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Starry Nights is Back

November 24, 2009

For anyone living in Memphis in the years 1994 to 1998 you will remember Starry Nights.  It was a marvelous animated light show held every Holiday Season at Shelby Farms Park.  It closed after 1998 but now – 10 years later it is coming back – bigger – better and ready to wow kids, of all ages.  Starry Nights 2009 opens on Friday, November 27 and runs until January 2 – every night at Shelby Farms Park.  It’s $20 a car  – so load up the family and come be amazed.

A lot has changed in 10 years, there’s new technology – 1.5 million energy-efficient LED lights – computerized controlled animation over the mile and a half route and a fantastic Memphis Music sound track, coordinated by the Memphis Music Foundation.  The soundtrack is a collaboration of over 50 Memphis musicians who recorded traditional Christmas songs and then donated the use of their songs to Starry Nights.  You’ll hear the Bar-Kays, Wendy Moten, Kallen Esperian, Keith Sykes, Andy Childs, Kevin and Bethany Paige, DeltaCappella, Choirs from Lindenwood and Mississippi Boulevard, Big Angelic Truck, Sid Selvidge, Jason D. Williams and J.D. Reager just to name a few.  There will also be a CD available that you can purchase for a special Holiday gift. 

It was a great team effort for MMF – Kevin Cubbins and Posey Hedges handled the audio engineering, the folks at AudioGraphics MasterWorks produced the CD, Combustion handled the CD design work and Dale Gartrell of Audio Enthusiasts built a low powered FM radio station at Shelby Farms (so you can listen to the soundtrack as your drive through the park).  It is an example of Memphis Music at its finest, and the Music Foundation is proud to be a part of the efforts .  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

For more information on Starry Nights, visit

Proceeds from Starry Nights will benefit the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to help Shelby Farms Park reach its potential as a celebrated 21st century park that defines and shapes a great city.

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  1. Ramona permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:55 pm

    I had a vision for this and I’m really glad that alot of the local musicians have given their time and dedicated their music to this event. I’m glad it’s back and hopefully good for more musicians out there in the future.

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