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The Memphis Acoustic Music Association (MAMA) presents


Saturday, Sept 12, 2015 8 pm
Overton Chapel 
53 East Parkway S Memphis TN 38104

Pre-Concert Dinner: 6:00-7:30 pm  $20

Concert: 8:00 -10:30 pm    $15

Note:  Dinner is optional.  You may come for the music only.   

Dinner reservations must be made  by Sept 8     See below

CONCERT tickets are on sale at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, at the door or online at


We do NOT have a license to sell or serve alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own.   Wine glasses are provided.  

Many thanks to  Eileen Huey for underwriting this concert in memory of her husband Ray and in honor of her grandson Zachary McElwain.

Photo by Brenda Ladd

MAMA welcomes back one of our favorites, Spencer Bohren. His roots in blues, folk music and gospel singing find a voice in the strings of the many instruments he has mastered.. the lap steel guitar, the banjo, the guitar, among them… all accompanied by his own beautiful baritone voice.

Performing since the sixties, the Wyoming native spent the better part of the eighties touring the country in an Air Stream trailer with his wife and children, towed by their ‘55 Chevy Bel Air. Though he has made New Orleans his musical and spiritual home, he is still often on the road in the U.S. and Europe. Since 1984 he has performed over one hundred concert tours in nearly every country on the European continent.

Luckily for his audiences, Spencer has an unusually acute eye and ear and turns many of the encounters with people he meets along the way into mesmerizing stories, some poignant, some wildly hilarious. In response to widespread demand from his fans, Spencer has begun incorporating storytelling more often in his performances and has been invited to perform at storytelling festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough. 

You will find a hint of Charles Kuralt and Garrison Keillor in a Spencer Bohren concert, as well as Hank Williams, Dylan, Muddy Waters and other Delta bluesmen, and a whole lot of original songs, and, of course, New Orleans music.  

Since he last played for MAMA, Spencer has recorded three new CD’s: Seven Birds (solo), and collaborations with two other groups of accomplished musicians and songwriters in New Orleans: Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers (“ a wilder-than-a-holiness-hayride of a band that is unlike anything you’ve heard before”) , and The Write Brothers , four New Orleans musicians whose original songs celebrate New Orleans and roots music.



We are thrilled to be working again with Ann Barnes (owner of Just for Lunch)  and Charlie Lawing for this concert. Overton Chapel (home of the Memphis Sound Lab) is at the intersection of East Parkway S. and Monroe, just before the southbound exit to Union.


Just for Lunch is preparing New Orleans cuisine…a specialty of owner Ann Barnes. You will definitely want to come for this pre-concert dinner!  Everyone who came to the Bill Mize concert dinner could not say enough great things about the food, and many of those who came for the concert and saw our elegant and delicious dinner said NEXT TIME they'll come for dinner too!  


Dinner is from 6:00 until 7:30. If you arrive at 7, that will be a bit too late.  The Just for Lunch staff  needs time to pack up before the concert begins at 8:00.

We are not licensed to serve alcohol, but you may bring your own.  We will have wine glasses.   


Ø Choice of Crawfish Etouffe or Chicken Creole both over Rice
Ø Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil
Ø Southern Chop Salad
Ø Homemade Rolls
Ø Raspberry and Brownie Squares
Ø Fruit Tea

Reserve dinner at this site: 

 or you can send a check to MAMA  PO Box 42024   Memphis TN 38174-2024.

 Mail by Sept 6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mX340AYkX0   " Hallelujah"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQOV7_bGrQU    "People Get Ready"

We are eager to pass on the word that WISEWATER is returning to Otherlands Friday, Aug 28.   If you were lucky enough to have seen their MAMA show on June 26, you know how fabulous this young trio is.  
http://www.wisewatermusic.com/    or go to  our MAMA archive,  http://bandzoogle.com/controlpanel/text_features/843680/edit?page_id=832156 

UPCOMING CONCERTS (Click on the Upcoming Concerts tab on the homepage)  

October 2      Brooks Williams  Otherlands Coffee Bar   
November 21        Andy Cohen with Belmont and Jones     Otherlands Coffee Bar   


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