WAMM Recommends: Week of Oct. 17

At the beginning of each week, the team here at We Are Memphis Music searches through our calendar for the absolute best upcoming live shows. This week offers a little bit for everyone, especially on a particularly busy Saturday night, including some shows to get you into the Halloween spirit.

Sivad Buries Rock N’Roll Record Release Party

6PM, Saturday October 22

Mollie Fontaine Lounge


In the 1960s, a Memphian named Watson Davis became a beloved local celebrity as the character Sivad, the ghoulish host of the TV show “Fantastic Features,” which aired horror movies on WHBQ-TV. In 1963, Sivad released the novelty track “Sivad Buries Rock N’ Roll,” which is finally getting a re-release from Black & Wyatt Records on blood red vinyl. To celebrate, there will be a monster mash held at Mollie Fontaine’s this Saturday featuring live music from Andy V (7 pm), Senpapi Red Moon (7:30 pm) and Tyler Keith & The Apostles (8 p.m). Costumes are of course encouraged.

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

8PM, Saturday, October 22

Duncan-Williams Performance Hall


Most local music fans are probably familiar with the music of Marcella Simien, the swamp-soul singer who is a regular and Midtown venues and nearby music festivals. But do you know her Grammy award winning father? If not, this weekend may prove to be a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the elder Simien, who has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous zydeco roots music is—and is not—for 40 years. As a former Louisiana resident myself, I have a deep love for the traditional Creole music, and few if any do it better than Terrance and his band. Unsurprisingly, Marcella will also be present, making it a true family affair.

Guerilla Toss, General Labor

9PM, Saturday, October 22

The Hi Tone (Small Room – Downstairs)


Guerrilla Toss are a study in transformation. After operating for years as a Boston-bred fusion of free-jazz skronk and indie-avant disorientation, they’ve streamlined as of late into a New York-based psych-pop powerhouse, led by Kassie Carlson’s exuberant vocals. They haven’t entirely abandoned their dancey, head-spinning roots however, which should make for a nice compliment to beloved Memphian post-punkers General Labor in this opening spot at the Hi Tone. Come for the hook-laden Cold War-era ennui, stay for the Day-Glo pop explosions. 

Overton Square Music Series: Louise Page

7PM, Saturday, October 22

Overton Square


Louise Page is a familiar enough name in Memphis music circles by now, and for good reason. Buoyed by years of rigorous classical training, Page offers much more intrigue than your usual gloomy piano-playing chanteuse. Strong songwriting and vocals that verge on cathartic without ever becoming ragged add up to compelling work that’s quite unlike anything else happening musically in Memphis, or perhaps anywhere. The music itself is kinetic and bursting with vitality, and Page should find plenty of new fans at Overton Square as the signature Music Series continues. 

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