Memphis Music Legends Playing Free Showcase at SXSW

Written by Rory Burbeck | February 20, 2014

William Bell and Snoop Dogg

The influence of Memphis music legends will be felt across the board at SXSW 2014.

Head to the Outdoor Stage at Butler Park on the afternoon of Saturday, March 15th for a special Take Me to the River music showcase featuring Memphis soul legends with stars of today. The lineup includes William Bell, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Booker T. Jones and more!

Hi Rhythm, the studio band who recorded 27 gold and platinum records in a row for Memphis greats such as Al Green and Ann Peebles, will be the house band. Expect appearances from Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), the North Mississippi All-Stars, blues veterans Charlie Musslewhite and Bobby Rush, Ben Cauley and the Royal Horns of Memphis, soul singer Big Baby and rappers Snoop Dogg, P-Nut, Al Kapone and Frayser Boy.

Hear these Memphis legends discuss the songs and artists of yesterday and today that have inspired and influenced so much of the world's popular music on Friday, March 14th at 11am in Austin Convention Center 18ABC. The Memphis Means Music session features Al Bell, William Bell, Frayser Boy, Cody Dickinson, Robert Gordon, Booker T Jones, Lawrence Mitchell, and Martin Shore.

The Take Me to the River outdoor showcase and Music Conference session will follow the world premiere of Take Me to the River at SXSW Film on Tuesday, March 11th. The film documents the coming together of legendary musicians with stars of today to record a historic new album and reflect on Memphis in its heyday and where it has progressed today.

Join us for a historic event showcasing the Memphis music scene past present and future on the Butler Park Outdoor Stage on the afternoon of Saturday, March 15th. Keep an eye on the Butler Park webpage for details in the coming days.

The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Butler Park is open to the public with free Guest Pass wristbands, available in advance or on-site at the event. See our Guest Pass site for more information. Badge and Wristband holders do not need a Guest Pass to attend.

William Bell & Snoop Dogg photo courtesy of MPRM Communications