ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The 2017 Soulsville USA Festival takes place on Saturday, October 21st from 11am-6pm in the historic Soulsville USA district on College & McLemore.
In 2015 (its inaugural year), the street festival featured three stages of live music from renowned Memphis talent- Artistik Approach, Cameron Bethany, Henry Ford, Larjuanette Williams & Black Shampoo, Black Rock Revival, Nick Black, Tonya Dyson, Preauxx, LeMoyne-Owen Gospel Choir, Justin Granville, Chinese Connection Dubb Embassy, D’Monet, Tameka “Big Baby” Goodman, Devin Crutcher, Tim Terry and Tony Dickerson & the Essential Band. The “Street Stage” featured live dance demos from the Power Glide Jam roller skaters, the Drama Queens majorette troupe, and the Pharaohs of Memphis jookin team. In addition to the musical/dance artists, our 'ARTent' showcased some of the city's top visual artists. The kid’s activities center was jam-packed with family friendly fun that included everything from a rock climbing wall to face-painting artists!
This year, the music festival will also have three stages of live music from Take Me to the River ft William Bell, Charles & Leroy Hodges, Boo Mitchell, Al Kapone, Frayser Boy with the Stax Alumni Band; Carmen Hicks; Brennan Villines; Tennessee Mass Choir; Iron Mic Coalition; Marco Alexander, Carla Tolbert-Taylor, Tia Henderson, Cherisse Scott, Juju Bushman, Stax Music Academy Drum Line, Adajyo, and more!
In addition to the stellar music line-up, this year's festival will feature a) educational talk backs & storytelling inside Stax Museum of American Soul Music b) the ARTent with demos from an array of visual artists c) a kid's center with carnival games, face-painting, caricature drawings, and other fun activities d) interactive ballet, contemporary, jookin/b-boy, and hoola hooping dance demos. Add all of that to 40 craft/vendors & food trucks, plus the fact that you get all of this for FREE and what do you get? A beautiful day at the Soulsville USA Festival!