Memphis Music and Film at SXSW
South by Southwest will get plenty of Memphis music. Highlights include a special presentation featuring music legends, stars of today and up-and-coming talent, an in-depth panel discussion chronicling the history of Memphis music and its long-lasting cultural effects, and a documentary that examines how the diversity of Memphis music bridged racial, gender and generational divides.
Tuesday, March 11th: "Take Me to the River" is a feature length documentary celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday.
Location: Topfer Theatre at ZACH / 4:30PM - 6:05PM.
Friday, March 14th: The Memphis Means Music session tells the Memphis story from the mouths of the people who have created it and continue its legacy. Al Bell (former Stax records owner), William Bell (Stax legend), Frayser Boy (Memphis hip-hop artist), Cody Dickinson (producer and member of North Mississippi All-Stars), Robert Gordon (noted music historian and author), Booker T Jones (songwriter and band leader of Booker T. and the MGs), Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell (producer and owner of famed Royal Studios), and Martin Shore (documentarian and creator of “Take Me to the River”) will discuss the songs and artists of yesterday and today that have inspired and influenced so much of the world's popular music.
Location: Austin Convention Center Rm 18ABC / 12:30PM
Saturday, March 15th: “Take Me to the River” Second documentary screening
Location: Paramount Theatre / 11:00AM – 12:35PM
Saturday, March 15th: Take Me to the River Music Showcase: The lineup includes William Bell, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, and Booker T. Jones. Hi Rhythm, the studio band who recorded 27 gold and platinum records in a row for Memphis greats such as Al Green and Ann Peebles, will be the house band. Also expected: Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), the North Mississippi All-Stars, blues veterans Charlie Musslewhite and Bobby Rush, Ben Cauley and the Royal Horns of Memphis, soul singer Big Baby and rappers Snoop Dogg, P-Nut, Al Kapone and Frayser Boy.
Location: Outdoor Stage at Butler Park 2:45PM - 4:45PM
The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Butler Park is open to the public with free Guest Pass wristbands, available in advance or on-site at the event. See SXSW Guest Pass site for more information.