“Hall After Dark” honors Isaac Hayes, featuring Talibah SafiyaSeptember 6, 2018, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
This Fall, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, administered by the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, is launching “Hall After Dark,” a 10-part concert series honoring the legends of Memphis music through performances from contemporary local artists and speaking engagements with those who knew them best. With the generous support of ArtsMemphis, “Hall After Dark” will be a unique and intimate experience, allowing patrons to learn more about the heroes of Memphis’ golden era, while also discovering some of the extraordinary talents that are currently defining the city’s music scene.
The “Hall After Dark” concert series will begin with an inaugural show on September 6th honoring iconic musician and song-writer Isaac Hayes. Mr. Hayes’ daughter, Veronica Hayes, will be present to speak about her father’s life and legacy and to take questions from the audience, while Memphian Talibah Safiya will be providing the evening’s musical entertainment. Since her return to the Bluff City, Safiya has quickly garnered a devoted following of fans who are drawn to her ability to channel the enchanting nature of Erykah Badu and the no-nonsense dynamism of Nina Simone. Much like Isaac Hayes, Talibah Safiya is also an expert at blending diverse musical inspirations into a unique and cohesive whole.
Each “Hall After Dark,” concert will be held on the first Thursday of each month between 8:00-10:00 PM in the main Exhibit Hall of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum, located at 126 S. 2nd St. between the Hard Rock Cafe and Lansky Bros Clothier. The concerts, which are intended to be as accessible as possible to anyone, offer a low $5 admission fee. To maintain the intimate, speakeasy-style of the “After Dark” concerts, attendance will be limited to 50 guests. Each show will also feature snacks and drink options from local breweries and/or distributors, including supporters Crosstown Brewery and So Nuts & Confections, both of Crosstown Concourse. Each “Hall After Dark” concert will also be promoted, in part, via unique, original concert posters designed by independent Memphis artists. Copies will be available for free to each guest who attends. Local artist William Baddour created the original poster art for the September 6 show. Each “Hall After Dark” installment will also be filmed and broadcast live on various social media platforms during the show, and made available for online viewing following each performance.