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Festival will continue the tributes deep into the late-night hours with a very special "Mempho All-Stars" jam on Saturday, Oct. 7. Musical Director
Eric Krasno, guitarist for Lettuce and Soulive, will lead a rotating cast of musicians including bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band), guitarist Steve Kimock (RatDog, Phil Lesh & Friends), harmonica player/vocalist John Popper (Blues Traveler, Frogwings), steel guitarist Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph & The Family Band), drummer/percussionist Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit), drummer/percussionist Wally Ingram (Timbuk 3, Stockholm Syndrome, David
Lindley, Cheryl Crow), guitarist Papa Mali (7 Walkers), DJ Logic, guitarist Eric McFadden (P-Funk Allstars, Stockholm Syndrome), vocalist Leslie
Mendelson, keyboardist Peter
Levin (Gregg Allman Band), vocalist Lamar Williams Jr. (Les Brers), bassist Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler), and MonoNeon.
These stellar musicians will come together to honor three fallen Southern-rock greats who passed away earlier this year: Allman Brothers Band
founding members Gregg Allman
Trucks, and Col. Bruce Hampton. The relationship between these three musicians and their influence on Southern-rock music go back to the late 1960s, and they have made an inimitable impact on the musicians that will take the stage on Saturday. With members of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman
Band, Les Brers, Frogwings, and Aquarium Rescue Unit on the main stage together, the "Mempho All-Stars" will perform music in memory of Gregg, Butch, and Bruce.
In true "jam" fashion, the set will thrive in the improvisational atmosphere of over 13 world-class musicians who have been known to collaborate within the realms of rock, funk, soul, jazz, and more. With Memphis
music in the air, fans can expect a healthy dose of tributes and covers, as well as the unexpected jams we all know and love.
The after-show will benefit philanthropic program called "Learn to Rock," which aims to build bridges throughout the Memphis
community by educating students about the city's rich musical history. As part of the program's outreach, Learn to Rock--sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union-- is providing hundreds of free tickets to Shelby County Schools high school students, staff, and family members, as well as the Soulsville Foundation/Stax Academy and the Memphis Music
Admission to Saturday's "Mempho All-Stars" jam is included with general tickets to the festival, which takes place Oct. 6-7 at the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park. One of the largest urban parks in America, Shelby Farms is located just minutes from downtown Memphis. Tickets -- including single-day and two-day general admission and VIP passes -- are on sale now at memphofest.com.
Festival, a two-day music, food and nature experience, boasts an eclectic musical lineup honoring the heart and soul of the city and its influence on the blues, roots and soul music. This year's lineup includes Jason Isbell
and the 400 Unit, Cage the Elephant, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Hard Working Americans, Southern Avenue, and Booker T Presents: Stax Revue. The festival also will host a Memphis
music tributes led by Stax Records guitarist Steve Cropper and featuring special guests.
For more, please visit memphofest.com.
MEMPHO Fest on the web:
Official Hashtag: #MEMPHOFEST
MEMPHO is the latest chapter in the rich musical history of Memphis. Its founders are committed to making it an integral part of the Memphis
cultural scene for years to come. MEMPHO has been created to blend today's best sounds with Memphis' storied musical heritage, creating a festival experience filled with music, food, and nature that appeals to people of all ages. The inaugural event on October 6th and 7th 2017 features Grammy award-winning artists Cage the Elephant and Jason Isbell
and the 400 Unit. Other performances include Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Cold War Kids, Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue, Hard Working Americans, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Bishop Briggs, The Weeks, Southern Avenue, Jojo's Slim Wednesday, Dan Luke & The Raid and more.
About Shelby Farms Park:
At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee is one of the largest urban parks in the country. With a visionary master plan designed by James
Corner Field Operations, it is poised to become one of the best. Today, the Park features miles of paved and unpaved trails, dozens of lakes and ponds, the internationally recognized and sustainably designed Woodland Discovery Playground, a buffalo herd, the FedEx Event Center, The Kitchen Bistro and Kitchenette, a water play splash pad, an outdoor event stage overlooking an 80-acre lake, a treetop adventure course and more.
About Big River Presents:
Founded by Memphis
Winegardner, Big River Presents is focused on promoting live events like MEMPHO aimed at enhancing Memphis' cultural scene and reputation as a premier destination to live and work. Big River Presents believes Memphis
is sacred ground for all those interested in the music industry.