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M3 Week is here! Show your support daily with our handy guide

October 19, 2010

This Friday kicks off Memphis Means Music Week, an annual civic pride campaign designed to unite the community in celebrating Memphis music history and the current Memphis music scene. While the event officially begins on Friday as Ardent Studios opens its doors to the public for tours, we thought we’d give you a jump start on the festivities with this handy guide of daily ways to show your support for Memphis music throughout M3 Week.

  • Friday 10.22 – Join us for a rare opportunity to tour Ardent Studios as part of the official Memphis Means Music Week Kick-Off Event. Public tours begin at 4 p.m. and will run until 7 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the M3 Week Kick-Off Reception at 5:30. RSVP to
  • Saturday 10.23 – Head to local record stores Goner or Shangri-La and browse the racks. Both have great selections of Memphis music.
  • Sunday 10.24 – Head downtown to South Main to enjoy River Arts Festival, and be sure to stop by and say hello at the Memphis Music Foundation stage and booth — our artists will play at the National Civil Rights Plaza all day long.
  • Monday 10.25 – Sign up for piano lessons at Amro! You know you’ve seen the sign while driving down Poplar — you can play, they guarantee it! And now you can do it on the cheap since they’ll be offering discounted lesson packages as part of M3 Week.
  • Tuesday 10.26 – Head to the Rock’n’Soul Museum with your Shelby County license or identification and enjoy free admission. (And of course, if you’re an MRC member you should stop by for your $5 flu shot! Just be sure to RSVP here and let us know you’re coming.)
  • Wednesday 10.27 – Attend a guitar workshop at St. Blues Guitars with renowned luthier Tom Keckler, starting at 6 p.m. It’s free, like all MRC workshops, but you’ll need to let us know you’re coming so we can save you a spot.
  • Thursday 10.28 – STAX hosts a listening party with Huey Lewis, open to the public from 7 to 8:30 p.m. And for those who can, $100 will get you into the VIP reception at 6 p.m. and some awesome goodies autographed by Huey Lewis and the News.
  • Friday 10.29 – Hear live music (and take in some great art!) at the South Main Trolley Tour night, and stop by the Memphis Music Foundation Open House for some snacks, wine and beer. We’ll be in costume, and we think you should be, too! (But of course we’d love to see you no matter what.)
  • Saturday 10.30 – Listen to MRC artists perform at the M3 Week Community Concert at Lincoln Park (behind Hamilton High School) from noon to 4 p.m. The concert is in partnership with Heal the Hood, and the event is part of the organization’s 106 Days of Decreased Youth Violence initiative. There will be music, dance, food vendors and representatives from community organizations.


If you can’t make any of these events, be sure to check out the listing on our web site for all the happenings of the week and ongoing promotions at local businesses and retailers.


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