Memphis News Update: Year For Memphis Music Edition

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 18th 2019 1212 0

Today in Memphis, we have a new way to support local music, half-off concert tickets for this weekend, huge construction projects breaking ground, a premiere for a movie filmed in town, and new festivals to look forward to.

All that and more in this Memphis News Update!

Rendering of future River View Lobby Terrace. Copyright LRK and tvsdesign / Memphis Tourism

These are not in any particular order.

1. A Year For Memphis Music kicked off this week. Here’s how it works: each month, the A Year For Memphis Music releases a single from a Memphis artist, then we all share the heck out of it, purchase, and download it. For about a buck, you can really show your love for Memphis artists. At the least, give it a Spotify listen.

On Jan. 17 they released the very first song, from Victor Wainwright and the Train. The group is a 2019 GRAMMY Award nominee and the track “Train” is available for purchase for $1.29. I got my download. It took me literally five seconds and you can use any music streaming or purchase service. Click here.

2. John Kilzer has an Album Release Show on Saturday, January 19 in the new Dollhouse Theatre inside Crosstown Concourse at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30+ fees, but if I Love Memphis readers use code WASHINGMACHINE at checkout, you can get 50 percent off. Sweet. John will perform with Matt Ross-Spang (acoustic guitar), Steve Selvidge (guitar), Steve Potts (drums), Dave Smith (bass guitar), & Rick Steff (keys).

3. The Cook Convention Center started started construction on the $138.5 million renovation on January 17. Check out the virtual tour of what it will be like when it’s complete in 2020.

New public concourse at the convention center. LRK and tvsdesign / Memphis Tourism.

4. On January 17, the Memphis International Airport started demolition for the renovation on Concourse B. Check out the virtual tour. Listen to me, Greg Akers, and Kevin Cerrito discuss our dream food and vendors for the Memphis Airport in this “Think Tank” podcast.

5. TEDxMemphis is back this year with a diverse slate of amazing speakers. If you want to be energized and inspired, this is the event for you. Hear from CEOs, musicians, physicians, dancers, distillers, and more. It’s on and it will sell out, so get your tickets today. Morning and Afternoon sessions are $50 each, or you can get a ticket for the whole day for $85. VIP tickets with priority seating and a VIP reception with the speakers is $150.

TEDx is an independently organized version of the super famous TED Talks series – timed, fast-paced lectures with big ideas. You’ll hear from a mix of Memphians and others from around the country. TEDxMemphis 2019 is February 2 at Crosstown Arts from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

6. Two new festivals for this year have been announced recently.

First, the Grind City Coffee Expo is for coffee aficionados and java newbies who want to learn more. It’s on March 9 at the Memphis College of Art from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get more information and buy our tickets (on sale today!) right here. Grind City Coffee Expo benefits Protect Our Aquifer.

Second, the Memphis Craft Food and Wine Festival was announced recently. Attendees can sample cured meats, cheeses, artisan food items, beer, wine, and cider on June 23 at The Columns downtown. Read more here. Tickets go on sale on February. Event partners are Downtown Memphis Commission, Edible Memphis, and City Tasting Tours. The event benefits Church Health Center.

8. The feature film Out of Bounds will have its worldwide premiere on Thursday, January 24 at 6 p.m. at Malco Cordova and the public is invited! This film is a combination effort from New York and Memphis filmmakers and actors. Read more from Jesse at the Flyer.

7. ICYMI, the Happy Hour Guide has been updated, as has the 2019 Valentine’s Day Guide.


That’s it for today. Be sure to subscribe to the blog to get a blurb when there’s a new post.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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