Ten Ways to Celebrate Shangri-La Records’ 25th Birthday

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 27th 2013 4769 0

Shangri-La Records is the oldest record store in town, and this is their 25th year in business. Inside the hallowed walls of Shangri-La you'll find music that's new, old, local, and rare, plus an interesting collection of other stuff including posters, magazines, shirts, and a cardboard cutout of Issac Hayes as Black Moses. Here are ten ways that you can celebrate Shangri-La's quarter century as a Memphis institution. 

Meet Jared McStay, owner of Shangri-La Records. Photo provided by Shangri-La Records.

1. Go to the Shangri-La Shindig with Grifters and Ex-Cult on Saturday. Memphis music legends Grifters are reuniting for their final show this year on November 30 at 9 p.m. at Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge. They put out five albums in the 90s and disbanded in 2000, but they're back for one more night in honor of Shangri-La.

2. Watch this new music video for the Grifters song "Bummer" from Memphis-based Corduroy Wednesday Films: vimeo.com/61830477

3. Go to Shangri-La's three-day anniversary sale this weekend (11/29 – 12/1). Everything will be 25 percent off, naturally.

4. Go to the free show on Saturday at the store. The Dead Soliders and J.D. Reager (who actually works at Shangri-La) will play.

5. Sell them something.  Shangri-La buys and trades records, CDs, DVDs, books, posters, etc., with an emphasis on Memphis stuff. 

6. Listen to something you've never heard before at the Listening Station in the east room of the store. But make sure you follow the rules.

7. Buy some new Memphis music, i.e., "Motel Mirrors" from Amy Lavere/John Paul Keith, "I Can't Wait" from Star & Micey. 

8. Buy some classic Memphis music, i.e., "On the Loose" from Hi Rhythm, "I Can't Stand the Rain" from Ann Peebles. 

9. Eat some cake, because we all know that cake is the most important part of a birthday.

Random cake from All-American Sweets.

10. If you're still reading, congrats. You could win two tickets to the Grifters show on Saturday. Just leave me a comment telling me that you want to go and I'll pick a random winner. 

Shangri-La is open daily (Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.).

Go There:

Shangri-La Records
1916 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 274-1916

Show Comments


  1. Stephen WIlliams says:

    I want to go see the Grifters!

  2. C. Ross says:

    I've already missed the Grifters once this year. Please help me make it to this show!

  3. Mike Michaud says:

    I'm going to see The Grifters either way, but I'll really listen if I win tickets.

  4. Ryan Wilson says:

    Shangri-la is awesome! I'd love to go to their 25th anniversary show!

  5. Anthony DelRosario says:

    Former Memphian in town from new Orleans. I've seen the grifters many times all over the country and would love to see em this weekend.

  6. A Friend says:

    Unfortunetly i'm far away to go, but i like the ideas! 

  7. Tracy Earnest says:

    I came to Memphis in search of good music. I’m from S. Carolina and have been coming to Memphis for three years now. I haven’t seen a band live yet. If someone else needs the tix more than me it’s ok. I still plan on coming to the 25th Anniversary celebration!!! Congrats!!!

  8. Tamara says:

    I would love to go celebrate Shangri-La's birthday and hear the Grifters! 

  9. Neil S. says:

    I want to see the Grifters so I can hear them play "She Blows Blasts of Static", my favorite Grifters song.

  10. Holly Whitfield says:

    Tracy Earnest – Happy Grifters! You win. I'm visiting my family and had my mom pick names out of a hat and she says congrats 🙂 Respond to my email for all the details. 

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