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Memphis Music and Heritage Festival Schedule

So what’s this Memphis Music and Heritage Festival thing?
It’s the Bo-Keys, Jason D. Williams, Bobby Rush, Amy LeVere, Giant Bear, Paul Taylor, Al Kapone, Eddie Bond, Joyce Cobb, Kate Campbell, Daddy Mack, Susan Marshall,  and Gary Topper for starters.

It’s been one of Memphis’ best kept secrets in the past, but there is really no reason to keep it that way.  Come join us FREE next weekend for the best the region has to offer: Music, Storytelling, Cooking, Dance, and much, much more. Check out this World-Class schedule:

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Verizon Wireless Stage – Main St.@ Peabody Place Ave.
1:00 p.m. TBA
2:00 p.m. Ghost Town Blues Band- Blues
3:00 p.m. Smoochy Smith & Hooch- Rockabilly
4:00 p.m. Devil Train- Bluegrass Jam Band
5:00 p.m. Sweet Angel -R&B
6:00 p.m. The BoKeys- Funk Soul
7:00 p.m. Los Cantadores -Latin
8:00 p.m. Elmo & The Shades -R&B & Blues
9:00 p.m. The Brown Singers- Gospel
10:00 pm. Bobby Rush -Soul, R&B

ArtsMemphis Stage Stage – On Peabody Place at Gayoso Lane
11:15 a.m. Dandelion & The Raindrops -Music for the Family
12:00 p.m. TBA
12:30 p.m. TBA
1:00 p.m. Elaine Blanchard-Voices of  the South Children’s Storytelling
1:30 p.m. Randal Morton -Banjo Workshop
2:00 p.m. Desert Rose Dancers Belly Dancers
2:30 p.m. Kenneth Jackson- Basically Blues
3:00 p.m. TBA
3:45 p.m. The TN Boltsmokers- Bluegrass
5:00 p.m. Johnny Yancey & The Sanctuary- Jazz Orchestra Big Band
5:45 p.m. The Millennium Maddness -Fancy Trick Drill & Drum Show Team
6:30 p.m. Last Chance Jug Band
7:30 p.m. Barbara Blue- Blues
8:30 p.m. Jack Oblivian & The Tearjerkers-Indie Rock
9:30 p.m. Amy LaVere- Indie Folk Rock

Folklore Store Stage
12:15 p.m. TBA
1:15 p.m. Joe Scott- Baseball Stories
2:15 p.m. Mary Unobsky & Kim Richardson-Songwriting Workshop
3:15 p.m. Tori Norton- Folk
4:15 p.m. Roy Harper- Country
5:15 p.m. Kim Richardson -Folk
6:15 p.m. Slidin’ Clyde Roulette- Blues
7:15 p.m. Paul Taylor -Psychedelic Folk & Funk
8:15 p.m. Sidney, Cidney, Sidney- R&B
9:15 p.m. William Lee Ellis- Blues
10:15 p.m. Hope Clayburn & Soul Scrimmage-Jazz Funk Fusion

Folklore Hall Stage
12:45 p.m. Los Cantadores Trio- Mariachi
1:45 p.m. Greg Hisky & His Whiskey Dixie Flyers
2:45 p.m. The Jumpin’ ChiChis- Jazz
3:45 p.m. The Annointed Cowans Singers- Gospel
4:45 p.m. Chris Parker & Kelley Hurt -Jazz
5:45 p.m. Grassfire- Bluegrass
6:45 p.m. The Sensational Six- Gospel
7:45 p.m. Eddie Bond- Country
8:45 p.m. Joyce Cobb & Hot Fun-Jazz Rock & Blues

Comcast Gayoso Stage -Main St @ Gayoso Avenue
3:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Deborah Swiney
3:30 p.m. Agitators- Rock
4:30 p.m. Tempeh Four Jazz Funk Jam Band
5:30 p.m. The Moments of Joy- Gospel
6:30 p.m. John Paul Keith & The One Four Five’s -Indie Country
7:30 p.m. TBA
8:30 p.m. Al Kapone -Rap
9:30 p.m. Exodus -Raggae

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Verizon Wireless Stage – Main St.@ Peabody Place Ave.
1:00 p.m. TBA
2:00 p.m. The Golden Keys -Gospel
3:00 p.m. Delta Highway-Blues
4:00 p.m. Billy Lavender featuring Brad Webb & The Pocket Rockets-Blues
5:00 p.m. Sonny Burgess & the Pacers-Rockabilly
6:00 p.m. Giant Bear -Orchestral Funkabilly
7:00 p.m. The MellowTones-Gospel
8:00 p.m. Blind Mississippi Morris- Blues
9:00 p.m. Jason D. Williams- Rockabilly/Boogie
10:15 p.m. Darrell Petties & SIP- Gospel

ArtsMemphis Stage – On Peabody Place at Gayoso Lane
11:15 a.m. Music for Aardvarks Memphis-Music for the Family
12:00 p.m. TBA
12:45 p.m. TBA
1:30 p.m. Chinese Dance & Martial Arts
2:00 p.m. Edward Oluokun Yorba- Drumming
2:30 p.m. Pyramid Dancers- Belly Dancing
3:00 p.m. David Bowen Guitar & Memphis Music Workshop
3:30 p.m. TBA
4:00 p.m. Two Way Radio- Indie Rock
4:45 p.m. TBA
5:00 p.m. Mark “The Muleman” Massey- Blues
6:00 p.m. Fitz’s Ultimate Cooking Hookers-Music That Smells Good
7:15 p.m. Promise -Jazz
8:15 p.m. The Papatops West Coast Turn Around -Country
9:15 p.m. Tonya Dyson & Green Onions- Soul

Folklore Store Stage
1:15 p.m. Hattie Childress- Quilt Making
2:15 p.m. TBA
3:15 p.m. Roy Harper- Country
4:15 p.m. David Evans- Jug Band Workshop
5:15 p.m. Dan Montgomery Trio- Rock
6:15 p.m. Niko Lyras & Vicki Loveland
7:15 p.m. Super Chikan- Blues
8:15 p.m. Ms Nickki- Soul
9:15 p.m. Valerie June Trio -Folk

Folklore Hall Stage
12:45 p.m. Los Cantadores Trio- Mariachi
1:45 p.m. TBA
2:45 p.m. Memphis Klezmer Allstars
3:45 p.m. Singing Southern Jubilees- Gospel
4:45 p.m. Dani -Rock
5:45 p.m. Gary Topper Trio- Jazz
6:45 p.m. Lisa Lambert & The Pine Ridge Boys-Bluegrass
7:45 p.m. Orange Mound Jazz Messengers-Jazz
8:45 p.m. Kate Campbell -Folk

Comcast Gayoso Stage – Main St @ Gayoso Avenue
1:30 p.m. TBA
2:30 p.m. JD Reager & The Cold-Blooded Three- Indie Rock
3:30 p.m. Charles Johnson & Kwest-Jazz Gospel
4:30 p.m. TBA
5:30 p.m. Will Graves- Soul
6:30 p.m. Bluff City Backsliders -Jug Band
7:30 p.m. FreeWorld featuring Dr. Herman Green-Jam Rock & Funk Band
8:30 p.m. Susan Marshall- Jazz, Rock & Blues
9:30 p.m. The Daddy Mack Blues Band

(I’ll will be managing in the Folklore Hall Stage area.  Please come by and say Hello.)

Memphis Music and Heritage Festival – Labor Day Weekend

Gary Topper Trio (3)No other event represents the rich musical heritage of this region better than the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival.  You’ll see and hear the Mid-South’s best singers and musicians performing traditional blues, rockabilly, country, bluegrass, klezmer, soul, jazz, gospel and that good old sweet soul music.   But the Festival is much more than just a celebration of the past.   Memphis still has a lot to offer musically from alt-rock and alt-country to hip hop to drum lines to neo-soul to techno funk to Latin jazz.  This Festival is dedicated to presenting the wealth of talent that made – and continues to make – Memphis one of the great musical melting pots on the planet.
2009 Music Genre List (updated 8.18.09)
Johnny Yancey

Hope Clayburn & Soul Scrimage

Tori Norton
Kate Campbell
Kim Richardson
Susan Marshall
Valerie June TrioPaul Taylor

Last Chance Jug Band Bluff City Backsliders
Darrel Petties & SIP Sensational Six The Mellow Tones The Brown Singers Moments of Joy
Pine Ridge Boys Grassfire
FreeWorld Tempeh Four
Devil Train
Giant Bear

Los Cantadores Los Cantadores Trio BOOGIE WOOGIE
Jason D Williams

Memphis Klezmer Allstars
R & B

Sweet Angel
Sidney, Cidney, Sidney
Two Way Radio Amy Lavere
Blind Mississippi Morris Daddy Mack Blues Band Elmo & The Shades Ghost Town
Blues Band
Super Chikan
Billy Lavender featuring Brad Webb and The Pocket Rockets William Lee Ellis
Slidin Clyde Roulette JAZZ
Jumpin ChiChi’s Orange Mound Jazz Messengers
The Gary Topper Group Niko Lyras & Vicki Loveland
Chris Parker & Kelley Hurt

Sonny Burgess & the Pacers
Smoochy Smith and Hooch
Eddie Bond
Greg Hisky & His Whiskey Dixie Flyers Roy Harper
Papa Tops
West Coast Turnaround

Joyce Cobb
Dan Montgomery
Susan Marshall

Willie Firecracker Al Kapone


Bobby Rush
Tonya Dyson & Green Onions
Will Graves
Ms Nickki

This is one of my favorite Memphis Events.  I volunteer every year.  I will be managing the Folk Lore Hall Stage.  Please come by and say Hi.

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Jim Dickinson

I am certainly unqualified to write any kind of eulogy for Jim Dickinson.  I only knew him from the point of view of a fan.  I learned “Louise” from his amazing 1972 Dixie Fried album, which is in my top 10 records of all time.  I saw Mudboy and the Neutrons whenever I heard they were playing; I relished his solo gigs at Otherlands and the Center for Southern Folklore in more recent years, and I guess I will always get a tear when I hear the piano riffs on Wild Horses or the emotionally charged chorus of his rendition of  Blaze Foley’s If I Could Only Fly, or if I ever again hear anyone sing Fraulein.

If there is one word the sums up James Luther Dickinson it is GENUINE.   No pretense, no kowtowing to corporate conventions or BS.  Dickinson was the Real Thing.  And there’s just not too much of that around anymore.

Jim’s passing is a great loss for Memphis and the world. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Lindsey, Luther and Cody.

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