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 June 27th.
Spin It Black Ft. Tonya Dyson and Qemist
6:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 29th
As you’ve probably noticed by this point (at least we hope), we here at WAMM have spent the last few weeks deep in celebration of Black Music Month, and things will reach an apex on Wednesday night. We’ve teamed up with WYXR to present a night of free music featuring DJ sets from Tonya Dyson and Qemist, two of our city’s best. So mosey on down to the Crosstown Concourse and join us for an unforgettable celebration.
Alex Greene & The Rolling Head Orchestra
7:00 P.M., Thursday, June 30th
Germantown Performing Arts Center
Reigning Sound are dead, long live Reigning Sound. A crucial era in Memphis music history has now ended. But its not like former RS keyboardist Alex Greene isn’t busy with a million other assorted sonic projects, one of the most prestigious of these being his long-running Rolling Head Orchestra. The collective’s stirring jazz explorations are known for soundtracking some incredible silent film work, and Thursday’s planned festivities at GPAC are no exception. Joined by frequent collaborators Blueshift Ensemble and theremin enchantress Kate Tayler Hunt, they’ll be providing exquisite musical accompaniment to the 1926 Greta Garbo classic Flesh And The Devil. Re-interpreting vintage cinema through original music is always a thrilling high-wire act, but no one’s more up to the task than the RHO.
9:00 p.m., Friday, July 1st
The Subteens rose to local popularity in the early aughts, and while the bands last release, Burn Your Cardigan, was released 6 years ago— the band has staying power. The thing about The Subteens is they are light, in a word. Their rowdy pop punk and rock n roll, smeared with lyrics about neighborhood bars and girls giving them a hard time are hard not to recognize, if not relate to. Plus, B-SIDE Memphis is a good hang– see this B-SIDE venue profile describing it as a grown up dive-bar– perfect for a rare The Subteens show.
Soulin’ On The River, FT. Jonte Mayon
7:00 p.m, Friday, July 1st
Fourth Bluff Park
Memphis River Parks and the Memphis Slim Collaboratory have once again joined forces for a free summer concert series in Fourth Bluff Park. This week’s Soulin’ features Jonte Mayon, a classic jazz and R&B vocalist who can be found performing semi-regularly at BB Kings on Beale St. this summer. The Soulin’ concerts begin early, and are family friendly, AND have a view of the Mississippi River. This is the way to begin your Fourth of July weekend.
8:00 P.M., Friday, July 1st
Feisty Nashville-via-Berlin duo VOLK are an experiment in intrepid genre hybridization, equal parts deep-fried cow-punk and coke-mirror glam rock, stirring up quite the cinematic spectacle with just guitar, drums, and a tangy, campy croon. With their first full-length, Cashville, on the horizon, they’re bringing their roadshow to Memphis, a three-ring circus of kicked-up sawdust and beer-stained triumph. Though these tunes may seem all sly wink and nudge, there’s traces of serious American satire and indictment baked into their grooves, and given recent events, such catharsis is more than welcome, even dressed in punked-out sequins and fringe. VOLK turn the lens of kitschy Americana around to reveal much of what’s squirming underneath, all without ever abandoning reptile-brain pleasure, so Hernando’s is the place to be on Friday if you want to simply rage away the mind-numbing American entropy for awhile.