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“Memphis Cares: A Benefit Concert for the Victims of the Bowling Green Massacre” at Loflin Yard

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You remember where you were on the day of the Bowling Green Massacre.

Ah, well, Kellyanne Conway does. The couch-sitting media punching bag for President Donald Trump fretted about the massacre to TMZ, Cosmo, and MSNBC.

Trouble was, though, there was no massacre. But that doesn't mean we can't still remember.

"Never forget what never happened" is the motto of "Memphis Cares: A Benefit Concert for the Victims of the Bowling Green Massacre." The fake benefit show is a blend of comedy and music, but it's all political theater (and a real-life fundraiser for the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center).

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Organizer Chris Davis, a Flyer writer, musician, and raconteur, said the idea for such a show was a joke. But he posted that joke on social media, and the idea got real, really fast. Less than a month later a troupe of actors, clowns, and musicians are readying for what will be a one-of-a-kind show.

It'll begin with some loose, open-mic-style performances and launch into a 30-minute faux telethon for Massacre victims. Easy-D's Low-Life Leakers will then play new songs about the Bowling Green Massacre and covers bent into protest songs (like Big Star's "Don't Lie to Me"). Davis calls it an "all-star band of local musicians" including LD Beghtol of the Magnetic Fields, J.D. Reager, Davis, and more. (But watch out for many special performances.)

"This seemed like an opportunity for people ... who are angry, frustrated, feel lied to, and have been out there in the trenches, to blow off some steam," Davis says. "And who doesn't want a little more peace and justice these days?"

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