Weekend Shots!

The summer heat has been blaring down on Memphis all week long. Luckily, this weekend will offer some cool tunes to take the edge off.

From the best of a good ol’ Louisiana tradition to new music from young rockers, this weekend is gonna have you chilling out to a lot of fantastic live music even as you’re cursing the summer swelter.

Friday (6/29) will come stocked with plenty of sweet treats. While simultaneously looking classy as fuck, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band will be playing at The Levitt Shell. Son of Clifton Chenier, the “King of Zydeco,” the accordionist carries on the southern Louisiana tradition of mixing creole with cajun music. The guy is one hell of a show and has more style than Elvis in the ’70s. If you’re looking to have a good, light-hearted time, don’t miss out on this one.

You’re in luck If you were wanting to stay out all night and get crazy—Friday doesn’t stop at the Shell. Organic electropop outfit Fast Planet will be playing at The Hi-Tone Cafe. They’ll more than likely feature a hefty load of material off of their debut album Jes. Heavy ’80s throwback pop act Future Unlimited is also billed. The duo has gained attention for their authentic recreation of the synth blares and electronic back beats of the ’80s.

Strooly will close the evening with a dance set featuring two-step, trap, garage, house, dubstep, and beyond. The Memphis beatmaker has released half a dozen remixes, bootlegs, touch-ups, or what-have-you’s in the past six months alone. That, in tandem with his work in Grim, a “post trap” project with fellow electronic musician Anthony Carter, gives him a long list of original material to reference.

Saturday (6/30) will leave you feeling the summer vibes, bringing with it a healthy heaping of Memphis heat. Bryan Hayes plays the shit out of a different kind of Americana. His alternative country styling will come in full glory on a rare occasion that Hayes is backed by his full band, The Retrievers. They’ll be playing new cuts they’re recording for a yet-to-be-released album, so come check it out for a fresh take on country music.

Growing Memphis hard rock act Prosevere will be playing a home show at The New Daisy. The band has been touring constantly for the past year in support of their latest EP ThreeThis Tragic Day is also billed, featuring music yet-to-be-released from their upcoming EP. Surrender The Fall are set to fill out the bill, setting you up for a night full of getting your face rocked the fuck off.

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