Tuesday, April 16, 2013

4/13/13 Mud Island Show Recap

For the fourth year in a row, we kicked off our season at the fantastic Mud Island River Park. We love that they always provide us with a sunny day, a grassy bluff, and lots of opportunity for water play!

We decided to go all out and booked four bands for opening day. The Jeremy Shrader Hot Memphis Five really got things going with some cool New Orleans-style jazz standards.

If you enjoyed them, you will be happy to know that we have booked the Mighty Souls Brass Band for our September show at the Corn Maze!

Here's a peek at some of the bluff action. There were plenty of smiles (and grass stains) to go around!

Our second act was the Grizzlies Drum Line. They really energized our crowd with awesome drum routines and choreography. You may have seen these guys at Grizz games, but they're even better when they have more time to put on a show.

Next up was the Jeff Hulett One Man Band. Jeff is not only one of our board members and all around awesome guy, he is quite the musician. The guy can make music from luggage! We all dug his Bob Dylan for the new millennium style. Check out his new CD here.

We had one of our biggest turnouts to date. About 524 paid adults translates to about 1000-1500 people! Woohoo!

Our final band was the WuvBirds, featuring two more of our multi-talented board members, Kate & Corey Crowder. We love their outfits almost as much as their music. They bring the fun of 1950s pop to a new generation!

A super special thanks to New Memphis Institute for sponsoring the show! These folks are doing great things for Memphis. Thanks to Nancy Coffee for coming out and spreading the word.

Also thanks to Memphis Sound Lab for the use of their fancy stage, and our true blue Central BBQ and Tom's Tiny Kitchen for the delicious snacks! We could not put on the shows without our fantastic volunteers and each and every one of you! Thanks for your support!

Our next show is SUNDAY, May 19th at Rhodes College from 2-5pm. Hope to see you there!

For a full slideshow, click here. To learn more about our photographer, click here.

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