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In 2019, the City of Memphis will experience a unique moment, celebrating our 200th Anniversary while beginning a New Century of Soul! In honor of this Bicentennial Celebration, Memphis in May takes this opportunity to salute the colorful history and rich culture of Memphis and invites you to join us.

Memphis in May International Festival once again offers cultural performances to Memphis area schools free of charge! Celebrate the Bicentennial with us and treat your school to an entertaining and educational performance about Memphis.

Students will enjoy the special presentation, “All Roads Lead to Memphis,” from Shelby County Historian and master storyteller Jimmy Ogle. A virtual encyclopedia of fascinating facts and stories, Mr. Ogle walks his audiences along the journey that made our hometown into the city it is today. Ogle colorfully narrates the city’s past as if it’s jumping from the pages of history into real life!

Blues musician Linear Smith, "the man with 1,000 songs," joins Mr. Ogle for each performance. Mr. Smith performs in venues around the world and is a long-time favorite on Beale Street. His show features a variety of musical styles for which the city’s known—Blues, Soul, Rock ‘n Roll, Country, and more.

Don't miss out on this entertaining and educational experience! Learn more about the great City of Memphis in true Memphis style through blues music and storytelling.

This year’s performances will be offered week days May 6-17. Performances are scheduled during school hours and in conjunction with the school schedule. Performances will last approximately 60 minutes.

Request forms available online until April 17, 2019. Schools selected for the performances will be notified on April 26, 2019.

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