This year's festival honors Memphis' own Joyce Cobb. Click the video at left to hear a short interview and performance. Joyce has performed across the United
States and Europe providing a reason for audiences to stand up, applaud,
boogie or just sing along.
.. a grand parade of the best
Memphis has to offer, where our greatest gift to the world - music - is
writ symphoniously large. It is a destination for music aficionados from
around the world, who make a pilgrimage to downtown Memphis every Labor
Day Weekend. It is the only weekend where you can boogie, strut,
jitterbug, sway to your heart's content - and with good reason - the
Center assembles the best artists and musicians the South has to offer!"
--Bill Ellis, Commerical Appeal
Memphis is a special place where music is not played in the
background. It is a place where music and dance and song tells us who
we are and tells visitors more about our home and community. For over
two decades every Labor Day weekend, the Center for Southern Folklore's
Memphis Music & Heritage Festival has showcased artists whose music
has helped define our region to the world. From urban blues and jazz to
rockabilly, folk to gospel, soul and neo-soul, salsa and drum lines to
Chinese dancers, the line-ups continue to be diverse as ever.
For folks who want to know about Memphis music past and present, this
is the Festival to attend. In 2007 over 30,000 people attended this
festival which showcased over 100 artists and groups on five stages over
two days. The audiences are diverse, multi-generational and excited to
be part of an event which celebrates the cultural and musical roots of
the Memphis/Mid-South region - and it's free thanks to sponsorship and contributions from businesses and community agencies.
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Main Office & Folklore Hall:
119 S. Main Street
At Peabody Place Trolley Stop
Memphis, TN 38103