Do You Love Memphis Music? 5 Reasons To Go To DreamFest 8 This Weekend
If you’re looking for fresh live Memphis music, go to DreamFest – a three-night music festival now in its seventh year.
DreamFest started as a one night show to mark Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but now it’s three nights with different shows, dozens of artists, and hundreds of music fans.
Here are five reasons you need to show up this weekend.
1. A bunch of different genres
This is not like that one radio station that plays the same five songs. Not many other music fests offer this variety of genres: R&B, soul, jazz, trap rappers, backpacker rappers, singer/songwriters, spiritual, reggae, and spoken word. These genres are underrepresented in Memphis’ biggest festivals, so DreamFest is a chance to celebrate them.
2. See them before they’re famous.
Who doesn’t get some satisfaction out of knowing they saw a musician “before they were famous”? You can do that at DreamFest. Many musicians who started at here end up being permanent parts of the Memphis music scene…and beyond. Think of it less like a “what’s new” and more like a “what’s next”.
3. It’s ridiculously affordable.
The cover charges for each night are $10. The end.
4. Three nights, three different shows.
Each night of DreamFest is different. Friday night (Jan 18) is a concert blowout with a big lineup at 1884 Lounge with risin stars Kendrick P, Gerzey, Chozen, St. Courts, JRAN, Lukah, Oso Born Legend, Mike Hicks, Trina Machelle, Fayro, and more.
Saturday night (Jan 19) is both music and panel discussions, featuring conversation hosted by Wilbert Kizer Moore and Shahidah Jones of the 67 Podcast, with writers and creators from Very Smart Brothas, JuntLand creator, Munirah Safiyah Jones, and Red Lip Theology and Lemonade Syllabus creator, Candice Marie Benbow. Other guests will be Memphis poet Smoke and musicians Tyke T, Harley Quinn and the Ladies Edition Band. It’s all in the Madison Dance Studio at Minglewood.
Sunday night (Jan. 20) is the finale, a take on the monthly Artistik Lounge music + spoken word evening, and will be at the Madison Dance Studio venue inside Minglewood Hall.
5. Support Your Memphis Music
Memphis music isn’t only about the past. It isn’t only about Stax and Sun and Elvis. It’s happening now, and you can support it by going to DreamFest and other events like it. What’s more, the feedback from DreamFest in particular is that it’s a feel-good event, with a relaxed vibe.
DreamFest Weekend 8
January 18 – 20
Minglewood Hall Plaza
ages 18 and up
$10 per night
All photos provided by DreamFest.