The first annual FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Fest will take place this Saturday at the Levitt Shell. The Shell has been the host of a few music festivals this summer, including Todd Snyder's What the Folk Show and the Moon River Music Festival that took place last weekend. While those one-day blowouts focused on acts from around the country, Saturday's FOMOfest will exclusively feature local talent. According to James Sposto, the producer of FOMOfest, the festival is a celebration designed to bring awareness to the well-known and up-and-coming artists in Memphis. The mission is to broaden exposure of Memphis' independent music scene and give Memphians a way to experience a multitude of the city's more accessible bands in one day, in one place.
Because on any one night in Memphis there are great shows going on simultaneously (this Friday you have to choose between the Sheiks at the Buccaneer or Cities Aviv at the Hi-Tone), Sposto decided to put all of the "well-known" acts at the same place at the same time. Nine bands will perform over the course of seven hours at FOMOfest: Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Hope Clayburn and the Soul Scrimmage, John Paul Keith, Marcella & Her Lovers, the Memphis Dawls, Paul Taylor's Merry Mobile, Other Stories, The Warp & the Weft, and Zigadoo Moneyclips (pictured above). High Cotton Brewery will be providing the suds, and there will be local food trucks on site. Attendees are encouraged to bring coolers and blankets, and the show will go on rain or shine. For more info, visit fomofest.com.