Rhodes' MasterSingers Chorale and the Memphis Symphony perform. Check out the MasterSingers below. The concert is Friday night. Buy tickets here.
Israel's best blues band hits the Highland Strip. That is one fierce blues woman. Phillip Roth, call your office.
As this video shows, Opera Memphis will find you and they will come and get you with Opera. So do the right thing and go see the Christmas List, an original opera written by Sarah Squire, director of education for OM. The show runs all weekend at the Clark Opera Center.
The Zac Brown Band is coming to FedExForum on Friday, December 27th, with special guests The Wood Brothers and AJ Ghent.
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The king's platter is for sale. No, it's not a heapin' heppin' of fried catfish, it's the big guy's record player going up for bid in Cornwall (of course it's in Cornwall), UK. The Beeb is all over this and ran an article. Apparently the (American) King gave it to a German woman when he was staying up all night doing speed in the cold for the U.S. Army. She had helped Vernon with some translations. As you can see below, it's completely bad-ass in its own right. So get over there and buy the thing like you got sense. They think it will fetch £2000, which is like a trillion dollars.
Last week, we learned that Lafayette’s Music Hall will return to Overton Square. Loeb Properties has leased the site of the venerable showcase theater to Beale Street Blues Company. Lafayette’s was short lived but looms large in the mythology of Memphis music.
The club was something of an afterthought for Overton Square developers Ben Woodson, Charlie Hull, Buck Doggrell, Jimmy Robinson, and George Saig. The club was named for legendary bartender Lafayette Draper.
You like the punk rock, do ya? Get ready to flip out, mister. Tanks, Special Agent Cooper, and Broken Arrow are at the Hi-Tone on Thursday.
Special Agent Cooper:
Frasyer's Yo Gotti brings the I Am tour to town.
PARENTAL ADVISORY!!!!!!: He says the word "shit." So look out. Lock the kids in the attic.
There is something wild about Newby's the night before Thanksgiving. Memphians go away to school and get back together for the first time. It's usually freakin' haywire in there. Detroit's 22-year-old producer Griz will likely whip up some sort of major frenzy.
Jeff Nichols, brother of Lucero's Ben Nichols, was nominated for Best Director for his work on Mud which was made not too far away in Arkansas and released in Memphis this past spring. Mud is also the winner of the Robert Altman Award for it's director, casting director, and cast.
Short Term 12, which premiered at and won Indie Memphis' Best Narrative Feature Audience Award, received 3 Indie Spirit nominations, including for Best Female Lead (Brie Larson), Best Supporting Male (Keith Stanfield), and Best Editing.
And Nebraska, which also got it's regional premier at Indie Memphis a few weeks, ago, received 6 Indie Spirit nomination, including for Best Feature, Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Male Lead (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Female (June Squibb), Best Supporting Male (Will Forte), and Best First Screenplay (Bob Nelson). Nebraska is scheduled for wide release in Memphis on December 22nd.
Finally, The Act of Killing is nominated for Best Documentary. The film had an exclusive screening in October at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
See the full list of Indie Spirit nominees at the bottom.
Additional reading, Memphis Flyer reviews:
12 Years a Slave
All is Lost
The Spectacular Now
Dallas Buyers Club
The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Color
Memphis rapper Juicy J is probably not going to be on the Lilith Fair reunion. But last night on Arsenio, he made it rain. And in doing so, he helped the audience prove that people of any class, ethnicity, or gender can jump after ones like whores. Good job, studio audience, you are now officially Memphis' bitch.
The venue was close to capacity, made up predominantly of fans with a 1 in front of their age and those for whom that wasn't so long ago the case. (At age 37, I found myself in the 97th percentile — or, as I was corrected by Twitter friend @meghanshelby, "If you're over 19 you're in the 99.9th percentile."
The show was terrific in many ways, though much of it can be condensed to: MGMT played about as broadly embraceable a set as they could based on the wide range of types of fans in attendance.
You wanted to hear their big hits, like "Kids," "Time To Pretend," and "Electric Feel?" Score.
You wanted to hear the trippy stuff like "Siberian Breaks" and "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters?" Score.
You wanted to hear material from the new album? Score.
MGMT's set list broke down cleanly, with 6 cuts from Oracular Spectacular, 5 from Congratulations, and 5 from the newest album, MGMT.
You could use those numbers as a guideline and come up with many permutations of set lists, but MGMT elected to play their most accessible material. So they didn't play "4th Dimensional Transition" but they did play "Weekend Wars"; they didn't play "Lady Dada's Nightmare" but did "Flash Delirium"; didn't play the 2nd half of MGMT but did the first half.
The band's musicianship was fully on display, if you chose to look for it. I don't know that you call MGMT a rock band, and you certainly don't in the traditional sense. As such, a guitar's place is secondary to the hooks, noises, and environmental such and sundry produced by Ben Goldwasser. With an ear toward disassembling the construction to pick out the pieces, you can hear it all there, emanating from the stage. And the lyrics and vocals, though not always as conspicuous, are uniformly excellent. (A line like "I hope I die before I get sold" is pretty easily buried among a dozens of others in a song like "Siberian Breaks," but it's no less terrific.)
Saturday, November 23rd
The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN