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Get Live! Memphis Tourism to host a virtual music festival to support local musicians

The festival will run Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In an effort to support Memphis’ local music community and engage global audiences, Memphis Tourism’s Music Hub has created a virtual music relay festival. The event will kick off with one performance on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 and continue through Saturday evening with performances scheduled at a variety of times over three days. The festival will be held via a Facebook event, co-hosted by Memphis Tourism and I Love Memphis. Several other pop-up virtual performances will happen throughout the week on Instagram Live to virtually promote the event.

“This is the time to give back to the Memphis music community that has given so much to our city’s cultural identity,” says Music Specialist Jayne Ellen White. “Our music has brought such joy to so many and now is the time to speak to the world through our universal language: music.”

The lineup, which includes headliners such as Mononeon, Ben Nichols of Lucero, and Grammy-nominated band Southern Avenue, is as follows:

  • Southern Avenue
  • Ben Nichols of Lucero
  • Mononeon
  • Imakemadbeats
  • Cameron Bethany
  • Derek & Doll
  • Louise Page
  • D'monet
  • Tonya Dyson
  • The Stereograms
  • Brandon Kinder of the Wealthy West

Memphis Tourism's Music Hub is partnering with Music Export Memphis to collect donations for a COVID-19 Relief Fund benefiting musicians who have lost gigs as a result of the health crisis.

Memphians, especially our musicians, have always given back in times of need. This project serves as a way for the global community of music fans to help support the Memphis music community during this challenging time.

“Our local musicians play an integral part of the Memphis destination’s identity as a live music city,” says Kevin Kane President and CEO of Memphis Tourism. “Their talents not only keep Memphis’ music scene vibrant but, now more than ever, they are able to share those talents to lift up, not only our local community but also a world of music fans. As people around the world connect with us during this virtual musical festival, these outstanding artists will have an opportunity to not only share their talents with new audiences, but also share messages of hope.”

The event page, which is co-hosted by Memphis Tourism and I Love Memphis, can be accessed via this link.

Credit: Memphis Tourism

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Coronavirus in Context: 

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Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80-percent of the cases there were mild.

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The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

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