The Latest: May 2

*Whew* Well we’re not sure about you, but we are exhausted (and blissful) from the past week, which was arguably the most action packed 7 days in years. The Beale Street Music Fest made its triumphant return (although in a new location), the River Series kicked off at Harbor Town, and the Grizzlies kicked off what promises to be a grueling and exciting series with the Warriors. Believe it or not, though, this is just a small sampling of everything that went on this past week. Worry not, though, because we’re here to give you a rundown of some of the biggest Memphis music stories you may have missed.

Beale Street Music Fest Makes Triumphant Return

BSMF, Memphis’ premiere annual music fest, returned this year at the Fairgrounds after a two year hiatus. We were lucky enough to be able to attend a couple of days, and we have to say that we were really impressed with the layout, sound, and performances. Sure, there were a couple of hiccups along the way (we’re looking at you, Lil’ Wayne), but overall the event lived up to anticipation and reminded us why Memphis in May remains a beloved cultural institution.

In case you missed it, the Commercial Appeal compiled a list of the 10 best moments from the weekend.

Three 6 Mafia Perform at Halftime During Grizzlies-Warriors First Playoff Game

For roughly 99% of Sundays first playoff game between the Grizz and the Warriors, the vibes were absolutely immaculate, and that includes the halftime performance from hometown heroes Three 6 Mafia. Fresh off of a headlining performance at BSMF, the originators of crunk got an already hyped crowd even more excited with a halftime show for the ages. In addition to DJ Paul, Crunchy Black, and Gangsta Boo, the crowd also indluded Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo, and Megan Thee Stallion.

The Memphis Punk Archive Preserves Memphis’ Underground History

A recent article in Memphis Magazine profiled the Memphis Punk Archive, a group dedicated to reviving the city’s almost-forgotten punk scene for the digital age. As Alex Peterson explains, “The fan-run archive is led by Drew Ryan and Daniel Drinkard, who were both born and raised in Memphis. Ryan is a graphic designer and art director based in Chicago, while Drinkard owns a record store in Birmingham. The two collect old Memphis punk materials — music, photographs, posters, and other ephemera — and digitize it for their site. At no charge, fans can listen to (and download) more than 70 complete albums, tapes, and demos on their Bandcamp site and gain a visceral interpretation of the Memphis punk scene.”

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