Memphis MOJO Festival announced in honor of Omar Higgins

MOJO arts festival will honor Omar Higgins

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - In honor of the late Omar Higgins, a new Memphis music and arts festival has been announced.

Just like the man it will honor, you can't describe the Memphis MOJO Festival in one word.

"It's all about Memphis," said David Higgins, brother.

The Memphis MOJO Festival is the city's latest arts fest.

It will be held in October at multiple venues across Memphis.

There won’t be just one type of music featured, which is appropriate for a festival named after Omar’s legacy.

"Omar was a fearless loving musician," said David Higgins.

Omar has been in the Memphis music scene for decades. Most recently, he played in two bands; one reggae, the other punk rock.

His family says he started working on the MOJO fest this time last year. However, Higgins died of complications from a STAPH infection last month.

His brother said Omar’s last wish was for this festival to go on and for his family to be a part of it.

"Right after he passed I didn't know. I didn't know if I could carry that burden. One day I just got inspired," said David Higgins.

"I feel so small. But without him I wouldn't be here or be given the opportunity to perform at the MOJO Festival," said McKenna Bray, performing artist.

McKenna Bray is one of several artists performing and visual who will be at the MOJO Festival.

The festival will take place Oct. 5-6.

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