Much like the Dogwood and Magnolia trees that line our streets, Memphis’ music scene is once again in full bloom. This week was absolutely saturated with local music stories that have made the arrival of Spring even sweeter, including several TV and streaming specials that are bringing our fair town’s music to the masses. Below are just a few of the highlights.
Memphis Music Hall of Fame Special Headed to TV
A television special celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame will have its public “world premiere” March 22 at the Halloran Centre. The screening will feature Memphis’ extensive musical history and highlight the Hall of Fame’s most exciting moments over the past decade. Announcement of the 2022 Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees will follow the screening. The program will be available for everyone on the Circle Network beginning on March 31.
YouTube Spotlights Black Culture, Memphis Music Scene
This week, it was announced that YouTube is bringing its Black Voices Fund to the Bluff City. The initiative is dedicated to giving black music artists and creators a platform and a voice, and Memphis is an obvious choice. YouTube will be working alongside the Memphis Slim Collaboratory and Unapologetic to team up on the project, which will consist of workshops, panels, and more. The workshop is free and open to ages 18 to 26. The virtual event runs from March 21 thru March 24. To learn more, check out the link here.
French Documentary “Soul Kids” Shines Light on Stax Music Academy
French director Hugo Sobelman’s documentary “Soul Kids” is making the rounds at film festivals across the country this week, allowing for even more exposure for the Stax Music Academy. The film
focuses on the academy’s 20 year history that has continued the legacy of the legendary Stax Records, a soul label that was a refuge during the Civil Rights movement in the 60s. By learning and understanding soul music in after-school programs, the next generation of teenagers build a solid foundation on Black Americans’ legacy and create hope for their future. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming local screenings!