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Stevie Wonder performing in Memphis in October

The Consortium MMT, a nonprofit dedicated to help cultivate Memphis’ homegrown musical talent, is honoring Stevie Wonder at “A Soulright Evening,” an event coming in October to the Downtown Cannon Center that will include a performance by Wonder.

The event, presented by Southeastern Asset Management, will be held on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and will include both performances from Wonder as well as artists paying tribute to his repertoire of hits. “American Idol” music director Rickey Minor will serve as producer and music director.

Memphis native and multi-Grammy award winner David Porter founded The Consortium MMT in 2012 to foster a new pool of young musical talent in Memphis.

Rock for Love 8 happening Sept. 5-7

The eighth annual Church Health Center benefit concert, Rock for Love 8, will be held next month at Crosstown, Overton Square and the Levitt Shell.

The event will be Sept. 5-7. A block party will happen that Friday at Crosstown with a headlining appearance from the Dirty Streets at the Hi Tone. Also that night, bands will perform at Crosstown Arts, Amurica, the Church Health Center’s bay space and on an outdoor Visible School stage. The night will also feature food trucks, a hula hoop luau, flea market, comedy, art exhibition and more.

Saturday will move to the Overton Square Tower Courtyard stage with acts like Black Oak Arkansas after a party featuring the likes of the Stax Academy Band, Paul Taylor and the Mighty Souls Brass Band. And Al Kapone will host a hip hop revue after-party at Hattiloo Theatre.

On Sunday, a finale at the Levitt Shell will feature the Grifters, Impala and Mark Edgar Stuart. All shows are free except for Friday’s Hi Tone show and Saturday’s Hattiloo Theatre After Party.

For the full lineup and set times, visit rockforlove.org.

Fred’s stores launch campaign for first responders

Starting next week, fred’s Super Dollar will commemorate first responders who fell in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks through a fundraiser for the emergency teams that serve fred’s stores communities.

The event will run from Aug. 18 through Sept. 12, during which stores will sell “Hero Hats” for $1 each. The hats are paper cut-outs that customers pay $1 to sign and hang in the windows of their local fred’s Super Dollar stores.

Since the promotion began in 2002, the company has raised more than $2.8 million for local fire, police and sheriff departments – and almost $330,000 in 2013 alone.

All proceeds will go to the emergency teams that would be first responders in the event of a crisis in the store’s specific areas. Also, all operating profits from store sales taking place on Sept. 11 will be donated.

Inaugural Thursdays Squared season will top 10,000

Thursdays Squared, the concert series created by Resource Entertainment Group that unfolds at Overton Square, is heading into the final month of its inaugural season this week.

There will be music Aug. 7 from G3: The Garry Goin Group, featuring special guest Wendy Moten. Still to come before the season ends is music from Motel Mirrors, Walrus and more.

For now, the REG partners are mum on the answer to the question they keep getting about whether they’ll bring back Thursdays Squared, which in addition to putting the spotlight on Memphis artists has raised thousands of dollars for the Church Health Center.

REG anticipates total paid series attendance to top 10,000 by the end of August.

Big Star re-reissues coming in September

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Stax Records has announced it’s reissuing Big Star’s “#1 Record” and “Radio City” albums, remastering them from the original analog tape and putting them out Sept. 2.

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills will provide liner notes for the albums, both of which Rolling Stone magazine famously included in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Both records also will be available digitally, mastered for iTunes and in 24-bit high-resolution audio.

In a statement released about the project, Ardent Records founder John Fry said, “All I can say is that these were the best projects I have ever worked, with the best artists and friends I have ever had the pleasure to know. I love the music and the cast of characters: Chris, Alex Andy and Jody.”

 

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