West Tennessee’s Mempho Music Fest celebrated its third year last weekend with two days of eclectic music at Shelby Farms Park.
The weekend kicked off on Saturday with alumni of Memphis’s legendary Sun Studio. Artists including Jason D. Williams, Amy Lavere, David Brookings, John Paul Keith and more joined together in tribute to the iconic recording studio, hosted by Jerry Phillips. Phillips is the son of late music producer Sam Phillips, who is responsible for developing the careers of iconic Memphis acts Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
Outlaw country standout Margo Price brought a foot-stomping performance, while garage rock outfit Reignwolf took over the Memphis stage. Hip-hop veterans Wu-Tang Clan played a raucous set prior to headliners The Raconteurs. Jack White and the gang closed out the night with old favorites and fresh hits in celebration of their 10-year revival and new album, Help Us Stranger.
On Sunday, Memphis hip-hop duo Lord T & Eloise performed during the festival’s “Sunday Brunch.” The act, backed by The Aristocrunk Sound System, included an on-stage live-meal cooked by chef Brown Burch for special guests FreeSol and Al Kapone.
The weekend closed out with the Delta-drenched sound of Valerie June followed by Americana star Brandi Carlile. Carlile and her band capped things off with a mixture of early material and songs from her Grammy Award winning album, By the Way, I Forgive You.