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WEB EXTRA: Music takes spotlight during Memphis Tourism’s annual meeting

Memphis Tourism showcased some of the brightest, local music stars as part of its annual meeting Thursday at the new Crosstown Theatre in Midtown Memphis.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)– Memphis Tourism showcased some of the brightest, local music stars as part ofits annual meeting Thursday at the new Crosstown Theatre in Midtown Memphis.

The meeting bringstogether all the stakeholders in the Memphis tourism industry, which includesmusic.

Kevin Kane, Presidentand CEO of Memphis Tourism, said most of the more than 11 million people whovisit Memphis each year come for the music.

Known as the home of theblues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Memphis has many must-see music-themedattractions including Beale Street Historic District, Blues Music Hall of Fame,Center for Southern Folklore, Graceland, Gibson Guitar Factory, Memphis MusicHall of Fame, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, St. Blues Guitar Workshop, StaxMuseum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, and the W.C. Handy home and museum.

The packed audience duringwhat Memphis Tourism calls MEM Talks were treated to more than details aboutthe more than $109 million economic impact tourism has in the City of Memphis,but they also enjoyed performance by Royal Studio’s Boo Mitchell, UriahMitchell, recording artist Marcella Simien, Liz Brasher, Rapper Daz Rinko,Bluesman Rev. John Wilkins, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Brad Birkedahl, all backed-upby an all-star band.

Kane said as Memphiscelebrates 200 years, it’s important to remember the city’s gifts to the worldand that includes a rich musical history.

The after-party includedeven more music and catered barbeque on the second floor of CrosstownConcourse.

Kane said this year’smeeting was a clear indicator of the Bluff City’s achievements and directionfor the next century of tourism.