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  • Date: September 3, 2016
  • Time: 11:00
  • Location Downtown Memphis
  • Venue: Memphis Music & Heritage Festival


CONTACT: Judy Peiser, Mark Hayden 901.525.3655

 Memphis, TN. September 3-4, 2016The Center for Southern Folklore will transform downtown Memphis into a two – block celebration of music, arts, dance and foods at its annual Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Labor Day Weekend. The Festival runs from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; September 3 and 4, on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union. There are four outside stages and two stages inside the Center for Southern Folklore at 123 and 119 S. Main Street

The Festival is a celebration of what makes the Memphis Delta Region so special, says Center for Southern Folklore Executive Producer Judy Peiser.  This year marks our 30th Festival. The first was produced in 1982 on Mud Island. From 1988 to the present we used Court Square Beale Street and Main Street as the festival backdrop. We have presented the Festival at the current location since 2000.

The Festival reaffirms the abundance of musical talent and this region’s love of music. And whether it’s blues, rock and roll, jazz or latin sounds, this festival celebrates our musical roots in a special way.

Over 100 performers, dancers, craftspeople and cooks will perform from blues to jookin at the this year’s Festival. Some of the artists include Joyce Cobb, Elmo and The Shades, Domingo Montes, Hope Clayburn, The Bell Singers, Choctaw Dancers and many more. A complete schedule will be listed on the Center’s website,

But while we celebrate our rich musical heritage we will take a moment to mourn those we lost. Community-wide volunteer, festival mainstay and CSF board member Deanna Lubin; quiltmaker and storyteller Hattie Childress and Yvonne Sunshine Pascal, founder and director of the Millennium Maddness Drum Line will be honored at this year’s festival. Each of these festival stalwards has left a lasting impact on festivalgoers over the years.

This year we’ll also display quilts by Hattie Childress whose memory we honor. She once described what the Festival meant to her. I just can’t wait until the first part of September so I can have a vacation (The Festival) two days downtown! I’ve been with the Center for I think it’s about twenty years. My work was discovered by the Center. It just motivated me. When you are making something beautiful you just feel like keep on keeping on. It relaxes your mind and nerves a lot to create, to be creative.  You see yourself developing and making something. It is very rewarding to a person. It makes you feel so good when other people love it. 

This year we will also welcome folks who attend the festival annually and those who attended, volunteered and have participated over the years. This year we welcome daughters of quilter Bertha Bachus. Ms. Bachus participated in our 1982 festival. We will also display many of Mrs. Bacchus’ amazing quilts of her family and farm where she grew up.