The third annual MISOMI (Memphians in Support of the Mentally Ill) benefit takes place this Saturday at the Hi-Tone. Put together by Graham Winchester — the organizer behind the Memphis Does Bowie benefit that generated nearly $20,000 for St. Jude — MISOMI features a whole slew of popular local bands, in addition to art, clothing, and food available for purchase. All proceeds from the show will go to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and a $10 donation is required upon entry. As far as benefits go, Winchester has proven he's capable of throwing great ones, and his connections to the Memphis music scene give him the ability to curate a lineup that few others could fathom or pull off.
Jack Oblivian is the biggest name on the bill, but other premier local acts include the jam band Devil Train, downer punks True Sons of Thunder, overall weirdos Zigadoo Moneyclips, and garage rockers the Sheiks. Also set to play are Crockett Hall, Brandon Taylor, Chickasaw Mound, Doctor Brown, the Incredible Hook, Kitty Dearing and the Dagnabbits, Los Cantadores, the Maitre D's, Office Buildings, Southern Avenue, and Winchester and the Ammunition. The show will take place in both rooms of the Hi-Tone, with non-stop music happening from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. With so many great local bands in one place and all the money going to an amazing cause, there's really no reason not to stop by the Hi-Tone at some point on Saturday night. As for Graham Winchester becoming one of the best local show promoters in town, many of us are left wondering one thing: What will he do next?