5 Things To Do This Weekend: 4/17 – 4/19

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 17th 2020 1370 0

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend—while staying safe at home and social distancing if you have to get out.

But first, be sure you didn’t miss anything on the blog lately:


Don’t forget Wear masks, wash hands, stop going to stores every day and having block parties… OK here’s your guide:

1. Levitt Shell @ Home, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., donations needed, all ages
The Levitt Shell has been so good to us, and now it’s time to spread some love to them. They depend on donations to exist, and they’re in need! Drop a donation in the virtual bucket here. Even though the spring season is cancelled, the Shell has video of past concerts. The Orion Virtual Concert Series continues this week with a recorded performance from Jenny and the Mexicats. Tune in on Facebook.

2. Culturalyst Musical Performance by Erlee, Facebook, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Collective is hosting regular live streams of Memphis artists, poets, and musicians. This Friday night, tune in to the sounds of Memphis artist Erlee, who sings, raps, and performs on the keys.

3. Vintage 901 Virtual Spring Weekend, Friday – Sunday, Facebook Live
The Vintage 901 weekend festival is going virtual this year! Here’s what event organizers have to say: “join us throughout the weekend for a virtual experience to include LIVE sommelier-led wine pairing, recipes, chef demonstrations, a live online auction, giveaways and more.”

4. Memphis Old School Rap DJ Set, Social Media, Friday, 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, 18+
This week, my friends at the Memphis Music Hub announced a new four-part DJ Series, live streaming from the super cool lobby of the Central Station hotel. First up is DJ Spanish Fly aka the Godfather of Memphis Rap with a Friday night hip hop dance party. You can tune in via I Love Memphis accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter —I’ll be sharing the link to the stream once it starts. The Music Hub will also release a video of the music show next Wednesday in a special 360° format. Get details and see the other themes here.

5. Memphis Modern Market Pop-Up and Giveaway, Instagram, Saturday, noon – 3 p.m., costs vary
Virtual artists market and a giveaway from all twelve vendors. Head over to IG to see the items for sale and support mostly local makers and artisans and enter to win a prize pack.

Plus a few more ideas…

DontLetMeDownMem is broadcasting daily Facebook concerts from the rooftop of the Chisca Hotel with different artists. It’s raising funds for Slingshot Memphis.

Louise Page hosts another Friday night of her Zebra Lounge piano bar set live to your living room with her lovely voice. Suggested donation is $10—$5 for Ms. Page and $5 for Zebra’s bartenders. Venmo accounts will be posted! More details here.

Memphis Music From Crosstown Arts’ Against The Grain

Want to tune in to one of these music streams I keep talking about, but are kinda picky about what you listen to? Or maybe haven’t seen your favorite local artist on any streams yet?

Crosstown Arts has launched a new Memphis music channel called Against the Grain. For a few bucks each, you can enjoy creative videos and music from more than 55 local artists from 13 different genres and counting . This is really one of the coolest things I’ve seen come out of Memphis quarantine creativity. Stop what you’re doing right now and head over to The Website and peruse all the Memphis talent that you can support.

OK, that’s it for this week. Got a lot of great stuff coming your way next week, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything.

I’ll see y’all tonight for the DJ Dance Party Series featuring DJ Spanish Fly.

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