Want to add a little sauce to your Memphis in May International Barbecue Festival dish? Try some MLGW music.
MLGW’s salute to Memphis Music in May continues this weekend on Beale Street to help raise funds for MIFA and Plus-1. Division musicians are featured in many of the bands performing this month. MLGW’s tent-covered stage is next to the Elvis statue on the north side of MLGW’s Administration Bldg. on Beale Street between Second and Main, and the music being served is quite tasty.
Midnite Train from Memphis is a blues band that features MLGW employees Steve Shepard on bass and Mike Lewis on guitar. Shepard works in MLGW’s Water Distribution department and Mike Lewis works in the Water Engineering department.
Bryant Miller performs acoustic music on guitar from 6-8 p.m. Friday night, May 18. Miller is an MLGW musician who works in the Meter Reading department.
My Brother’s Sister performs again from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. The brother and sister act plays country, Christian and rock on electric and acoustic guitar, fiddle and mandolin. It features Bethany Pope, 15 and Taylor Pope, 18, the kids of MLGW employee Robert Pope who works in Electric Distribution. Their mom, Tracey Pope, will sing backup with them. (Pictured are My Brother’s Sister and Shep Dog and the Da Fenders.)
Shep Dog and the Da Fenders, playing Saturday night from 9-11 p.m., is a blues band that features MLGW musicians Steve Shepard on vocals and guitar and Mike Lewis on guitar. Both are also members of Midnite Train from Memphis. Also in the band are MLGW employees Marty Bond, Rates/Regulatory Affairs, on guitar; Gary Carter, Electric Distribution, on drums and Gerald Sanders, IT, on bass.
Other bands playing on MLGW’s stage this weekend include Craig Davis playing Rock from 3-5 p.m. Saturday and Small Town Trio playing all genres from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. There will be no performances this Sunday.
Visitors to the MLGW music stage will be asked to make donations to help Plus-1, which is administered by MIFA to help those in need of one-time utility assistance. There will be donation buckets to benefit Plus-1 and tip buckets to support the performers who are donating their time for a good cause.
Come out and enjoy a little MLGW music during Memphis in May. Performances this weekend (May 17-19) are Thursday night from 7-9 p.m., Friday night from 6-11 p.m. and Saturday noon ‘til 11 p.m. A link for the music lineup, and bands featuring MLGW musicians are noted, can be found on MLGW’s website home page at www.mlgw.com under “Latest News.”