Neo-Soul at @LeChardonnayMem During On Location Memphis @olm_trailer @iamjammusic @cdrumbum90

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During the On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival, Le Chardonnay was the location of the neo-soul showcases on both Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday night, the showcase opened with the superb Memphis jazz/soul vocalist Jamille “Jam” Hunter with her band, and was followed by the blues/soul/rock trio known as C3, consisting of drummer Courtney Brown, guitarist Chris Pitts and bassist Colton Parker, a power trio that I have discussed elsewhere. They were to be followed by Ethan Kent and my homeboy Otis Logan’s band 4 Soul, but as I was on the festival staff, I soon got called away to handle a crisis at the hip-hop showcase at 1884 Lounge at Minglewood.

Stax to the Max Soulsville Street Festival in South Memphis @StaxMuseum @StaxRecords

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The last Saturday of April in Memphis is always one of the biggest days of the year for festivals and events, including the On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival, the Southern Hot Wing Festival, the Vollentine Evergreen Art Walk, and the Stax to the Max Soulsville Street Festival. The latter, which is free, is an annual outdoor party and concert, featuring many of the best living veterans of Stax, usually including William Bell, John Gary Williams and the Mad Lads, the Temprees and the Memphis revivalist band the Bo-Keys. Held on the back parking lot of the Stax Museum and the Stax Academy, crowds can run into the thousands.

Awards Luncheon and Day 1 of Music Showcases at On Location Memphis @olm_trailer @5thChild @KnowledgeNick @CameronBethany_ @TruthUniversal @MarcoPave @SunburntMoon#olm2014

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The 15th annual On Location Memphis Film and Music Festival got underway in earnest on Friday April 25 with the awards luncheon at Lost Pizza Company on Poplar Avenue. Folk acoustic duo Sunburnt Moon providing the really cool music for the occasion. Registration then opened at Studio on the Square in Overton Square around 1 PM, with films occurring all afternoon. At 7 PM, music showcases got underway at Le Chardonnay, The Blue Monkey, Otherlands, Java Cabana and Newbys, and these ran until midnight. Highlights of the evening included performances by Mike Mosby and the Hard Hitters Band featuring vocalist Cameron Bethany at Le Chardonnay, Cowboy Bob Sawyer and Low Society at Otherlands, and an all-star hip-hop line-up at Newby’s that included Marco Pave, 5th Child, Truth Universal, Marcel P. Black, Lyriqs Da Lyraciss, Lukah Luciano, A. C. Dutch and the Iron Mouth Battle League and Knowledge Nick, who was also the MC for the evening.

Filmmaker and Blues Activist Roger Stolle Discussses “We Juke Up In Here” at On Location Memphis (@olm_trailer)

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Sunday afternoon at the Studio on the Square, the On Location Memphis Film and Music Festival screened a documentary called We Juke Up In Here, a sequel to an earlier documentary called M For Mississippi. The film was made by Roger Stolle, a blues historian and the owner of Clarksdale’s Cat Head Delta Blues store, and Jeff Konkel, the owner of the amazing Broke and Hungry Records label in St. Louis. Given the subject matter of the film, Mississippi delta blues and juke joints, I expected to like We Juke Up In Here already, but I hadn’t expected the production to be so beautiful, and there’s really no other way to describe it. The scenes of Mississippi wilderness during travel sequences are vivid, the interviews are frank and informative, and the music, both that played in the jukes and that of the soundtrack is truly incredible.
Unfortunately, the ultimate theme of the film is the ways in which the Mississippi juke joints are dying out and fading, and so the movie focuses ultimately on one, the legendary Red’s Lounge in Clarksdale owned by Red Paden, a juke that simply has refused to die. So ultimately, We Juke is a bittersweet film, beautiful in its celebration of Mississippi’s African-American folklore, but with the ominous clouds of loss looming on the horizon.
After the screening, Roger graciously took our questions and discussed some of the making of the film.

Mississippi’s PyInfamous (@PyInfamous) Live at On Location Memphis (@olm_trailer) at @PurpleHazeMEM

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At the On Location Memphis music showcase, Memphian Snootie Wild was followed by PyInfamous, a Mississippi emcee who has garnered critical acclaim for his lyrical skill. Born in Clarksdale, Py is a community activist, working with youth, and has a full-length CD out called Extended Discussions, as well as several EP’s. His style is most untypical of Mississippi, with lyrics that are extremely complex and politically aware.

Memphis rapper Snootie Wild (@snootiewho) Live at @PurpleHazeMEM during On Location Memphis (@olm_trailer)

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North Memphis rap artist Snootie Wild first came to my attention at March’s The Music Exchange event in Hickory Hill, when he performed the Jamaican-sounding single “Back and Forth.” At Saturday night’s On Location Memphis music showcase, Snootie came on stage after folk-singer Clay Parker, a rather strange transition, to say the least. But Snootie’s fans had packed the Purple Haze, and he got the biggest acclaim of any artist on the bill.

Clay Parker- Poor Boy A Long Way From Home-Live at On Location Memphis (@olm_trailer) @OldHouseRecords @PurpleHazeMEM

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Old House Records artist Clay Parker performs a song from his debut album “The Wind and the Warble” at Purple Haze in Memphis during the On Location Memphis Film and Music Festival, 4/27/13

Baton Rouge’s Clay Parker Performs at On Location Memphis at @PurpleHazeMEM Downtown @OldHouseRecords

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Baton Rouge folk singer Clay Parker came to Memphis to perform at the On Location Memphis Film and Music Festival. He performed several songs from his first album The Wind and the Warble and several from his forthcoming album which should be out in a month or so on the Texas-based Old House Records label.