In a one-night-only free concert experience, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots, will be joined on stage by guest artists Elle King, Dustin Lynch, Estelle, JJ Julius Son from Kaleo, and The Isley Brothers for the Six Degrees to Tennessee Roots Jam. The occasion marks the first-ever Roots jam session to take place outside of New York or Los Angeles.
The Sep. 15 event will be held on Beale Street, in Memphis, at the historic New Daisy Theatre. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development made the announcement today. The special show celebrates the launch of Tennessee Music Pathways: a statewide program created to help visitors find their musical points of interest through an online travel-planning experience. It spotlights hundreds of landmarks and attractions calling attention to Tennessee’s most popular musical genres - blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll. The New Daisy Theatre is one of over 500 stops along Tennessee’s musical “pathway.”
Today, the state also launched a new music search engine called “Six Degrees” with Rolling Stone that allows users to enter an artist’s name to see their “pathway” to Tennessee in six degrees or less, which shines an even broader light on the state as being one of the world’s leading destinations for all things music. Both Tennessee Music Pathways and Six Degrees to Tennessee Roots Jam support the state’s dedication to music and tourism initiatives as part of their ongoing “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee” campaign.
“We are looking forward to bringing our jam session to Memphis! It is always a great time getting our friends together on stage to perform, and we know that Memphis will be no exception,” The Roots said in a press release.
Six Degrees to Tennessee Roots Jam welcomes artists whose influences signify the connection nearly all musicians have back to the state of Tennessee in six-degrees of separation or less. Tickets to the all-star event will be available exclusively online at tnrootsjam.com and are going to be issued by the state over the course of the next few weeks. You can visit the website for additional information and follow @TNVacation on Twitter and Instagram to receive updates on when tickets will become available.