LUNCH & LISTEN WITH ABBY FRANCES
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

LUNCH & LISTEN WITH ABBY FRANCES

DISCOVER local music. SUPPORT independent artists.

Lunch & Listen is a casual lunchtime networking event and listening session that provides members of the music community with an opportunity to showcase their work, discover local talent, and broaden their network with the intent to inspire collaboration and musical growth.

Occurring on the last Friday of every month, June's Lunch & Listen will feature the Memphis Songwriter's Association 2018 Songwriter of the Year, Abby Frances.
 

This event is free and open to the public.


ABOUT ABBY
Abby Frances is a 15 year old singer-songwriter, who was born in Memphis, TN. She now resides in Hernando, MS, with her parents, where she just completed her freshman year of high school and leads worship for the youth at her church.

Abby started songwriting at about 5. Taylor Swift has been a huge musical influence for Abby as a songwriter and performer. In fact, Abby won her first school talent show at 9 playing the guitar and singing Taylor’s “A Place in this World”. Along with the guitar, Abby plays the piano, and ukulele. 

Abby is very grateful to have been given opportunities to perform at Buon Cibo Restaurant, Catfish Blues, and Commerce Street Market in Hernando. She has also played at the Memphis Farmer’s Market and has found a home away from home at South Main Sounds. She is there for monthly meetings of the Memphis Songwriters Association (MSA) and has played there for Songwriters Night. Most recently, Abby performed there as a finalist for MSA’s Annual Songwriting Contest where she was named the 2018 Songwriter of the Year.

Abby is currently working with Andrew Cabigao of Dynamic Score Records and will be releasing her first album later this year. To hear some of her music and for information on upcoming shows, you can follow her on Facebook and YouTube.

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If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Lunch & Listen, email info@theconsortiummmt.org with information about yourself and links to your music.

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LUNCH & LISTEN WITH THE SHOTGUNBILLYS
May
25
1:00 PM13:00

LUNCH & LISTEN WITH THE SHOTGUNBILLYS

DISCOVER local music. SUPPORT independent artists.

Lunch & Listen is a casual lunchtime networking event and listening session that provides members of the music community with an opportunity to showcase their work, discover local talent, and broaden their network with the intent to inspire collaboration and musical growth.

Occurring on the last Friday of every month, May's Lunch & Listen will feature The ShotGunBillys.

High energy southern rock blending Memphis blues with a steady Arkansas country handshake. Meet the ShotGunBillys. The band hails from the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee. They were nurtured on the sounds that made Memphis great but have carved a distinct sound that blends it all. 

BIO

Lance McDaniel (lead vocals, guitar), David Snell (backing vocals, bass), and Case Cooper (drums, percussion) started playing together as the ShotGunBillys in 2008 but it wasn’t a straight and narrow path. Lance and David were bandmates in touring outfit the Chase Buchanan Band until 2002. During these years Memphis native Copper was honing his blues rock drum chops with the rocking Florida party band Hubba Hubba and other acts along the Sunshine state’s Gulf Coast. The constant road life shaped the songwriting, musicianship, and work ethic of the trio.

While Lance embarked on a Christian career in the mid-2000s, David was lighting up Arkansas with rockers TJ Scarlett and raking up area awards. But the pair kept reuniting to write music and perform an occasional show together. In 2008 their collaboration, “Let’s Get Country” landed a spot on the soundtrack to The River Within. Fate would have it that when they decided to heed the call to form a band, Case moved back to town and ShotGunBillys were born.

The ShotGunBillys debuted with BAM! in 2014 gaining fans and radio airplay. Make no mistake The ShotGunBillys are all the good sounds southern music has to offer. They can be found rocking out with Black Oak Arkansas’ Jim Dandy just as surely as jamming with The Bar-Kays’ James Alexander. Their song “Sic My Hogs on You,” a tribute anthem to Arkansas Razorback tradition and players has more than 20,000 views.  

Over the past 20 years the ShotGunBillys have played across the South delivering the same double-barrel thrills whether they are playing before one fan in a sleepy Arkansas roadhouse or 15,000 at Daytona Bike Week.


If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Lunch & Listen, email info@theconsortiummmt.org with information about yourself and links to your music.

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LUNCH & LISTEN WITH SHEY ROSE
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

LUNCH & LISTEN WITH SHEY ROSE

Lunch & Listen is a casual lunchtime networking event and listening session that provides members of the music community with an opportunity to showcase their work, discover local talent, and broaden their network with the intent to inspire collaboration and musical growth.

Occurring on the last Friday of every month, April's Lunch & Listen will feature new independent artist Shey Rose.

Shey Rose is the raw voice standing for creators who struggle with finding reassurance when executing their dreams. The Massachusetts-native R&B singer and songwriter shares her truth on balancing relationships and pursuing music. With influences from her Hispanic heritage, Shey shares an outlook on everyday life choices through a versatile sound that is hard to forget. Inspired by the likes of Kehlani, SZA, and Jhene Aiko, Shey strategically blends her soothing melodies with electronic powered beats to produce a diary of her journey to establishing herself as a recording artist.

If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Lunch & Listen, email info@theconsortiummmt.org with information about yourself and links to your music.

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LUNCH & LISTEN WITH LASHONTÉ ANDERSON
Mar
15
10:00 AM10:00

LUNCH & LISTEN WITH LASHONTÉ ANDERSON

Lunch & Listen is a casual lunchtime networking event and listening session that provides members of the music community with an opportunity to showcase their work, discover local talent, and broaden their network with the intent to inspire collaboration and musical growth.

This month's Lunch & Listen will feature pop artist LaShonté Anderson.

LaShonté Anderson was born in Nashville and raised in Memphis, TN. She began singing at 3, dancing at 4 and rapping at 7 with an ultimate love for entertaining. This young lady has always been the personification of the arts. Her voice can move mountains while her body seems to put you in a trance and feet move like water. Now, blossoming into her queendom, she sets out on a journey to make her mark in music. This girl has never seen a ceiling or been limited by a box. 

From singing on a Diet Coke commercial with Taylor Swift, to becoming an Emerging Star under the Consortium MMT, to headlining her own tour in China; this future phenomenon is well on her way. She's worked with some of the biggest stars, but she has a movement of her own. LaShonté has mentored over 5000 kids in her hometown and strives to inspire others to become the best versions of themselves, overcoming any obstacles that may get in their way. Her "let nothing stop me" attitude has granted her opportunities to express her unique style all over the world. She moves like an unstoppable train and her explosiveness cannot be contained! 

LaShonté is currently recording her second album and planning another international tour. After recently releasing her first single, Karma, and music video, her fans are excited to see what comes next. This new album will feature songs of all genres, show range like you've never heard her before, and visuals that are going to blow you away. Look out for this upcoming star.

 

If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Lunch & Listen, email info@theconsortiummmt.org with information about yourself and links to your music.

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LUNCH & LISTEN WITH THE WEALTHY WEST
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

LUNCH & LISTEN WITH THE WEALTHY WEST

Lunch & Listen is a casual lunchtime networking event and listening session that will provide members of the music community with an opportunity to showcase their work, discover local talent, and broaden their network with the intent to inspire collaboration and musical growth.

This month's Lunch & Listen will feature guest songwriter and recording artist, Brandon Kinder of The Wealthy West.

Brandon Kinder may not be a household name, but there's a good chance you've heard his songs or his voice somewhere over the past few years. As frontman for Austin's anthemic rock group, The Rocketboys, as a solo singer under his own name and via his Wealthy West moniker, Kinder's music has been used in an enormous array of TV shows, indie movies and commercials.

The Rocketboys last EP capped this with a feature in the final season of Glee. With a soaring, emotional ballad, the song "Viva Voce" became a fan-favorite. But Kinder's other side, as a solo artist, mostly armed with an acoustic guitar or piano, soft, sometimes darker and far more introverted has garnered equal amounts of praise. 2011's "The Wealthy West: Volume One" was a masterpiece of songwriting. Simple, thoughtful and unpretentious, the 5 songs spoke delicately of love, a topic that Kinder's day-job band rarely does. Now returning with a full-length record, "Long Play", The Wealthy West charts both paths equally, with a far more detailed map. There's a common thread in the songs.

Kinder, who grew up in Memphis and spent most of his musical life in Abilene and Austin, lets his fancy fly free and sets off on a grand journey. Themes of traveling, searching and seeking tie many of the songs together. The Wealthy West becomes a character looking for something that he knows he might never find... or has already found and has to convince himself of that. Ultimately, there is an honesty to the music. There are no wasted lyrics to fill space. Where The Wealthy West is clear on his road, there's a sense of joy. Where he's confused or foundering, there's a feeling of hope and experience to get through it all. 

 

How Lunch & Listen works:

  • Those interested in sharing their work must submit music by Wednesday the week of the event
  • Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and contact information (such as a business card) for networking.
  • The TDC will provide a scoring tool that can be used by attendees to provide artists with feedback regarding their submitted music.

Submit music at https://goo.gl/forms/RhHq6krnT2s7mrgz1, and don't forget to RSVP! Must be 18+

*Songs must be copyrighted and the songwriter must be registered with a Performance Rights Organization (PRO). Need help with copyrights and PROs? The TDC staff is available. Please call us at (901) 435-6509.

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MMT SPEAKER SERIES WITH PLATINUM BOY MUSIC
Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

MMT SPEAKER SERIES WITH PLATINUM BOY MUSIC

Join us for a conversational evening with Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson and Mike Daniels of Platinum Boy Music. 

Antwan 'Amadeus' Thompson is the CEO of Platinum Boy Music. His music catalog includes production credits for over 50 artists, the theme song to ESPN's First Take, Keyshia Cole's BET Reality Show "Family First", ESPN's Sportscenter, Diddy's MTV and VH1 reality shows, EA Sports Fight Night, and Burger King. Amadeus recently served as a panelist on Making His Band and is currently the Music Director/Tour Drummer for Trey Songz.

Platinum Boy Music was founded in the year 2000 by musician and multi-platinum record producer Antwan 'Amadeus' Thompson. The production company has since been able to expand to include the Music 101 College Tour Seminar. Platinum Boy Music is a tightly knit family not only comprised of talented individuals, but a brand focused on providing the world with quality music.

NOTE: Featured guest(s) will not accept any unsolicited material.

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Lunch & Listen with Ashley Avenue
Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Lunch & Listen with Ashley Avenue

Lunch & Listen is a casual lunchtime networking event and listening session that will provide members of the music community with an opportunity to showcase their work, discover local talent, and broaden their network with the intent to inspire collaboration and musical growth.

This month's Lunch & Listen will feature guest songwriter and recording artist, Ashley Avenue.

Ashley Ave Foster, is a singer/songwriter from Memphis Tennessee. Starting out on the live music scene, Ave made her debut in popular Memphis hotspots such as The Ice Bar and Prohibition. In 2016, she caught the attention of Stax Records legend David Porter and became a member of his Memphis Music Town Consortium cohort (MMT), which gave her the opportunity to showcase her talents in front of recording giants such as Universal and Epic Records.

Ashley released her debut single Red Wine produced by Jarvin "Memphis TrackBoy" Harris in March 2017. This smooth, soulful record, garnered rave reviews and features in well read blogs The Daily Chiefer’s, HipHop Relevant, and The Dope Show. With forthcoming hit singles such as No Good and a yet to be titled EP dropping this summer (2017), Ashley Ave is poised to take the music industry by storm as only a native Memphian can; grit and GRIND!

 

How Lunch & Listen works:

  • Everyone interested in attending must RSVP.
  • *Those interested in showcasing their work must submit music by Wednesday the week of the event.
  • Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and contact information (such as a business card).
  • The TDC will provide a scoring tool that can be used by attendees to provide artists with feedback regarding their submitted music.

Submit music at https://goo.gl/forms/RhHq6krnT2s7mrgz1, and don't forget to RSVP! Must be 18+

*Songs must be copyrighted and the songwriter must be registered with a Performance Rights Organization (PRO). Need help with copyrights and PROs? The TDC staff is available. Please call us at (901) 435-6509.

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MMT SPEAKER SERIES WITH THE BAR-KAYS
Dec
21
6:00 PM18:00

MMT SPEAKER SERIES WITH THE BAR-KAYS

  • Crosstown Concourse Church Health Community Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a conversational evening with James Alexander and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays moderated by The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) Founder and President, Hall of Fame songwriter and Stax Legend David Porter. Copies of Larry Dodson's autobiography, And The Band Plays On, will be available for purchase with a book signing to take place after the main event. The MMT Speaker Series will take place at the Crosstown Concourse Church Health Community Room on the 1st floor between the west and central atriums.

ABOUT THE BAR-KAYS

Initially a funky instrumental soul combo on Stax/Volt, The Bar-Kays were nearly destroyed when most of the band perished in the same plane crash that claimed Otis Redding. Amazingly, The Bar-Kays not only regrouped but prospered, evolving into a popular funk ensemble over the course of the '70s. They continued to score hits on the R&B charts through much of the '80s as well, making for a career longevity that no one would have predicted for Stax's formerly star-crossed number-two house band for a total of 29 albums, including 1 platinum album, 5 gold albums, and 20 top ten singles. The Bar-Kays music has been sampled by everyone from Coolio to Will Smith, to old schoolers like Cameo. Their career has been documented in music institutions such as The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

 

NOTE: Featured guest(s) will not accept any unsolicited material.

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LUNCH & LISTEN
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

LUNCH & LISTEN

Lunch & Listen is a casual lunchtime networking event and listening session that will provide members of the music community with an opportunity to showcase their work, discover local talent, and broaden their network with the intent to inspire collaboration and musical growth.

Here’s how it works:

  • Everyone interested in attending must RSVP on Eventbrite.
  • *Those interested in showcasing their work must submit music the Wednesday before the event.
  • 5 songs will be selected per listening session.
  • Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and contact information (such as a business card).
  • The TDC will provide a scoring tool that will be used by each attendee to give feedback regarding the submitted music.
  • The TDC will provide the feedback to the submitting artist, songwriter or record producer.

Submit music to info@theconsortiummmt.org and don't forget to RSVP! Must be 18+

*Songs must be copyrighted and the songwriter must be registered with a Performance Rights Organization (PRO). Need help with copyrights and PROs? The TDC staff is available. Please call us at (901) 435-6509.

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Lunch & Listen
Nov
3
1:00 PM13:00

Lunch & Listen

Lunch & Listen is a casual lunchtime networking event and listening session that will provide members of the music community with an opportunity to showcase their work, discover local talent, and broaden their network with the intent to inspire collaboration and musical growth.

Here’s how it works:

  • RSVP to attend
  • *Those interested in submit music must do so no later than the Wednesday before the event.
  • 3 songs will be selected per listening session.
  • Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and contact information (such as a business card).
  • The TDC will provide a scoring tool that will be used by each attendee to give feedback regarding the submitted music.
  • The TDC will provide the feedback to the submitting artist, songwriter or record producer.

Submit music at https://goo.gl/forms/RhHq6krnT2s7mrgz1, and don't forget to RSVP! Must be 18+

*Songs' copyrights must be registered and the songwriter must be registered with a Performance Rights Organization (PRO). Need help with copyrights and PROs? The TDC staff is available. Please call us at (901) 435-6509.

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