Festivals in Memphis

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With more than 120 million records sold, more than 2,600 concerts performed, and a million faces seen and rocked, Bon Jovi has carved out a New Jersey–sized place in the rock pantheon. The band's current trek into the stadiums and arenas of the world, The Circle Tour, ups the ante on live music with an 800,000-watt sound system and a 4,300-square-foot, high-definition video screen. Bona fide Bon Jovi fans can expect to hear songs from the band's most recent album, The Circle, as well as classic smash hits like "Livin' on a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name," and "It's My Life." Opening act Kid Rock is no slouch himself—the Motor City music maker has blended rock, rap, and country into a sonic smorgasbord that has earned multiple Grammy nominations and sold millions of records worldwide. Concertgoers may hear hits like "All Summer Long," "Cowboy," and "Bawitdaba," which is "Kid Rock" spelled backwards.

191 Beale Street
Memphis,
TN
US

Devised by the crew of Strictly Jazz Entertainment, the 2nd annual Pianos in the Park JazzFest palliates families and friends with a relaxing evening of jazz and soul, filling Overton Park with the mellow tones of assorted ivory-ticklers, saxophone maestros, and groove engineers. This year’s festival features the esteemed Philadelphia trio Pieces of a Dream, whose blend of smooth jazz has charmed audiences since 1976. Adding to the evening’s jubilant spirit, Sal Crocker and the Sax on Sunday Quartet deliver straightforward jazz free of air guitars and electronic gongs. Former Bar-Kays keyboardist and platinum-selling gospel jazz artist Winston Stewart bears witness with an uplifting set of rhythm and praise, and Will Graves & Soul fills the air with old fashioned R & B. Food and beverage vendors are on hand for fueling finger snaps and belly dances, and a moon bounce allows jazz-savvy children to eschew gravity and intercept floating quarter notes. This event allows BYOB.

1928 Poplar Ave
Memphis,
TN
US

Canada's Classical Theatre Project shatters modern preconceptions about the dryness of Shakespeare by infusing the romantic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet with a potency and youthful electricity that snuffs reluctance in the Bard-averse. On an inventive chalk-circle set, the Toronto players whisk viewers to an Elizabethan marketplace in the 16th century, engaging the imagination without relying on cumbersome stage props. Hearts melt as Romeo, the Montague, and Juliet, the Capulet, fall in love against the odds, sweeping the audience along on their way to ghost prom. Shakespeare’s colloquies come naturally from the mouths of the virile acting talents, who translate the text for this generation’s ears without changing a word. Classical Theatre Project's rendition of Romeo and Juliet, intended for ages 11 and older, treats Shakespeare's tragedy like a rock concert, except with better enunciation and a higher mortality rate. A surviving artifact established in 1890, the historic and lovingly restored Orpheum Theatre adds majesty to the performance with its brocade draperies and crystal chandeliers.

203 S Main St
Memphis,
TN
US

More than 10,000 guests flocked to India Fest in 2012. India Fest 2013 expects almost 2,000 more. It would be impossible to discern the festival's biggest draw, but credit should definitely go to its attractions. The largest of those would be the bazaar, where Indian music, food, artwork, fashion, and literature create a colorful experience for even the most casual visitor. Along with the bazaar, a talent show gives locals the chance to display their skills in Indian dance and music, and food demonstrations invite guests to learn how to prepare Indian recipes themselves.

7777 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis,
TN
US

In the evenings, groups gather inside QBHome Paint & Sip Studio—a chic space flanked by artfully exposed brick walls—to mingle over wine before beginning the night's painting session. An instructor guides participants through the step-by-step re-creation of a featured painting. Subjects are diverse, ranging from a funky high-heeled shoe to a replica of an expressionist masterpiece by lauded artist Maurice Evans.

300 South Main Street
Memphis,
TN
US

Wine and Dine Memphis hosts monthly wine tastings, highlighting vintages from wineries in Tennessee and around the world. Local Chefs and caterers crafts fusion dishes that complement these unique bouquets, which guests nosh as they sip their wine samples and sway to jazz music.

300 South Main Street
Memphis,
TN
US