Memphis Downtowner September/October 2017 : Page 4

CITY BLOCKS Music Mojo ... n FreeWorld celebrates 30 years as a band (1987–2017) with the release of a new studio CD entitled "What It Is” and a full weekend of music, magic, and mayhem. Featured performances are on Oct. 13 from 7–8:30pm at the Levitt Shell, on Oct. 14 from 10pm–2am at The Bluff on the Highland Strip, and on Oct.15 from 9:30pm–1:30am at Blues City Café on Beale. This is FreeWorld's seventh CD release. “What It Is” was produced and recorded at world famous Ardent Studios in Memphis and is their tightest and most ambitious set ever recorded. It features a special guest appearance on drums and vocals by Jody Stephens of Memphis power pop cult classic “Big Star” fame. The CD packaging contains a download card for digital downloads and a free EP of the 1995 live set of "FreeWorld with Levon Helm." Memphis painter/muralist David Lynch’s art is featured on the cover. FreeWorldMemphis.com. n Royal Studio's 60th Anniversary Celebration began in July with an ode to the Studios' patriarch Willie Mitchell at the famous Royal Studios Memphis and was hosted by the legendary Mitchell family. The celebration continues with a free concert on Oct. 14 at 7pm at the Levitt Shell showcasing the present day success of Royal with some of its finest local artists across all musical genres. Attendees will experience this historic studio’s contemporary stamp on American music. The premier event, Sixty Soulful Years, will be held at The Orpheum on Nov. 18 and will feature some of the music industry’s biggest artists. Tickets available at the Orpheum Box Office. royalstudios.com/event/sixty-soulful-years. n Amy Jackson, wife of legendary musician and Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, provides personal tours of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and offers a one-of-a-kind Home Tour where fans can see Wayne’s extensive memorabilia collection. She shares behind the scenes insights into Wayne’s incredible music career. For an appointment call 901-302-8911, sweetmedicine@aol.com, waynejacksonmusic.com. City Cheers ... n Crosstown Concourse recently celebrated its grand opening, nearly 90 years to the day of the original Sears Crosstown grand opening in August 1927. The celebration of history and rebirth showcased the organizations and businesses that believed in and dedicated themselves to the creation of this one-of-a-kind vertical urban village. The 1.5 million-square-foot building has been converted into a complete community with 41 tenants —with more on the way — occupying office space, retail, restaurants, a grocery store, a YMCA, art space, a performing arts theatre, a charter school, a bank, and apartments with 200 residents. 1350 Concourse Ave, 901-203-8300, crosstownconcourse.com. On the Move ... n SEE Main Street announced that its Downtown office has taken the name of its parent company Memphis Family Vision. It will officially be called Memphis Family Vision – Downtown. This move will help prevent confusion and unify the two offices of optometry and optical boutiques that have been serving the Memphis area for over 70 years. Other than the name change, everything else will remain the same. 103 S Main, 901-495-9900, memphisfamilyvision.com. Southern College of Optometry has opened a new state-of-the-art clinic in Crosstown Concourse. FocalPoint is a unique, first-of-its-kind “clinic of the future” that provides the latest in patient engagement and inter-professional education for the nation’s leading optometric physicians in training. It is the first clinic of its kind in the United States to offer completely paperless telemedicine via EyecareLive TM , which allows patients to use digital logins to check in, manage their records and stay in touch with their doctor regarding follow-up care on the telemedicine platform. In addition, FocalPoint is one of only 12 locations in the U.S. offering customizable eyewear through HOYA’s Yuniku system. Using 3-D scanning, parametric design automation and 3-D printing, the Yuniku platform creates eyewear that uniquely fits each individual’s facial characteristics. The event also debuted the works of three local artists in residence: Ms. Patti Smith, Dr. Kathleen Stern, and Ms. Stephanie Wright. Dr. Blake Kuwahara (center), one of the premier designers in eyewear today, showcased his collection and was special guest of SCO President Dr. Lewis Reich, O.D., Ph.D and his wife Diane Reich at the recent opening. n 4 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | September/October 2017 memphisdowntowner.com

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