WAMM Recommends: Week of July 4

Each week, the team at WAMM bring you our must-see live shows for the coming week. Here are our picks for the week of July 4.

KAZHA w/ DJ Evonech and DJ St. Faust

8 PM, Friday July 8 at Black Lodge

$15

It probably goes without saying that there isn’t another venue in Memphis quite like Black Lodge, but is there an apt comparison anywhere on earth? The video store/venue/bar/ restaurant is not only an anomaly in concept, but continues to put together some of the most exhilaratingly weird showcases that the city’s ever seen. This Friday is a perfect example, as the Lodge hosts Kazha, a Japanese rock duo that adopted Memphis as their hometown in 2015. Kazuha Oda is a classically trained singer with a penchant for heavy metal and anime, which should give you at least a small inkling of what to expect. But wait, there’s more! Prior to the show, there will be a free screening of “Vampires: Los Muertos” and the evening will end with DJ sets filled with goth club bangers. It probably goes without saying, but cosplay is encouraged.

Yubu and the Ancient Youth

7 PM, Friday July 8 at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts

$14

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Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Yubu is Memphis’ one-man global music ambassador, effortlessly blending reggae, afrobeat, funk, and blues into a combination that is both intimately familiar yet undeniably unique. Oh, it’s also worth mentioning that the man puts on one hell of a live performance. On Friday, Yubu and his excellent band the Ancient Youth will be taking the stage of the Green Room for a special tribute to Stax Records, the famed South Memphis studio that gave us Booker T. and the MGs, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and so much more. Given Yubu’s fearlessness and finesse when it comes to tackling new genres, we’re willing to bet that he will have you hearing some well-worn classics with a new ear.

Grape.

6:30 PM, Friday July 8 at Ghost River Brewing Co.

No cover

For those converts to the mythical ways of the jam band, summer must seem specially designed for you to bliss out in a field somewhere, spinning heedlessly in tie-dye or sprawled out with a cooler of beer within easy reach. These bands – improvisational, exploratory, but rooted in good-vibes classic rock and psychedelia – are all about the chill, the camaraderie, the fleeting but memorable experience. Memphis jam disciples Grape. (yep, it ends with a period) fold in touches of Southern choogle as well, with Gregg Allman’s organ borrowed from the afterlife and flavors of auxiliary percussion haunting the mix. Ghost River should be well-stocked with those aforementioned good vibes this Friday, so be sure not to miss the genus ‘jam band’ in its most suitable seasonal habitat.

Soulin’ On The River, FT. Courtney Little

7 PM, Friday July 8 at Fourth Bluff Park

Memphis River Parks, and Memphis Slim Collaboratory are in the third week of their summer series on the Mississippi River, Soulin’ On The River. This week’s Soulin’ features Courtney Little, an R&B artist with an interactive show for the whole family. Be sure to bring your sunscreen, bug spray and ALL the water you can carry–who knows, you may catch a breeze!

Louise Page & Rachel Maxann

9 PM, Saturday July 9 at Bar DKDC

Singer-songwriter Rachel Maxann is fresh off a well received support tour for fellow Memphian, Valerie June. Maxann’s 2021 ethereal folk release, “Belonging To Forever ”, represents her brand of raw femininity well. Maxann and  Louise Page’s quirk pop  bill well together –especially well for a rowdy Friday crowd night at DKDC.

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