Hi Rhythm, @ALKaponeMem, the Grifters and More at @indiememphis Music Showcase

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Indie Memphis is one of Memphis’ two annual film festivals (On Location: Memphis is the other), and this past weekend, a party was held at Kris Kourdouvelis’ Warehouse in honor of the indie film Meanwhile in Memphis which was debuted at this year’s festival. The party opened with the amazing Hi Rhythm band, featuring Teenie Hodges on guitar, a female vocalist named Lisa B. and soul veteran Percy Wiggins. Memphis rap icon Al Kapone followed with his live band, his hypeman Tune C and his son/DJ Young AJ. Behind him came Hope Clayburn and the Soul Scrimmage, and a reunion show for Shangri-La Records artists The Grifters. Altogether it was a fun evening of Memphis music.

Kris Kourdouvelis (@MemphisKris) Celebrates 100 Years of the Warehouse @ALKaponeMemphis

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Kris Kourdouvelis fell in love with Memphis enough to move here, and since he has been here he has become one of our city’s biggest cheerleaders, and has tirelessly given his time and money to the cause of Memphis music, as well as many other charitable and philanthropic causes. As if all that wasn’t cool enough, he also bought and restored a historic old warehouse in the South Main Arts District and turned it into his private residence, but he turned its large downstairs into an amazing party room/venue/museum of Memphis Music called The Warehouse, which has hosted numerous charity events, Memphis music events and concert after-parties. The Warehouse turned 100 years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Kris threw a major bash featuring performances from the Greenville, Mississippi-based Kattawar Brothers and Memphis rap godfather Al Kapone, as well as great barbecue from the nearby Double J Smokehouse, of which Kris is a partner. The party was festive and bright, despite the chilly, wet evening outside.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame Press Conference at the Warehouse

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On Tuesday October 16, 2012, a press conference and reception was held at The Warehouse to announce the formation of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton and Congressman Steve Cohen were on hand for the festivities, as were Al Kapone, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Kirk Whalum, Jody Stephens of Ardent Studios and Big Star, Jerry Phillips, Boo Mitchell of Royal Studios, Judy Fizer of the Center for Southern Folklore and constant Memphis music supporter Kris Kourdevelis.