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Porter-Leath is celebrating 29 years of its Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival! The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival presented by Orion Federal Credit Union is Sunday, April 24, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Downtown Memphis on Wagner Place and Riverside Drive between Union Avenue and Beale Street.  Known as the unofficial start of spring in Memphis, Rajun Cajun is one the few remaining Memphis festivals that does not charge an admission price in order to welcome all Mid-South families to enjoy a fun-filled day together.

Over 35,000 festival-goers will enjoy live music on three stages from nationally-known and local award-winning artists in Memphis, games including crawfish bobbing, eating, and racing, arts & crafts vendors, and a play zone for children ages 12 and under. VIP experiences are available and include the Monogram Foods Swamp VIP Tent featuring an all you can eat crawfish and Cajun cuisine and Gumbo Cook-off which offers cash prizes. 

Pick up buckets of crawfish on demand at our "To-Go" station at the corner of Monroe & Riverside Drive. Enjoy Rajun Cajun Crawfish at home!

Promote your business while helping the children and families served by Porter-Leath! Sponsorship Opportunities are available now. Contact Rob Hughes at (901) 577-2500 x 1167 for more information.

Monogram Foods Swamp VIP Tent Tickets

No ticket is needed for the festival, but you do need a ticket for the Monogram Foods Swamp VIP Tent. For 2022, the Swamp is open from noon till 6:00 PM and ticket holders will enjoy all they can eat mudbugs and Cajun cuisine, plus unlimited soft drinks, beer, and water. 

Swamp guests will also receive two drink tickets to enjoy a tasty margarita or hurricane. Buy your Swamp tickets quickly as we always sell out!

*** 2022 Monogram Foods Swamp VIP Tent is Sold Out ***

 

Gumbo Cook-off

Think your seafood gumbo recipe has what it takes to be the best in Memphis? Put it to the test of our judges!
Sign up for the Cash Saver Gumbo Cookoff! You could win a share of cash prizes!

After you register, get your gumbo krewe together, make some groceries at Cash Saver, and bring it all down to Riverside Drive on April 24th. 

Over 24 teams will compete for the coveted cast iron skillet trophy in 2022. Click HERE to view the contest rules.

*** 2022 Cash Saver Gumbo Cookoff is Now Closed ***
Playing on the Beale Street Stage

For over 30 years, FreeWorld has been an independent, ever-evolving Memphis band and one of the mainstays of the city's vibrant live music scene. Drawing from influences as broad as Booker T. & the MG's, John Coltrane, Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, Steely Dan, and The Meters, these brothers under one multicultural groove have remained consistently entertaining and relevant.

Featuring octogenarian sax legend Dr. Herman Green (who has performed with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, B.B. King, Lionel Hampton, Phineas & Calvin Newborn, Bob Weir, and a host of others), FreeWorld is impossible to categorize. It's a party band that can handle any request and keep a dance floor packed playing R&B classics and its own funky original tunes. It's a soul band that can jam on 80's New Wave hits. It's the best of Memphis, New Orleans, Detroit, Muscle Shoals, and San Francisco, all rolled into one funky musical experience.

They've had the privilege of sharing the stage with numerous legends over the years, including Levon Helm, The Memphis Horns, Billy Preston, Richie Havens, Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks, Hot Tuna, Los Lobos, Dr. John, The Bar-Kays, Ann Peebles, Steve Cropper, James Cotton, Mojo Buford, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, and Widespread Panic, just to name a few.

From their great original songs to a huge range of jazz, Motown, Stax, party songs, classic rock, and more, FreeWorld can play any event, any time. If you request it, they probably know it (or they'll do a fine job faking it!), and they'll add a tasty Memphis-meets-New Orleans-meets-jam-band spice to their soul stew.

Playing on the bluecross blueshield of Tennessee Main Stage 

Soul-Jazz-Funk saxophonist/flautist and vocalist Hope Clayburn is on a mission to move the people. She’s always up to the challenge to make every audience member feel included in her energetic shows and leave with a little more sweat.

“I look at music as the great equalizer. Everyone can feel the groove when it’s real and from the heart.”

Hope’s unique funky and soulful style has allowed her to perform with an eclectic mix of artists, including James Brown, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Temptations to name a few. Hope has even taken her music international to Europe, Brazil, and Asia, where she has played sold out shows and festivals. She has appeared on the iconic PBS music show Austin City Limits with Grammy nominated folk artist Valerie June and Hope was featured artist on the legendary Sun Studio Sessions TV series.

Hope was also invited to perform for the legendary Stax records 60th anniversary celebration concert series.
You can now find Hope in Memphis, TN recording and performing with her ensemble Hope Clayburn’s Soul Scrimmage as well as many different bands, including the African stylings of Obruni Dance Band and the avant- jazz rock of Frog Squad. Her band, Soul Scrimmage,
combines funky James Brown and Funkadelic like grooves with Memphis Soul, world beat, rock and jazz to create an energetic and unique Memphis sound. Hope and Soul Scrimmage will soon release a new album titled ‘Y’ALL SO LOUD’ recorded at the historic Ardent Studios in Memphis. Learn more at: www.hopeclayburnmusic.com