Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted on February 27, 2014


By Ellen Alpaugh


It’s been a cold (make that freezing) winter and Memphis is just starting to warm up with these exciting events coming up this spring. The city’s cool vibe and southern charm have attracted musicians, filmmakers, designers and more to share their work in the coming months:

30th Annual International Blues Challenge (Jan. 21-25)
Blues musicians from across the globe will gather in Memphis to compete against the best of the best! Locals will get the chance to hear some truly amazing blues artists at this weeklong celebration. The Challenge kicks off with an opening performance at the New Daisy Theatre on January 21st. Musicians will then compete over the next four days at a variety of venues with a final blues showdown at The Orpheum on January 25th. To cap off the festivities, a blues brunch will be held at the Majestic Grille on Sunday January 26th.
For more information and the performance schedule, visit:

Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Tribute to Big Star (Jan. 31)
Music lovers should not miss Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Big Star! The show will take place downtown at the New Daisy Theatre and will feature Jody Stevens, an original member of the band. If you live under a rock and haven’t heard of Big Star, check out “Thirteen” and “The Ballad of El Goodo.” This will surely be an unforgettable tribute to the iconic indie band!
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: (student discount available!)

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Film Makers (Feb. 12, March 5, & April 18)
If you enjoyed the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival this past Halloween, then you must check out the Southern Circuit Tour. Presented by Indie Memphis, the tour brings six independent filmmakers and their films to Midtown’s Malco Studio on the Square. Titles to appear this spring include three documentaries: The Iran Job (Feb. 12), Finding Hillywood (March 5), and The New Public (April 18). These exciting new documentaries reveal difficult issues and focus on the inspiring people who rise above them.
For more information about these films and to purchase tickets, visit:

Mudbugs in March (March 16)
Crawfish season is just around the corner and BCB Entertainment will be kicking it off right with a mudbug eatin’ celebration! Come out to Court Square Park and enjoy the food and fun with performances by The Mason Jar Fireflies and Free World. For those new to Louisiana-style crawfish, be prepared to face the heat cause those mudbugs are spicy! VIP tickets will you get you all-you-can-eat mudbugs, VIP beer, and more.
Visit for tickets.
Ellen Alpaugh is a senior Psychology major at Rhodes College.

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