Lining Up For The Whitehaven Christmas Parade, Memphis, 2011

events, music

With the Merry Christmas Memphis Parade cancelled this year by the Downtown Memphis Association for no reason they cared to share with the public, the Whitehaven Christmas Parade took on extra importance as the only Christmas parade that would be held in Memphis. People started lining the parade route early last Saturday November 19.


Former Memphis punk-blues legend Tav Falco brought his Unapproachable Panther Burns band into the Hi-Tone at Memphis last Saturday night, November 12, for what may have been his first performance in Memphis since he moved to Europe in the early 1990’s. He was back to celebrate the release of his new book Mondo Memphis, as well as the accompanying reissue of all his back catalog of music and the new CD Conjurations. After an opening set by former Panther Burns drummer Ross Johnson and sometimes Posies/Big Star member Ken Stringfellow, Falco appeared on stage with his new band and dancers. Unfortunately, after four shows in four cities, his voice was just about gone, and he could barely talk, much less sing. Still, Tav Falco was back in Memphis, where it all began back in 1978. It was a fitting homecoming.