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GO OUT / Music / Art / Stage [Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)]

August 9, 2013



Rites of Motherhood

Jason Miller's "Circuitious Succession" series presents its fourth entry in the form of an exhibition by Robin Salant called "Maternal Shabbat: A Ritualistic Expression of Motherhood." Salant is well-known for her work with multicolored LED lights and art installation. As usual with this 16-part project, the show will be on view at the Friday night reception and by appointment through Wednesday.

6-9 p.m. Gasoline Art Gallery, 2493 Broad. Call 901-229-1041, or e-mail

Last show at Material

An important part of Memphis' artistic history marks the beginning of the end with the opening reception for the exhibition "Waterworks" by local artist Bobby Spillman, the last show at Material Art Space. This will be the 106th exhibition in the storefront gallery launched by Hamlett Dobbins in 2004 and the site of displays by dozens of the region's emerging and established artists. "Waterworks" runs through Aug. 29.

6-8 p.m. 2553 Broad. Call 901-219-1943, or e-mail

Something about 'Harry'

The 2013 Orpheum Summer Movie Series concludes with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which proved that J.K. Rowling's wizards and witches could be as successful and beloved on screen as on the page. Come see the Hogwarts kids when they were young and adorable; when Richard Harris (the original Dumbledore) was alive; and when 9/ 11 was only a two-month-old memory. (The movie was released in November 2011.)

7 p.m., the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Tickets: $7 or $5 for Indie Memphis members and kids 12 and under. Visit


When the judges on "American Idol" turned down 16-year-old AJ Rafael in 2005, he didn't get mad he got even. The next year, the Southern California native started posting his insanely catchy pop music to YouTube, where he currently has more than 450,000 subscribers and tens of millions of views, and in 2011, he released his debut album, Red Roses. He performs on the theater side of Newby's with guest Ross Turner at about the same time another former TV music competition aspirant, Memphis' Grace Askew, performs on the bar side with Brandon Rouch in their new group Dirty Grindstones.

Doors: 9 p.m. 539 S. Highland. Tickets: $10, $30 for VIP meet- and-greet. Tickets available online at 901-452- 8408.

Gay and Punk

Claiming to be Memphis' first all-gay punk band, the two-year- old trio Gloryholes perform Friday at the Poplar Lounge with the colorful post-rock group Spaceface all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland.

9 p.m. 2586 Poplar Ave. Cover: $5. 901-324-6550. Visit


Dueling Guitars

Born thousands of miles apart, Loren Barrigar of Syracuse, N.Y., and Mark Mazengarb of New Zealand nevertheless bonded over a shared love for Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. As a duo, often known by the apt and more manageable title International Guitar Duo, they've released two critically acclaimed albums of hillbilly jazz, including last year's Onward. They perform at Otherlands in a concert presented by the Memphis Acoustic Music Association.

8 p.m. 641 S. Cooper. Tickets: $12; available at Otherlands, the Booksellers at Laurelwood, and online at 901-278-4994. Visit

Season of the Witch

The Memphis indie-rock supergroup Super Witch made up of Eldorado Del Rey (Eldorado & the Ruckus, Porch Ghouls), Joey "Joecephus" Killingsworth (Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre, Eddie Bond Band), actor John Pickle and filmmaker Chris McCoy makes its debut at the Poplar Lounge on a bill with Chicago- based metal band Black Actress.

9 p.m. 2586 Poplar. Cover: $5. 901-324-6550. Visit

Double Trouble

Two of the most popular local rock bands of the 1990s, die-hard punks Pezz and industrial funk-metal performance artists Neighborhood Texture Jam rarely perform at all, much less together. But on Saturday the two team for a show at the Young Avenue Deli.

10:30 p.m. 2119 Young Ave. Cover: $7. 901-278-0034. Visit


Go Down, Moses

Taking their name and inspiration from their great-grandmother, the Annie Moses Band, which performs a free show at Bartlett's Faith Baptist Church, is a virtuosic ensemble blending bluegrass, gospel, classical and jazz. Made up of the six Wolaver siblings with Mom and Dad occasionally joining in the group made a splash last year with a public TV special and this week released its debut album, Pilgrims and Prodigals.

6 p.m. 3755 N. Germantown Road. Free. 901-386-4785. Visit


Hip-Hop at the Hi-Tone

New York City-based rapper N.O.R.E., aka Papi, aka Noreaga, headlines the Memphis stop of the "Coast 2 Coast" tour, a hip-hop showcase playing the new Hi-Tone Caf. N.O.R.E. is out in support of his recently released sixth studio album, Student of the Game. Joining him as part of the event will be a host of rappers and hip- hop artists, including Aye Verse, Black Feniks and G-Mo.

8 p.m.; 412-414 N. Cleveland. Tickets $10; available at or at the door. For more information, call 901- 278-8663


Clapton & Co.

Maybe you weren't at Madison Square Garden for two nights in April, but you can be at the Malco Paradiso for two-plus hours for the concert film "Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013," edited from the best performances at the event. The celebrated ax- men (and others) set to appear include Clapton, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Los Lobos, to name a very few.

7:30 p.m., 584 S. Mendenhall. Tickets: $15. Visit


Elvis and He

Sandwiched between nights of the "Images of the King Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Showcase," which runs Monday and Tuesday with the finals on Thursday at the New Daisy Theater, one of the first and best tribute artists, Ronnie McDowell, performs his annual Elvis Week concert at the Beale Street venue. Joining him will be long-running gospel quartet the Florida Boys.

7 p.m. 330 Beale. Tickets: $25; available at the box office on the day of the show, by phone 866-468-7630, at Spin Street and Replays, or online at 901-525-8979.

Milwaukee's Best

Milwaukee roots-rockers Trapper Schoepp & the Shades make their way to Memphis. Led by singer/guitarist Trapper Schoepp, the band's third album, Run, Engine, Run, was released last fall, and has been winning raves ever since. The group will be recording at Ardent Studios and will make its local debut with a concert at Newby's.

Newby's is located at 539 S. Highland. Call 901-452-8408.

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