Memphis Greek Festival celebrates Greek culture with live music from Kostas Kastanis, performances by The Athenian Dance Troupe, and a Greek feast complete with spanakopita, dolmathes, and baklava cheesecake. Participants can learn about the Greek Orthodox faith on a tour of of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church or peruse the food stalls for a new favorite pastry.
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.
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.
Built in 1928, the historic Orpheum Theatre Memphis once housed top-tier vaudeville shows in its opulent interior, which wowed audiences with monumental chandeliers, lush tapestries, and a Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. After the decline of vaudeville, the Orpheum gradually succumbed to age and a hailstorm of acorns tossed by delinquent squirrels, before a $5 million restoration project in 1982 returned the theater back to its former glory days. Now the crown jewel of Memphis' entertainment venues, the Orpheum's revived interior reminds audiences of the beautiful excess of the Roaring Twenties while hosting a nonstop schedule of concerts, Broadway shows, and ballets.
It's impossible to discern India Fest's biggest draw?there are simply too many attractions to judge. At the bazaar, for example, Indian music, food, artwork, fashion, and literature create a colorful experience for even the most casual visitor. 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. There's also a space for kids, where youngsters can listen to traditional Indian stories and get henna tattoos.
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.