See our store through the years

Early Hits

Early Shangri-La Records logo

1916 Madison Ave. before it became Shangri-La

Sherman Wilmott, renaissance man

Eric Friedl (l) & Sherman (r) in the early days

Show poster from 10th anniversary celebrations

Eric Friedl of Oblivians and Goner Records fame helped transform the store in the early ’90s

Poster from 1992 Shangri-La/Easley Recording shows at legendary clubs – The Antenna and Barrister’s

The Grifters “Crappin’ You Negative” release show poster

Andria Lisle (Sugar Ditch) and Scott Bomar (Electraphonic) – Memphis music staples who started at Shangri-La in its early days

Poster from a Will Roy Sanders show at Green’s Lounge, a famed old juke joint

Son of Shangri-La Shindig featuring Strapping Fieldhands, Hot Monkey (Scott Grifter!), and Prof. Elixir’s Southern Troubadours live on the Mississippi Queen Riverboat, August 31, 1996

Othar Turner entertains a crowd

Otha Turner and the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band live at the Shangri-La parking lot

Fife-and-drum blues legend Otha Turner with Andria Lisle

Shangri-La Xmas Party featuring the Grifters, Jazz Midgets (Jim Duckworth) at the Madison Flame (formerly the Antenna Club)

Will Roy Sanders book-signing party

Early crew Andrew Earles, Sherman Willmott, Scott Bomar, and Andria Lisle

Movin’ On Up

Andrew McCalla (aka DJ Buck Wilders) manning the counter

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth in da house!

Sam the Sham in-store!

Garage Rock blow-out featuring the Reigning Sound for “Playing For a Piece of the Door Vol 2” cd release

New Mary Jane in-store featuring Grifters Dave and Scott

Reigning Sound in-store featuring Greg Cartwright, Jeremy Scott, Alex Greene and Greg Roberson

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham in-store

Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin & Wood in da house! (with our own Mike Brown, right)

Memphis Soul Night with our own DJs Buck Wilders, the Hook-Up, and Memphix DJs

Cory Branan on our front porch

Jim Dickinson played here a few times!

Another Soul Night (there’s a bunch of these!)

Poster for the Will Roy Sanders documentary party

Will Roy Sanders and friend (hey, that’s Lori Gienapp McStay and a very young Hank McStay in the background!)

North Mississippi All-Stars in-store

Sir Mack Rice and the Simpletones for the Shangri-la Shindig IV at Madison Flame (formerly Antenna Club)

Memphis Jazz Blues great Calvin Newborn!

Dynamites with Charles Walker at the Hi-Tone

Memphis Blues legend Big Lucky Carter

Legendary Memphis juke-joint blues band The Fieldstones, featuring Will Roy Sanders

Ike Turner with Jared McStay

Mark Akin of the Subteens

Our own Miles Herndon with blues legend Rosco Gordon

Commercial Appeal photo of Luther Dickinson jamming on our porch – with folks seriously getting down!

John Paul Keith with Monsieur Jeffrey Evans!

Tony Joe White played here, you betcha!

Papa Tops West Coast Turnaround, Reginald, and the Fieldstones helped us celebrate a dozen years in business

Lori Gienapp McStay with Rosco Gordon

John Stirratt of Wilco (and the Hilltops!) in the house


Eric Hermeyer (aka the Hook-Up), one of Memphis’ best DJs – and he still works with us from time-to-time!

Early Memphis garage rock show!

BB Cunningham of the Hombres!

Jared McStay with Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn!

Alvin Youngblood Hart in the house!

Lucero, Simple Ones, Antenna Shoes, New Mary Jane, and DJs Buck Wilders and the Hook-Up played our 20th Anniversary party!

Robby Grant of Big Ass Truck, Mouserocket, Vending Machine (and a slew of other great bands)

Otha Turner in-store!

Roy Berry, drummer extraordinaire, of Lucero and the Simple Ones!

Bloodthirsty Lovers, Bo-Keys, and the Memphix DJs helped us celebrate Xmas in 2001

Another killer Xmas show with Mouserocket, Ultracats and Stiverspace

Xmas Party with Tyler Keith’s Preachers Kids, and Scott Bomar’s Bo-Keys!

Xmas Party with the Porch Ghouls, Villains, and Chopper Girl!

Killer Xmas party with Harlan T. Bobo, the Glitches, and DJs Buck Wilders and the Hook-Up!

Shangri-La sweeties: Jared and Lori Gienapp McStay

So many great bands have played here!

Future Days

Shangri-La alums JD Reager, Jameson Sweiger with Jared McStay

Shangri-La sponsored the amazing Gospel Starlite Revue featuring Rev. John Wilkins

Grifters and Ex-Cult played an amazing show for our 25th Anniversary party at Minglewood (killer poster by Josh Breeden)

Referee Jerry Calhoun helped promote Sputnik, Masked Men, and Midgets: the Early Days of Memphis Wrestling book!

Great Xmas Party with the Dirty Streets, Glorie and DJs Buck Wilder and the Hook-Up!

The short-lived Memphis Pops Fest, but look at that killer bill – wow!

Our Record Swaps eventually morphed into Sweatfest, Purgefest, and the Purgening!

“Staff” in-store featuring Tim Prudhomme, Jeff Bouck, and Tripp Lamkins!

Killer Xmas party with Jack Oblivian and the Tearjerkers, Those Darlins (featuring Kelley Anderson), and DJs Buck Wilders and The Hook-Up!

We’ve been around awhile…

Sweatfest I

Sweatfest II

We even put on comedy shows! This was a benefit for St. Jude’s featuring Comma Comedians

Sons of Mudboy have played a few great shows here: Paul Taylor, Luther Dickinson, Steve Selvidge, Jimmy Crosthwaite, Ben Baker, Luke White and Cody Dickinson (not pictured)

Live on the radio at Purgefest with Chris Vernon!

The Black Lips entertain an enthusiastic Shangri-La crowd