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.
John Williams & the A440 Band
8 p.m., Friday September 10, Railgarten
If we had our way, everyone in Memphis would have the singular experience of seeing the A440 Band in the original Memphis Sounds Lounge – but since that can’t happen, this is a pretty stellar plan B. Catch John Williams and the incomparable A440 at Railgarten to kick off your weekend – free! For a preview, check out this live performance from WREG as John and the guys channel Rufus Thomas:
8:30 p.m., Friday September 10, Society Memphis
With his street-savvy word play and flawless delivery, hip-hop artist Lukah is making waves across the country. Before his highly anticipated album “Why Look Up, God’s In The Mirror” LP drops later this month, you can see what the hype is all about this weekend at Society Memphis, the city’s premiere coffee shop and skate park.
River City Records Grand Opening
2 p.m., Saturday September 11, 101 S. Main St.
Memphis is already blessed with a number of great record stores, but you can’t have too much of a good thing, right? River City Records, located at 101 S. Main St., will be celebrating their grand opening with a party featuring some of the finest blues musicians in the region. Local duo Memphissippi Sounds will kick things off at 3 p.m. before handing over the mic to Hill Country blues master R.L. Boyce at 5. Come for the vinyl, stay for the jams.
Big Ass Truck
7 p.m., Saturday September 11, Levitt Shell
It’s always a party when you get the chance to see Big Ass Truck, but this time it really is a celebration: their 2000 album Who Let You In Here? Has been released on vinyl for the first time by Terminus and Mempho Records. If you’re new to BAT, expect rock meets funk meets hip hop meets soul and a little magic on the turntables, too – we can’t think of a better place to enjoy this Memphis music melt than at the Shell. Here’s a preview of what’s in store for you, from the band’s last Shell performance in 2016: