Revolving concert series and music-development organization Tha Movement celebrates its second anniversary this week. The catalyst for the neo-soul and hip-hop scene that has become Memphis' most compelling musical growth stock of late, Tha Movement has helped introduce a host of local artists to larger audiences. Several of them will be on hand Saturday, July 10th, at Isaac Hayes'Peabody Place club, to help Tha Movement kick off its third year.
Candice Ivory, whose Path -- Undefined is one of city's best albums this year, and The Tim Terry Experience, whose upcoming disc should be among the best as well, are scheduled to perform. Will Graves and Menefer will fill out the local talent on the bill. Joining these locals will be national soul artist Eric Roberson. Tha Movement's first anniversary show at the Lounge last year was a massive event. Take two promises nothing less.
Some other local shows of note this week: Saturday, July 10th, pop- and alt-rock fans can catch Crash Into June and 40 Watt Moon at the Young Avenue Deli. Sunday, July 11th, you can pick between folk-soul Bella Sun at Midtown Books, folk-rock Central Standards at the Hi-Tone Café, and Southern rockers Stout at the Brookhaven Pub.
-- Chris Herrington
It's old school versus new school when The Fieldstones and Candice Ivory play the Hi-Tone Café on Thursday, July 8th. When honey-voiced blues crooner Little Applewhite calls out, "Showtime, showtime, showtime," he means it. The Fieldstones -- Wilroy Sanders, "Chicken" George Walker, James Bonner, Wordie Perkins, and, of course, Little Applewhite -- were the house band at Green's Lounge, the storied cinderblock juke joint on Person Avenue until it burned in the '90s. They've been playing their funky blues shuffles in some form or another since 1974. At 22, Candice Ivory could be a granddaughter to any one of the Fieldstones (and is actually Sanders' great niece), but the jazz singer has been playing Memphis clubs since she was 14, so she's hardly wet behind the ears. Ivory, who once shared vocal duties with Elliot Ives in the band CYC, brings elements of neo-soul, hip-hop, classic jazz, and R&B to the table. Good stuff all around.