Music in the time of Corona – Against the Grain Supports our Musicians

2020 Has been an indescribably difficult year for the musicians and artists that call Memphis Home. As we all know, since March, there has been little to no opportunity for our musicians to perform in public due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, not even a global pandemic can stop these inspired individuals from creating, contributing, and defining the culture that has driven Memphis to become one of the most important centers in the world for music and creativity. It’s time for us to show our artists the support and appreciation that they deserve. Thankfully, there is a way to support the people behind the soul of our city, and also have a listen to the art that they have been creating despite the hardship of Covid-19. Take this opportunity to enjoy some of the live steam performances that our community of artists and musicians have shared with the world, and while you are there, DONATE! Without our help, they might not be able to continue their artistry. Donate in the name of Memphis. Donate in the Name of Music. We will get through this together. 

Crosstown Arts – Against the Grain

Against the Grain is a new online initiative born from Crosstown Arts that acts as an incredible repository of the live streams and shows that some of our favorite Memphis artists have shared during the Pandemic. These Made at home performances give you the opportunity to witness and indulge in a little one on one time with your favorite Memphis arts, as well as donate directly to them so that they can continue to do what they do best. Via the Against the Grain initiative, 100% of the proceeds and donations go directly to the artist! Here are a few of our favorites that you can support today! 


Jordan Occasionally

According to the bio, “Jordan Occasionally, or JD, is a neo-soul and R&B artist, born and raised in the soul capital of music, Memphis, TN. She has been a performer since she was four years old and picked up songwriting around the age of fifteen. A student by day and an artist by night, Jordan Occasionally is currently a third-year music business student at the University of Memphis on a full-ride academic scholarship for her voice and performance.”

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Prince Juanpré

Prince Juanpré Just released his first EP “Summer Son”, and it is a banger. As a recording artist, producer, and dancer based out of Memphis, he needs our support now more than ever. Check out his incredible live performance of Motivation Freestyle, and don’t forget to click on his artist page.

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Streeter & The Tribe

Since the 70’s, Streeter & The Tribe collectively have been one of the most triumphant and consistent contributors to Soul music to come out of Memphis. The Tribe began as a project to support some of the world’s greatest Soul Musicians. After a long and storied career, in 2016, Producer, Drummer, and songwriter Charles O. Streeter migrated back to Memphis from Los Angeles and formed Streeter & The Tribe to share their own style of original music with the world. 

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Mac Truck

Mac Truck embodies the story of a Memphis bluesman. Getting his start in Gospel music at his local church as a teenager. As he has grown as a musician, he has toured our country, adding his unique style and depth to any of the music he has performed and written. Mac explains, “Music is my life. IN Music, hear my expression…..”

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Blvck Hippie

Blvck Hippie is an Indie band fronted by Memphis native Josh Shaw. According to their bio, “Blvck Hippie is a sad boy indie rock band born out of Josh Shaw’s dorm room his Junior Year of college. Named after a nickname he got from his mom, the band Blvck Hippie combines dark lyrics about lost love and grief, with dreamy guitars and stylistic drums to create “VHS” inspired rock.”

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