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About Side Street Steppers

Christian Stanfield and Miss Vera Victoria founded the Side Street Steppers in June of 2009.  What began as a simple duo of musicians unearthing material from the Golden Age of American gramaphone recording has grown into a full-blown Memphis institution.  

The Steppers have to date (as of February 2016) played over 650 shows and released three full length studio recordings.  Notable bookings include the National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville, Kentucky (September 2015), headling the International Banjo Rally in Eureka Springs, Arkansas (September 2014), and a forthcoming appearance at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City (June 2016).  

On the home front, the Side Street Steppers have played the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, Delta Fair & Music Fest, Cooper Young Festival, Rock For Love, River Arts Fest, Shelby Farms Down To Earth Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Festival and the Juke Joint Festival.  The band can be found every Wednesday during the warm months on the patio at Central BBQ on Central in Midtown - come on out one day and see what all the buzz is about!


Song List Highlights

Marches (Stars & Stripes Forever, El Capitan March, Washington Post March, etc.)

Ragtime (Tiger Rag, etc.)

1910's & '20s dance music (Paul Whiteman Orchestra, etc.)

Early jazz (Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, etc.)

Pop music from 1900-1949 (Ruth Etting, Helen Kane, Peggy Lee, George Formby, etc.)

Big Band Swing (Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, etc.)

Blues (Bessie Smith, Lena Horne, etc)

Early country, Bluegrass & Western Swing (Jimmie Rodgers, Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, etc.)

Crooners (Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, etc.)