WAMM Recommends: Week of July 11

Black Cream-Live from Studio A

2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 12 at the Stax Museum

No Cover

Now we’ll admit, Tuesday afternoons aren’t necessarily the most ideal time to catch a show, but given the act and location, we just couldn’t resist. Throughout the month, the Stax Museum will be hosting free concerts from some of the city’s most celebrated musicians in the hallowed ground known as Studio A. This week’s featured artist is Black Cream, a collection of Memphis musical prodigies that lay down the groove with the best of them. The group features guitarist TO Crivens,  bassist Dr. Derek Brassel, and vocalists/percussionists Chris and Courtney Barnes of the Sensational Barnes Brothers. Much like Stax Records itself, the group blends soul, funk, gospel, and blues into a gumbo that is probably best described as “the Memphis Sound.”

The Mountain Goats

8:00 p.m., Thursday July 14

Minglewood Hall


It’s a tricky balancing act, but John Darnielle pulls it off: to call the output of the singer-songwriter and novelist’s long-running concern The Mountain Goats ‘prolific’ is an understatement of the highest order, but his quality control department still works overtime despite the band’s numerous forays into conceptual experimentation and cross-genre pollination. From fuzzy boombox recordings of stark acoustic confessionals to the sweeping indie-pop of classics like Tallahassee and The Sunset Tree, Darnielle’s never let his restless sonic questing detract from the open-nerve catharsis of his best work, and he remains a devastating American institution even as he approaches thirty years of aural blood-letting and slow healing. With Minglewood Hall returning after a long absence and uncertain future, expect to feel all the feels Thursday, and leave from the experience with sated heart-strings.

Yo Gotti Birthday Bash 8

8:00 p.m., Friday, July 15 at FedEx Forum

$26.50 – $250

The King of Memphis is back to celebrate his 41st birthday in a way that only he can. Despite missing the past two years due to Covid, the Yo Gotti Birthday Bash has been one of the city’s most high-profile and anticipated events over the past decade and its return should prove to be the hottest event of the weekend. Per tradition, the full line-up has yet to be announce, but past iterations of the celebration have included appearances from hip-hop luminaries Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, T.I., City Girls, Jeezy, Monica, Gucci Mane, and many many more, so embrace the mystery and rest assured that you won’t be disappointed. Aside from Gotti himself, you can also circle up-and-coming Memphis rapper GloRilla as a surefire bet to be in the building, as she just signed to become the newest member of the CMG empire. 

St. Paul And The Broken Bones

7:30 PM, Saturday July 16

Overpark Park Shell


It’s the sort of heedless genre stew that could easily curdle into food poisoning, or a concept that sounds like pure sonic gold on paper, only to result in the lifeless lead of unrealized potential. Thankfully, that’s not the case here. Beloved Alabama neo-soul phalanx St. Paul And The Broken Bones have been gradually folding intriguing new elements into their initial blueprint for years now, and their latest full-length, The Alien Coast, sees their evolution taking on daring new elements of psychedelia, funk, and even stoner metal with aplomb and unhinged glee. It’s an eerie landscape of hot-blooded shrieks, churning bass, and magically-blooming wah guitar that lands in the hypothetical neighborhood of mid-00s Flaming Lips discovering Stax and Funkadelic, or Arcade Fire lost in a shoegaze fever dream of rippling reverb and infinitely-echoing percussion. Sound good? Yes, it does.

Tonya Dyson

9:00 p.m., Saturday, July 16th

Tailor’s Union, The Pocket

Neo soul singer Tonya Dyson is a Memphis institution. Besides being the Executive Director of Memphis Slimhouse, and a driving force of a thought leader for Memphis’ thriving music scene, Tonya is of equal command on the stage. Saturday, July 16th Dyson will perform with some of Memphis’ best musicians at The Pocket under Tailor’s Union. The venue is a listening room with a ifykyk style speakeasy vibe. P.S. The venue is debuting a brand new killer cocktail list this weekend with names like the Lace Hemline and French Cuffs. Be there! To make a reservation and get text (901) 233 – 3801.

John Paul Keith & The Rhythm of The City

7:00 p.m, Saturday, July 16th

The Overton Square Music Series

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Overton Square is one of Memphis’ most lively entertainment districts, and this summer marks their first summer music series! Beginning at 7pm and featuring some of Memphis’ best, the outdoor series provides another solid opportunity to round up your friends and family and chill outside at golden hour. This week, it’s John Paul Keith & The Rhythm of The City— one thriving example of Memphis’ traditional rock n roll legacy. John Paul Keith has released several acclaimed full length records, and has a reputation for having one of the best live rhythm sections on this side of the Mississippi. 


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