Memphis Music and Heritage Festival 2013

 Labor Day Weekend! 

Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1st

11am to 11pm both days

Family Friendly and FREE!

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 The schedule with set times is posted here.

Bobby Rush, Joyce Cobb, Kate Campbell, Pierce Petties, and Tom Kimmel (The New Agrarians),

Tav Falco and Panther Burns, Roy Harper, Brittany Russell, Bottom of the Bottle, MouseRocket,

Sons of Mudboy, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Preston Shannon,

Darrell Petties and SIP, Toxie, The Bell Singers, The Mellowtones, The Billy Gibson Band,

Kallen Esperian, Tonya Dyson, The Daddy Mack Blues Band, Los Contadores,

Eric Crays and Thirty Paces, First Class, The Side Street Steppers, Swampkatz,

Gary Topper Jazz Group, Navy Brass Band, Suavo J. ft Mr. 88 and the Bones,

and lots, lots more of musicians, dancers and artists.


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This year's festival honors Memphis' own Joyce Cobb. Click the video at left to hear a short interview and performance. Joyce has performed across the United States and Europe providing a reason for audiences to stand up, applaud, boogie or just sing along.


 .. a grand parade of the best Memphis has to offer, where our greatest gift to the world - music - is writ symphoniously large. It is a destination for music aficionados from around the world, who make a pilgrimage to downtown Memphis every Labor Day Weekend. It is the only weekend where you can boogie, strut, jitterbug, sway to your heart's content - and with good reason - the Center assembles the best artists and musicians the South has to offer!" --Bill Ellis, Commerical Appeal
Memphis is a special place where music is not played in the background.  It is a place where music and dance and song tells us who we are and tells visitors more about our home and community. For over two decades every Labor Day weekend, the Center for Southern Folklore's Memphis Music & Heritage Festival has showcased artists whose music has helped define our region to the world. From urban blues and jazz to rockabilly, folk to gospel, soul and neo-soul, salsa and drum lines to Chinese dancers, the line-ups continue to be diverse as ever.
 For folks who want to know about Memphis music past and present, this is the Festival to attend. In 2007 over 30,000 people attended this festival which showcased over 100 artists and groups on five stages over two days. The audiences are diverse, multi-generational and excited to be part of an event which celebrates the cultural and musical roots of the Memphis/Mid-South region - and it's free thanks to sponsorship and contributions from businesses and community agencies.

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