06 May 2013
- Written by Warren Roseborough
Memphis In May is upon us, and so is the wet Memphis weather, turning it into Memphis in MUD! But that didn't dampen the spirits of the thousands who attended the music festival. Big Boi (former member of Grammy Award winning Outkast.) took me back by singing songs like Hey Ya, and Players Ball. He had the crowd dancing and singing the to his hit songs.
The legendary Mavis Staples, who put on a stellar show, spoke about her dad, Pop Staples, and how he influenced her career. She is a considered a Memphian although she is from Chicago because her group, the Staple Singers, are part of the Stax family here in Memphis. She sang her songs and hits like I Take You There by the Staple singers. A favorite from Saturday's performances would have to be the Roots. The message they give and that funky Jazz style they have makes you want to follow them no matter where they are touring. The Roots have won a lot of Grammys with their smooth style.
Sunday, Memphian Al Kapone performed to an energized audience that were jumping up and down and seemed to be having a great time. He talked about how proud he was to be from Memphis and reminded the crowd to support our Grizzlies.
Hip Hop legends Public Enemy featuring Chuck D and Flavor Flav showed why they are still on top after 25 years. Flavor Flav said they were celebrating 25 year in the music business. Chuck D and Flavor Flav danced all over the stage allmost their entire performance. Although the weather wasn't the best it still turned out to be a great day for a show.