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25 SOUTHERN MUSICIANS From down-home blues to glitzy rock ’n’ roll, these 25 musicians have a style all their own






The perfect blend of glitz and grunge for a hot night on the town




JUKE JOINTS & DIVE BARS Venerable venues of the South
















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CONTENTS August 2015

Volume 9

No. 8

DEPARTMENTS 13 | INTERVIEW Buryin’ Ground Juke joint legend and Delta storyteller Bill Abel shares a personal history

16 | ARTS The United States of Mississippi


Roger Stolle’s journey from corporate America to Cathead, Inc., Clarksdale’s treasure trove of Delta blues history

24 | BOOKS Malice in Memphis For members of a local mystery writers group, one man’s tourist destination is another man’s crime scene

75 | ON THE MONEY A Penny Saved Citizens National Bank says “Yes” to assisting its customers in being financially successful

IN EVERY ISSUE Editor’s Letter 8 Contributors 10 Calendar 58 See & Do 80


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editor’s letter

Songs of the South Music makes the world go round, or so they say. While I personally don’t have a musical bone in my body, even I can enjoy a good tune every now and then. This month, Click’s celebration of sound highlights the music that made the MidSouth. And despite what locals may hear, there’s way more to it than Elvis and Americana. It’s about the music that fills the air at local concerts, fairs and festivals. It’s about the living blues and the decades of history that writhe in every plucked guitar string. In short, it’s about stuff you can’t just get on the radio. And the radio is exactly where you won’t find many of the local performers on display in this month’s big feature, “25 Southern Musicians,” (page 23) a veritable smorgasbord of sound from artists that run the gamut from country music to blues to punk rock. In addition, we’ve got the lowdown on three high-profile music venues in the region where you can see our featured artists in “Juke Joints and Dive Bars” (page 71). Speaking of venues, special thanks go out to Bill Luckett and our friends at Ground Zero Blues Club for allowing us to shoot this month’s fashion feature, “Boho & Blues,” (page 62) on the premises. So whether you’re a seasoned picker or a festival fanatic, I advise you to get out there and enjoy the spectacle of Southern sound, live and in person. Take it in and let it wash the day-to-day troubles away. For a moment, anyway. Read on,

Casey Hilder Editor

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Brian Anderson

Jennifer Corbin

Various events and concert photography in this issue were shot by local photographer​ Brian Anderson, a Memphis-based artist that started shooting professionally about six years ago and has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, Oxford American, MBQ and the St. Jude Gallery Collection, to name a few. He primarily focuses on the concerts, with a focus on blues and old-fashioned Southern music, as well as the Mississippi delta and cityscapes . ​

Click Magazine’s art director, Jennifer Corbin, a recent transplant from Birmingham, Alabama now hails from Lambert, Mississippi. She brings with her a wealth of design talent. A graduate of Auburn University, Corbin’s portfolio packs a wide variety of experience for publications like Southern Lady, TeaTime and Bassmaster Magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys helping her husband on the farm and all things water — from white water rafting to a day by the pool.

Tess Catlett Click’s headline feature for this month, "25 Southern Musicians," was produced by Tess Catlett. A Southaven native who attends school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, Catlett is a former intern for Click Magazine. An avid and tenacious writer, Catlett has been featured in various publications including Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian and The DeSoto TimesTribune. When not writing, Catlett enjoys binge watching underrated TV dramas.

Pam Fields

Marcie Kay Seccombe

Pam Fields is a Memphis area photographer who grew up in the Mississippi Delta. Having always had an eye for photography, she found her love for portrait and fashion work while living in Indianapolis. She has been published in several independent magazines and is featured on Vogue Italia’s website. When she is not honing her camera skills, she enjoys a good cup of coffee, road trips, concerts, and relaxing with her husband and two teenagers.

Hairstyling for this month’s fashion spread, “Boho & Blues” (page 62), was done by Mississippi native Marcie Kay Seccombe. In Memphis, Seccombe works her hair magic in a downtown studio four days a week. When out of the studio, Marcie travels as a National Educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems teaching across the country. Her experience includes styling hair on Fifth Avenue in New York, as well as Cosmopolitan magazine.

Alexandra Nicole This month’s style feature was coordinated by Memphis native Alexandra Nicole, who owns and operates three local boutiques, a makeup line and her very own fashion brand. From styling clients and working behind the scenes as a MUA and Stylist for fashion shows and shoots, to attending LA and New York market trips and runway shows, Alexandra lives for the fashion and trends of the modern woman’s lifestyle.

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Buryin’ Ground Juke joint legend and Delta storyteller Bill Abel shares a personal history Interview by CASEY HILDER | Photos by RORY DOYLE

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IKE MANY DENIZENS OF THE MISSISSIPPI Delta, the blues comes naturally for Bill Abel. A juke joint staple since his youth, the 52-yearold Abel has spent the past 15 years refining his solo act and branching out to bring the history of the region to a wider audience, all while maintaining the traditions taught to him by legendary local pickers.

Click Magazine: How’d you learn to play music?

student at Delta State. When I moved back, I started playing

Bill Abel: I met a man named Paul Jones, a local welder, when

more and with new people — people like Cadillac John Nolden

I was 10 years old and growing up in Belzoni, Mississippi. He

and T-Model Ford. Probably the highlight of those years was

was a part-time musician and I just started playing with him

recording with Hubert Sumlin for an album in 2005. I got to

and a few other guys in Humphreys County. I picked up a lot

play with a lot of people down here in the Delta before they

from him and his, but he died in 2005. This was right after I

died and, strangely enough, they were always looking for new

first started playing solo shows in 2000, before that I always

people to play with.

played alongside him. I played a lot with other people — guitar and bass, mostly.

CM: What do the blues mean in 2015? Is it still being passed down like it was in your day?

CM: Your most recent album, 2008’s One-Man Band, showcases

BA: Well, you’ve got two sides in that corner — you’ve got the

your work on a number of instruments including electric

old-school, authentic, old blues — parts of that can’t be carried

guitar, dobro, hi-hat, snare, bass drum and all manner of

on. They sang about the times. You can’t sing about cotton

percussions — not to mention a few homemade deals like

if you’ve never picked cotton and even something like the

cigar box guitars. What led you to branch out from your

pronunciation of the words — the cultural aspect of the blues

initial learnings?

— that part’s been dying off real fast. You can’t carry that on,

BA: Well, I don’t play like that much anymore — I’m old. It’s

but you can carry on the style. The new blues is different, you

tricky to keep up with and kinda hard on the body playing

know? Playing-wise and the format, it’s just different. When

drums with your feet. Most people sound better with a real

the electric guitar came out in the 1940s, the guys who stayed

drummer anyway, you know?

here in the Delta instead of going to Memphis or Chicago or anywhere else weren’t playing the same style. The Delta guys

CM: What have you been up to recently?

learned how to play the electric guitar for a better sound to

BA: I lived in Jackson for a while, but the whole time I would

get people dancing in the juke houses, and they played it

find myself coming back to Belzoni to play music. I came back

like acoustic with their fingers. But when Muddy Waters and

to study painting and sculpture at 52 years old as an older art

Howlin’ Wolf took it to Chicago, that’s when they started to

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spread the sound out across multiple

last year. No big festivals or anything,

bandmates. It really evolved the music.

just a few clubs. A few years before

But here in the Delta, it stayed raw. The

that, I was in Sweden at the Åmål’s

guys who played electric down here

Blues Festival. I don’t have a booking

play loud, fast and full of information.

agent and I don’t get to play all the

Kind of like what Paul Jones played.

time. Being a local guy, when somebody hears you play and they want to hear

CM: You’ve performed alongside some

more, it’s special. I’m not that famous,

real legends — Henry Townsend, Hubert

you know, so it means a lot when I get

Sumlin, Big George Brock, Sam Carr

to travel to play.

and Kenny Kimbrough, to name a few. Who was a big inspiration for you that

CM: What do you think gives this

you never got a chance to play with?

particular brand of Delta music such a

BA: That’s one to think about. Probably

universal appeal?

all the guys who are long dead and

BA: People ask that all the time and the

gone, the guys from the 1920s. I’ve been

answer I’ve come up with is that a lot

inspired by a lot of their music. Robert

of people were listening to those old

Johnson, Skip James, Charlie Patton. I

pre-war recordings — some done down

really like Skip’s stuff.

here, some in Wisconsin, New York, and Texas — and those guys were singing

CM: You’ve performed around the

how they felt, which was pretty doggone

world, from Clarksdale and Chicago to

bad sometimes. And that stuff — that

Italy and the UK. What are some acts

emotion and pain — that went on

you really remember?

record. People can feel that worldwide.

BA: In June, I played at a festival in

So many people come around these

Switzerland called “Blues Rules.” That

days, Europeans who are into the old

was really nice. I also played in Norway

blues — that really interests me.

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The United States of Mississippi Roger Stolle’s journey from corporate America to Cathead, Inc., Clarksdale’s treasure trove of Delta blues history Story & Photos by CASEY HILDER


HE UNAIRCONDITIONED INTERIOR OF CATHEAD, INC. BOASTS wall-to-wall folk art and the faint, musty smell that only a plethora of old records can produce. Presiding over the organized

clutter is Roger Stolle, a hardcore blues fan and native of Dayton, Ohio. While Ohio isn’t the best place to develop an appreciation of the blues, the music struck a chord with Stolle, who took a fateful trip in the midnineties to discover the roots of its uniquely Mississippi sound. “As a longtime blues fan, it suddenly occurred to me ‘Well, I should go see where it came from’,” he says. “So I was really on kind of a dead man blues tour. I had planned to see grave sites and that was it. There was one museum back then and it was small.” Stolle’s 1995 road trip took place more than a decade before the Blues Trail existed, and very little information existed on acts like Big Walter

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Horton, Furry Lewis and Skip James. Moreover, Stolle would soon discover that many of the headstones and graves that held some of the older bluesmen were unmarked or eroded. With a patchwork history of the Delta in mind and several years from the advent of widespread Internet, he decided to look below the surface at a juke joint in the hill country of Chulahoma, Mississippi. It was at Jr.’s Place, a juke joint owned by bluesman Junior Kimbrough, where Stolle would have his first up-close encounter with the living blues. Surrounded by glossy folk art murals and juke joint décor of Christmas lights and scratched wood, this event was what Stolle describes as his “Alan Lomax moment.” “It was the beginning of being conscious of the fact that this was the place I wanted to spend a lot more time,” he says. “Junior sold the beers and performed, R.L. Burnside was there that night, along with all their kids and grandkids.” Junior died in 1997 and his place burned to the ground soon after, but that chance encounter had changed the then-30year-old marketing consultant’s outlook on life. He eventually honed in on Clarksdale as a base of operations, a place he decided had all the right ingredients for a blues lover to settle

obscurity. “Jeff Konkel is a friend of mine and we both have

down: the infrastructure, the players and the history. “There

little record labels that we’ve recorded blues guys on,” he says.

was just something about Clarksdale,” he says.

“We started collaborating on film projects like M for Mississippi,

Stolle soon left his job in St. Louis with a rough goal in mind.

which is probably our best-known documentary.”

“When I moved down here it, was not to open a retail store

Following their initial mission to engage people in the

— which is what I did – it was to organize and promote from

Delta, Stolle and Konkel produced a road-trip style narrative,

within,” he says. Stolle’s mission — which he would also

presenting an approachable concept for visitors packed with

accomplish over the years — was to celebrate and document

interviews and live performances. Showings of the film have

the Delta blues through film, writing, radio shows, recordings,

been held as far as Geneva and Norway.

booking and discovering new talent. He produced several

And with so much history, Stolle and company eventually

documentary-style films about life in the Delta, including

needed a place to house the recordings that had piled up over

the recent We Juke Up in Here, which explores Mississippi’s

the years, as well generate some much-needed income. “I

surviving juke joint scene and heavily features local bluesman

needed a way to bring in cash flow,” he says. “But I also wanted

Big George Brock. Stolle had previously worked alongside Brock

to pull people in, get the public interested. That’s the kind of

with his record label, Cathead Presents, which Stolle says was

thing that can turn a two-hour visitor to Clarksdale into an

initially geared toward raising the aging bluesman out of

overnight visitor.”

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Malice in Memphis For members of a local mystery writers group, one man’s tourist destination is another man’s crime scene Story by KATHRYN JUSTICE LEACHE



by Patricia Potter might have you taking the stairs to your

the first

time and consider where we

room and skipping the elevator. And “The Queen of Hearts”

could most efficiently kill somebody in

by Barbara Christopher will make you think twice about

an interesting way. We discuss untraceable poisons in

wearing your red spiked heels on the cobblestones at Beale

restaurants — and terrify the poor people who wait on us.

Street Landing — in case you really needed another reason

We wonder whether that beam that runs across the ceiling

not to.

in church would hold up a hanging corpse, and how long a

Half the fun of this collection is seeing where these mystery writers will off their characters next. From the horse-drawn

dagger would have to be to puncture a heart.” Thusly does Carolyn McSparren, editor of Malice in Memphis:

carriages of Downtown to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church to


Voodoo Village to Mud Island, the fictional Memphis, past

employees in the volume’s “Disclaimer and Introduction.”

and present, of Bluff City Mysteries is filled with revenge-

Members of Malice in Memphis, a local mystery writers

seekers, guilty consciences, and other wreakers of Memphis-

group, contributed to the collection of stories featuring

style havoc.






murder and mayhem against the backdrop of well-known Memphis landmarks, events and neighborhoods.

Stories range in tone from the borderline zany, cozy-style “Elmwood Blues” by Phyllis Appleby — which is heavy on

Does pub trivia night bring out your ruthless side? “Trivial

local color and light on plot — to “Murder in Midtown” by

Pursuit” by Melissa Royer will make you view your fellow

Kristi Bradley, a solid short with plenty of red herrings and

competitors with new suspicion — and wonder what really

emotional intrigue, featuring the residential environs of

goes on at the Pink Palace after hours. In the mood for barbe-

Midtown as merely an incidental setting. The settings of

cue? Read McSparren’s “Long Pig,” which takes place during

some stories are sort of characters in their own right, like

Barbecue Fest, and you just might order the vegetarian

the James Lee House (former home of Memphis College of

option instead. Staying downtown? “Murder at the Peabody”

Art) in “An Artful Death” by Elizabeth Smith.

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“Night Fishing” by Angelyn Sherrod takes place at the Burkle Estate, which now operates as the Slavehaven




in Memphis. In antebellum days, the land was owned by Jacob Burkle, a German immigrant who was widely believed to be a secret abolitionist and whose home served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. In a way, this historical footnote is instrumental to Sherrod’s murder mystery, for Burkle’s extraordinarily respectful relationship with the servants on his plantation ultimately leads to a timely discovery of who the murderer really is. Like “Night Fishing,” many of the stories have history lessons embedded in them, and thanks to each story’s being introduced by a historical blurb about its setting, you’ll finish the collection a little wiser about weird Memphis than when you started it. Many of Malice in Memphis’s authors are




James Paavola, author of the Murder in Memphis series featuring Memphis Police Department Lieutenant Julia Todd. Contributors Barbara Christopher, Carolyn McSparren, Patricia Potter, Angelyn Sherrod and Elizabeth Smith have published novels in a variety of genres. For others — Kristi Bradley, Juanita Dunn Houston, Cheryl Noland, and Melissa Royer — stories published in Malice in Memphis are among their first pieces of published fiction. Phyllis Appleby writes interactive mystery plays and writes, directs, produces, and stars in Death Du Jour Mystery Theater, which headlines Spaghetti Warehouse in Downtown Memphis, among other venues. Lest you draw the wrong conclusions about the creative and morbidminded MidSoutherners who make up the Malice in Memphis writers group, McSparren assures us in her “Disclaimer and Introduction” that they “are essentially peaceful. We can always bump off unpleasant people in our writing. No reason to do it in actuality. So don’t blame the blameless landmarks we’ve used. Remember, it’s all fiction.” Click magazine | AUGUST 2015 21

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25 Southern


From down-home blues to glitzy rock ’n’ roll, these

25 MUSICIANS have a style all their own. Click Magazine rounds up


MIDSOUTH has to offer as the summer concert season comes to a close

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Self-described as “vintage and vaudeville,” The Side Street Steppers aim to please. The four-piece act plays everything from Western swing to folk, adding its own twist to classic tracks. 2013’s sophomore effort, The Sweetest Peaches Don’t Grow On Trees, features tunes by Bessie Smith, Hank Williams Sr. and Mae West. Caravan Gypsy Swing band leader Chris Ruppenthal pops in as a guest artist to bring his jazz-influenced guitar styling to the record.

SOUNDS LIKE — Dixieland jazz; Vaudeville blues CHECK OUT — “Mississippi Heavy Water Blues”


Rooted in pop-punk, Pillow Talk offers a fresh take on songs


about heartache and the one that got away. Originally a side

Female-fronted rock band PENGEA is back at it with the

project between vocalist Josh Cannon and guitarist Calvin Lau-

spring release of Tales from the No-Tell Motel. After months of

ber, the duo soon added guitarist Kevin Gibson, bassist Hunter

heavy promotion, the six-song EP is making the rounds in the

Davidson and drummer Sam Leathers to the mix. Although de-

Memphis music scene. It isn’t hard to see why. Vocalist Bob-

but EP Recreational Feelings is ambitious in its own right, March’s

bie Parker is one wicked songstress, blending grit with glam

What We Should Have Said sets a new standard. Hazy sound-

as she purrs over twangin’ guitar riffs. Jimmy Rodgers slams

scapes blur into plush melodies, proving that shoegazing alt-

on drums, with bassist John Davis and guitarists Kevin Green-

rock has a softer side.

burg and Robert Parker rounding out the line-up.

SOUNDS LIKE — Dream pop CHECK OUT — “Make You Real”

SOUNDS LIKE — Hard rock CHECK OUT — “Dreamland”

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Wyly Bigger picked up the piano at age 4, and by the time he was 8 years old, he was already performing for diverse audiences. Now in his late teens, Wyly has swapped the keys for the blues. With two of Clarksdale’s Pinetop Perks Homecoming Festivals under his belt and a song on iTunes (“South Side of Southern”), Wyly has laid the groundwork for his younger sister, Bailey. She took up the guitar at age 9 and has been writing her own music ever since. Still in her tweens, Bailey has had her song “Best Small Town” featured on the City of Marion, Arkansas’, website and has placed in a number of local talent completions.

SOUNDS LIKE — Acoustic; Blues CHECK OUT — “Somewhere”


With roots as close as Memphis and as far as New York, the members of Chinese Connection Dub Embassy have one goal in mind: unity. Determined to bring light and positivity to the world at large, the new-age group offers original tracks and fanciful takes on reggae standards. 2013’s Farmers Market Chronicles EP features covers of “Take On Me” and “Love TKO.” The group also released its first full-length, The Firm Foundation, that spring.

SOUNDS LIKE — Reggae CHECK OUT — “Get Ready”


In line with the likes of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, Dead Soldiers isn’t here to romanticize the South. Instead, the group fields its own ideas of life below the Mason-Dixon line. Poverty, mental illness and institutionalized racism are at the heart of Dead Soldiers’ discography. Compared to 2013’s full-length debut, last year’s High Anxiety offers a welcome change of pace. A mix of acoustic and electric, the four-song EP solidifies the group’s folk-rock sound with swaying rhythms backing rollicking refrains.

SOUNDS LIKE — Progressive bluegrass CHECK OUT — “Nobody’s Son”

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When budding musician Lahna Deering met established bandleader Rev. Neil Down in Skagway, Alaska, in 1998, Down knew he had found his musical match. It wasn’t long before the pair released its debut Coupe de Villa — a foot-tapping, rock ‘n’ roll number — and began touring the U.S. By 2007, the indie duo decided to make its way to Memphis one last time. Lead single “You’re the One” paves the way for more after 2009’s Out There Somewhere, a breathtaking tribute to the sounds of the city.

SOUNDS LIKE — Sultry folk CHECK OUT — “You’re the One”


Dive-bar staple Devil Train has been a fixture at the Buccaneer Lounge on Monroe Avenue since 2005. The five-piece plays Memphis soul and gypsy jazz and is heavy on the strings. Clint Wagner favors the fiddle, whereas Jonathan Ciaramitaro prefers the mandolin. The two also take the lead on vocals and guitar, with James Ray also coming in on his acoustic. National Bluegrass Banjo Champion Randal Morton is at the top of his game, and JD Westmoreland bumps the upright bass. Graham Winchester smooths it out with slick percussion.

SOUNDS LIKE — Bluegrass CHECK OUT — “Little Black Cloud”


Relatively quiet since 2012’s eponymous debut, Hi Electric remains one to watch. Championing unadulterated vocals and loud guitars, the group began as a backing band for Neil Bartlett. Dave Shouse of Grifters and Steve Selvidge of The Hold Steady were the original musketeers, later giving way to Alan Yee on bass and Henry Talbot on drums. High Electric’s first release garnered local critical acclaim and thrust the group into the indie-rock spotlight.

SOUNDS LIKE — Pop rock CHECK OUT — “Talking to Yourself ”

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A blistering mix of electro-infused pop punk, The Ellie Badge is reminiscent of early 2000s-era emo pop. The alter ego of twentysomething Jeremiah Matthews, The Ellie Badge tackles adolescence and adulthood, lousy friends and lost lovers. And after a handful of EPs, 2014’s full-length Vs. All Your Problems offers a highly-anticipated dose of a angst and despair.

SOUNDS LIKE — Indie punk CHECK OUT — “Friends With New Haircuts”

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Drawing comparisons to Vampire Weekend and Local Natives, Young Buffalo spins an effervescent blend of synth-influenced pop. The Oxford-based quintet made its full-length debut with March’s House, a deceptively upbeat record about broken relationships and self-discovery. Infectious melodies give way to lyrical distress, all coated with a haze of summertime sheen. Released on Votiv Records, House was a threeyear process ripe with musical awakening. Upheaval within the band temporarily called the album into question, but the Young Buffalo boys are back in the game.

SOUNDS LIKE — Indie pop rock CHECK OUT — “No Idea”


When frontman Conrad Polz and guitarist Matt McCarter first met their freshman year at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, they didn’t plan on starting a band. Both members of the university’s wrestling team, Polz and McCarter spent their free time jamming at Polz’s house on Avondale Avenue. But when the duo caught the attention of drummer Alec Heist, they decided to get serious. They began playing gigs, and after graduation, the group made the move to Memphis. After adding bassist Andrew Allen to the line-up, the fourpiece recorded it’s 2014 debut, Dress It Up, at Ardent Studios.

SOUNDS LIKE — Southern Rock CHECK OUT — “Worst Case”


Vocalist and guitarist Jake Vest is joined by his brother, Toby, on vocals and organ, Greg Roberson on drums and Leo Ramos on bass to form Tiger High. The psych pop four-piece kicked things off in 2010, and went on to release Myth Is This and Catacombs After Party on cassette in 2012. Now on its third LP, 2015’s Inside the Acid Coven, the band is hitting its stride. Recorded at Toby’s studio, High/Low Recording, the concept album weaves a multi-faceted narrative.

SOUNDS LIKE — Psychedelic rock CHECK OUT — “So It Goes”

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For over two decades, the members of Mississippi Stomp have come together to cultivate the captivating sounds of the MidSouth. The group — comprised of five brothers and one sister — has played together and apart in a number of different acts before settling on its current incarnation. No longer interested in belting out well-known cover songs, Mississippi Stomp prides itself on creating an original mix of hill-country blues, rock ’n’ roll and gospel. Last year’s debut, Chickasaw Lodge, offers up a range of new and old produced by Jimbo Mathus and Ryan “Rando” Rogers.

SOUNDS LIKE — Southern rock CHECK OUT — “Hill Country”


After getting its start in 2010, hardcore trash band Hosoi Bros went on to release two 7” singles: 2011’s Wine Witch, featuring the eponymous lead song and “Yellow Fever,” and 2012’s Snorlokk, which included both the title track and “Amberlamps.” Vocalists and guitarists Severin Allgood and Shawn Apple, drummer Jimmy James Blasingame and bassist Eric Fortenbery are getting ready to debut the band’s first full-length record, which is set to release by summer’s end.

SOUNDS LIKE — Thrash metal CHECK OUT — “Wine Witch”


Old school rhythm and blues meets modern soul on Nick Black’s sophomore release, Deep Blue. The follow-up to 2012’s The Soul Diaries, Deep Blue is a natural progression; mastered by Grammy award-winning engineer Brad Blackwood and co-produced by acclaimed musician Victor Wainwright, the album bounces from ballad to blues to boogie. Looking for love in all the right places, Black navigates timeworn matters of the heart over the course of ten songs. Solid in sound, Deep Blue offers a sweet escape down memory lane.

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Slow things down with Oxford native Sanders Bohlke. The singer-songwriter expertly weaves powerful vocals with folk-tinged melodies for a haunting finish. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Amos Lee and Ray LaMontagne, Bohlke’s soulful croon leaves even the most casual listener wanting more. Including his eponymous debut in ’06, the artist has only released two full-length albums; instead, Bohlke peppers fans with bits and pieces across a handful of EPs. February’s The Night EP is the latest, with five songs chronicling his sonic journey.

SOUNDS LIKE — Indie folk CHECK OUT — “The Return”


Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, founding members Aaron Tyler King, Joe Regan and Gant O’Brien were in creative cahoots for about 10 years before they made the move to Nashville. There they joined forces with Scott Harper, and, in 2012, adopted The JAG moniker. Acid rock bleeds into 70s glam, laying a trippy framework for innovative hooks and brooding bass. After 2012’s Mississippi Acid Pine Highway Tour EP, The JAG went on to record its sophomore effort with Bomb Shelter’s Andrija Tokic. The new record is set to release this fall.

SOUNDS LIKE — Psychedelic rock CHECK OUT — “White Horse”


A melting pot of mixed influences, Rosco Bandana began as a straight-laced Americana act and has evolved into a progressive southern rock band. Elements of blues and bluegrass fuse with alternative country on the group’s sophomore release, Time to Begin. Released on Hard Rock Records, the album resulted from winning the 2011 Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands. The win took the band from dive bars and restaurants on the Gulf Coast to the main stage on a national tour.

SOUNDS LIKE — Country CHECK OUT — “Woe Is Me”

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Although the Tupelo native has taken up residence across the pond, John Murry hasn’t lost sight of his Southern roots. His critically acclaimed debut, The Graceless Age, combines familiar instrumentation with substantive lyrics, and weeping Americana glistening with gothic realism. Last year’s four-song follow-up, Califorlornia, shifts Murry’s focus from raw and uncut to something more modern. The timeworn traveler continues to flex the heart on his sleeve, crying out for something more while rejecting the absurdity of everyday existence.

SOUNDS LIKE — Folk rock CHECK OUT — “Southern Sky”

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Ex-Cult emerged in 2011 with vocalist Chris Shaw, formerly of hardcore outfit Vile Nation, and drummer Michael Peery, previously with pop rock act The Magic Kids, teaming up as Sex Cult. Natalie Hoffmann came in on bass, and guitarists J.B. Horrell and Alec McIntyre joined in for the band’s breakthrough single, “Errand Boy.” By late 2012, the band had switched gears and taken up the name Ex-Cult. After two LPs and a lineup change, Ex-Cult is heading out on the road in support of its February EP, Cigarette Machine.

SOUNDS LIKE — Punk CHECK OUT — “Not a Threat”


Formerly of the legendary Lost Sounds, Alicja Trout and Rich Crook are back at it with the reboot Sweet Knives. The band disbanded in 2005 after an ill-fated European tour, leading the late Jay Reatard to embark on a solo venture. Meanwhile, Trout went to work with rock band River City Tanlines and dream pop quintet Mouserocket. Now, Lost Sounds’ synth-heavy legacy is being revived through pop-up shows around town. Hear bites from the group’s reconfigured discography at this year’s Gonerfest.

SOUNDS LIKE — Punk rock CHECK OUT — “I Get Nervous”


A revolving door for noteworthy Memphis musicians, the Soul Scrimmage ensemble has featured bassist Khari Wynn, guitarist Robert Allen Parker Jr. and trumpeter Victor Darnell Sawyer. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Taylor of The Merry Mobile and Kickman Teddy of FreeSol have even been known to take up the drums. Led by saxophonist and vocalist Hope Clayburn, the Soul Scrimmage mixes funky vibes with soulful afrobeat style. With one EP out and a full-length album on the way, the group shows no sign of slowing down.

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A fixture in the Memphis music scene, Tori Tollison has been playing music for over a decade. Similar in sound to P!nk and Stevie Nicks, the singer-songwriter has a knack for delivering heartfelt pleas mixed with straight-up sass. Although she’s known for cover songs, 2012’s “Bed You Made” and March’s acoustic “Walk Away” prove that Tollison can hold her own.

SOUNDS LIKE — Rock ’n’ Roll CHECK OUT — “Bed You Made”


Originally a solo effort, the Oxford-based punk rock band has come a long way since John Barrett’s one-man approach to his bass drum and guitar. Barrett’s scrappy self-production offered up rough cuts of earsplitting garage rock that eventually landed on video game soundtracks and in ad campaigns. Now a two-man crew, Bass Drum of Death features Len Clark on drums while Barrett mans the guitar. Although the pair announced a hiatus in mid-May, the band appears to be back at it again with a few supporting tour dates lined up in September.

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all things social

Jeremy & Emily Matthews

Feast on the Farm


gricenter International’s annual farm-to-table tasting event invited guests aboard the Agricenter’s “country limousine” for an evening of moonlight and moonshine. Some of Memphis’ top chefs — including Kelly English of Restaurant Iris

and The Second Line — were on hand to create a number of culinary delights. Photos by MIKE LEE

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Deb Nichols & Ann Terry

Johnny & Sue Roberts

Ben Patalano, Elliott Birch, Ashley Bradberry & Conrad Phillips

Lauren Binkley & Allen Willams

George & Bryn Wilson

David & Suzanne Brandon

Linda & Michael Spano, Karen & Gary Taylor

Jeanne & Richard Hollis

Karen & Jim Avery

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Lori & Robby Parker

Marilyn Kain & Paul Coombs

David & Erica Marrone

Fern Dillard & Kelley Scott

Jeremy & Lindsey Renfroe

Kerri Morgan & Marilyn Kennedy

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Eva & Harper Ward & Marijo Cox

Drew, Amanda & Natalie Ferguson

Grace Owens, Natalie Shoffner & Maddie Jones

Kristin Reich & ‘Sinatra’

Diane & Ken McNeil

Sunset on the Square: Seeing Red


emphis-based rockers Seeing Red kicked off the annual Sunset on the Square summer concert series on June 4. Sponsored by First Tennessee Bank, this family-friendly

event in Hernando offers the best in local music each Thursday in June. Photos by MIKE LEE

Jennifer, Allie, Sam, Emma Witt & ‘Laila’

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4th Annual Through the Roof Pediatric Therapy

Fashion Show & Silent Auction


hildren benefitting from pediatric therapy strutted down the catwalk at Through the Roof Pediatric Therapy’s fourth annual fashion show in Hernando.

Alice Figgs, Tiffany & Tre Wilson & Clarie Dawkins-Davis

Accompanied by their mothers, each modeled the latest in local fashions. The show highlighted attire from Center Stage, Jack Anna Beanstalk and Southern Comfort, just to name a few. Buon Cibo, Lady Bugg Bakery and Catering by Donna supplied an array of baked goods and other tasty bites. Photos by MATT FLOYD

Judy, Sam, Will & Mike Ferguson

Charlene & Cannon Belue

April, ‘Scout’ & Tadd Baxter

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Leslie Wilson, Eliza, Mari Hendrix & Hayley McDowell

Julie & Angel Montgomery

Theri & Laney Hamilton

Heather & Annelise Peacock

Sha-Kiya Brown, Omarion Scott & Felisha Key

Jack & Sydney Mahony

Cohen & Sarah Perkins


Amy & Jeff Simcox

out & about

Caitlin Jones & Adan Qureshi

Joni Rousseau & Casey Yoakum

Zoo Brew


Alesha & Jeff Deane

eer connoisseurs enjoyed stouts from around the world at the Memphis




Brew. Widely considered to be one of

the Zoo’s most popular fundraisers, the exotic celebration offers the best in brew alongside live entertainment. Photos by FRANK CHIN Alithia & Keda Webb

Verity Goodell & Michelle Grabowski

Angel & Marcus Martin

Jennifer Warren & Christy Smith

Patrick Sweeney & Misty Roberson

Kelsey & Zack Zaharko

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out & about


Aaron & Sarah Klimek

Emily Neff

Janet Lo, Kim Williams & Bob Cabral

Sara & Ravi Madasu

Brooke & Jerry Plunk

R.D. & Vicki Singh

Brooks Museum

Grand Auction


he culmination of the Memphis Wine + Food series, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s Grand Auction offered exotic trips, rare wines

and exquisite artwork. Bidders could also participate in a special paddle raise that provided support for the Brooks’ outreach programs. Photos by FRANK CHIN

Kirk & Karen Johnston

Dr. Marc & Wendi Mihalko, Lisa & Jerrod Smith

Andy & Cathy Perkins

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Merilyn Mangum & Robert Hanusovsky

Keri & Clay Chapman & Andrew Taylor

Betsy Brasher & Sarah Cate

Francie Saunders & Tiffany Parker

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out & about


Barbara Arnold, Janie Garrett & Tina Moran

Carly & Melana Sain

Vine to Wine at the Garden


emphis Botanic Garden’s third wine tasting event of the season shined a light on a collection of French wines. The tasting

invited guests to indulge in eight varietals, as well

as a selection of hors d’oeuvres by Eclectic Catering. Photos by FRANK CHIN

Lance & Fiona Binder

Doug & Carmen McCage

Jessie & Tysheena Wakefield

Mary Helen & Mark Butler

Joe Witherwax & Courtney Murray

Kellie & Corey Doyle

Michelle Ybos & Shirley Danyleyko

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Marc Norlanders, Brussel Martin & Russell Baggett

out & about

Jeff Tilt

Brussels Bonzai Rendezvous


or more than 30 years, Brussel’s Bonzai in Olive Branch has been a destination for committed bonsai hobbyists. And each year, these enthusiasts make the trip for the nursery’s Memorial Day

Rendezvous. Bonzai masters from around the world come together to lead

Randi Heise & Gerald Nolan

hands-on workshops and offer demonstrations. Photos by MIKE LEE

Byron Myrick & Hurley Johnson

Keith & Cheryl Kowalczyk

Jack Douthitt & Michelle Zimmer

Darren & Laura Wong

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out & about


Peyton Halle & Joanie Lightman

Tiffany Brimhall & Floy Cole

Crown & Sceptre Coronation Ball


Bill Corwell & Nancy Chase

arnival Memphis has served the MidSouth for more than 80 years. What began as an effort to promote commerce in the community has grown into

a celebration of the region’s leaders and overall economic success. Pegged as

the party of the year, the Crown and Sceptre Coronation Ball honors the King, Queen, Royal Court and Grand Krewes. These individuals are recognized for their service to the community and take part in a number of charity-focused activities throughout their reign. Photos by MARY ECKERSLEY

Mary Lauren Bobango & Paige Williams

Philip Jurgens Meyer & Briana Wilson

Mace Gearhardt & McClain Gordon

Ginger Collier & Preston Roberts

Sharon Fewell, Selina Smith, Julie Eaves & Cindy Shaw

Mike & Susan Shivers, Bridgette Trenary & JJ Krauch

Mithcell & Janet Spurlock and Lauren & Chris Winchell

Stacey Husse, Glynn Alexander, Kimberly Tayloe & Carey Snider

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John Bobango & Lockie Dearman

Francis Winkler & June Leatherland

Anita Howald & Wayne Fewell

David Jordan & Caroline Carter

Tori Crnogorac & Jaime Fields

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out & about

Carl Nichols & Taylor Kinard

Laura Scott & Lauren Blackstone

Mary Harbert Stromberg & Townsend Morgan

Lisa Thompson & Elise Freeburg

Charity Cobb, Ally Luciano & Anne Walker

Phillip & Missy Green

Parker Sexton & Elizabeth Owen

The Princess Ball


onoring Court,






Princess Ball is an invitation-

only event for association members and their guests. Mark Anderson’s Party Train provided live music. Photos by FRANK CHIN

Parker Tenent & Collier Roberts

Emily Green & Morgan Sumner

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Sallie Harris & Mary Strangler

Nannie Harris & Seth Young

Lizzy Pitts & Amy Walker

Regan Gaillard, Tiffany Brimhall & March Gates


David & Michelle Croenne

James Yarbrough & Jimmy Glover

out & about

Dayton Engelbrecht, ‘Piper’, Kyler Pryon & Tyler Diehl

Jessica & David Ratcliff

Tim Hussey & Don Williams

Sizzlin’ Summer Kickoff Party


outhern Thunder Harley Davidson invited motorcyclelovers from across the MidSouth to its Southaven location for one hot kickoff party. Local bands Under

the Radar and Basketcase played throughout the afternoon,

and demo rides were on the table for anyone interested. Photos by MIKE LEE

King Pappi, Big Cell & King Dream

Lashunda Jones, Michael Parker & Henry Brown

Wil Gatlin & Lydia Kuhn

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out & about


David Bunk, LaToya Sharp & Gary Gardo

Stacy, Nick & Betty Jean Harmeier

Blues Ball Spring Auction and Crawfish boil


eld at the Tennessee Brewery, the gala previewed a number of items to be auctioned at The Blues Ball this fall. A painting of B.B. King by artist Michael Maness

and a guitar by Ernie Patton bearing King’s likeness are among those up for grabs, as this year’s Ball will pay special tribute to the fallen bluesman. Photos by FRANK CHIN

Mike Glenn & Jacinda Norton

Pat Kerr Tigrett

Melanie Tigrett & Jackie Wilson

Lana Smith & Dr. John Rada

Karen & Taylor Luna

Jessica & Kim Hunter

Amy Reaves & Samantha Hayes

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out & about


Hudson Fernandez, Jesse Ingram & Pinot

Susan Fernandez, Pam Black & Neal Cannon

Sunset on the Square: Say it Ain’t So


his cover band offered up a mix of country tunes and good ol’ fashioned rock ’n’ roll at Sunset on the Square in Hernando. The four-piece features frontman guitarists Jay Stone and Juno Aventon, while Rome McMinn

thumps the bass and Rickey Shelton slams on drums. Photos by ROBERT LONG

Kelli & Brian Baker

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Shari & Marshall Galloway

Melanie Dupree, Diane & Lester Smith


Charles Chooch Pickard & Valerie Calhoun

Angie & Zack Street

Taylor Wamble & Knox Shelton

out & about

Shannon & Paul Schuhlein

Tracie West & Alison Welch



iteracy Mid-South and MarxBensdorf Realtors presented the fourth annual Literatini

benefitting LML’s Adult Learning

Program. The program serves more than




annually and provides adult learners Barry Wolverton & Brit McDaniel

with free tutoring. This year’s Literatini

Jon & Rachel Dickens

featured hors d’oeuvres from The Booksellers Bistro and mixed drinks from a number of local restaurants, including Alchemy, South of Beale and Café Ole. Bestselling author Marja Mills, known for her Harper Lee memoir The Mockingbird Next Door, was on hand for a signing and Q&A.

Charlie & Courtney Miller Santo

Jessica Toliuszis & Christina Vranich

Beverly Perkins & Rodney Newsom

Photos by FRANK CHIN

Lindsey True & Andrea Schultz

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out & about


Brad & Brenda Cobb

Jane Sullivan, Joe & Priscilla Musgrave

Deanno & Monty Wiggins

Jody & Kate Scott Pennock

Elizabeth & Michael Johnson with John Aubrey, Lucas Johnson, Nolen Shannon & Mack Johnson

Victoria & Carter Bobo & Jan Watson

Tunica Arts Council’s

Arts in the Alley


unica Arts Council sponsored Arts in the Alley, which featured live music by Tunica locals Byron Earnheart, Patrick Johnson and Dave Klimek. A celebration of arts and culture, the event

also recognized photography and other visual works, including a

children’s chalk wall. Photos by MIKE LEE

Anita Hastings & Lilibeth Withers

Pat Bibb & Eddie McGregor

Terry Lancaster & Brenda VanCleave

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Byron Earnheart & Patrick Johnson

Yoriko, Hannah, Sho, Emma & Michael Sides

Clay Gentry & Laura Wright


out & about

Zeta Phi Beta

5th Anniversary Celebration


n June 6, the Southaven Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority celebrated their fifth year as an active charter with a

luncheon at Goodman Oaks Church of Christ.

The sorority also used this time to present their yearly scholarships to deserving DeSoto County seniors. Photos by MIKE LEE Telitha Ball, Vachenzia McKinney & Sophie Griffin

Mary McClain & Katrina Guthwright

Tommerria Hearn & Debra Sykes

Jerrica Birks & Tianna Howard

Kimberly Williamson & Stephanie McCarty

Auslyn Frazier & Katelyn Gatewood

Amanda Carter & Stephanie Thaddies

Jackie & Phylecia Mason

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SOCIAL AGENDA Your monthly resource for what’s happening around town


Spirit of SRVS Hilton Memphis 7–11:30 p.m. Sponsored by Sedgwick, this auction event features a wide variety of wines from around the world and a hearty selection of local fare. Proceeds from the 17th annual gala will benefit SRVS programs and services. Admission $75.


Firefly Glow Party Memphis Botanic Garden 7­–9 p.m. Light up the night sky at this family-friendly bash. Amp up your look at the Illumination Station before a dance party featuring an LED hoop performance and music by The Friendzies. Admission $12-$15.

Backstage Bash Orpheum Theatre 6 p.m. Step through the famous “Stage Door” on Beale Street for a lively backstage experience in Memphis. Central BBQ and Hard Rock Café will provide a delicious meal, and Buster’s Liquors & Wines has the cocktails covered. Admission $25-$250.


Splash Time at the Dixon Dixon Gallery & Gardens 2–4 p.m. Beat the summer heat in Memphis by running through the sprinklers and relaxing in front of the fans at the gardens. Admission $3-$7.

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Moon River Music Festival Levitt Shell 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Catch Drew Holocomb & The Neighbors, Needtobreathe, Switchfoot and more at the second annual Moon River Music Festival in Memphis. Admission $25-$75.

Live at the Garden: ZZ Top Memphis Botanic Garden 8:30 p.m. Legendary rock band ZZ Top takes the stage as part of the Live at the Garden concert series. Expect epic renditions of all the classics. Admission $40-$74.


Paw Prints Party The Racquet Club of Memphis 5:30–11 p.m. Enjoy live music by jukebox band Front & Beale and bid on live and silent auction items at this fundraiser for the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. Admission $150.


Art After Dark: Herbs Dixon Gallery & Gardens 6–8 p.m. Join Melissa Peterson, editor and publisher of Edible Memphis, on a tour around the Dixon’s herb garden in Memphis. Light refreshments and a cash bar will also be available. Admission $3-$7.

6th annual City Wide Scavenger Hunt Gale Center Grab a couple of friends and put your knowledge of the Hernando community to the test. Participants traverse the town in hopes of winning a $1,000 grand prize. Admission $20.

A Vintage Affair: Toast to Life Gala Memphis Botanic Garden 6–11 p.m. Party for a cause at this year’s Toast to Life Gala benefitting American Cancer Society. Admission $250.


Vine to Wine at the Garden: My Big Backyard BBQ Memphis Botanic Garden 6–8 p.m. Sample a selection of wines and beers fit for a picnic in the park. Central BBQ will provide the meal, and Minor Street Strings will soothe the soul at this tasting in Memphis. Admission $25-$35.


Silent Night Holiday Inn–University of Memphis 6 p.m. Hear from the evening’s featured artist, Tom Sullivan. An acclaimed jack-of-alltrades, Sullivan has done everything from singing to writing to producing. Attendees can also take part in a silent auction. Admission $100.

29 Art Sale

Orpheum Theatre 1 p.m. Snack on hors d’oeuvres while perusing art from some of the MidSouth’s top artists in Memphis. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Orpheum’s new Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. Admission $10.

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ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC 1 Patti LaBelle Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $41.50-$102

1 Ramcat Rhythm & Brews Ramcat Alley, Greenwood 6-10 p.m., Admission $20

5 Kevin Gates Minglewood Hall, Memphis 9 p.m., Admission $15-$30




Tim McGraw

Belle and Sebastian

BankPlus Amphitheater, Southaven 7 p.m., Admission $30.75-$61.75

Minglewood Hall, Memphis 9 p.m., Admission $32-$35

14 Jamey Johnson Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $26.50-$102

14-15 Rustenhaven Roxy’s Live at Sam’s Town Casino, Tunica 9 p.m., Admission free


Outcry Tour

Sounds of Summer Music & Family Festival

BankPlus Amphitheater, Southaven 7 p.m., Admission $22-$42

Byhalia Walking Park, Byhalia 5-10 p.m., Admission $5



Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival

Corey Smith

Downtown Clarksdale 4:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., Admission free

8 Kool and the Gang GoldStrike Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $49.95-$79.95

9 Cat Head Mini Blues Fest Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art Store, Clarksdale 10 a.m., Admission free

Second Street Blues Party Rock & Blues Museum, Clarksdale 10 a.m., Admission free

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Minglewood Hall, Memphis 9 p.m., Admission $18-$20

Kenny Rodgers Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $31.50-$102

21-22 Billy Jones Bluez Band Roxy’s Live at Sam’s Town Casino, Tunica 9 p.m., Admission free

28 Neil Sedaka Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $42-$102

VISUAL ARTS 6-8 Art-er Limits: Oxford Fringe Festival Downtown Oxford 6 p.m. Thurs., 1 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m. Sat., Admission $5-$10

through August 23 River Exhibition National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Noon-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $4-$6

through August 30 Arp, Man Ray, and Matta: Surrealists in any medium Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7

through September 5 V.I.P. Portrait Gallery by Andrzej Maciejewski The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Admission $3-$5

through September 8 20th Century Color Woodcuts: Japonisme and Beyond Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7

through September 11 A Kind of Confession National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Noon-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $4-$6

through September 13 Surreal Kingdoms Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7

through September 20 British Watercolors from the Golden Age Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7

through September 20 Play Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7

PERFORMANCE ARTS 1-2 Menopause: The Musical Orpheum Theatre, Memphis 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $39-$49

14 through September 6 Billy Elliot the Musical Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15-$40

21 through September 6 Buyer and Cellar Circuit Playhouse, Memphis 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15-$35

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Jukďż˝& Joints

Dive Bars

Venerable venues of the South

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The Hi Tone

Story by Freddy Hodges Photos by Brian Anderson

Between its former location on Poplar

there when Billy Joe Shaver played. He

Lahna Deering of roots-rock group

Avenue and the swanky new Crosstown

was standing near the door that, to

Deering and Down has played at both

Memphis digs, the Hi Tone name carries

frequenters of the Poplar Hi-Tone, will

locations and says of the Cleveland

a lot of weight in the Bluff City. After 20

always be more closely associated to a

location since its 2013 inception, “It’s

years of shows that include hot acts like

wall with a handle, when Billy Joe tried

bare-bones at the moment, but they’re

Yelawolf, Lucero and Carrie Rodriguez,

to sneak out during a drum solo. Beasley

making music. It’s kind of cool that it is

the renowned Memphis venue, which

brought it to Shaver’s attention that it

the way it is.” At the time, it was little more

once housed the dojo of Elvis Presley’s

was locked, and as Shaver looked at the

than a cement room with a soundboard

martial arts sensei, Kang Rhee, moved to

main entrance, and the sea of people

and porta-john foyer pillars. But rock

its current Crosstown Shoppes location.

he’d have to roll through to get to it, he

n’ roll persisted. “The old building was

“What I loved about the Hi- Tone was the

decided it better to stay. “I ended up

pretty cool, and I know it has a lot of

intimacy the venue brought,” says Phil

getting to take a picture with him, shake

history, but we still have a place to play

Beasley, former Memphis Songwriters

his hand, and just hang out for a bit with

music, and that’s the bottom line.”


a guitar shaman,” Beasley says.




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Photos above courtesy of Clarksdale CVB

Ground Zero

Story by Casey Hilder

From its historic location at 0 Blues

skeptical that a “modern” blues club

cooked pork and all manner of greens,

Alley to its iconic owners in Clarksdale

could invoke the same feeling as the old-

Ground Zero offers eight apartment

Mayor Bill Luckett and Academy Award-

timey juke joints of the region. However,

flats to rent for tourists looking for the

winning actor Morgan Freeman, Ground

local apprehensions would go away

authentic juke joint experience. “You

Zero Blues Club packs a ton of Southern

after the club, its popularity boosted in

can get all you want of the music and go

history in its relatively short 14 years of

part by endorsements by Freeman, drew

to bed listening to it,” Luckett says.


blues fanatics and tourists from all over

In addition to a year-round, near

“We got our start because -- when

the world to see acts like Mark Massey,

constant rotation of blues musicians,

Morgan Freeman and I used to hang

Daddy Mack and The 901 Blues Band. “I

Ground Zero serves as a regional hub

out in the nineties – we started to see

think we’ve proven the critics wrong –

of sorts during celebrations like the

all these foreign tourists out this way

the whole world is coming here now,”

upcoming inaugural Sister City Festival

looking for a good blues show,” Luckett

Luckett says. “Australia, Canada, Ireland,

and ongoing events by the Bridging the

says. “So we thought, ‘Why not open a

Italy, French, German – you see a lot of

Blues organization, as well as the annual

blues club?’ We needed it for historical

different people coming through this

New Year’s Eve Bash, which Freeman

preservation, and the area could use it

small town of 18,000.”

himself usually attends.

for employment.” The club initially drew its naysayers,

In addition to a lunch menu that boasts Southern staples like fried catfish, slow-

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The Lyr ic

Story by Tonya Thompson Photos by Brian Anderson housed his family’s horses.

It’s not every music venue that can

like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, MGMT,

boast going from the Faulkners’ livery

and Modest Mouse have also performed

Falling into disrepair after its post-20s

stable to the third stop of The Flaming

at the venue, which is located near the

heyday,The Lyric was used for office space

Lips world record success for most

courthouse square at 1006 Van Buren

and a health center during the 1980s.

shows played during a 24-hour period.

Avenue in Oxford.

On July 3, 2008, The Lyric was reopened

Yet, The Lyric Theatre holds that exact

“The Lyric [has also] premiered a lot of

and quickly became one of the best-

claim to fame, and as the largest music

Faulkner films,” says Dillon-Maginnis,

known music venues of the MidSouth.

venue in Oxford, Mississippi, it is known

who notes that the venue has underwent

With capacity for 500 people seated and

for bringing several acclaimed national

several major changes since it was first

over 1,000 for concerts, the theatre has

and international acts to the North

constructed. The original structure was

been returned to its former glory with

Mississippi region.

built during the later part of the 19th

a multimillion-dollar renovation. Also


century, and was first used as the livery

available to rent for private events, the

Memphis to New Orleans playing eight

stable for William Faulkner’s family. The

bi-level venue offers several bars, state-

shows,” says Lindsay Dillon-Maginnis,

1920s saw the stable repurposed into

of-the-art sound and lighting equipment,

the venue’s general manager. “It was a

the theatre that would be Oxford’s first

multiple green rooms, and a beautiful

lot of work. The venue was completely

movie house, and local tales have been

lobby that combines Oxford’s past and

sold out and everyone was thrilled!

told of how in 1949, William Faulkner saw

present on unique display.

It was broadcast live the entire time.”

the world premiere of MGM’s Intruder in

Along with The Flaming Lips, music acts

the Dust in the same building that once





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A Furry Affair August 8 When Emily Rygg brought an abandoned dog to DeSoto Animal Rescue Society, she had no idea what would come of the experience. Now, both Emily and Bob Rygg host the nonprofit’s annual Furry Affair fundraiser at Bonne Terre. Around 200 guests come out each year to enjoy live music, a silent auction and more in support of the organization. All proceeds aid DARS in rescuing abused animals across the MidSouth and finding love-filled foster homes.

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