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This weekend in Memphis music

May 20, 2011

As usual, there’s no shortage of great music happening this weekend. And hey, with all those billboards claiming that the end is near it seems like there is no time like the present to get stocked up on some good live Memphis tunes. This week, as promised, we’re kicking off our weekly staff picks feature. Each week one member of our staff will recommend a particular show they think you shouldn’t miss and tell you why — you’ll know it because it’ll always be in bold. Without further ado, here’s a selection of your musical choices for the weekend:

  • Tonight at Java Cabana, acoustic singer-songwriter C.C. Hill at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tonight at Blue Monkey midtown, the Patrick Dodd Band.
  • Tonight at Minglewood Hall’s 1884 Lounge, the official Primus after-party featuring Sin City Scoundrels.
  • Tonight at Otherlands, Elizabeth Wise and Three Degrees with Rice Drewry from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Tonight at Premiere Palace, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents Opus One with special guest Amy Lavere. This recommendation comes to you from John Miller, Music Resource Center coordinator. Here’s what John says: “For anyone who is unfamiliar with the Opus One concert series, it is a remarkable partnership combining the artistic flair of local contemporary artists in genres as disparate as rock, soul and blues with the dramatic performance capacity of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.  For this edition, Jonathan Kirkcey composed arrangements for songs from the forthcoming Amy LaVere album, Stranger Me, which will be performed by LaVere and the more than 30-piece orchestra.  Said local soul queen Susan Marshall after last night’s performance, “I witnessed something truly beautiful and unique.  If you weren’t there tonight…sorry for ya.”  Don’t miss your last chance to catch it tonight.
  • Saturday at Neil’s, Reba Russell at 9 p.m.
  • Saturday at the Beale Street Tap Room, JP and the Jackrollers play from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sunday at the HiTone, Davis Coen and Grace Askew.
  • Sunday at the Old Millington Winery, enjoy Nancy Apple performing from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday at Huey’s downtown, Soul Shockers play from 8:30 p.m. to just past midnight.
Let us know if you’d like to see your gig listed here — we want to help you get the word out! Leave us a comment here or send your show information to elizabeth at memphismeansmusic dot com.
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