Since its announcement, MNB has been gearing up to attend the 2nd annual Mempho Fest! Though the diverse line up is what drew me in attendance, I wanted to experience the art installments and a taste of unique food vendors. Y’all know I love nostalgic-like content -so, disposable camera pictures it is!
Shelby Farms isn’t unfamiliar to me, but I was curious to see how Mempho would set this up. I got up early, grabbed my two phones, my MNB mini binder, my water bottle, and headed out there at about 8:30 am just to try to get past the traffic and to figure out where parking was. Boy, am I glad I did. Though I was absolutely excited to attend, to learn that general admission parking was in a field and I had to walk to the entrance. I needed the exercise though so that was alright. Autozone provided buses to and from the entrance from this location so I didn’t walk back when it was over.
What I loved the most is that there were no paper wristbands! You know the ones that take all your upper body strength to pull off. Yea -none of that. It was a “fancy-smancy” fabric with this badge that I just scanned to check in and out. Everybody’s wristband was unique with colors that meant different things -from general admission all the way to production.
The unique Memphis food vendors left attendee with various choices of food like barbecue, chicken, seafood, beer, popsicles, and more! I opted for Fresh Gulf seafood and a strawberry Mempop to cool off in this Memphis heat.
The music line up for Mempho Fest was to paint a reflection of Memphis’ culture. An early performance that really stood out to me was Talibah Safiya -a Memphis native whose music reflects herself and her personal experiences.
Other performances I enjoyed included Milky Chance who loosened up the crowd. I talked to a few young high school students from Overton High School who told me that they were ONLY looking forward to seeing Janelle Monae and I couldn’t agree more. She to me, stole the show this night, and had the entire crowd in awe!
The festival itself was a big hit! Food, fun, and music in Memphis, TN. The only changes I recommend are cooling stations because the heat was almost unbearable. Maybe those misty fans on each side of the park would be nice! I also enjoyed that there were two stages, but had trouble deciding which bands I wanted to see because I wanted to see them all.
Wanna know more about the artist that performed? Stay tuned for the MNB Mempho Playlist.