Do You Love Memphis Music? 5 Reasons To Go To DreamFest 9
If you’re looking for fresh live Memphis music, go to DreamFest – a three-night music festival now in its ninth 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 those radio stations 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 17) is a concert blowout with a big lineup at 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall, with rising artists like Sexi Killa, Sumo Tre, Quee Fee, B.A. Barber, LeeLee, and many more. See the full lineup here.
Saturday night (Jan 18) is a celebration of the life of the late CO Golden, and will take place at the Slim House and feature live music performances, too. See the lineup here.
Sunday night (Jan. 29) is a speed networking night for musicians and artists to connect with industry professionals. It will be held at 3577 Commerce Circle.
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 9
January 17 – 19
Minglewood Hall / Slim House / Dutch Land
ages 18 and up
$10 per night
All photos provided by DreamFest.