Music series

Live music returns to Bluff City with a 10-week musical series

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Music is making a comeback in Bluff City with a 10-week music series titled “Be noisy.”

“Last year, one of the things that was really devastated was live music. Memphis is known for live music. It draws people from all over the world to come here,” said Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the management of Memphis Tourism.

According to Memphis Tourism, hundreds if not thousands of musicians and concerts were canceled last year in Memphis alone. Grammy-winning singer and songwriter PJ Morton launches the series on Saturday.

“Funnily enough, Memphis was my show before the pandemic,” Morton said.

Morton says a year without live performances has been difficult and says he’s ready to perform in front of an audience.

“I’ve done a ton of virtual shows, but these started to get really difficult on their own. The reason we play isn’t just to play, it’s to receive. You know, it’s is a give and take,” Morton said.

Kane hopes the free music concert series will help attract people from across the region.

“It was promoted to a 600 mile radius which is a good place for us. People can drive into town for a long weekend,” Kane said.

The funding comes from the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development in hopes of bringing visitors back to Memphis.

“Now people are traveling again and since March we have been roaring and going here with hospitality. Our hotels are getting fuller, restaurants are seeing more and more activity,” Kane said.

Saturday’s concert will start at 6 p.m. at Handy Park and after this week concerts will be held every Thursday at the same location.

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