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101 Things to Do In Memphis #26: Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

by Melissa Thompson

It's that time of year again! The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival is back; get ready for good art, good music, and a good time. This Labor Day weekend – September 3-4 – marks the 30th year the Center for Southern Folklore will produce the its Annual Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, a family-friendly celebration of the musicians, artists, craftspeople, cooks, talkers, dancers, and community members who make Memphis such a special place.

The festivities will take place from 11am – 11pm both days on Main St. between Peabody Place and Gayoso on three outdoor stages and two more indoors. In addition to some of the region’s best blues, soul, rock, gospel, folk, and country performers, the Festival will feature cooking demonstrations, local artists, food and crafts vendors, dancers, storytellers, and fun for the kids!

The Memphis Music and Heritage Festival is one of the best annual events Memphis has to offer.  For two days, all Memphis cultures are represented by a wide variety of performances and demonstrations. Local bands of every kind take several street stages, as do local chefs and other experts on regional novelties. Art lines the streets, and this colorful festival is packed with rock, rap, gospel, blues, marching bands, folk, jug bands, and workshops throughout the day. The fun continues into the night with some of the best talent Memphis has to offer.

As one first time festival-goer said, "The Festival fits the entire spirit of the city into a few downtown blocks. It feels like we're in some big metropolitan city, It's really refreshing to see people who are warm to each other, just listen to music and relax." That's the way it's supposed to be. After people leave the Festival, they see each other differently. Their lives change, and for the better.

To follow the announcement of the line-up and more festival information, join their Facebook event page.

Go to to become a vendor, volunteer, or contribute. This year the festival is completely free to any and every one, so bring all your friends and have a great time!


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Center for Southern Folklore

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Next week on February 22, 2012 the Folk Alliance is in town. Beginning on Wednesday at noon the Center for Southern Folklore has asked folks to perform Wednesday-Friday and Friday and Saturday evenings in the Folklore Store.

Here's the schedule:
Wednesday, February 22 at 12:00 to 1:00 Randal Morton & J.D. Westmoreland
Thursday, February 23 at 12:00 to 1:00 Joe Guyton
Friday, February 24 at 12:00 to 1:00 Lisa Lambert & The Pine Ridge Boys,
            6:00 to 6:45 David Olney (with Sergio Webb & Dan Seymour)
            7:15 to 8:30 Kevin Gordon
Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 to 8:30 The Jamie Davids Experience
                8:30 to 11:00 Devil Train
“The coolest place to listen to great music, eat yummy southern food, buy cool art and photographs and sip on your favorite beer!”

Lewis Marshall, Buyer Specialist for the Your Key to Memphis Team thinks Downtown Memphis is a great place to spend time in Memphis!

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