Dude has an acoustic bass. That's a sin we can live with.
It's pretty scary. Just to be safe, check yourself into that abandoned college in Holly Springs before you listen to this Halloween Jam from Clay Otis and and the Dream Sheiks.
Though it's Halloween, have no fear. The Memphis Flyer is here to help guide you through the festival. Start by reading the Flyer's cover story on Indie Memphis here. Then check here on Sing All Kinds each day for recommendations on that day's schedule. — Greg Akers
All sorts of stuff going on here:
The Mallett Brothers look like they know how to party and fix your suspension. They're at the P&H Wednesday night.
Stop it, y'all. You're scarin' me. It's gonna get worse at Earnestine and Hazels on Saturday night.
Listen to these cats, why don'tcha.
Midtown Music is open at 2272 Central, across from Central BBQ, at Philadelphia Street. Housed in the old WRVR (aka the QUAD) studios — where Isaac Hayes did his voice work for South Park — the space doubles as a recording studio called Sadhana Sound Studios. They have 8 tracks of analog tape and a cool collection of old instruments. The venture is the work of Jeremy Barzizza, a longtime repairman at Amro Music and the bassist for the Side Street Steppers. The store has a fun, laid-back feel and will be a boon to horn players. They also stock ukeleles, the best learning instrument your kid could ever get for Christmas. Have a look at bass phenom Daniel McKee’s uke chops on this wild bass ukelele thing:
Hosoi Bros ain't scared of no wine witches. They're at the Buc Thursdy Oct. 24.
Las Rosas, Toxie, Clear Plastic Masks, Warm Girls Wednesday night over to the Hi-Tone.
Check out Las Rosas' story of a dude and a cat, in song:
It's freakin' Octubafest. Yeah, I know, TUBULAR!
It runs from Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 23-26, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. University of Memphis, Harris Auditorium.
Headlining the program is Mike McAvoy, president of Onion, Inc., the satire news organization that wins the Internet on a daily basis. Saturday will feature a discussion on digitizing Ernest Withers' extensive photographic archive, a forum on childhood obesity and media culture with experts from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, and Michael Jordan vs. Charlie Sheen, presented by Rembert Browne of Grantland.
All Innovation programs are free and open to the public.
Now would also be an opportune time to take a look at the Indie Memphis schedule, which is filling out with some great classic film screenings, parties, and food events. There's also a nifty bike share program to provide wheels to festival attendees.
The full lineup from Indie Memphis is below:
The Stax Music Academy and the Berklee City Music Network are hosting a conference, master classes, and a concert at Minglewood Hall. “American Popular Music, The Untold Story II: Excellence and Access” is a conference that runs October 28-30th at the Westin with the concert on Monday the 28th at Minglewood Hall.
The conference focuses on music education for students in underserved communities and brings a list of interesting participants including school administrators, representatives of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Generosity Network, and a member of the Saturday Night Live band.
The concert will double as a master class in which Memphis’ Grammy-winning sax phenom Kirk Whalum and Broadway star Shoshana Bean will offer critiques to five groups representing Memphis and other cities participating in the Berkelee City Music Network, a non-profit that has awarded scholarships to more than 1,200 students.
Rob Lewis, the music director for Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilerra, Babyface, New Kids on the Block, and others, will conduct the concert’s final song. The concert starts at 7 p.m. It is open to the public and costs $10.
Grammy GPS as Stax Academy
The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter is hosting another GRAMMY GPS seminar on Saturday on October 26th at Stax Music Academy. The Memphis Chapter is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The series brings top-level music industry folks to Memphis for informative sessions on succeeding in music. For more information, go to grammygps.com
This go-round features the CEO and co-founder of Sub Pop, Jonathan Poneman. Sub Pop is closely associated with the Seattle sound as the label for Nirvana. Sub Pop maintains an active roster of bands including the Shins, Mudhoney, and others.
Also on the bill for Grammy GPS is Ben Swank, co-founder of Third Man Records along with Jack White. Third Man settled in Nashville in 2009. The label is home to White’s output with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, in addition to an impressive roster of new and established artists.
We spoke with Swank about making it in music and loving the music more than the money.
Tonight: Black Oak Arkansas at Rockhouse Live in rockin' Raleigh.
"Our time is now." — Jim Dandy