“Last night was about as good as Beale Street can get on a mid-week night in what’s technically winter. With the competition rounds of the annual International Blues Challenge kicking off at venues throughout the strip and the Grizzlies hosting the Toronto Raptors next door, the streets and clubs were both buzzing throughout the night. Early on, Mike Conley jerseys and yellow Grizzlies scarves mingled with soul patches and fedoras in a lively if incongruous street scene. Later, these groups mixed in the clubs. “Wow, this place is crowded,” one Grizzlies fan said to his friends after walking into Silky Sullivan’s at … Continue reading CA: On the Scene: International Blues Challenge, Day 1
“In 2004, when Jay Sieleman supervised his first International Blues Challenge, the musical competition was still a relatively modest one: 60 or so acts, mostly from the U.S., appearing at a handful of clubs on Beale Street over a few nights. Eleven years later, Sieleman, the outgoing Blues Foundation president and CEO, will be overseeing his last IBC and the growth in that interim has been impressive. In 2015, the IBC is a five-day extravaganza featuring 250 acts, playing 20-plus venues, with a finale at the Orpheum. The programming also includes youth and international showcases, the Keeping the Blues Alive … Continue reading CA: Blues Explosion: More than 200 competitors face off for the International Blues Challenge
“Live music. Hip-hop ciphers. Local vendors. These are some of the things people can expect from the fourth annual DreamFest Weekend. In addition to showcasing Memphis’ rich culture and music scene, the three-day music festival seeks to promote unity. The gathering was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr’s world-renowned “I Have a Dream” speech.DreamFest kicks off Friday with a concert featuring performances from a diverse lineup of talent. Iron Mic Coalition, YoYo Munie, R.I.C.O., DJ DNyce, Jus Bentley, Chris Hill, DJ Wyzlyfe, DeJaNique, JROQSOL, and a multitude of others will grace the stage. The concert will take place at the 1524 Events & Banquet Facility and be hosted by K97‘s … Continue reading Memphis Flyer: DreamFest Weekend to Showcase Memphis Talent, Promote Unity
The Pinch District, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and commercial centers, will receive some much-needed tender loving care in advance of Bass Pro Shops opening its massive store at The Pyramid May 1. The Pinch will be the site of a one-day event designed to energize and activate the Downtown neighborhood just as Bass Pro prepares to launch its destination attraction, which officials hope will generate a stream of visitors and investment that ripples across the district. Meanwhile, Bass Pro Shops is preparing for its May 1 opening. The Springfield. Mo.-based retailer is planning a February job fair for … Continue reading MDN: Center of Attention
“Ignite Memphis is a popular event young professionals typically pack each time it’s held, in addition to participating as speakers. The events revolve around a group of people making slide-based presentations about any topic they want, featuring whatever they want to say about anything they think can hold a crowd’s interest. The next Ignite Memphis, though, is taking things in a different direction. This time, the presenters will be children. Youth Ignite Memphis, being billed as “for the youth, from the youth, for the Memphis community,” will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the … Continue reading MDN: Youth Take Charge of Ignite Memphis Event
Tuesday afternoon, leaders from the Memphis community and state gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum for the fifth annual tribute to Martin Luther KingJr., presented by Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. The chairman of Waller’s board, Matthew R. Burnstein, welcomed guests to the luncheon and introduced Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein of Temple Israel, who gave the invocation. … The keynote speaker for the event was Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, who referenced the famous “I am a man” phrase and asked the audience, “What is it the world doesn’t understand about those words?” Wharton said the ugly head of bias and prejudice is still … Continue reading MBJ: National Civil Rights Museum fifth annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. presented by the Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP.
On Thursday, Tupelo launches a birthday celebration fit for the king of rock and roll. Seven organizations will participate in a city-wide event schedule, culminating with an Elvis Presley-themed concert from the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Richard Marx. “It was time to step up our game as it relates to Tupelo and Elvis’ birthday,” said Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Neal McCoy. “We wanted to see what we could involve and incorporate from our community to help celebrate Elvis’ birthday. We feel it’s a pretty good reflection of what our community has to offer, and hopefully things Elvis … Continue reading MDN: Tupelo Plans City-Wide Events to Celebrate Elvis Birthday