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LEGACY: Preston Shannon (1947-2018): ‘The party starts every time he performs’

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The distinctive vocals of Preston Shannon and his skillful artistry on the electric blues guitar were stilled Monday morning when the storied bluesman lost his bout with cancer. He was 70. Shannon’s music meant many...

Dreamfest draws indie music lovers – and delivers

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by Dalisia Brye Special to The New Tri-State Defender The 1884 Lounge was filled to capacity as it kicked off the seventh installment of Dreamfest this past weekend. Acts from across the Mid-South performed in front of indie music lovers selected from hundreds of submissions. Brought to...

LEGACY: Preston Shannon dies at 70

Guitarist and bluesman Preston Shannon, who has his own star on Beale Street, has passed away at age 70. In June, Shannon was given six months to live after having been diagnosed with cancer, according to family members who said he made through seven months. A...

Leela James adds soul to Tank’s second tour stop in Memphis

Leela James gave a soul-stirring performance as she headlined the Savage X The Soul Tour with R&B artist Tank at the New Daisy Theatre on Saturday. Tank has wrapped up his original Savage tour and is now on a second run, with James bringing...

#ACCESS901: A mighty fine night with the Mitchells

Boo Mitchell got juice; or, rather, the Mitchell family. Royal Studios 60th anniversary concert at The Orpheum on Sunday night was a star-studded evening accented with stellar performances, including a surprise appearance by Tank, who paid tribute to Al Green, sparkly slip-on loafers and all. I...

ALL OVER TOWN: What’s is a ‘silent party?’ Here’s your chance to find out

First of all, thanks to everyone who reached out and prayed for me and my family after my dad, Bernal E. Smith II, suddenly passed away. And to my dad: Rest in peace — I will love you forever. Here’s a look at a few...
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