WAMM Recommends: Week of Nov. 7

Each week, the team at We Are Memphis Music selects our picks for the best upcoming live shows for the next seven days. Here are our selections for the week of November 7th.

Memphis Music Listening Party with Steve Cropper

5PM, Tuesday, November 8th

Benjamin Hooks Library

Free

Has any guitarist had a greater impact on Memphis music–and soul music in general–than Steve Cropper? While a debate could be had, there’s no denying that Cropper is one of the city’s most important living legends and that his contribution to music from Booker T. & the MGs, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and countless others endures to this day. On Tuesday, Cropper will be joining music historian Robert Gordon at the central library for a conversation and mini-concert about his life, legacy, and music, all distilled into 5 songs. How does someone as prolific as Cropper choose just 5 tunes to encompass his entire career?! Well that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to catch a member of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame playing a free show, so do yourself a favor and head down to the library this Tuesday after voting for what promises to be a special afternoon.

Frog Squad Plays Horace Silver
7:30 PM, Friday, November 11th
The Green Room At Crosstown Arts
$15

I solemnly swear that the good folks of Frog Squad aren’t bribing me on the sly to keep me waxing ethereally about the Memphis cosmic jazz collective’s improvisatory wonders so frequently. It’s just that these folks are so easy to wholeheartedly recommend, as each new interplanetary excursion offers but a fleeting glimpse of an electrifying chemistry that’ll never precisely be duplicated again. This time they’re tackling the works of legendary pianist and hard bop pioneer Horace Silver at the Green Room, and if you miss it, you’ve no one to blame but yourself for not heeding my repeated urgings. Take the plunge.

Manchester Orchestra

8PM, Friday, November 11th

Graceland Soundstage

$37

Quintessential Georgia indie rock band, Manchester Orchestra, is coming to Graceland Soundstage this Friday! The band is equally yoked in soft melodic indie and the post punk rock sounds of the mid aughts. Manchester Orchestra’s most recent records,The Million Masks of God, their 6th studio album released in 2019, and their cozy Christmas record for indie rock fans released in 2021, are perfect listening for the changing of the seasons that November brings. The band is a staple of the most sought after festival tickets, and definitely turn up their live performance all the way up for their fans.

S P A C E R
9 PM, Friday, November 11th
Bar DKDC
Under $10

Folks around Memphis are thoroughly excited about S P A C E R these days, and for good reason. In a scene where there’s never been any shortage of blistering garage-rock duos, Cheyenne and Neal stand out with an exuberance so well-matched by their instinctual telepathic synergy, drawing what might be primitive music towards horizons more luminous and more than a little inspiring. Simply put, a night with S P A C E R is one of true communion with the desperate frenzy of playing live music, a live-or-die dedication to all things anthemic and raw that leaves every ounce of blood on the floor before it’s done. There’s no hyperbole that can really suffice here – they just happen to be one of the very best of all current Memphis bands, period. If that doesn’t sell you, you should trust your gut and buy more often.

Nick Allison & The Players Lounge

2 PM, Saturday, November 12,

River Series at Harbor Town Amphitheater

$10

Austin, Texas based Nick Allison & The Players Lounge will play a day time show at the idyllic Montessori School Amphitheater in Harbor Town on Friday. Get there at 2:00 PM for tunes spinning by DJ Hot Tub Eric, followed by Hail Maria at 3, and Nick Allison at 4:00 PM. Nick Allison & The Players Lounge, whose last album was released on Goner Records’, is a bit garage a-la “Reigning Sound goes to Texas”––and we are here for it! For fans of all things Goner, add another notch in your show post and we will see you there!

Tim Kerr & Up Around The Sun

7:30 PM, Saturday, November 12

Goner Records

$5 Suggested Donation

Before bumper stickers had to be produced urging residences to fight the tide of gentrification with the message “Keep Austin Weird,” Tim Kerr was one of the many artists who helped the Texas capitol become a Mecca for outcasts and weirdos in the first place. A key figure in the early stages of the city’s influential DIY punk/hardcore scene, Kerr was a founding member of The Big Boys, Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose, Lord High Fixers and Monkeywrench, to name just a few. Although he remains a prolific visual artist, Kerr has largely left the harder music behind in favor of Irish, folk, and other old-timey tunes. On Saturday, the Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee will be playing a live set inside Goner Records with his folk duo Up Around The Sun in one of this week’s can’t-miss shows. Be there!

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