Memphis Made - Center Stage
Buckman believes that celebrating local artists is as important as sharing internationally acclaimed performers. This season, we ofer audiences the chance to get to know some of Memphis’ best musical mainstays in the intimacy of our space at a reasonable price and at a reasonable hour.
Friday, September 7, 2108, 8 p.m. $10
Homegrown singer-songwriter Kris Acklen has been entertaining for almost a decade. An adept storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, Kris’ songs bring a tear to the eye one moment and a good laugh the next, as he turns his #datingfails into light-hearted songs. His upcoming release, Millennidate, is described as a mix between Ryan Adams and Fleetwood Mac. A mash-up of millennial and dating, the new album is a commentary on just that, but the songs are sure to connect with the hopeless romantics from any generation. An established musician both in and around the Mid-South, Kris Acklen and his band will open the Memphis Made – Center Stage series in grand style.
Friday, January 11, 2019, 8 p.m. $15 adults, $10 students/seniors
Mighty Souls Brass Band, a collective of professional, multi-talented composers and players, isn’t a soul, funk, marching or swing band. And yet, depending on where you catch the group, you’ll hear all of those influences, as well as touches of global rhythms. The tight, polished work of Motown’s session horns, the gritty, dirty inflections of New Orleans’ funky Meters, the slippery R&B of Memphis’ own Booker T. and the M.G.’s converge in the thumping heartbeat of Mighty Souls Brass Band. One word can best sum up a live experience with this imaginative ensemble- celebration.
Friday, March 1, 2019, 8 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students/seniors
Buckman is honored to present This Place, This Time, an installation of 2-D work and a live performance by local artist, Siphne A. Sylve. The show is inspired by Nina Simone. In a late 1960 interview with Andy Stroud, Simone explains, “An artist’s duty is to reflect the times. That is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians . . . And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved . . . We will shape and mold this country, or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore.” Siphne explores an artist's role through sound and collage. Her stage show is in conjunction with the Levy Gallery exhibit.