Do You Love Memphis Music? 5 Reasons To Go To DreamFest 6 This Weekend
If you’re looking for fresh live Memphis music, go to DreamFest – a three-night music festival now in its sixth 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 13) is a concert blowout with a big lineup. Saturday night (Jan 14) is a special R&B v. Hip Hop show, with seven rounds of artists performing head-to-head while the crowd decides. Both of these are at 1524 Madison.
Sunday night is the finale, featuring artist Tyke T with a full band, backup singers, and the works. I heard someone say, “he’s really extra”. This night is a take on the monthly Artistik Lounge music + spoken word evening, and will be at the Artistik Lounge 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 6
January 13 – 15
1524 Madison Ave./Minglewood Hall
$10 per night