Bruce Newman is throwing his annual benefit concert, perfect for this season of thanks.

The local entertainment attorney is producing Acoustic Sunday Live!, The Memphis Concert to Protect Our Aquifer, this December 8 at Cooper-Young’s First Congregational Church. Tickets are on sale now; details below.

“He has done this for a number of years,” said Ward Archer, speaking to the Daily Memphian last year. To be exact, this year’s will be the 25th in a series that Mr. Newman has produced to benefit local causes, from schools to the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

These are no small affairs, drawing between three and four hundred people per concert at various venues, and attracting legendary performers in Americana, folk and blues. 2018’s concert featured Bobby Rush, Tom Chapin, Shemekia Copeland and Dave Bromberg.

Last year’s would also turn out to be bitter-sweet, as it was one of the last public performances by the late John Kilzer, the inspirational leader and legendary Memphis songwriter who took his own life this last March 12.

The late John Kilzer performs his song “The American Blues” last December during 2018’s Acoustic Sunday Live! at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
(photo grab from Drew Hadfield’s YouTube post)

This year’s concert promises to be another inspiration.

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Tickets are on sale for the Memphis acoustic concert of the year, ACOUSTIC SUNDAY LIVE!, THE MEMPHIS CONCERT TO PROTECT OUR AQUIFER, Sunday, December 8, 2019, at 7pm, First Congo, 1000 Cooper, Midtown, featuring Grammy performers MARIA MULDAUR, RUTHIE FOSTER, DOM FLEMONS, GUY DAVIS, and special guest, multi-BMA winner, DOUG MACLOUD.  Produced and presented by Bruce Newman, the series is now in its 25th year.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the organization in Memphis that is protecting our water supply, Protect Our Aquifer. Water knows no politics, religion, and culture, and in Memphis, it is at risk of being abused. Click here at acousticsundaylive.eventive.org to purchase general admission and special supporter tickets with adult beverages.   

MARIA MULDAUR is a Grammy-nominated American folk and blues singer who was part of the American folk music revival in the early 1960s. She recorded the 1973 hit song “Midnight at the Oasis” and continues to record albums in the folk traditions.

RUTHIE FOSTER has been nominated three times for the Best Blues Album Grammy, in addition to her seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year, and the title of an “inspiring American Artist” as a United States Artists 2018 Fellow.

DON FLEMONS (Carolina Chocolate Drops) is an American old-time music, Piedmont blues, and neotraditional country multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Proficient on banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones, he is known as “The American Songster” with repertoire spanning a century of American folklore, ballads, and tunes.

GUY DAVIS is a banjo player, blues guitarist and actor. He’s a BMA nominee and “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” winner, and he says his music is inspired by the Southern speech of his grandmother. Though raised in New York, he grew up hearing accounts of life in the rural South, and they made their way into his own stories and songs. DOUG MacLEOD is Memphis’ own 4-time BMA winning guitar master and international touring artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters and carries forward a valuable tradition.  The most important lesson he learned came from Ernest Banks a one-eyed country bluesman, “Never play a note you don’t believe.”

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