May is drawing to a close, but Memphis in May and MLGW’s celebration of Memphis Music still have a ‘big bang’ of an ending slated for this weekend on the Mississippi and on Beale Street.
MLGW Celebrates Memphis Music and MIM’s Sunset Symphony will wrap up the month-long celebration this weekend, with MLGW’s music tent on Beale Street next to the Elvis statue on the north side of MLGW’s Administration Bldg. helping to raise funds for MIFA and Plus-1. Those attending the Sunset Symphony will get to enjoy fireworks in the sky above the river and musical fireworks on Beale Friday through Sunday.
Friday night features Donna Wolf and Friends from 6-8 p.m. Wolf plays fiddle, a.k.a. violin, and sings in her band. From 9-11 p.m., Unpleasant Meadows performs rock.
Saturday, the MLGW stage will present music all day, with Mullins Methodist Church Community Orchestra performing classical, Pop and Christian music from 12-2 p.m.
Postponed by rain, James Green, from MLGW’s Management Accounting dept., will perform solo on Saturday from 3-5 p.m., playing what he calls ‘heavy metal mandolin.’ “I play both electric and acoustic mandolins,” says Green. “Although I play a lot of songs in Hard Rock or Metal style, that’s not exclusively what I do. I like to take songs that one would not normally think of as mandolin tunes and do them on the mandolin. Some songs I do in a Metal or Hard Rock style are Neil Young’s ‘Down by the River,’ the Bee Gees’ ‘To Love Somebody’ and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Tuesday’s Gone,’ among others. I like to use a lot of special effects when playing the electric mandolin.” On acoustic mandolin, Green plays songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and other bands.
Kaci Mcannally will perform from 6-8 p.m. Saturday evening, followed by rock music by Black Rock Revival from 9-11 p.m.
Sunday’s performances will begin with Emma Webb on acoustic/electric guitar and vocals from 12-2 p.m. followed by Donna Wolf and Friends on fiddle, violin and vocals from 3-5 p.m.
Sunday’s grand finale will be a Blues Jam featuring several MLGW musicians in a group named Diamond Dave and the Rock Pile, who will perform from 6-8 p.m. This may be where some musical fireworks light up the stage, judging from the stable of blues guitarists on hand. Some of the MLGW musicians jamming in this Beale Street homage to the blues include guitarists Steve Shepard, MLGW’s Water Distribution department; Mike Lewis, Water Engineering; Marty Bonds, Rates/Regulatory Affairs; and Dan Hope, Communications and Public Relations. (Pictured is MLGW musician Bryant Miller (accompanied by his wife) from last Friday.)
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 25-27) are Friday night from 6 ‘til 11 p.m., Saturday noon ‘til 11 p.m. and Sunday noon ‘til 8 p.m. A link for the music lineup can be found on MLGW’s website home page at www.mlgw.com under “Latest News.”