January 31, 2012 5 Comments
As was announced on Daniel Mount’s blog today, plans are moving along for an all male quartet event called the “J.D. Sumner Quartet Show” in Memphis, TN to be held June 19-22, 2013. This is the brainchild of several quartet leaders and concert promoters, and is being held in conjunction with the 15 year anniversary of Sumner’s death, in the city where he and James Blackwood started the National Quartet Convention in 1957. James’ son Jimmy is one of the organizers of this event, along with Stewart Varnado of the Dixie Echoes.
I was just in the auditorium of the Cook Convention Center, known as the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, for a business meeting a couple of weeks ago and it’s a beautiful facility that seats about 2,100 people, give or take. There is also an exhibit hall attached to the facility that should rival Freedom Hall’s in Louisville. The facility sits on the north side of Downtown Memphis with entrances on both Main St., and Front St. overlooking the Mississippi River.
The event has a website here, and a Facebook page here. The initial lineup of groups already committed is extremely strong, with names like Brian Free and Assurance, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gold City, The Kingsmen, The Dixie Echoes, and Triumphant Quartet, among others. Also, there are plans underway to add more “up and coming” type quartets to the lineup as well.
If you can’t tell, I’m very excited about the possibilities of this event coming to my hometown, and I’ll see you all there!