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

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – 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.

The meeting brings together all the stakeholders in the Memphis tourism industry, which includes music.

Kevin Kane, President and CEO of Memphis Tourism, said most of the more than 11 million people who visit Memphis each year come for the music.

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

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

Kane said as Memphis celebrates 200 years, it’s important to remember the city’s gifts to the world and that includes a rich musical history.

The after-party included even more music and catered barbeque on the second floor of Crosstown Concourse.

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

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