In all corners of the globe, Memphis is known as “the home of the blues.” With so many great blues artists in the Bluff City and surrounding areas, it only makes sense that the On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Festival would look to celebrate one of the city’s most revered styles with its first-ever blues concert.
The blues extravaganza, entitled “Blues Reel Review: Remembering B.B. King and Teenie Hodges,” is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Midtown’s Cooper Walker Place on the evening of Friday, September 4. The night will be hosted by blues and soul singer Redd Velvet, who has made a name for herself in the Memphis blues scene since moving to the city in 2009.
Headlining the show is the Garry Burnside Band. Garry is the descendant of blues royalty, having been inspired by his father, the legendary late bluesman R.L. Burnside. Garry and his band play a brand of hill country blues made famous by the Burnside family, but also put their own unique spin on the world of contemporary blues music. Beverly Davis, Butch Mudbone, Joyce Henderson, and Cash McCall round out the diverse lineup.
“This year we’ve made a concerted effort to ratchet up the music portion of our festival, so it was a no-brainer for us to make blues an integral part of the program,” said OL:M President and Executive Director Angela Green. “We couldn’t be prouder to have some of the most recognizable names in blues on our bill.”
Tickets are available by visiting www.onlocationmemphis.org and clicking on the “Blues Reel Review” tab. Friday day passes are just $25 and include entrance to the blues show, as well as all films, workshops and a business expo at Cooper Walker Place (CWP) throughout the day. Full music festival passes cost $45 and provide entrance to all performances, music-related films and activities at CWP on Friday and Saturday, while a full festival pass costs $65 for access to all locations during the weekend.