Music in Memphis

Southern Avenue music

Southern Avenue performed on St. Patrick's Day night, 2016, at Bar DKDC in Midtown Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Keith Sykes

Memphis singer-songwriter Keith Sykes celebrated the release of his new single, "Come As You Are Beach Bar," with a free show at The Warehouse in downtown Memphis in March 2016. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Deering & Down

Memphis duo Deering & Down performed at a fundraiser March 26, 2016, for the Johnny Cash statue project at the former church in Memphis where Cash and his band played their first paid gig in 1954. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Soul Searching

Jim Lauderdale, backed by the North Mississippi Allstars, played songs from his new album "Soul Searching" in a 2015 appearance at Minglewood Hall in Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Slide-master

The concentration shows on Luther Dickinson's face during a 2015 North Mississippi Allstars show at Minglewood Hall in Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Grace Askew's 'bluntry'

Memphian Grace Askew calls her music "bluntry" -- a blend of blues and country. She played at Lafayette's Music Room in Midtown Memphis on August 17, 2015. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Record-release party

Chris Owen (center) and his Memphis band Time celebrated the release of a new record with a show at Bar DKDC in the Cooper-Young area of Midtown Memphis on July 31, 2015. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Lucero Family Picnic

The Memphis-based band Lucero entertains a big crowd outside Minglewood Hall in Memphis during the annual Lucero Family Picnic on April 18, 2015. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Harlan T. Bobo at Otherlands

Singer-songwriter Harlan T. Bobo played to a standing-room-only crowd at Otherlands Coffee Bar in Memphis, Tennessee, the night of March 28, 2015. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Memphis guitarist Eric Gales

Memphis' own Eric Gales' guitar-slinging style has been compared to Jimi Hendrix -- and there's a reason for that. Gales performed at the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Jerry Lee Lewis on stage in Memphis

Who would have thought Jerry Lee Lewis would be the last man standing among the Sun Records greats? The Memphis music legend was still getting it done at the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

The Bar-Kays in Memphis

Memphis music icons the Bar-Kays began as a house band for Stax Records, backing artists like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave, then went on to score many hits of their own, including the one everyone remembers, "Soul Finger." They celebrated 50 years of music-making in 2014 with performances, including this one at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Mark Edgar Stuart in Memphis

Memphis-based singer-songwriter-sideman Mark Edgar Stuart opened for Lucero's Ben Nichols in August 2014 at Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Jack Oblivian at Buccaneer Lounge

Jack Yarber, who performs as JackO or Jack Oblivian, plays to a Buccaneer Lounge crowd in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, in January 2015. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Valerie June at Minglewood Hall

Singer-songwriter Valerie June, a Mid-South native, performed at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee, in March 2014. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

North Mississippi Allstars

"I've been drinking muddy water, sleepin' in a hollow log." -- Drummer Cody Dickinson hammers out the rhythm as the North Mississippi Allstars play to a riverfront crowd at the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

North Mississippi Allstars

Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars thanks the crowd at the end of the band's killer set at the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival on the riverfront in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Beale Street Music Festival crowd

A Beale Street Music Festival crowd enjoys a performance during the 2014 event in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band at the Beale Street Music Festival on May 2, 2015. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

2015 Beale Street Music Festival

The sunsets, the Mississippi River and the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival -- the weather was perfect for the May 1-3 event in downtown Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Wilco on Beale Street

Wilco closed out the night May 3 at the FedEx stage for the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne entertains the crowd with some light play during the band's appearance at the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival on May 1. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Cage The Elephant

Cage The Elephant and lead singer Matt Shultz helped close out the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival May 3 in downtown Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Music fans on Beale Street

Crowd members love it as the Flaming Lips bombard them with confetti and balloons May 1 at the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Slash

Slash (Saul Hudson) put on a strong performance with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators May 1 at the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

John Fogerty

John Fogerty took the crowd back to 1969 and his days with Creedence Clearwater Revival; his appearance May 2 at the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival was one of the three-day event's highlights. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Five Finger Death Punch

Las Vegas-based metal Band Five Finger Death Punch was the headline act at the Rock Star Energy Drink stage May 1 during the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

At the Beale Street Music Festival

I spotted this inventive use of an old Ricohflex twin-lens reflex coupled with an iPhone to shoot over the crowd at the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Mississippi River Paraglider

What do you do when you don't have a ticket to the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival? Get a paraglider rig and fly up and down the Mississippi River, like this sky pilot did near sundown May 3 in Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Drive-By Truckers

The Drive-By Truckers perform at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee, in September 2014. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Sharde Thomas

Sharde Thomas (granddaughter of Otha Turner, an icon of the fife-and-drum blues tradition in North Mississippi) performs with the North Mississippi Allstars at the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Buddy Guy in Memphis

Blues legend Buddy Guy sings to the crowd from the Beale Street Music Festival's FedEx stage in 2014 at Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Eddie Cotton Jr.

Eddie Cotton Jr. of Clinton, Mississippi, won the band competition during finals of the 31st International Blues Challenge in January 2015 at the Orpheum in Memphis, Tennessee. Cotton represented the Vicksburg (Mississippi) Blues Society. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard

The Alabama Shakes' guitarist/vocalist Brittany Howard put on an incredible show to close out the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Amy LeVere and John Paul Keith

Motel Mirrors, featuring Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith, played to a big crowd at Lafayette's Music Room in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, in January 2015. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Up against the wall, redneck mother: Ray Wylie Hubbard played in Memphis, Tennessee, at Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge in August 2014. What a great storytelling songwriter -- who doesn't take himself too seriously. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Bobby Rush in Memphis

Veteran bluesman Bobby Rush and his dancers were definitely doing their thing on the Minglewood Hall stage in Memphis, Tennessee, during a December 2014 appearance. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Toy Trucks at Murphy's

Memphis band the Toy Trucks performed at Murphy's, a Midtown bar, on Feb. 18, 2015. From left: Dylan Cranmer, Ryno Hanson and Jeremy Scott. Not shown in this picture is drummer Steve Barnat. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Joan Jett at Beale Street Music Fest

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts perform at the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Blues from Finland in Memphis

Honey B. & the T-Bones from Finland perform during the quarterfinals of the 2015 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. More than 120 blues acts from around the world competed for cash, prizes and recognition. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Jack Oblivian

Midnight toast: Jack Oblivian lifts a glass to the New Year's Eve crowd at the Hi-Tone Café in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee, to bring in 2015. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Dead Soldiers

Memphis-based band Dead Soldiers opened Lucero's Christmas show in 2013 at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Lucero Famiy Picnic, 2015

BMX riders entertained as the crowd gathered for the Lucero Family Picnic outside Minglewood Hall in Midtown Memphis on April 18, 2015. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Lucero at Minglewood Hall

Keyboard player Rick Steff concentrates during a December 2014 show by Memphis-based band Lucero at Minglewood Hall. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Street-corner picking

I caught this little streetlight-lit moment as Jeremy Scott, Robert Maché and Chris Owen waited for others in a small group that sang Christmas carols at restaurants and bars in the Cooper-Young area of Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Hula-hoopin' New Year's

A hooper entertains the New Year's Eve crowd during a concert at the Hi-Tone Cafe in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Ingram Hill performs in Memphis

Memphis band Ingram Hill on stage at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee, in March 2014. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Devil Train performs at Buccaneer

Memphis, Tennessee, band Devil Train, doin' their regular Monday-night thing at the Buccaneer Lounge in Midtown Memphis. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Gonerfest Memphis, 2014

Red Sneakers, a two-piece band from Nara, Japan, blasts the crowd with sound in the parking lot behind the Buccaneer Lounge in Memphis, Tennessee, during the second day of Gonerfest 11 in 2014. Gonerfest is an annual garage-band festival, with stages at several Midtown bars over a four-day period. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Beale Street Music Festival, 2014

The Beale Street Music Festival is a three-day event held each year during the first weekend of May on the Mississippi riverfront in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. It's part of the Memphis in May Festival, which honors a different country each year. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)