Happy Freezing Friday, Memphis! Here are five things you don't want to miss in Memphis this weekend:
Every year, the International Blues Challenge brings some of the world's finest blues musicians to Beale Street for five nights of live blues music competitions. The music is spread through most of the clubs on Beale Street (plus a few other venues) with the finals held at the Orpheum on Saturday night.
Tonight, Opera Memphis will present a workshop performance of their original opera, Ghosts of Crosstown, based on the lives of those who lived near or worked in the Sears Crosstown building. In a workshop, composers, singers, and directors get together to test out new works; in this case, the public is invited to see the process and get a sneak peek of this original, very Memphis-y opera.
If you want to support the efforts to remove the 5% alcohol cap on beer (any beer over 5% can only be sold in liquor stores) and give our local brewers more opportunities for creativity, expansion, and revenue, you can go to the first Fix the Beer Cap Rally tonight at Local on the Square. Read the letter from the President of the TN Craft Brewers Guild for more info and how you can really help (rallies are important to get the word out, but you really need to contact your TN State reps).
Here's a chance to give your kids an overview of Memphis, its music, and its history. If you live in 901, 662, or 870 area codes, you can hop on the Backbeat Tours bus for a 90-minute ride around town with music, comedy, and behind-the-scenes stories. You and your kids will go by Sun Studio, Stax Studio, Lorraine Motel, the homes of Elvis, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash, and more. It's a great way to introduce the little ones to their city, and the usually $15 – $28 tours are just $9 per family this Saturday only. Be sure to call for reservations.
The awesome kids from School of Rock are putting on some classic rock tribute shows this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, you can catch Journey and Boston sets starting at 3 p.m., and at 7 p.m., they're giving an AC/DC tribute show. Sunday will be encore performances of both.
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