From the We Are Memphis Music team, here’s a mix of live music picks we think you can’t afford to miss out on this week.
WYXR Lou Bond LP Listening Party
6-8 p.m., Tuesday September 14, Memphis Listening Lab
$10 suggested donation
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Okay, so this one isn’t technically live music – but it’s a great chance to check out the gorgeous new Memphis Listening Lab at Crosstown Concourse if you haven’t already AND connect with the folks behind Memphis’ newest community radio station, WYXR. Hear Lou Bond’s 1974 self-titled folk soul album, released on Stax Records, which gained cult popularity after its 2010 reissue. The event will feature Memphis music writer Andria Lisle, who penned the 2010 liner notes, and WYXR program director and DJ Jared “Jay B.” Boyd, plus surprise guests.
BB King’s 30th Anniversary with Robert Randolph and Eric Gales
7 p.m., Thursday Sept. 16, B.B. King’s Blues Club
$35 and up
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On September 16, 1991, blues icon B.B. King celebrated his 66th birthday with a rousing performance at his eponymous club on Beale Street, the first of many such live performances. Thirty years later, B.B. King’s Blues Club will celebrate this milestone with performances from two contemporary blues greats, Robert Randolph and Eric Gales. Guests can choose from a selection of ticket levels, all of which are available online. Long live the King!
7 p.m., Friday Sept. 17, Levitt Shell
As pandemic silver linings go, the Levitt Shell’s focus on local and regional talent for its fall season is one of our favorites – and we are so excited to see the swamp soul chanteuse, Marcella Simien, take its historic stage on Friday night. Surely we’ll hear some of our faves from her catalog, but word on the street is she’s also been stretching her creative muscles and working on some new material – we’ve got our fingers crossed for some surprises.
WLOK Stone Soul Picnic
3-9 p.m., Sunday Sept. 18, Levitt Shell
If you tend to keep your radio tuned to the FM side of the dial, the you may be unfamiliar with Memphis station WLOK, the city’s only Black-owned radio station. For the past 60+ years, the station has been bringing music a mix of gospel, R&B, and soul to the airwaves and the station has been recognized. WLOK’s musical diversity will be on stage this Saturday as the station hosts their annual Stone Soul Picnic, which will feature everyone from Ekpe & The African Jazz Ensemble, reggae stalwarts Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, and soul legends The Bar-Kays.