There's lots of music this weekend beyond the standard concert. Here's a guide:
Friday, June 26th: The monthly South Main Trolley Tour is Friday, and the Memphis Music Foundation is taking advantage of the foot traffic to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its Memphis Music Resource Center with an open-house "birthday party" from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors can catch some modern Memphis music as well as take a look at the center, a free information center and workspace available to local musicians and others involved in the music industry. There will be two performance spaces set up for the night with confirmed acts Black Rock Revival, Sore Eyes, Teflon Don & Young Producer Kriss, Good Luck Dark Star, Queens of Zion, and Battle Victorious. ... Though not music-related, another "Trolley Night" event you might want to take note of is the debut of the trailer for the local feature film Daylight Fades. A vampire-themed film from Old School Pictures and director Brad Ellis (who are two-time Indie Memphis winners for "best local feature," most recently for Act One), Daylight Fades is an unusually ambitious local production, and the clips look great. You can see the trailer at 506 S. Main, where it will debut at 7 p.m. and be shown on a loop until 9 p.m.
The two-day North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic kicks off Friday at Potts Camp, a 1,100-acre site in the Holly Springs area. The picnic is the brainchild of blues guitarist Kenny Brown, a longtime protégé of R.L. Burnside. For ticket information, directions, and instructions about what to bring or not to bring, see NMSHillCountryPicnic.com. The music runs from noon to midnight each day, and the lineup Friday features chitlin-circuit icon Bobby Rush (4:30 p.m.), heirs to the throne the Burnside Exploration (6:30 p.m.) and the DuWayne Burnside Band (8:30 p.m.), hill-country survivor T-Model Ford (7:30 p.m.), and a midnight ramble of a jam session featuring Jim Dickinson (11 p.m.).
Saturday, June 27th: Shangri-La Records is having a big sale, dubbed Purge Fest 2009, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., which will feature live music from J.D. Reager & the Cold-Blooded Three, Memphis punk institution Pezz, and one of the city's most highly regarded up-and-coming bands, young rockers the Dirty Streets. ... The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic continues with, among others, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm (3 p.m.; the duo also will play the Levitt Shell Friday night), the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band (5 p.m.), Robert Belfour (5:45 p.m.), Hill Country Revue (8:15 p.m.), the North Mississippi Allstars (9:30 p.m.), and a closing jam led by Brown. ... The Stax Music Academy SNAP! Summer Music Camp will present its grand finale performance at 7 p.m. at the Buckman Performing Arts Center. The theme is "At the Corner of Soulsville and Hitsville: Stax Celebrates Motown" and features Terron Brooks, who has done The Lion King on Broadway and played the Temptations' Eddie Kendricks in a television movie. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, call 946-2435.
Sunday, June 28th: The Memphis Belles burlesque troupe and Shangri-La Records will team up for a "Rock and Roll Car Wash" from noon to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Midtown record store. The event is being held to raise money for the Belles' costumes for their Hi-Tone Café show in July.
Monday, June 29th: Local "holy hip-hop" artist Mr. Del celebrates the launch of his new Memphis-based "urban" and hip-hop label Dedicated Music Group (DMG) with an event at Café Soul in the South Main Arts District. The event also will serve as a release party for Mr. Del's third album, Thrilla. The album is the first release for the label, which inked a distribution deal with Universal last August. In addition to Mr. Del, DMG artist Mali Music will perform. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thrilla hits the streets on Tuesday, June 30t