Memphis Home to Growing Jewish Community

Originally published by Choose 901 in April, 2016. Memphis has always had one of the larger Jewish populations in the South, but that number has been steadily increasing. Just last year, the Memphis Jewish community saw an influx in size as twenty-five Jewish families relocated to Memphis from across the country. With a low cost…

Matthew Lawrence III

Originally Published in the Daily Helmsman. March 4th, 2014 Lawrence Matthews’ III opening reception for his new exhibition, ‘”Reflections,” was held at the Box Gallery in the Arts and Communication Building on Feb. 28. The reception featured a series by Matthews that reflects upon the struggles and achievements within black history. “When you look in…

Pension compromises lead to sufficing tensions

Originally published  Sept. 17, 2014 Three months after the Memphis City Council revoked city retirees pensions, tensions and emotions still are running high among police and firefighters even after some of those benefits were restored on Sept. 16. The Council meeting hosted a full-house crowd of public safety workers. The focus of the discussion consisted…

Mei Ann Chen and The Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Originally published in Click Magazine Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Mei Ann Chen delivers her final bow as Music Director Conductor Mei-Ann Chen has traveled the world conducting orchestras, but for the past six years, the Taiwan native has served as the Music Director for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Now that her tenure is over, the award-winning…

Black Lodge Video

On Saturday, May 21st Black Lodge is presenting its first open-and-free-to-the-public ‘ShitFest,’ a small screening of movies that founder Matthew Martin deems terribly entertaining. It will be hosted outside at 706 S. Cox St. For the past two decades Matthew Martin, founder of Black Lodge Videos, has been collecting and archiving movies to his vast…

Wiseacre Brewing Company

Originally published by Choose 901 By 2:30 in the afternoon this past Saturday, the line for Wiseacre’s 3rd annual Taste the Rarity event was out the door and around the block. When the doors did finally open, the line had doubled and several hundred early birds rushed through the small bridge that connects Wiseacre’s additional…

The Memphis International Raceway

Originally published by Choose 901. April 2016. On Sunday, April 10th I attended the final day of the three-day 30th annual Super Chevy Show at the Memphis International Raceway. Almost 40,000 racers and fans alike came to swap parts, show off vintage cars, and see speed first hand. I would recommend anyone giving a race…

The Dead Dawls

Originally published in The Daily Helmsman. March 2014. Listen to the limited release here. Clouds of cigarette smoke and the lingering smell of beer and whiskey haze the dimly lit room that hides behind the famous Hi-Tone bar in Midtown Memphis. Five members of the almost orchestral-sized collaborative group Dead Dawls sit amongst the tattered…

Star & Micey

Originally Published in Click Magazine. April 2013 For many Memphis musicians, playing the iconic Beale Street Music Festival is only a dream. However, for the eclectic, Memphis-born, indie folk-pop four-piece Star & Micey, it’s a dream come true. The band consists of bassist Geoff Smith, guitarists Nicholas Redmond and Josh Cosby, and drummer Jeremy Stanfill. In some form, the band has been together…

Lucero

Originally published in Click Magazine. September 2013 Long before Memphis-born sensation Lucero was conceived and years before the band would even dream of setting off on their strenuous, almost-constant 15-year touring spree, there was only a group of scruffy teenagers with aspirations of continuing their city’s proud tradition of rock ‘n’ roll. “I had never…

Luther Dickinson

Originally published in Click Magazine. July 2014 In 1985, brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson would find themselves moving from their small town of Rossville, Tennessee to the verdant hills of North Mississippi’s city of Hernando. It was then that the 12-year-old son of legendary Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson would find himself strumming an…