Mempho Fest at Shelby Farms 

The world may be heating up, but so far, October in Memphis is still idyllic. How perfect then, to have a music festival in that sweet spot after the summer heat. And just as Mempho Fest bookends the festival season on the flip side of Memphis in May, so too does it bookend the city geographically, in the bucolic environs of Shelby Farms Park, with plenty of room for food trucks and vendors of fine beer, wine, and cocktails.

click to enlarge Booker T. Jones
  • Booker T. Jones

Mempho Fest is featuring truly world-class performers, from Grammy-winners Cage the Elephant (hard-rocking pop with an unpredictable edge) and Jason Isbell (a sublime wordsmith and tunesmith) to Grammy-nominee Anderson .Paak (to bring some edgy flow to the mix). Bundled in with these globe-hopping talents are several local or once-local acts, notably the legendary Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper, both Grammy-winners in their own right. Southern Avenue, the latest artists on the revived Stax label, will be there, along with other local faves Marcella Simien, the Rev. John Wilkins, Star & Micey, and the Dead Soldiers. Having Memphis music old and new taking the stage with today's current stars is an enticing combination, sure to reveal just how good we have it here in the Bluff City.

Mempho Fest at Shelby Farms Park, Friday and Saturday, October 6th-7th. memphofest.com

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