Our Mission
"Celebrating the arts, music, and heritage of the South from the cultural crossroads of Memphis" is best served by enjoying, living and breathing the very things we are sworn to preserve and protect.  We believe that by providing a platform for art, music, and culture we encourage its growth and evolution.  When you visit the Center, you visit a stage that comes alive with every show.


Judy Peiser 

Co-Founder Executive Producer



Memphis Music &

Heritage Festival

   Each Labor Day Weekend we produce the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival.  It is the Center's signature event.  With urban Memphis as our backdrop we showcase and celebrate the music, culture, arts, and rhythms of the Memphis/Delta region. 



Multimedia Archives

   Called by Michael Taft of the Library of Congress "One of the most extensive archives of Ethnographic materials in the country," the Center has amassed audio recordings, film and video footage, historical and contemporary photographs, printed materials, and other artifacts that present mule traders and fife makers, folk artists and blues performers, salsa and soul musicians and much more. 

Mark Hayden




Check out some of the music that the Center has helped produce on iTunes! Current selections are Joyce Cobb's "Beale Street Saturday Night," and the "Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Live 1989 Highlights"


119 S. Main St.

Memphis, Tennessee 38103



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Sat: 2PM-11PM

Sun: 2PM-8PM

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-- Judy Peiser,
Executive Producer


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Cultural Tours

  The Center for Southern Folklore offers a wide variety of events, programs, and customized tours that showcase the music and cultural history of the Memphis/Delta region.  To top off the programs we serve our yummy southern comfort food.

Heritage Hall

    This is the area of the Center where you can watch film, see folk art, and enjoy a variety of photographic exhibits. On a given night you might see a show by southern bluesman Bobby Rush, a jookin' contest by some of Memphis' best dancers, or a Memphis Music Revue by Memphis Diva Joyce Cobb


Folklore Store

    The Folklore Store is the Center's version of Alice's Restaurant: part general store, part art gallery, and part music hall.  You can purchase regional folk art, prints from the archive, great CDs and DVDs produced by the Center and regional musicians, while you listen to live Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rockabilly, Gospel, and everything else Memphis and the surrounding areas has to offer! 

    You can also sit down and enjoy some of our authentic southern cuisine and drinks while you enjoy your music. We have live performances most Friday and Saturday nights which usually start around 8 p.m.






Folklore Store Events and Live Music

The CSF is located on the downtown mall across the street from Royal Furniture, next to Margie's Ice Cream. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Please come and tell your friends.

Come and join us for some fine Memphis music and musicianship.
All ages.
Always family friendly.

119 S. Main St. 38103   901-525-3655   www.southernfolklore.com