Nothing To Do In Memphis? Check out a Free Concert!

           If you’ve lived in Memphis for more than 10 hours, you’ve probably heard someone say there’s just nothing to do in Memphis or it’s such a boring city. Trust me, I hear it everyday even though I kinda write this whole blog about things that I do in Memphis! Crazy right? Whoever is telling you this is not telling you the truth. Consider your source first is what my mom always told me. Want something easy on the pockets? Love music? Then head over to the Levitt Shell for their free Summer Concert Series! 

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          Yep, that’s totally something to do! Maddy and I go all the time and we enjoy ourselves every time. Do we always know who’s performing? Nope, but that makes it all the more exciting! FYI, we’ve never heard anyone bad ever. These are professional acts, but the local garage bands lol. This past weekend the featured band was Dustbowl Revival and they were very very good. Check them out on YouTube, Apple Music, or wherever you get your music these days. 

            Our essential list for Levitt Shell adventures goes like this. Blanket, fruit, sandwiches, drinks, Prosecco, chips, hula hoop, bubbles, and the amazing Panchos cheese dip. Oh god how we live that Pancho's cheese dip! That’s all you need for a picnic. Show up, find a spot, and enjoy. The parents are normally laid back with a beer or wine while all the kids run around doing kid stuff. It’s a very nostalgic feeling to it all. Like what summers used to be like as a kid. 

          There ya go! Something to do in Memphis! Want to see the upcoming performers? Gotcha covered. Click HERE.

 PRO TIP: ARRIVE EARLY! It fills up quickly and parking is pretty terrible over there near the zoo. You’ve been warned. So come out, let the kids run around with no shoes, hang out and enjoy some good music. Don’t forget bug spray! Southern mosquitos don’t play!   

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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Big KRIT at The New Daisy

          Big KRIT is one of my favorite all time hip hop artists. He's country as hell, yet insanely lyrical; something Southern artists aren't necessarily known for. I prefer lyrics over beats, but KRIT gives me both as he not only rhymes; he also makes his own beats. I don't know if he's better as a producer or an MC. Either way, he's that dude. 

        KRIT performed at The New Daisy on Beale St to a sold out crowd. I've been to every single Big KRIT concert he's had in Memphis. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Last night I decided I wasn't bringing my camera and I would just enjoy the show. All I took was my iPhone 8 Plus. 

           Let's just say the iPhone 8 Plus showed up last night! If you can manually control it, the iPhone can take some amazing images. Not only that, it's so much lighter than my Sony a7ii with my huge lenses. It's not only good for photos. It takes amazing video!! 

           Shout out to the iPhone 8 Plus and a special shout out to Big KRIT! The show was amazing! I do love that you got on stage at a decent time!! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Don Lifted, High ISO & Mood

          I was recently invited out to a performance of Memphis artist Don Lifted for his upcoming Alero album. I really just wanted to enjoy some good music but something told me to bring my camera along, as Don Lifted is also a visual artist.

           I decided to only go with one lens, because changing lenses at a musical performance is a sure way to miss your shot. I decided to go with my trusty Sony FE 28mm f2. I love this little prime lens and I very rarely use zoom lenses.   

           When I arrived at the Dizzy Bird Music Hall, located at 656 Marshall Ave, I found the place completely black with a spot light on the artist. Even at f2, I was having issues with the lights. Then I decided I wanted to shoot this completely different. I wanted to create a moody them as well as have high ISO for a grunge look. I cranked the ISO of my Sony a7ii up to 8000 and let the lens to the rest. 

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          I think they turned out great! I added some pop to the colors and some fade to complete the moody look and they create a totally different vibe of the performance. I think these images really captured Don Lifted's visual art.  

           So what do you think? Are you feeling the high ISO, moody look?  

            Here's a little snippet of Don Lifted performing that I captured with my iPhone. Nothing how dark it was!!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

2017 Beale Street Music Fest

        The lineups for this year's Beale Street Music Fest has finally dropped! 

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

        I haven't gone recently because the lineups weren't very diverse and seemed to exclude a certain demographic (cough cough black people cough cough). It's something I've heard from others as well. I normally hear of the lineup announcement and ignore it, but this year the lineup is much better. They finally heard our groaning and complaining!!  

Friday 

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

     It's Snoop!! I'm excited to be able to see Snoop perform. I have always loved his music and sound. I wasn't too thrilled when he went Jamaican for a project but nevertheless it's still Snoop Dogg. 

I'm also interested in seeing Jimmy Eat World and Brad Webb.  

Saturday 

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

 

         This will be the most crowded day by far! I'm excited about seeing Kings of Leon definitely, but Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris and Lil Wyte all on the same day!! What?! That's a great lineup!! Saturday is definitely the day to go if you like hip hop music.  

Sunday

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

       Sunday is pretty good as well. Jill Scott will definitely attract a good crowd as well as Ziggy Marley. Machine Gun Kelly is intriguing, but I think he would have been best on Saturdays bill. I do want to see Bush and Tori Kelly.  

          This year's Beale Street Music Fest looks to be really good. I definitely will be snagging a ticket, getting my rainboots and poncho ready, and getting something to cover my camera. What artist are you excited about seeing? Do you feel this year's lineup is diverse enough? Are you going? Drop a comment and let me know. 

 

For pricing and tickets, click HERE.  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Juicy J performs at Minglewood Hall

        Last night, Memphis legend Juicy J performed at a packed out Minglewood Hall. This was a concert I had to attend because I'm a huge fan of Memphis rap. Juicy J takes me back to my high school days when I had a pair of crappy 10 inch subwoofers attached to an even crappier 200 watt amp that my cousin gave me. I told it was bumping and that's all that matters! 

       Anyways, Juicy J brought along fellow Memphis rap alums Project Pat and Lil Wyte. He also brought along XO/ Roc Nation artist Belly, who was actually pretty good. He was a mix of DJ Khalid meets Drake infused with the Weeknd.  

Juicy J  

Juicy J  

Project Pat

Project Pat

Lil Wyte

Lil Wyte

Belly

Belly

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         All in all, it was a good concert. I wish Minglewood had seats so I could sit down between sets, but that's the old man in me talking lol. I had a great time!! 

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Playa Fly- The Mad King

    If I were to compile a Top 5 list of my favorite rappers, Playa Fly would definitely make that list. I was introduced to his music way way back in middle school and I have been a huge fan ever since. 

A fitting title

A fitting title

    The deep southern accent laced lyrics over bass heavy beats had me instantly hooked. I bought every album I could find at the Hickory Ridge Mall. I told you this was way way back in the day. I even wanted a silk Versace shirt because he wore one on the Movin' On album cover. He made me proud that a guy from a not so great part of Memphis actually was doing something big. That really resonated with me. 

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    Fast forward to 2017 and I hear about Playa Fly performing at Hard Rock on New Years Day as part of their Day One Live series. There was no way I was going to miss out on seeing Playa Fly perform in concert in Memphis. 

The Set Up

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The king needs a throne  

The king needs a throne  

Mic check  

Mic check  

The Show

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     The show was everything I expected and more. Playa Fly performed all the classics as well as some awesome freestyles. The crowd was electric and the vibe was everything! I was pleasantly surprised to see fellow Memphis hip hop legends Gangsta Black and Tommy Wright III in attendance as well.  

Gangsta Blac

Gangsta Blac

Tommy Wright III

Tommy Wright III

       The live band made the show even better. Very Roots-esque. Hip hop with a band just sounds so much better to me. 

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        Here's a little video recap of the performance. That vibe was everything!!  

Playa Fly

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       This was one of the more energetic concerts I've ever attended and the crowd participation was amazing. This was truly a great experience. If you're a Playa Fly fan, what's your favorite track? Nobody Needs Nobody will go down as my favorite.  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.