Mem Shannon & The Membership
Mem is a former 15-year Bourbon Street cab driver who emerged onto the scene in 1996 with his first release, "A Cab Driver's Blues" on Hannibal/Rykodisc. The breakthrough buzz album led to national media coverage from folks like ABC World News, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, E! Entertainment Television, The New York Times, NPR. Mem has released 6 albums worldwide (2 on Rykodisc, 2 on Shanachie,2 on Northern Blues). Mem has won or been nominated for a ton of ""Best Of"" awards for Louisiana music and national blues - including several Blues Music Association(formerly W.C. Handy Award) nominations. Mem Shannon & The Membership are from New Orleans and while their music is rooted in the blues, it's soaked through with that Big Easy syncopated sound, oozing with funk. Mem has been a regular on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival for over fifteen years. Mem and the band recently appeared on an episode of HBO's New Orleans Based series Treme performing Mem's song "Who Are They."