HGN: Memphis attracts international music conference

HGN: Memphis attracts international music conference Memphis will host an international convention in 2017 that explores how music can influence city development. The Memphis conference will focus on access to music education, resources and facilities while showcasing best practices for the use of music in community projects as well as their social, cultural and economic impact on cities. Titled “I’ll Take You There”, the Music Cities Convention will take place in Memphis on October 26. The venue has yet to be announced but will be located Downtown. Convention activities are expected to include visits to local music sites. Tickets are … Continue reading HGN: Memphis attracts international music conference

MBJ: Downtown pop-up beer garden to activate ‘Fourth Bluff’

MBJ: Downtown pop-up beer garden to activate ‘Fourth Bluff’ A group of Downtown stakeholders are encouraging Memphians to rediscover the Mississippi River’s “Fourth Bluff” through a new pop-up beer garden series. The Cossitt Library, the Promenade behind the University of Memphis School of Law, and Memphis and Mississippi River Parks will be utilized to create a set of connected, civic assets along Downtown’s “Fourth Bluff.” … The stakeholders hope to showcase underutilized parks and green spaces through a partnership with the Downtown Memphis Commission’s mobile beer vendor, The Tapbox, the Memphis Riverfront Development Corp. and the City of Memphis to … Continue reading MBJ: Downtown pop-up beer garden to activate ‘Fourth Bluff’

MBJ: Million-dollar gift is music to symphony’s ears

“The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has received a gift of $1 million to expand its education and outreach programs and thus increase the income of its musicians, who this year experienced deep pay cuts. The donation from the Memphis-based Helen and Jabie Hardin Charitable Trust will consist of two half-million-dollar awards, earmarked for the symphony’s 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. … The symphony’s contracted musicians this year accepted their second pay cut in five years, as the financially struggling orchestra’s season was reduced from 39 to 24 weeks. This resulted in a pay cut of about 38 percent per musician, symphony officials … Continue reading MBJ: Million-dollar gift is music to symphony’s ears

MDN: Memphis in May Unveils Music Festival Lineup

“Memphis in May International Festival has unveiled the lineup for the Beale Street Music Festival that will unfold over three days in May at Tom Lee Park. The event is expected to bring a crowd of more than 100,000. The lineup for the festival happening May 1-3 ranges from legacy acts like Lenny Kravitz and John Fogerty to younger artists and bands like Paramore, Ed Sheeran, and St. Vincent. Artists making their debut at the festival include singer-songwriter Hozier and indie alt-rockers the Pixies. Other performers at the festival include The Flaming Lips, The Avett Brothers, Cage the Elephant, Band of … Continue reading MDN: Memphis in May Unveils Music Festival Lineup

CA: ‘Now it’s time to do this’: ‘American Idol’ alum Alexis Grace presents debut EP, ‘Kiddo’

“On Monday afternoon, Alexis Grace’s phone started to light up like a Christmas tree. That was the day the 27-year-old singer’s very first music video, a GB Shannon-directed clip for the song “I’m So Done” that she had previewed a week earlier for friends, family and fans at Studio on the Square, hit the Internet. Just a half-hour later, the response from the Memphis native’s loyal local fan base was already pouring in. “It’s totally out of control right now,” Grace said of the sudden inundation of congratulations draining her battery. “It’s good. I just don’t want it to be … Continue reading CA: ‘Now it’s time to do this’: ‘American Idol’ alum Alexis Grace presents debut EP, ‘Kiddo’

CA: RiverArtsFest expands music offerings

“Along with the wares of hundreds of painters, sculptors and visual artists, some of Memphis’ best musical acts will be on display this weekend at the annual RiverArtsFest. A free Friday night preview event will feature performances by the Mighty Souls Brass Band, singer/guitarist John Paul Keith and the trio of Luther Dickinson, Amy LaVere and Shardé Thomas. Part of the festival’s growth and interest has been buoyed by music. Over the past few years, music has become an increasingly important component of RiverArts. And the lineup of performers for the 2014 edition might offer the best survey of the … Continue reading CA: RiverArtsFest expands music offerings

CA: Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Black Lodge Video kickstarts Halloween, eyes expansion

“… The Halloween Party at Black Lodge — which is also celebrating its 15th year in business — has become something of a spook season staple. “This party is a local favorite,” says Black Lodge co-owner and founder Matt Martin. “It’s sort of the signal that the Halloween season has begun.” Things have been going well enough for Martin and Black Lodge in terms of booking shows that with a slowed winter schedule approaching, the venue is preparing for some renovation and upgrades to its existing building, and talking about an expansion in the near future. ….” (CA free) Continue reading CA: Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Black Lodge Video kickstarts Halloween, eyes expansion