Listen Up: 9 Shows to See in Memphis in January 2015
Here's my monthly guide to live music in Memphis. Yes, it's a little late due to the post-holiday slowdown, but there are still several great shows to look forward to in the next two weeks.
***Giveaway #1 is for the Black Jacket Symphony's Dark Side of the Moon on Friday, Jan. 16 at Minglewood Hall.
If you want to win pair of tickets to the fully-seated show, leave me a comment with your favorite song from that album and I'll pick a random winner on Wed., Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m.***
*Congrats Josh McLaughlin for winning the giveaway!*
Black Jacket Symphony's gig is performing full-length covers of classic albums. The first set is a symphonic reproduction of the album in question, in this Friday's case, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", and the second set has a more laid-back, rock concert vibe with lights and flourishes and so forth. If you want to win a pair of tickets, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite song from "Dark Side of the Moon".
2. DreamFest Weekend 2015, 1524 Madison/Madison Dance Studio, Friday – Sunday, Jan. 16 – 18, $10 per night, 18 and up (21 and up on Sunday)
The 4th annual DreamFest is three nights of musical and spoken word performances from nearly 30 Memphis soul, R&B, hip hop, and spoken word artists. Friday and Saturday night's performances are at 1524 Madison event venue and Sunday night marks the post-holiday return of spoken word/music event Artistik Lounge at Madison Dance Studio at Minglewood Hall. Read the full post here.
Former American Idol finalist and current 107.5 radio host Alexis Grace will have an EP release show on Saturday, Jan. 17 in the cafe space at Playhouse on the Square. The cover charge includes a copy of the album. This is her first release since leaving American Idol, so it's highly anticipated to say the least. You can see a video from the album above.
4. Brad Paisley, Landers Center, Thursday, Jan. 22, $30 – $70, all ages
Country superstar Brad Paisley comes to Southaven.
5. Cities Aviv + Ex-Cult, small room at the Hi-Tone Cafe, Friday, Jan. 23, doors at 9 p.m., $10, 18 and up
Hometowners Cities Aviv (rap, hip-hop, punk, soul, all of the above) and Ex-Cult (punk) come together for what is sure to be an epic, memorable night in the small room at the HI-Tone.
6. Mighty Souls Brass Band, The Bayou, Saturday, Jan. 24, music at 10 p.m., no cover, all ages
The Mighty Souls Brass Band plays their first show of the new year on the same week that their debut album is released to the public. If you haven't gotten your hands on it at one of their release shows last year, you'll be able to buy on iTunes, at local record stores, or stayed tuned for a CD giveaway on this blog the last week of January.
Nashvegas-based indie prog rock ground Moon Taxi will finish off the month at Minglewood. Lonely Biscuits and Firefield open.
8. Motel Mirrors with John Paul Keith and Amy LaVere, Lafayette's Music Room, Friday, Jan. 30, 9:30 p.m., $5, all ages
Modern Memphis music legends John Paul Keith and Amy LaVere team up for classic 50s and 60s-style duets, both covers and originals. Listen to me and Kevin's podcast interview with Amy here.
9. Bruiser Queen, the Buc, Saturday, Jan. 31, 11 p.m., $5, 21 and up
Bruiser Queen is a St. Louis based male/female guitar and drums garage rock duo who have opened for acts like Best Coast, Those Darlins, and the Polyphonic Spree. They'll be at the Buc at the end of the month Listen to their latest album "Sweet Static" right here.
As always, the monthly "Listen Up" posts are not meant to be a comprehensive list of all the live music going on in Memphis this month, but a quick rundown of some notable shows of different sizes, genres, and venues.
Do you want to submit a band/show/venue for inclusion in February's Listen Up? I accept both Memphis-based bands and touring shows. Submissions must be received by January 26. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with info and please use the subject line "Listen Up February". Or just click here.