Down on Main is a free summer concert series that occurs once a month during July, August and September. Down on Main is a great way for us to come together as a community while enjoying a variety of live music, from country to blues to rock.
Join us on September 22 for a special Down On Main event. For the first time, Down on Main is partnering with the Communities Forward Festival to bring you an event unlike any other! Stay tuned for details.
New Albany resident and blues legend Sam Mosley has over 40 years of playing the blues, Mosley has made a name for himself in this region and throughout the world. He toured and played with blues great Bob Johnson for most of those 40 years, but got his musical start and musical influences right here in New Albany. Mosley got his musical start in 1956 at the age of ten when he had a group with his brothers called the ‘Starlighters’, which they later changed to ‘Jamie Mosley and the Dynamics.’ Jamie was Sam’s brother. The first time he ever heard an electric guitar hooked up is when he listened to another local blues great Leon Pinson. He added, “My inspiration has always been here in the South, in this city, in this state. I still love being a part of it and still love to share that.” “Our first engagement was at Bud Turner’s Café. We played the down-home blues and loved it,” said Mosley. In 1965 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served until 1967, while doing a tour in Vietnam from 1966-1967. He returned home to New Albany in 1967 and met up again with friend, schoolmate and musician Bob Johnson. They decided to form a band and the name was changed numerous times throughout the years. The first name of the band was ‘Bobby Johnson and the Messengers’, before it was changed to ‘Sam and Bob and The Soul Men’, then it was changed to ‘Mojobo,’ before finally to the ‘Mosley and Johnson Band.’ In 1967 the duo started recording tracks in Tupelo at John Mahalic studio. In 1968, they were playing at a Memphis nightclub and were asked for some demos. Soon after, they recorded at High Record Studios in Memphis and released two 45s with the songs Gimme Some Lovin’ and Is It Over? ~Angie Barmer.
Jamie Baker & the VIPS
The hottest band on the Memphis party scene, Jamie Baker & the VIPs features Memphis' most entertaining and professional musicians. In addition to hundreds of area performances, these guys have performed with headlining national artists for over a decade.
This super group performs all-time favorites from Motown, R&B, funk, disco, plus today's pop, rock, and country hits. The VIPs provide top-quality sound and lighting for an evening that everyone of all ages will remember.
The VIPs consist of: six performers, a four piece rhythm section, male and female lead singers, and if you would like to add a horn section, just say the word. DJ music is provided during band breaks to keep the party going!
Contemporary soul singer T.K. Soul has built a loyal grassroots following for his music that mixes R&B traditions with modern-day attitude and hip-hop accents. T.K. Soul was born Terence Kimble in Winnfield, Louisiana on August 26, 1964. From a young age, Kimble had a keen ear for music, and soaked up the influences of soul, funk, and R&B artists ranging from Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, and Al Green to Maze, Rick James, and Prince. When he was ten years old, Kimble picked up a guitar, and discovered he could easily play it by ear. Before long, Kimble was also playing keyboards, drums, and bass, and by the time he was in junior high, he had already been recruited to play in the local high school's band. Music became the dominant force in Kimble's life, as he juggled gigs with school bands, church choir, and local R&B acts. After a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Kimblebegan writing songs, and while DJ'ing at clubs and parties, he began singing his own songs during breaks. Kimble began looking for a record contract, but his inexperience in the music business kept him on the sidelines for close to a decade. Kimble began touring with R&B and funk acts as a sideman, and while performing with the band Under 21 (who would later record for Motown under the name Profyle), he was scouted by the manager of the successful Houston-based vocal group H-Town. Kimble signed on to play keyboards with H-Town, while writing songs in his spare time.
After his run with H-Town ended, Kimble went back to the church for a few years, serving as a musical director at a house of worship. Kimble returned to the road when he was hired to play keyboards for soul-blues singer Willie Clayton, and soon Clayton was recording some of Kimble's material, including "Wiggle in the Middle" and "Party Like We Used To." After five years with Clayton, Kimble decided it was time to strike out on his own. Adopting the stage name T.K. Soul, he cut his solo debut, 2002's One Woman Man, and released it through his own label, Soulful Records. One Woman Manand Soul's 2003 follow-up, The Bad Boy of Southern Soul, helped generate a buzz about T.K. on the soul-blues circuit, and 2004's Love Games was a breakthrough that generated several regional hits for him, including "Cheating and Lying" and "You Ring My Bell." His next album, Undisputed, rose to number 85 on the R&B and hip-hop album chart, and peaked at number nine on the blues album chart. The Evolution of Soul followed in 2009, as Soulcontinued to fill nightclubs and play festivals and theme cruises as a powerful live act. Soul also expanded his Soulful Records label, signing other artists such as Magic One, Nikita, and Rhomey. Despite his busy schedule, T.K. remained prolific in the 2010s, releasing Ghetto Superstar in 2013, Life After Love in 2014, and The Legacy in 2016.
Local bands will also be performing, including Crossroad Band, Oxford All-Stars Band and Baggage Up Band.