a wristband good for three pours of wine at each of six Cooper Young eateries – Mulan Bistro, Sweet Grass Next Door, Young Avenue Deli, Celtic Crossing, Beauty Shop, and Strano! Come drink some wine and listen to live music as you walk the Vine! With your donation, you will help Legacy Memphis in supporting the Johnny Cash Statue Project. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Bust out your dancin’ shoes and join us for a high-spirited evening celebrating Memphis Music! We’ll have a full bar with signature cocktails created by our very own in-house master mixologist, Brad Pitts, iconic Memphis music and an exceptional array of live and silent auction items. Memphis culinary star, Chef Erling Jensen, will prepare a gourmet meal, served on the GPAC stage at the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall. Get your tickets here!

A new era of music has emerged from a response to heavy bass, thundering beats, and electric sounds. Marque’ Boyd, saxophonist, will infuse the sounds of jazz music with aspects of contemporary trap music marrying the two worlds. You don’t want to miss it! Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm. Find tickets here!

Marcella & Her Lovers are a soul, blues and folk group with a sweet sound that will make you feel like you’re in the heart of Louisiana. Returning to BAR DKDC, come listen to the tunes of Marcella & Her Lovers this Saturday!

The day where you can experience various genres of music, African music, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Blues, Reggae & World Sounds, Gospel In The Park, Spoken words and poetry.

The sixth annual “V&E Artwalk” is an outdoor art fair that showcases Memphis area artists, along with raising money and awareness for the community-owned V&E Greenline. Artists will be selling their creations at affordable prices. There will be a silent auction from items donated by the artists. There will be a children’s area with art activities and bounce houses. Music by local artists will be a special treat. Several types of craft beer from a Memphis micro brewery, along with a variety of wines will be available.

Outdoor music festival in the Edge District. Local music, Local Beer, and Local Food Trucks. Line-up: James and the Ultrasounds, Cassette Tape, Mighty Souls Brass Band, & John Paul Keith. Get your tickets here.

Benefitting Citizens to Preserve Overton Park, this concert will have local artists perform. Cash donations will be taken at the door, and we’ll be donating a portion of our sales to CPOP. So bring your family, friends, and an appetite for cold beer and Rock & Roll. Let’s get down and get off our lawn!

We invite you to join us at the first show of the spring 2017 season of the River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater, a series of live music shows that benefit the Maria Montessori School. Held at the MMS on-campus amphitheater, a truly beautiful event setting on the Mississippi River in Harbor Town, the series showcases and celebrates the school, the river, the Harbor Town community and the musical talent of Memphis and beyond.

Subtractions is a fun and upbeat rock and roll band; they will be playing multiple sets of 60s & 70s oriented rock/pop/R&B music!

tall david

Songwriter Sessions has transformed into Sunday Evening Slowdown. 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 that artist is Tall David. Tall David is a solo songwriting project fronted by Memphis based artist and musician, David James Johnson.

Seth Moody and Graham Winchester duo-up for Sunday afternoon fun! Free show at the Railgarten.

“Fiber” highlights the Black female experience in America.The artists who have contributed to “Fiber” do not only hope to celebrate, uplift and encourage the strength of Black women, but also open a dialogue on historical inequities due to race and sexuality. The closing reception will have performances by Alyssa Love, Tonya Dyson, Quiet Storm, Nubia, Jas, Tia Henderson, Asheley Raven-Pilate and Libby. Doors open at 7pm and admission is free.

Check out New Memphis Beat, a 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.