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Had some free time on Monday so I took advantage of the nice weather and headed down there. Originally I had planned on just going down on Cleveland and just taking a few photos of some new murals and maybe the outside of the Crosstown Concourse. As I was walking by the Concourse I decided to poke my head in the lobby. Man was I BLOWN AWAY. I underestimated the enormity of the Crosstown project by a mile. Inside it looked like some kind of futuristic city and one of the largest construction projects I have ever seen.

Photos from walking around Crosstown Arts and the Concourse itself are below. FYI I usually just post a paragraph of words here then show all the photos. This time I’ve written a few things about some of the photos so make sure to scroll down so you don’t miss anything.

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After a week of shooting tons of great blues acts up and down Beale Street it was finally time for the finals. You could not ask for a better venue than The Orpheum for the grand finale. Lighting for photography on Beale Street clubs (and Memphis venues in general) is always a mixed bag so I was happy to finally have some good light in which to photograph. I didn’t get to stay for the whole show (Dawn Tyler Watson won the whole thing) but the acts I did get to photograph were amazing. Bands photographed are (in order): The Souliz Band featuring Sugar and Spice (2nd Place Band), Al Hill (1st Place Solo/Duo), SOBO Blues Band, Wes Lee, Johnny Pink and the Intrusion, Sugar Brown

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I’ve spent the past couple of days shooting the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street and what a pleasure its been. If you have never gone before (like me) the $10 for the wristband is so worth it. I feel like a bad Memphian for not having gone all these years. As always here are some of my favorite photos and acts from the past few days.

 

I really regretted not being at the Women’s March here in Memphis a few weeks ago so I was glad to be able to take part in the Memphis We Belong Here March. The whole march was very peaceful as we walked from Clayborn Temple to the National Civil Rights Museum. It was my first march in Memphis and I am sure not the last.

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