31 August, 2017Print
MEMPHO Music Festival Announces AutoZone Stage LineupTicket prices for the inaugural event set to increase Friday, Sept. 8
MEMPHO Music Festival has confirmed performers for its AutoZone Stage, which spotlights top acts from Memphis and surrounding region, and added new performers to its Main Stage. Reverend John Wilkins, a singer and guitarist in the tradition of Hill Country gospel and country-blues greats like Mississippi Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside, headline the Friday, October 6 AutoZone Stage schedule that includes Dan Luke & The Raid and Bluff City favorites Star & Micey and Dead Soldiers.
On Saturday, the jazz and blues sound of JoJo's Slim Wednesday, led by Widespread Panic keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann, culminates a day that features Marcella & Her Lovers, Devil Train, Objekt 12, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, UTR and local students from School of Rock.
In addition, Memphis' Stax Music Academy Band will open the festival's Main Stage on Friday. Stax Music Academy is an after-school instructional program for aspiring musicians that focuses on the rich legacy and tradition of Stax Records, once located on the same spot where the Academy now sits.
The inaugural MEMPHO Music Festival takes place Oct. 6-7 at the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park, one of the largest urban parks in America, just minutes from Downtown Memphis. Tickets -- including single-day and two-day general admission and VIP passes -- are on sale now at memphofest.com. Ticket prices, which currently begin at $40, will increase Friday, Sept. 8.
MEMPHO Music Festival, a two-day music, food and nature experience, boasts an eclectic musical lineup honoring the heart and soul of the city and its influence on the blues, roots and soul music. This year's lineup includes Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Cage the Elephant, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Hard Working Americans, Southern Avenue, and Booker T Presents: Stax Revue. The festival will also host a main-stage Memphis music tribute led by Stax Records guitarist Steve Cropper, featuring special guests.
For more, please visit memphofest.com.
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MEMPHO is the latest chapter in the rich musical history of Memphis. Its founders are committed to making it an integral part of the Memphis cultural scene for years to come. MEMPHO has been created to blend today's best sounds with Memphis' storied musical heritage, creating a festival experience filled with music, food, and nature that appeals to people of all ages. The inaugural event on October 6th and 7th 2017 features Grammy award-winning artists Cage the Elephant and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Other performances include Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Cold War Kids, Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue, Hard Working Americans, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Bishop Briggs, The Weeks, Southern Avenue, Jojo's Slim Wednesday, Dan Luke & The Raid and more.
About Shelby Farms Park:
At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee is one of the largest urban parks in the country. With a visionary master plan designed by James Corner Field Operations, it is poised to become one of the best. Today, the Park features miles of paved and unpaved trails, dozens of lakes and ponds, the internationally recognized and sustainably designed Woodland Discovery Playground, a buffalo herd, the FedEx Event Center, The Kitchen Bistro and Kitchenette, a water play splash pad, an outdoor event stage overlooking an 80-acre lake, a treetop adventure course and more.
About Big River Presents:
Founded by Memphis native Diego Winegardner, Big River Presents is focused on promoting live events like MEMPHO aimed at enhancing Memphis' cultural scene and reputation as a premier destination to live and work. Big River Presents believes Memphis is sacred ground for all those interested in the music industry.