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Memphis Music and Heritage Festival 2014

photo by memphissamiam1, Flickr
photo by memphissamiam1, Flickr

Held over the Labor Day weekend, this colorful festival takes place on Main Street in downtown Memphis. It’s the best block party you’ll attend all year! For two days a wide variety of cultures take to the streets with people enjoying local music of every kind along with cooking demonstrations, storytelling, folk art, and dance shows throughout the day. This year, five stages will feature back-to-back entertainment from Elmo & the Shades (blues), Sonny Burgess (rockabilly), Susan Marshall (soul), Moments of Joy (gospel), Ray Harper (country), Los Contradores (Latin), and many more talented regional artists.

photo by http://www.reverbnation.com/elmoandtheshades
photo by http://www.reverbnation.com/elmoandtheshades

Always entertaining, blues/soul/funk singer Bobby Rush is in the spotlight this year with a headlining concert on Saturday and an on-stage feature interview.  Originally from Homer, LA, Bobby Rush has been on stage since the early fifties when he put together a band that included slide player Elmore James. Over the decades, Rush has recorded over two dozen albums and has received a shelf full of awards, including “Best Male Soul Blues Artist” at the annual Blues Music Awards. Known for his double entendres and energetic performances, Rush is always a crowd-pleaser.

This free festival is sponsored by the Center for Southern Folklore which proudly celebrates the culture of Memphis and the Delta region.

The Center for Southern Folklore

123 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 525-3655


Blues Music Award Winners

The winners of the 35th Blues Music Awards were announced in Memphis, May 8th. A Little Walter tribute album featuring harmonica masters Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, James Harman, Sugar Ray Norcia, and Mark Hummel received two awards, including album of the year. In various categories, John Németh, Shawn Holt & the Teardrops, Gary Clark Jr., Doug MacLeod, and Trampled Under Foot were all first time winners.  “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas won for best Soul Blues Female Artist and Bobby Rush was awarded Best Soul Blues Album for his recording “Down in Louisiana.” From Chicago, the legendary Buddy Guy took home the B.B. King Entertainer Award.

For a complete list of winners:

The Blues Foundation

Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest


If you’re still in town and want more blues, check out the nearby
Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest. Now in its eighth year, the free festival is always held right after the Blues Music Awards. The line-up includes Super Chikan, Rip Lee Pryor, Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Watermelon Slim, and Liz Mandeville.

Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest