New Library Program to Feature ‘Front Porch’ Music

Memphis is a colorful quilt of ethnicities and nationalities, held together by threads of history and music that enrich culture and awaken a sense of unity. Memphis Public Libraries’ new program, Front Porch Music and Cultural Series, will bring together customers of all races and ages for several free performances in a fun and relaxed setting, like sitting on the front porch.

Thanks to the Memphis Library Foundation, Front Porch Music will run through July 2019. From November 2017 – February 2018, performances will take place from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave.). From March 2018 – September 2018, performances will take place from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. monthly on each second Tuesday. A variety of local artists, groups and entertainers covering a diverse array of musical genres will entertain customers at these upcoming events.

November 14, 2017 | 6 p.m.
University of Memphis Jazz Singers

December 12, 2017 | 6 p.m.
Hope Clayburn and Soul Scrimmage

January 9, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Memphis Jazz Workshop High School Ensemble

February 13, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Lonnie Holley and the Carpenter Art Garden Youth

“The concept is to bring people together in an intimate public space to experience the many varieties of rich cultures in Memphis,” explained Henry Nelson, connector of neighborhoods and special projects. “The Front Porch Music and Cultural Series performances will feature diverse genres of music, educational programs, videos, storytelling, oral histories and lectures for all ages!”

The Front Porch Music and Cultural Series is presented by Memphis Public Libraries in partnership with the Memphis Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, Levitt Shell and iHeart Media. For more information about the series, call (901) 415-2830.


By: Marcey Wright, coordinator of public relations and media