The Ruby Wilson benefit show at B.B. King's (see Music Feature, page 26) isn't the only benefit concert this week swimming with interesting local music. At Minglewood Hall on Sunday, April 19th, Amy LaVere and Alvin Youngblood Hart — two of the current local scene's most diverse and compelling performers — will co-headline "An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories," a benefit for local nonprofit True Story Pictures.
True Story Pictures is the brainchild of Joann Self Selvidge and is the only nonprofit documentary film-production company in Memphis. It's dedicated to preserving community history through films such as The WLOK Story and The Arts Interviews, a collection of talks with local artists. Self Selvidge's husband is guitarist Steve Selvidge, who plays in LaVere's band and will also be instrumental in one of the night's opening acts: a reunion concert featuring members of the classic Memphis band Mudboy & the Neutrons. Original Mudboy members Jim Dickinson, Jimmy Crosthwait, and Sid Selvidge (Steve's dad) will be joined by the younger Selvidge and his LaVere bandmate Paul Taylor.
Opening the night are the Pawnshop Kings, an Arkansas-connected roots-rock band.
"An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories" will be an early show — and this time that designation is no joke. Doors open at 5 p.m., with music set to begin at 5:30. Organizers say the music is scheduled to end by 10:30.
General admission tickets are $17; reserved seating with complimentary hors d'oeuvres starts at $35, group tables are $220. Catering is being provided by Another Roadside Attraction Catering, the Beauty Shop, D Sushi/Noodle Doodle Do, and Mollie Fontaine Lounge.
Tickets are available through Minglewood Hall (minglewoodhall.com).
For more info about True Story Pictures, see truestorypictures.org.
Record Store Day
Saturday, April 18th, is the second-annual "Record Store Day," an industry-created "holiday" meant to draw attention to the endangered species of brick-and-mortar record stores, and indie record stores around the country are doing special events. At Goner Records in Cooper-Young, Jay Reatard will perform live at 5:30 p.m. Prior to that, there will be a parking-lot sale from 8 a.m. to noon, and all in-store merchandise will be 15 percent off all day.
At Spin Street on Poplar and Highland, they'll get into the act with a three-day weekend sale, including "buy two, get one free" on used CDs and vinyl on Saturday, in-store performances from local musicians, and more than 50 "exclusive" Record Store Day special releases.
On the Scene
Four years after releasing their debut album, Orphan Teeth, local rock band Organ Thief returns with not one but two new records. The band will celebrate the release of two six-song EPs — How To Run a China Shop and Stolen Songs — Saturday, April 18th, at Nocturnal on Madison.
That same night, there's a particularly interesting double bill at the Hi-Tone Café. Relatively new local indie-rockers the Magic Kids (featuring members of the Barbaras and the Warble) will pair up with Murfreesboro alt-country threesome Those Darlins, who will follow up their terrific three-song 2008 EP Wild One and a much-buzzed-about string of appearances at March's South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin with an eponymous full-length debut set to drop this summer. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $8.