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Healing Through Teaching: Matthew Bowlin & Memphis Camerata

April 16, 2018 - articles

story by Robin Beaudoin | photos courtesy of Matthew Bowlin   Matthew Bowlin, 47, a father and Orff music specialist with Shelby County Schools, finds solace and joy in teaching music to children, and in choral exploits with his group, Memphis Camerata. These have marked…

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A Local Recording Studio in Historic Cooper Young? Sounds Good

April 9, 2018 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin | photos courtesy of Sounds Good Recording Studio   Many veteran Memphians know the building as “the old Black Lodge Video.” But at 831 South Cooper Street stands a building with a long Memphis history. Investor Les Birchfield purchased the property in…

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Valerie June’s Sweet Valentine’s Day Gift: For The Loved & Loveless

February 14, 2018 - articles

SPECIAL TWO-TRACK BUNDLE FEATURES THE UNRELEASED TRACK“LOVE TOLD A LIE” AND ALBUM FAVORITE “TWO HEARTS”   February 14th, 2018 – Acclaimed, genre-defying singer-songwriter, Valerie June offers a double dose of tender reflection on For The Loved & Loveless, a special, two-track digital bundle available everywhere on Valentine’s Day. The bundle features the never-before-released song “Love…

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Dennis Whitehead Darling’s Life Is Blastissimo!

January 25, 2018 - articles

by Jamilyn Cole | photos by Giordana Losi   Dennis Whitehead Darling Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Current City: Memphis BFA in Musical Theatre and an MA in Theatre Arts, Texas State University Working towards an MFA in Directing at University of Memphis (May 2018) Let’s start with…

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Valerie June: Sweet and Fresh With a Voice of a Seasoned Blues Woman!

August 25, 2017 - articles

by Joan Allison | photos by Jacob Blickenstaff & Danny Clinch   The voice on the phone is girlish and sweet with a distinct Jackson, Tennessee Southern drawl. She is fresh off a European tour, but back in New York for this interview. She is…

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Return of the Tradition: Star Spangled Spectacular with Laser Light + Music Grand Finale July 1st at Shelby Farms Park

June 28, 2017 - articles

story courtesy Shelby Farms Conservancy   Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is bringing back a Memphis tradition: the Star-Spangled Celebration. This festival will take place Saturday, July 1 and will feature live music and family fun with a grand finale of a 60-minute Laser Light Spectacular…

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A great night in Memphis for women in music: first annual grrl fest + seeing red

May 24, 2017 - articles

Story and photos by Chellie Bowman    This past Saturday in Memphis was stacked with great performances by talented women. The first annual Grrl Fest kicked off just after dark at the Hi-Tone. The festival included a stellar line-up of local acts (and a few out-of-towners),…

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Opera Memphis presents American stories at jam-packed Midtown Opera Festival

March 28, 2017 - articles

For the fifth year in a row, Opera Memphis will be in midtown for ten days of opera, concerts, parties, and more, including the reading of a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the US Army. Midtown Opera Festival takes place March 31-April 9 at Playhouse on the…

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Southern Avenue

March 17, 2017 - articles

by Tim Sampson  |  photos by David McClister ©STAX John Burk, with the new Stax label at Concord, was in Memphis recording Melissa Etheridge with Boo Mitchell at Royal Studios last year. After recording that day, he went to DKDC bar in Cooper-Young where for…

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Original Memphis: Isaac Hayes

October 17, 2016 - articles

by Tim Sampson | photos Courtesy Stax Museum of American Soul Music When Isaac Lee Hayes came into the world on August 20, 1942 in the rural town of Rialto, Tennessee, 40 miles north of Memphis, the worlds of music and popular culture ushered in a…

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