Memphis is a special place where music is not played in the background. It is a place where music and dance and song tells us who we are and tells visitors more about our home and community. For over two decades every Labor Day weekend, the Center for Southern Folklore's Memphis Music & Heritage Festival has showcased artists whose music has helped define our region to the world. From urban blues and jazz to rockabilly, folk to gospel, soul and neo-soul, salsa and drum lines to Chinese dancers, the line-ups continue to be diverse as ever.
For folks who want to know about Memphis music past and present, this is the Festival to attend. In 2007 over 30,000 people attended this festival which showcased over 100 artists and groups on five stages over two days. The audiences are diverse, multi-generational and excited to be part of an event which celebrates the cultural and musical roots of the Memphis/Mid-South region.