Beck, Post Malone, Phoenix, Nas To Headline 2018 Mempho Music Festival
Mempho Music Festival, brought to you by Big River Presents, has announced the lineup for its second edition, which will return to Memphis, Tennessee, on October 6th and 7th, 2018. Nestled in the heart of Shelby Farms Park, Mempho Fest blends today's top performers with Memphis' rich musical history, creating a festival experience filled with music, food, and nature for people of all ages. This year, for the first time ever at Shelby Farms Park, camping and "glamping" options will be available.
The second-annual Mempho Fest will feature headlining performances from Grammy Award winners Beck and Phoenix on Saturday. On Sunday, modern hip-hop supernova Post Malone and the legendary MC, Nas, will head the bill. The full 2018 lineup proudly boasts Grammy-nominated funkstress and Prince protégé Janelle Monáe, indie-rock prince Mac DeMarco, German folk rockers Milky Chance, Atlanta-based rapper Rich The Kid, and iconic funk-music collective George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic. Also joining the 2018 lineup are nationally recognized acts Larkin Poe, Sam Lewis, The Como Mamas, and psychedelic-bluegrass supergroup Danny Barnes' Space Program, featuring banjo virtuoso Danny Barnes, drummer Jeff Sipe, guitarist Mike Seal, and bassist Eric Thorin.
Derived from Memphis' vibrant music scene, fans will be treated to legendary hometown get-downs from Juicy J, Project Pat, Lucero, Eric Gales, The Bar-Kays, Don Bryant & The Bo-Keys, Big Ass Truck, John Nemeth & The Love Light Orchestra, Boo Mitchell & The Kings, Talibah Safiya, and Cory Branan.
Additionally, world-renowned keyboardist and The Rolling Stones' musical director Chuck Leavell will host a very special "Stones Throw" set. The performance will explore the extensive catalog of The Rolling Stones and feature current and former backing band members of the pioneering rock act, including Bernard Fowler (vocals), Darryl Jones (bass), Tim Ries (sax), and Karl Denson (sax).
Following the festival's inaugural Memphis tribute set last year, which honored Stax Records, the 2018 festival will honor its Memphis heritage with a tribute set dedicated to Royal Studios, one of the most iconic music recording studios in the world. Led by Grammy Award-winning producer Boo Mitchell—son of Willie Mitchell (1928-2010), the founder of Royal Studios who hosted notable sessions with Al Green, Chuck Berry, and more–the Royal Studios Tribute will feature Grammy Award winners William Bell and Bobby Rush, Oscar Award winner Frayser Boy, and Grammy Award-nominated Hi Rhythm.
15-year-old guitar phenom Brandon "Taz" Niederauer will serve as the weekend's artist-at-large. More artists TBA.
"We are thrilled to be back at Shelby Farms Park for year two of the great Mempho Music Festival, " says Mempho Music Festival founder, Diego Winegardner. "We couldn't be more excited to announce this year's lineup, which includes an extraordinarily diverse roster of today's hottest artists, legends of rock, funk, and soul, as well as a healthy dose of local Memphis talent."
Mempho Music Festival is the first major music festival held in the natural splendor of Shelby Farms Park, which plays host to a diverse range of outdoor activities including biking, canoeing, zip lining, horseback riding, and more. Building off Mempho Fest's inaugural year, in 2018, the festival will offer multiple live music stages, local art installations, and an interactive dome that melds together the worlds of music, art, science, and design.
Mempho Music Festival and Mempho Matters, Mempho Fest's non-profit organization, remain committed to creating a lasting and positive impact in Memphis through "Learn To Rock", a philanthropy-based arts education and funding initiative. Working with Memphis area businesses and community leaders, we are providing many Memphis area music teachers and students admission to Mempho at no cost.
New to 2018, Mempho Music Festival is partnering with the Memphis Area Women's Council to promote the Memphis Says NO MORE campaign—aimed at raising awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault—by providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all attendees. Mempho has also jumped on board the #BringYourSoul movement, celebrating the originality, soul, and change that Memphis is known for. Additionally, Mempho Music Festival has teamed up with the Oceanic Global Foundation—a non-profit that educates individuals on issues impacting our ocean through art, music, and emerging technologies—and is proud to take the pledge to go completely straw-free!
Mempho Music Festival 2018 Lineup: Beck, Post Malone, Phoenix, Janelle Monáe, Nas, Mac DeMarco, Milky Chance, Rich The Kid, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Juicy J, Project Pat, Stones Throw (feat. Chuck Leavell, Bernard Fowler, Farryl Jones, Tim Ries, & Karl Denson), Lucero, The Bar-Kays, Big Ass Truck, Larkin Poe, Eric Gales, Royal Studios Presents William Bell, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, & Hi Rhythm, Don Bryant & The Bo-Keys, Danny Barnes' Space Program, John Nemeth & The Love Light Orchestra, The Como Mamas, Sam Lewis, Boo Mitchell & The Kings, Talibah Safiya, Cory Branan, and Brandon "Taz" Niederuaer (Artist-At-Large)
About MEMPHO: Mempho Music Festival is the latest chapter in the rich musical history of Memphis. Its founders are committed to making the festival an integral part of the Memphis cultural scene for years to come. Mempho Fest 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.
About Shelby Farms Park: At 4, 500 acres, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the largest urban parks in the country and is five times the size of New York City's Central Park. 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–all just minutes from downtown Memphis!
About Big River Presents: Founded by Memphis native Diego Winegardner, Big River Presents is focused on promoting live events, such as Mempho Music Festival, 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.
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