History of Downtown music festivals holds plenty of off-stage drama

By , Daily Memphian Updated: October 14, 2023 2:27 PM CT | Published: October 14, 2023 4:00 AM CT

The music festival that began as an off-shoot of the Memphis In May International Festival 46 years ago has at times had a turbulent history as it has grown into a major attraction. 

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