BMAS bring best of the blues to town

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - GO OUT MUSIC ART STAGE -

Next week, the best and bright­est in the blues world will con­gre­gate in Mem­phis for sev­eral days of events sur­round­ing the 37th an­nual Blues Mu­sic Awards, which will take place at the Mem­phis Cook Con­ven­tion Cen­ter on Thurs­day, May 5.

Veteran Alabama mu­si­cian James Har­man is the year’s top nom­i­nee, up for five awards — in­clud­ing best song and best al­bum. Also nom­i­nated in mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories are pi­ano man An­thony Geraci and singer Su­garay Ray­ford, who will vie for four tro­phies each. She­mekia Copeland, Doug Ma­cleod, The Cash Box Kings, and Wee Wil­lie Walker are all up for three awards.

Lo­cal and re­gional acts once again had a strong show­ing, with Mem­phis trans­plant Vic­tor Wainwright get­ting the nod in three cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing the Pine­top Perkins Pi­ano Player award. Lo­cal har­mon­ica fa­vorite Bran­don San­tini is up for two awards, in­clud­ing Con­tem­po­rary Blues Artist.

North Mis­sis­sip­pian Cedric Burn­side re­ceived a trio of nom­i­na­tions for his work on the “De­scen­dants of Hill Coun­try” al­bum. Mc­comb, Mis­sis­sippi, na­tive Mr. Sipp is up for Best New Artist al­bum for his de­but “The Mis­sis­sippi Blues Child,” along­side fel­low nom­i­nee, gui­tarist Ed­die Cot­ton of Clin­ton, Mis­sis­sippi.

An­other Mem­phian, and last year’s lead­ing nom­i­nee, John Németh will be com­pet­ing against Copeland, Ray­ford, Wainwright and Rick Estrin for the cov­eted B.B. King En­ter­tainer of the Year award. A new Shelby County His­tor­i­cal Marker cel­e­brat­ing the early ca­reer of Johnny Cash will be un­veiled on Sun­day in Cooper-young.

The awards will be book­ended by sev­eral other events, in­clud­ing the Blues Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day. The Mem­phis Jug Band — the famed Bluff City group that ran from the 1920s through the 1950s, led by the leg­endary Will Shade — leads the in­ductees. Chicago blues mu­si­cians Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clear­wa­ter, Jimmy John­son, Bri­tish blues pi­o­neer John May­all and Malaco la­bel co-founders Tommy Couch and Wolf Stephen­son round out the 2016 class.

On Fri­day, the Blues Hall will have a grand open­ing for “Screamin’ the Blues,” an ex­hibit of the pho­to­graphs by Fran­coise Digel.

All three days will be marked by a va­ri­ety of show­cases and con­certs. For a full sched­ule or to pur­chase tick­ets, go to

Cash Marker

This Sun­day marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the re­lease of Johnny Cash’s first Sun Records sin­gle, “I Walk the Line.” To mark the oc­ca­sion and the for­mer Galloway United Methodist Church, where Cash and his band the Ten­nessee Two played their first show in late 1954, the shelby County his­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion will be un­veil­ing a new marker on the site.

The cer­e­mony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Galloway house (1015 S. Cooper, at Walker). Cash fam­ily mem­bers roy, Jackie and kel­lye Cash will be in at­ten­dance. Also, as part of the event, Legacy Mem­phis will be pre­sent­ing long­time Cash drum­mer W.s. “Fluke” hol­land a life­time achieve­ment award.

There will also be live mu­sic from Papa Top’s West Coast Turn­around, Jesse and Noah Bel­lamy, and rusty rainey. A $5 do­na­tion is sug­gested. The money will go to the on­go­ing cam­paign to fund a Cash statue in Cooper-young.

Lo­cal groups in­clud­ing Rhodes Col­lege’s Mike Curb In­sti­tute for Mu­sic, Cooper Walker Place, the Vis­i­ble Mu­sic Col­lege, Legacy Mem­phis, the Coop­erYoung Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, and film­maker/pop cul­ture preser­va­tion­ist Mike Mccarthy, have been work­ing on ef­forts to erect a statute of Cash, done by noted sculp­tor Bill Beck­with. So far, their ef­fort is a third of the way to its $75,000 goal.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to project/john­ny­cash2016.

Gui­tar ART

The Gib­son Foun­da­tion — the phil­an­thropic arm of gui­tar maker Gib­son Brands — is in­au­gu­rat­ing a public arts pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the city of Mem­phis.

Ac­cord­ing to com­pany, the Mem­phis Guitar­town project will fea­ture “twenty 10-foot-tall, ar­tis­ti­cally cus­tom­ized Gib­son Lu­cille gui­tar sculp­tures that will be strate­gi­cally placed through­out the city, part­nered with Mem­phis mu­si­cians and celebri­ties, spon­sored by lo­cal com­pa­nies.”

The Lu­cille gui­tar was the sig­na­ture in­stru­ment of blues leg­end B.B. King — its name was in­spired by a 1949 bar brawl be­tween two men fight­ing over a wo­man named Lu­cille that caused a ma­jor night­club fire. King, who was per­form­ing that night, re-en­tered the burn­ing build­ing to re­trieve his Gib­son gui­tar.

The “Mem­phis Guitar­town” sculp­tures will go up this year, and then some­time later in 2017, they’ll each be auc­tioned off, with pro­ceeds go­ing to ben­e­fit the St. Jude Chil­dren’s Research Hos­pi­tal and the Mem­phis Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion. Gib­son Guitar­town projects launched in 2004 in Nashville and con­tin­ued with projects in Austin, Texas, West Hol­ly­wood; Mi­ami and Or­lando, Florida; Wauke­sha, Wis­con­sin, and Lon­don, Eng­land. The ef­forts have raised over three mil­lion dol­lars for var­i­ous char­i­ties.

Mem­phis artists La­mar sor­rento and Bran­don Mar­shall have been com­mis­sioned to do the first two sculp­tures. But Gib­son has an­nounced an open call for all “visual artists in­ter­ested in adorn­ing the 10-foot sculp­tures or one of the Mem­phis-made un­fin­ished Lu­cille gui­tars.” They’re can ap­ply via call­foren­ by sub­mit­ting their de­signs. En­tries are due by June 5. Artists will be jury-se­lected and an­nounced in mid-june.

Sor­rento and Mar­shall’s sculp­tures will be un­veiled in mid-septem­ber in honor of King’s birth­day.

shakin’ some AC­TION

This weekend, Toronto rock and roll duo catl re­turns to Mem­phis — where they recorded their most re­cent al­bum “This Shakin’ House.” Cut at Ar­dent stu­dios with en­gi­neer Adam Hill, the al­bum cap­tures the group’s vi­brant energy and sound, some­thing that Bluff City au­di­ences have be­come fa­mil­iar with over the course of sev­eral shows, in­clud­ing gigs at the Lamp­lighter (which in­spired the new track “Lamp­light the Way”).

The band — which has held its own open­ing for the likes of the Alabama Shakes, Jon Spencer Blues Ex­plo­sion, and The Reign­ing Sound — will be play­ing Cooper-young’s Bar DKDC (964 S. Cooper) on Satur­day at 9 p.m. Goner records DJS Cole and hoppe will spin be­fore their set. Cover is $5. hadley’s Pub: Al­most Fa­mous, 9 p.m. Fri­day; Full Cir­cle, 9 p.m. Satur­day; The Nut­tin’ Fancy Band, 5:30 p.m. Sun­day; “Bike Night” with No Hit Won­ders, 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day; Swingin’ Leroy Acous­tic, 8 p.m. Thurs­day. 2779 Whit­ten. 901-266-5006. Blues City Café: Blind Mis­sis­sippi Mor­ris at 5 p.m. and Bran­don Cun­ning at 9:30 p.m. Fri­day; Earl “The Pearl” Banks at 12:30 p.m., Blind Mis­sis­sippi Mor­ris at 5 p.m. and Bran­don Cun­ning, 9:30 p.m. Satur­day; Blind Mis­sis­sippi Mor­ris at 12:30 p.m. and The Mem­phis 3 at 5 p.m. Sun­day. 138 Beale. 901526-3637. bluesc­i­ty­ kings Palace Café: David Bowen, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Fri­day-satur­day, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sun­days, Wed­nes­dayThurs­day. 162 Beale. 901-5211851. kings Palace Café’s Pa­tio: Sonny Mack and the Mack 2 Band, 2-6 p.m. and Sean “Bad” Ap­ple, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Fri­day-satur­day; Cow­boy Neil, 2-6 p.m. and Sean “Bad” Ap­ple, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sun­days; Sonny Mack & The Mack 2 Band, 2-6 p.m. and Cow­boy Neil, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Mon­days; Sonny Mack & The Mack 2 Band, 2-6 p.m. and Sen­sa­tion Band, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Tues­days; Sonny Mack & The Mack 2 Band, 2-6 p.m. and Sean “Bad” Ap­ple, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Wed­nes­days; Sonny Mack & The Mack 2 Band, 2-6 p.m. and Cow­boy Neil, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thurs­days. 162 Beale. 901-521-1851. kings Palace Café’s Tap room: Red Let­ter Day, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri­day and 8 p.m.mid­night Satur­day; Delta Project, 8 p.m.-mid­night Sun­day; Don Valen­tine, 8 p.m.-mid­night Tues­days and Thurs­days; Vince John­son & The Plan­ta­tion All Stars, 8 p.m.-mid­night Wed­nes­days. 168 Beale. 901-576-2220. New Daisy The­atre: The Sch­wag — The Grate­ful Dead Experience; doors open 10 p.m. Fri­day ($10). B. o. B with Scotty ATL, Lon­don Jae at 7:30 p.m. Satur­day ($15-$18), doors open 6:30 p.m. Dirty South at 10 p.m. Satur­day ($15-$25); Jake Shimabukuro at 8 p.m. Tues­day ($25-$30), doors open 7 p.m. 330 Beale. 901-525-8981. Hot­line: 901525-8979. new­ rum Boo­gie Café: Pam & Terry, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Free­world, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri­day; Gra­cie Cur­ran, 4:308:30 p.m. and Free­world, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Satur­day; Gra­cie Cur­ran, 3:30-7:30 p.m. and Mis­sis­sippi Big Foot, 8 p.m.-mid­night Sun­day; JP Soars & The Red Hots, 8 p.m.-mid­night Mon­dayTues­day; Tas Cru & His Band of Tor­tured Souls, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and South­ern Av­enue, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Wed­nes­day; Vince John­son & The Boo­gie Blues Band, 8 p.m.-mid­night Thurs­day. 182 Beale. 901-5280150. rum Boo­gie Café’s Blues hall: Plan­ta­tion All Stars, 3-7 p.m. and Tas Cru & His Band of Tor­tured Souls, 8 p.m.-mid­night Fri­day; Mem­phis Mambo Combo, 3-7 p.m. and Tas Cru & His Band of Tor­tured Souls, 8 p.m.-mid­night-satur­day; Plan­ta­tion All Stars, 3-7 p.m. and Low So­ci­ety Blues Re­view, 8 p.m.-mid­night Sun­day; Brian Hawkins Blues Party, 8 p.m.-mid­night Mon­day; Mc­daniel Band, 8 p.m.-mid­night Tues­daysWed­nes­days; Mem­phis Blues­mas­ters, 8 p.m.mid­night Thurs­days. 182 Beale. 901-528-0150. Abun­dant Grace Min­istries: The Al­most Fa­mous Gospel Singing Re­vival, 7 p.m. Fri­day with the “Al­most Fa­mous” Crains with Geeslin Broth­ers. 6 p.m. potluck. 9239 E. Holmes Road. 901-299-8831. huey’s: The Dan­tones, 8-11:30 p.m. Sun­day. 2130 W. Poplar. 901-854-4455. huey’s: J.P. Soars & The Red Hots, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sun­day. 1771 Ger­man­town Park­way. 901-754-3885. Neshoba uni­tar­ian uni­ver­sal­ist Church: Cof­fee­house ap­pear­ance fea­tur­ing Greg Faiers and Jimmy Crosth­wait, 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day at 7350 RaleighLa­grange Road, Cordova. Do­na­tions ac­cepted at the door. CDS avail­able for pur­chase. 901-266-2626. The Pe­abody: “Rooftop Party” sea­son con­tin­ues with Frankie Hollie and the Noise, 6-10 p.m. Thurs­day ($10). 149 Union. 901-529-4000. MLGW Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing (by elvis statue): Plus-1 Jam: MLGW Cel­e­brates Mem­phis Mu­sic: Tropix at 6 p.m. and Muddy River Blues Band at 8 p.m. Fri­day; Kyle Rus­sell at 2 p.m., Mem­phis Let­ter Car­ri­ers at 4 p.m. and Muddy River Blues Band at 8 p.m. Satur­day. Do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Ben­jamin L. hooks Cen­tral Li­brary court­yard: “5 Fri­days of Jazz” con­cert se­ries, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 3030 Poplar. Bill Hurd Quin­tet, Fri­day. 901-415-2846. huey’s: Six String Lovers, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sun­day. 4872 Poplar. 901-682-7729. Jim’s Place res­tau­rant & Bar: Hud­son & Saleeby, 8:3011:30 p.m. Wed­nes­days. 518 Perkins Ext. 901-766-2030. Mor­timer’s: Van Duren solo, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thurs­days at 590 N. Perkins Road. All ages. No cover. 901-761-9321. Neil’s Mu­sic room: At 5727 Quince Road. 901682-2300. face­ Neilsmu­si­c­room Fri­days: Coun­try mu­sic fea­tur­ing Ed­die Smith, Buddy Church, Tommy Burroughs, Terry Bailey. 8 p.m. No cover. Satur­day: Rick Camp & The Sub­ur­ban Trunk Mon­keys, 9 p.m. Tues­days: Gene Nunez, Deb­bie Jami­son and Michael Rainey, 6-10 p.m. No cover. Wed­nes­days: Elmo & The Shades “Big Soul Dance Party” at 8 p.m. No cover. Thurs­days: Jack Row­ell’s Celebrity Jam at 8 p.m. No cover charge. salsa: “Cinco De Mayo”



John Németh will be one of sev­eral Mem­phi­ans com­pet­ing for hon­ors at the an­nual Blues Mu­sic Awards on May 5.

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