Each Monday, the team at WAMM sift through the upcoming week’s music calendars to highlight some of the best shows. Below are our picks for the week of May 2nd.
Charles Streeter’s Memphis Hang Suite
8:00 p.m, Tuesday, May 3rd (every Tuesday in May)
Look no further for your Tuesday night Memphis music hang. Legendary drummer Charles Streeter invites you to his Memphis Hang Suite that happens every Tuesday in May at Hernando’s Hideaway. Streeter is known for having toured with artists like Jennifer Lopez, Chakah Khan, The Jackson’s and more. His band, Streeter and The Tribe, is a collective of artist that are ripe for collaboration. Show up and watch, or come and sit in with The Tribe. Hernando’s Hideaway’s stage sits close enough to the audience so that it feels like one big living room jam!
General Labor / Modeling/ Data Drums
9:00 P.M., Friday, May 6th
The Hi-Tone (Small Room – Downstairs)
Leave it to the Hi-Tone to assemble a trio of acts as complimentary and compelling as the ones gracing the small room’s stage this Friday. General Labor are fast approaching ‘beloved Memphian institution’ status, increasingly treasured for their spirited and high-concept take on synth-drenched post-punk and new wave in the hallowed fashion of New Order and Devo, while Fayetteville’s Modeling provide sparkling dance-floor grooves and a shimmering eighties throb that should nicely compliment General Labor’s darker churn. The catchy Memphian garage-punk hooks of Data Drums round out a formidable evening, which should make any Bluff City denizen’s Friday night show-going plans a no-brainer.
Folk All Y’all Presents Max Gomez
7:30 P.M., Saturday, May 7th
The Green Room At Crosstown Arts
New Mexico has long held a respected reputation for earthy artistry and post-hippie craftsmanship, and the expansive stylings of folk troubadour Max Gomez further such a tradition in fine fashion. Gomez’s soulful drawl and taste for the dustier end of cosmic Western folk traditions call to mind hallowed left-field forebears like Gram Parsons and underrated country sky-writers such a Quicksilver Messenger Service, so if you feel like taking it easy with some high lonesome cowboy vibes on Saturday, then you’ll want to hit up the Green Room and tune in to these particular laid-back frequencies, as the Green Room continues its ongoing winning streak of intriguing and satisfying bookings.
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
8:00 p.m, Saturday, May 7th
It is officially International Blues Challenge week in Memphis, so some great Blues musicians will likely be passing through. Austin-based Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears is no doubt inspired by traditional blues and soul– just how Memphis likes it. Since their current iteration formed in 2009, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears have released six studio albums and have performed on stages all over the world including Coachella and Austin City Limits Music Fest. Railgarten’s outdoor stage should be a breeze for this blues band. Catch you there!