Month: February 2018

The Blues Foundation is Pure Memphis

Who they are:

The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based but world-renowned as THE organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has over 4,000 individual members and close to 200 affiliate blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Our signature events, The Blues Music Awards, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards, make our organization the international center of blues music. Our HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance while Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose new generations to blues music. The 2015 opening of The Blues Hall of Fame Museum in downtown Memphis adds the opportunity for music lovers of all ages to interact with the music and the history. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide blues community with answers, information, and news.

Luther Dickinson featuring Sharde Thomas and Amy LaVere


Luther Dickinson’s 2016 album Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Vol. I & II is an ambitious double album that collects twenty-one tunes from throughout the multi-instrumentalist’s life and career—songs he wrote with his rock & roll band the North Mississippi Allstars, songs he learned from friends and family – like his dad, noted producer, musician and Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductee Jim Dickinson), songs passed down to him by his heroes and mentors, songs that have lived in the American subconscious for decades now—and pares them down to their irreducible elements. Voice, guitar, drums. Here and there some blues fife or Beale Street piano. He’ll bring this songbook to life at the Pure Memphis Music Series on March 22, alongside frequent collaborators (The Wandering, among other projects) Sharde Thomas and Amy LaVere.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Music Starts promptly at 7:30pm

The Pure Memphis Music Series is made possible thanks to The Downtown Memphis Commission.

Talibah Safiya


With her ability to channel the enchanting nature of Erykah Badu and the no-nonsense dynamism of Nina Simone, Talibah Safiya is a truly spellbinding performer. Though she grew up in Memphis, Talibah’s music career had been rooted in Brooklyn, New York, where she opened for artists like Bilal and Pharcyde, until 2017 – her hometown called her back, and we’re lucky to have her perform at the Pure Memphis Music Series on March 8.

The Pure Memphis Music Series is made possible thanks to The Downtown Memphis Commission.