Memory of a Free Festival



The Sensational Six
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  • The Sensational Six
Although it was disrupted by the occasional downpour, the Center for Southern Folklore's 2009 Memphis Music & Heritage Festival appeared to be a huge success. Large crowds turned out to see cooking and craft demonstrations and to take in concerts by traditional and progressive Mid-South bands.

Sadly, I missed Bobby Rush's performance, which was moved indoors at the last minute after a Saturday night cloudburst. And I didn't have my camera on me to capture an extraordinary gospel performance by The Sensational Six or fantastic sets I caught by Giant Bear and Los Cantadores, a phenomenal group that has evolved from a mariachi novelty into a full-fledged Latin music experience touching on tejano, salsa, and classic rock-and-roll. I was able to document a handful pf performances by Two Way Radio and The Bluff City Backsliders as well as a demonstration of how cylinder-style recordings were made at the turn of the 20th-Century. And here they are...

The Bluff City Backsliders

A Cylinder Recording Demonstration

Two Way Radio


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