Fest Up 

The last weekend in April will bring a diverse lineup of bands, good food, and camaraderie during the second annual Brister Street Music Festival at the Levitt Shell.

The two-day fest, on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m., will highlight the local music scene and champion a local cause.

"You can catch the best local music while supporting the community. It's something special," says Jack Simon, founder of Brister Street Productions. "This is the music festival that the city of Memphis can really rally behind."

More than 30 bands are set to take the stage and provide listeners with earfuls of bluegrass, funk, reggae, Latin, and other genres. FreeWorld, Devil Train, the Ghost Town Blues Band, and Copper Possum are among the scheduled performers.

A portion of ticket sales ($5,000 or 70 percent) will be donated to Grow Memphis — a nonprofit that develops gardens in urban communities to increase the access to fresh and healthy food.

Following the festival's first night, there will be a hip-hop after-party at the Hi-Tone Café.

Each day of Brister Fest is $15. The hip-hop after-party will be $10, but those who attend the festival on Saturday will be admitted for $5.

"This is Memphis music history in the making," Simon says. "Through the music, we can achieve the environmental initiative that we would like to see, which is localized food production through urban gardening."

Brister street music Festival at Levitt Shell, Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29th, 1-10 p.m. Tickets: bristerfest.com or 318-3969

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