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Seven Ways To Celebrate Memphis Music Month 2020

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 1st 2020 546 0

October is Memphis Music Month! MMM was started in 2011 by local music activist Pat Mitchell Worley. This year, we’re bringing it back.

Life Explicit / photo by ForeverReady Productions

Here are seven ways to participate in 2020’s monthlong celebration of Memphis music, including have virtual concerts, socially-distanced shows, Q&As with artists, special events, and playlists.

If you want a day-by-day calendar listing of Memphis Music Month events for all of October, just scroll down to the Calendar below.

Seven Ways To Participate In Memphis Music Month 2020

1. Memphis Music Q&As

Every Tuesday and Thursday starting October 1, I Love Memphis and Memphis Music Hub will publish a new interview with a local Memphis musician or artist. This is your chance to dig into the current music scene and get links to new tunes. Find them all here.

Dates: every Tuesday and Thursday 

2. Downtown Dinner + Music Series

This is a socially-distanced in-person event! (I know?!) It’s happening every Thursday in October from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at multiple locations downtown. Pick up some dinner at a downtown Memphis restaurant, then head to one of several locations for distanced outdoor unplugged live music. The lineup and locations are listed on the Facebook event.

Dates: every Thursday

3. Levitt Shell Orion Virtual Concert Series with Memphis Music Trivia

The Levitt Shell continues their streaming concerts on Facebook Live every Saturday night, and for October you can tune in to win prizes when you answer Memphis music trivia questions. Check out the line up.

Dates: every Saturday

4. Stax Music Academy’s Throwback Thursday

Follow the Stax Music Academy’s Facebook page for a special throwback-flavored post each Thursday.

Dates: every Thursday

5. Backbeat Tours Mojo Tour

What do you get when you combine a snazzy vintage bus, Memphis musicians, and a history tour? You get Backbeat’s Memphis Mojo Tour, which hits all the high points of Memphis music and historical landmarks on a bus ride led by a real Beale Street musician.

For Memphis Music Month, the Memphis Mojo Tours on Fridays and Saturdays include a special interactive musical performance at Galloway United Methodist Church near the Johnny Cash statue. See tour schedule and register.

Dates: daily at 1:30 p.m.; special tours on Fridays and Saturdays

6. Special Events

Here are all the special events going on for Memphis Music Month:

7. Listen!

Last but not least, check out this Memphis Music Month Spotify Playlist.

Memphis Music Month Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 1st

  • Stax Music Academy’s Throwback Thursday celebrating Memphis Music Month on fB @staxmusicacademy

Candy Fox at Harbortown Bend Rd
Chris Milam at Harbortown Circle
Antonio Hobson at Jackson Ave + N Main

Friday, October 2nd

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District.

Saturday, October 3rd

  • Levitt Shell/Orion Shell Stream Series W/ Memphis Music Trivia, 7:30PM CST FB Live, Nine Mile Presents: Nine Mile Presents Snowglobe, William Luke White, Amy LaVere, Sir Woman, The Deer, Tsushimamire (Japan), Carson McHone,  Ward Hayden and the Outliers, Patrick Sweany, Juanita Stein (Australia), Star Parks

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District. Tickets at https://www.backbeattours.com/tours/mojo.cfm

Tuesday, October 6th

Thursday, October 8th

  • ILOVEMEMPHISBLOG.COM Memphis Musician Feature

  • Stax Music Academy’s Throwback Thursday celebrating Memphis Music Month on fB @staxmusicacademy

Southern Avenue at Huling Ave + S Main St

Marvin Frank at S Main St. + E Pontotoc

J Buck at S Main Street @ I AM A MAN MURAL

Michelle Shrader at S Front St + E Pontotoc Ave

Friday, October 9th

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District. Tickets at https://www.backbeattours.com/tours/mojo.cfm

Saturday, October, 10th

  • Levitt Shell/Orion Shell Stream Series W/ Memphis Music Trivia

7:30PM CST FB Live

The Greyhounds & The Dirty Streets

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District. Tickets at https://www.backbeattours.com/tours/mojo.cfm

Sunday, October 11th

  • Stephen Lee & Friends at The Grove at GPAC w/ 5PM, Memphis Giveaways to the 1st 100 attendees

Tuesday, October 13th

  •  ILOVEMEMPHISBLOG.COM Memphis Music Feature

  • WYXR, 91.7FM, Presents an All-Day Celebration of Memphis Music Month

Wednesday, October 14th

Thursday, October 15th

Ryan Peel @ Monroe Ave + S Main
Angie Holmes @ S Main + Barbaro Alley
Jay Daskreet @ S Main + Gayoso Ave
Memphissippi Sounds @ S Main + Peabody Ave

 

Friday, October 16th

  • The Legendary Sun Studio – A behind the scenes tour of the Birthplace of Rock N Roll, 7pm, fB Live, @memphistravel

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District. Tickets at https://www.backbeattours.com/tours/mojo.cfm

  • Stax Music Academy’s Songwriting Showdown for Teens Contest theme: Rep Our City. More information fB @staxmusicacademy

Saturday, October, 17th

  • The Orpheum’s Women of Soul Concert Feat. Karen Brown & D’Monet, 7PM

  • Levitt Shell/Orion Shell Stream Series W/ Memphis Music Trivia, 7:30PM CST FB Live, Country Blues Festival

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District. Tickets at https://www.backbeattours.com/tours/mojo.cfm

Sunday, October 18th

  • @MemphisTravel Instagram takeover w/ Ori & Tierinii Naftaly of Southern Avenue at The Memphis Zoo, 10AM CST

Tuesday, October 20th

Thursday, October 22nd

  • Downtown Dinner + Music Series, 5PM -7PM

Adajyo @ Union Ave + 2nd Street
Deborah Swiney @ Union Ave + Rendezvous Alley
Life, Explicit @ 2nd St Near Barbaro Alley
Tori Whodat @ S Main Near Gayoso Ave

Friday, October 23rd

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District. Tickets at https://www.backbeattours.com/tours/mojo.cfm

Saturday, October 24th

  • Levitt Shell/Orion Shell Stream Series W/ Memphis Music Trivia, 7:30PM CST FB Live, The Nick Black Band

  • Ameri’Kana Fest Feat. The Sensational Barnes Brothers, Marcella Simien, & Cedric Burnside fB Live

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District. Tickets at https://www.backbeattours.com/tours/mojo.cfm

Tuesday, October 27th

Wednesday, October 28th

  • David Less + Robert Gordon: A Memphis Music Conversation, Live from The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 7 PM CST, fB @staxmuseum

  • Midtownmemphis.org’s Mojo Awards @ 7PM on fB Live

Thursday, October 29th

Harley Quinn @ S Main Near GE Patterson
Tia Henderson @ SW Corner of Main + GE Patterson
Jeremy Shrader @ S Main  + E Butler Ave
Freeworld @ GE Patterson + Mulberry Street

Friday, October 30th

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District. Tickets at https://www.backbeattours.com/tours/mojo.cfm

Saturday, October, 31st

  • Levitt Shell/Orion Shell Stream Series W/ Memphis Music Trivia, 7:30PM CST FB Live, Marcella and Her Lovers

  • Backbeat Tours’ Memphis Mojo Tour celebrates Memphis Music Month 1:30PM Everyone gets to join the band with souvenir egg shakers + a live street performance at Galloway United Methodist Church, near the Johnny Cash statue, in the historic Cooper-Young District. Tickets at https://www.backbeattours.com/tours/mojo.cfm

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