CA: Soundtrack of America’ series to beam concerts from Tennessee to Chicago
A series concerts taking place this week across the state of Tennessee — by artists including Citizen Cope, Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Ashley Monroe — will be seen live in the city of Chicago.
The shows, set for venues in Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville, will be streamed onto a two-sided video wall in downtown Chicago (the actual location will be kept secret until the day of), making it “the first long distance concert of its kind,” according to a statement by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, which is staging the shows as part of an effort to draw more visitors from the Windy City to the Volunteer State.
According to TDTD figures, Chicago is one of Tennessee’s top tourism markets. They note that “due to direct flight paths into the state’s major airports and close geographical driving range … (it) has become an easily accessible destination for many (Chicago) tourists over the years.”
This upcoming concert blitz is part of a larger marketing campaign called “The Soundtrack of America: Made in Tennessee,” which aims to “highlight and introduce music that is born and fostered within the state.”
The first show, set for Monday, May 23, in Memphis, will feature Bluff City-born singer-songwriter Citizen Cope performing at the Stax Musuem of American Soul Music.
Tickets to the live concerts, including Sunday’s Citizen Cope show, will be made available through each artist’s and venue’s Twitter page. For the Citizen Cope show at Stax, follow @citizencope and @staxmemphis.
For more information on the “Soundtrack of America: Made in Tennessee” program, visit livefromtennessee.com.
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music has confirmed its programming plans for June’s African American Music Appreciation Month.
The Stax Museum, now headed by executive directory Jeff Kollath, who has boosted programming considerably since taking over, will be offering music and educational events throughout the month.
Among the highlights: the Stax Music Academy Alumni band will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. each Tuesday in the famed Studio A. The performances are free to all Shelby County residents and included with museum admission for all others.
Also, running each Thursday from June 16 through July 7, the Memphis Slim House (across from Stax) will host “The Spirit of African Music: An Immersive Musical Experience for All Ages.” Ekpe Abioto, Joe Murphy and other Memphis musicians will lead guests through the roots of Stax as part of this family-oriented “hands-on workshop and performance”
For more on Stax events marking African American Music Appreciation Month, go to staxmusuem.com.