CA: Levitt Shell wants to adapt shipping containers for buildings

CA: Levitt Shell wants to adapt shipping containers for buildings The Levitt Shell organization wants to use shipping containers to house a beverage kiosk, event volunteers and security at its amphitheater in Overton Park. The nonprofit joins a growing number of businesses and venues in and around Midtown that either use or plan to adapt the metal vessels as buildings. The Shell this week filed an application with the Board of Adjustment to receive a zoning variance from the requirements of the Unified Development Code. The two shipping containers would be to the right of the stage. The Shell would use the shipping … Continue reading CA: Levitt Shell wants to adapt shipping containers for buildings

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

CA: The Consortium: MMT to stage showcase

CA: The Consortium: MMT to stage showcase Memphis music nonprofit The Consortium: MMT, led by songwriting legend David Porter, is hoping to make some major connections between local talent and industry figures nationally. Porter confirmed that his organization will be hosting a two-day, public and private showcase for “major players in the business,” including several song publishers and record labels. The event, billed as the “Music Bonanza” will bring various executives to the Bluff City in November to view several writers and performers who’ve gone through The Consortium: MMT music education program. The showcases – which Porter said will be co-sponsored … Continue reading CA: The Consortium: MMT to stage showcase

MDN: Moon River Music Festival Returns to Memphis

MDN: Moon River Music Festival Returns to Memphis Long before Nashville singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb decided to launch his Moon River Music Festival in Memphis, he’d been thinking for years about creating a festival that had the warm vibe of a family reunion for the bands and fans. He accomplished that in 2014 with the launch of the annual festival – which returns to the Levitt Shell next week for the third time. He also wanted to do something more with the festival, which now stretches across two days – with a VIP option on a third night – to squeeze … Continue reading MDN: Moon River Music Festival Returns to Memphis

MDN: 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local

MDN: 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local John Gemmill, the president of the Memphis Blues Society, says there is a standard look to blues festivals – a poster with a guitar player and “fill-in-the-name-of-the-city blues festival,” and a lineup that includes performers from all over the place. The society’s Bona Fide Blues Festival is a challenge to that. “We are surrounded by the countryside that created the blues, and for decades people have been coming here and people have been coming from all around to soak in the atmosphere,” Gemmill said. “There’s a huge blues scenes. We’ve got … Continue reading MDN: 2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local

MDN: Sun Sets on Memphis in May’s Annual Symphony

“Sunset Symphony will take its final bow this year. Memphis in May International Festival announced Monday that the 2015 AutoZone Sunset Symphony would be the last, ending a 39-year run. … Memphis in May will announce next year plans for a new Memorial Day weekend event set to take Sunset Symphony’s place. … “We look forward to a spectacular grand finale with many special elements that will take place during this May’s culminating performance,” Valliere said in a statement. Memphis in May CEO Jim Holt said the decision to launch new event programming in 2016 was made by the board of directors … Continue reading MDN: Sun Sets on Memphis in May’s Annual Symphony

MBJ: AutoZone Sunset Symphony being retired as part of Memphis in May International Festival

Whoa: “After 39 years, the Sunset Symphony will end its run after this year. The grand finale of the Memphis In May International will be replaced in 2016 by a new event, which hasn’t yet been determined. This year’s AutoZone Sunset Symphony is scheduled for May 23 in Tom Lee Park. The decision was made by the board of directors of Memphis in May. “While we’re sad to close the chapter on the Sunset Symphony as we know it, we’re excited about the spectacular and fitting grand finale program that’s in place for 2015, and we’re very excited to create … Continue reading MBJ: AutoZone Sunset Symphony being retired as part of Memphis in May International Festival

MBJ: Blue Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

This week, the Blues Foundation announced the latest inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame. The three new additions are early rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard, British guitar superstar Eric Clapton and long-time blues performer Tommy Brown. The induction is part of the three days of events on May 6 through May 8 surrounding the 36th Blues Music Awards. The annual awards event will be held on May 7, and the public grand opening of the new Blues Hall of Fame will follow on May 8. In May of 2014, the new Blues Hall of Fame broke ground on Main Street. The Blues … Continue reading MBJ: Blue Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees

MBJ: Memphis in May International Festival artwork unveiled

“The “unofficial countdown” for the Memphis in May International Festival has begun. Featuring a tribute to Poland, the country being honored this year, the annual commemorative fine arts poster for the 2015 festival has been officially unveiled. Created by Memphis artist Lester Merriweather, who based his work on “the natural beauty of the honored country,” the painting and the poster will be available for sale leading up to Memphis in May. Merriweather’s art has been displayed in the the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Dixon Gallery in Memphis. He also produced a … Continue reading MBJ: Memphis in May International Festival artwork unveiled

CA: On the Scene: International Blues Challenge, Day 1

“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