It's a big music weekend in Memphis. Beale Street, Overton Park, and the Botanic Gardens are all hosting big acts as part of their summer concerts Get Loud, Shell Yeah, and Live at the Garden. If you're in the mood for a smaller show or dinner and dancing, check out one of Memphis's favorite live music venues. Read on for the musical scoop in Memphis this weekend!
Get Loud Concert Series at Handy Park
Thursday July 15th @ 6:00 pm - W.C. Handy Park, Beale Street
Hosted by Memphis Tourism, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Downtown Memphis Commission and Beale Street, "Get Loud!" is a 10-week outdoor concert series being held at the newly renovated W.C. Handy Park performance space on Beale Street. The live music series is hosting 10 Thursday night concerts from June 10th to August 12th. This week's lineup features Dave Barnes & The Nick Black Band. As always, Get Loud performances are free and open to the public. For more information, you can find all the details here.
Shell Yeah! Benefit Concert Series: Lucero at the Levitt Shell
Thursday July 15th @ 7:30 pm - Levitt Shell
Tickets: $45 available through Ticketmaster
The Levitt Shell is putting on a series of fundraising concerts dubbed "Shell Yeah: Tasty Compositions". These concerts will support the continued work of the Levitt Shell to provide free music to the Memphis community with accessible seating for all. Hopefully the Shell's free summer concert series will be back in full force next year, but until then we can still enjoy live music at our favorite shell shaped stage in the park!
Shell Yeah concert tickets allow up to six people to sit in a socially distant "pod" while enjoying live music under the stars. Attendees may purchase the pods with picnic baskets curated by Chef Kelly English for $400, or without food for $270. Masks required at all times except when in your assigned pod. Guests must stay in their pods and maintain social distancing protocols when outside of their pod. No outside food or drink allowed. No pets allowed. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome inside your pod. See their website for more detailed information about event logistics and Covid-19 restrictions.
Live at the Garden: Little Big Town
Sunday July 18th @ 8:00 - Memphis Botanic Garden
Tickets: $50 General Admission only, available through Ticketmaster
Live at the Garden is a Rain or Shine event, and everyone needs a ticket (even kids). The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and parking opens at 5:00 p.m.
The Radians Ampitheater is located inside the Memphis Botanic Garden at 750 Cherry Road in East Memphis.There is free and paid parking available.
Free Parking is located in the north lot at Southern Avenue and Perkins Road. There are 2 entrances, one off of Perkins Road going southbound, and the other on Southern Avenue for eastbound traffic.
All free parking is first come, first serve.
Paid Parking is located in the Marine Sales Parking Lot off of Cherry Road. There are two entrances, one coming eastbound from Southern Avenue onto Cherry Road, and the other coming westbound from Park Avenue onto Cherry Road.
Here's a summary of the rules from the official Live at the Garden website:
- You can bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, tables smaller than 3 ft. by 3 ft., and small umbrellas in case of rain.
- You can bring your own picnics and coolers, as well as wagons to carry everything.
- Everything is subject to search.
- No weapons, candles, fireworks, laser pointers, drones, or video recording, in addition to a few other things that seem like common sense.
- There are potable toilets and will be food and drinks for sale.
- Food is also available for pre-orders through several of the vendors.
- No smoking is allowed.
Music Around Town
There's music all over Memphis, every night of the week. This week we're featuring a sampling of local music from Midtown, highlighting Cooper Young, Overton Square, and Crosstown.
964 Cooper Street
In the heart of Cooper Young, Bar DKDC never disappoints with their musical talent, or food for that matter. Stop by this funky spot for some international street food, specialty cocktails, and some local Memphis soul music. Check out their website for more information and to see their current menu.
Friday July 16th @ 10:00 pm - Jack Oblivian
Saturday July 17th @ 9:00 pm - Velvetina Sings with Turnstyles
Hi Tone Cafe
282-284 N Cleveland Street
The Hi-Tone Cafe has been entertaining Memphis with live music for as long as I can remember with gritty rock n' roll and urban funk, but over the past few years its musical genres have expanded and we love the change! It’s not actually a cafe, but it is a long-standing music venue that anyone who’s been around here for a while knows. Located just down the street from Crosstown Concourse, all shows are 18 & up unless otherwise specified. For more details, see their website, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 901-490-0335.
Thursday July 15th @ 8:30pm - MOTHERSHIP ($10)
Friday July 16th @ 9:00 pm - Dream Crusher Hope Smasher w/ Ben Ricketts/Foggy Brains ($10)
Saturday July 17th @ 10:00 pm Dead Soldiers ($10)
Sunday July 18th @ 6:00 pm Night Time Jazz Brunch (No Cover)
Lafayette's Music Room
Overton Square is an awesome place for enjoying delicious food and listening to talented local artists. One of the best spots for music here is Lafayette's, where there's music every day of the week! They have the best patio on the square, and with two levels of seating inside, there's not a bad seat in the house. Come for dinner, stay for the music, and get out on the floor for some after dinner dancing! See their website for more events.
Thursday July 15th @ 7:00 pm - FLYING BUFFALOES
Friday July 16th @ 6:00 pm - CARLOS ECOS BAND
@ 10:00 pm TWIN SOUL
Saturday July 17th @ 6:00 pm - AMBER MCCAIN BAND
@ 10:00 SEEING RED
Sunday July 18th @ 11:00 am - JOE RESTIVO 4
@ 3:00 pm TRIPLE ANNIE
@ 7:00 pm CHRIS AND PATRICK PIETRANGELO
2166 Central Avenue
Just down the street from Cooper Young, you can find live music at Railgarten’s outdoor stage every weekend. There’s always a party at Railgarten, a creatively designed indoor/outdoor space at a former rail yard that's jam packed with cool seating areas and hidden spaces, indoor table games and outdoor yard games. If that isn't enough, they've got plenty of top-notch food being served, cocktails flowing, and an ice cream shop (boozy milkshakes included)! Check out their website for all the details!
Thursday July 15th @ 7:00 pm - PAPA TOP
Friday July 16th @ 8:00 pm - LUCKY 7 BRASS BAND
Saturday July 17th @ 6:00 pm LUCKY 7 BRASS BAND
Whether you're looking for an outdoor stage, a funky intimate setting, or a band you can dance to, there's music in Midtown for you!
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