Memphis Music, Food, and Fun: 901Fest Lineup and Stage Times

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 23rd 2016 5832 0

This year, Memphis in May will host a brand-new event on Memorial Day weekend’s Saturday (May 28). It’s called 901Fest and it’s a celebration of all things Memphis, including food, music, and products.



901Fest is Saturday, May 28 from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. I’ll be there set up with the mobile I Love Memphis mural (below), plus free goodie bags for those who post photos to social media.

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Below I have the music and stage times lineup and below that, a list of vendors and food. There’s a half-hour air show starting at 4:15 p.m. and fireworks after sunset.

Set times vary greatly, from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours. Go here for exact set lengths. Everything is subject to change.

Memphis band Dead Soldiers. Photo by Joey Miller.

Memphis band Dead Soldiers. Photo by Joey Miller.

Orion 901Rocks Stage

3:30 p.m. The Incredible Hook

4:45 p.m. – Star & Micey

6:30 p.m. – Dead Soliders

8:15 p.m. – North Mississippi Allstars

Artistik Approach. Photo via their FB page.

Artistik Approach. Photo via their FB page.

NexAir 901Beats Stage

3:30 p.m. – Artistik Approach

4:45 p.m. – Tyke T

6:20 p.m. – Lil Wyte

7:20 p.m. – Frayser Boy

8:20 p.m. – Al Kapone


New Ballet Ensemble

AutoZone 901Arts Stage

3:30 p.m. – Stax Academy

4:45 p.m. – New Ballet Ensemble

6 p.m. – School of Rock

7:25 – IRIS Orchestra

8:20 p.m. – Opera Memphis

CCDE. Photo via their FB page.

CCDE. Photo via their FB page.

FanBank 901 Fan Choice Stage

4:50 p.m. – Nuttin Fancy Band

6:20 p.m. – Chinese Connection Dub Embassy (CCDE)

7:50 p.m. – Zigadoo Moneyclips

Some of Erica Bodine Pottery's past work. Photo via their FB page.

Some of Erica Bodine Pottery’s past work. Photo via their FB page.


Art by Kelvin Baldwin
Bhenya Arts
Co-Motion Studios
Cosgrove & Lewis Luxury Handmade Soaps
Choose 901
Donald Golden Photography
Ekata Designs
Erica Bodine Pottery
Gifts from Nature
Gino Pambianchi Illustrations
Urban Indulge

Sushi Jimmi tacos

Sushi Jimmi tacos

Food & Drink Vendors:

Beneva Mayweather Foods
Ghost River Brewing
IChef4U Comfort Gourmet
Makeda’s Cookies
Meekies Munchies
El Mero Taco
Muddy’s Bakeshop
Old Millington Winery
Reverb Coffee
Sushi Jimmi
Wiseacre Brewing
Wolf River Popcorn

Go there:

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Tom Lee Park
3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
all ages
$9 per person

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  1. Alex Quintero says:

    I loved being stationed @Naval Air Station (NAS) Jan. 1962 & 1963, I have great moments to remember on main street, kicking back on the banks of the river, the Music Rock & Roll, Blues & Country. Crossing the bridge to West Memphis to the Night Clubs to enjoy live entertainment. The taste of southern food, BBQ, I remember there was only one Mexican Food Place in Memphis & it was very popular. I have a lot more great memories of Memphis, just glad to share some.

  2. Marc says:

    I know things have to change and evolve, but sometimes if its not broke dont mess with it. Sunset Symphony was a tradition in our family since it started. Every year it was a magnet to bring all our family and friends together for a safe, fun, and basically FREE event in Memphis. Everybody had their chores. Men and boys would go down early to the park and rope off the perfect area for our large group. They’d set up chairs and blankets for comfort. The ladies would be finishing up their simple but famous dishes of comfort food that everybody knew would be there. Coolers were then packed with ice, food and beverages for all age groups. Tickets to the event were usually picked up in advance for free at Piggly Wigglys. Any last minute guests usually paid at the gate. We would park up a large hill near a gas station and make the easy walk down, a pilgrimage of sorts knowing that later, after all the fun we had that uphill challenge to make it back to our vehicles. Once there, you could forget about all your worries. Kids were let free to roam about in our circle of family. The weather was usually just right with a nice breeze to cool you down. The place was usually packed from stage to the end of the park and up the bluffs. Everybody was nice there too. Smiles, laughter, singing and greetings. No crime. No fighting. No hate. Everybody coming together as one as the Memphis Symphony took the stage and the Old Man River was song. I remember a patriotic feeling as the canons fired off leading to the grand finale of jaw dropping fireworks. Its 2016, the first year that none of our family and friends will be celebrating together. The 901 Festival? $$$$$. No coolers, no food, no drinks. Its like another addition of Musicfest. Whoever took Sunset Symphony away is probably not from Memphis. You took away something that brought us all together, rich, poor, black, white, young and old. It was a Memphis tradition and one that I wont be able to share with my family and friends anymore. I also have a grandson now that will never know what a great thing we used to have in this city of ours. Make your money, but you lost a large group of Memphians that will never settle for change!

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