“Memphis is a city based on contradictions. And great things have happened because of cultural collisions and contradictions. And what makes it great is the fact that you can go to a small venue that’s doesn’t even have a stage and see some of the most amazing people making some of the most amazing music. I’ve been around a lot of places, seen a lot of people play. It’s not just Memphis pride. There’s something special here.”
~Steve Selvidge, Memphis musician
“Memphis isn’t just one of many music cities in America – Memphis is the fertile crescent of 20th century American culture. This is Memphis. This is where Rock ‘n’ Roll began. This is gritty, urgent Soul music. It’s where Stax happened, that’s still echoing and reverberating through the music that’s being produced today. And we are still producing urgent, amazing music of all stripes in Memphis.”
~Marvin Stockwell, founder of Pezz
“This is home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and then everything that comes with that. It’s extremely important. Our industry is real. There are people that make this happen. There’s no other feeling than seeing a band that you’ve never seen before and they just blow the headliner away. You know that feeling right there – that’s something that you’ll never forget as long as you live.”
~Brian ‘Skinny’ McCabe, owner of Hi Tone Cafe
Join host Mark Fleischer for Part II of the special edition of StoryBoard 30 as he discusses with Mr. Selvidge, Mr. Stockwell and Mr. McCabe the vital importance our live music venues, and hears a few stories about their first live gigs and memories of the Antenna Club.