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Things To Do In Memphis: Levitt Shell Summer Line-up 2019

by Melissa Thompson

Making a comeback for it’s 11th year in a row, the free Summer Orion Music Concert Series at the Levitt Shell is bringing together families, friends, food, and local and traveling musicians, all in the spirit of good vibes and good times.

Starting May 30th and running through July 21st, the 50+ free concert series will be in full swing, showcasing a variety of talented acts with sounds ranging from R&B and soul to folk, Americana, and more. That’s only half of it! This season, there will also be new features, such as a selection of lifestyle merch offered at the ShellShop, more food and beverage options in the ShellEats area, and multiple opportunities for community engagement. 
  • Where: Levitt Shell (1928 Poplar Ave.)
  • Time: All shows begin at 7:30PM
  • Cost: 100% free (ticketed shows excluded)
  • Thursday, May 30 — North Mississippi Allstars
  • Friday, May 31 — Revel in Dimes
  • Saturday, June 1 — River Whyless
  • Sunday, June 2 — Talibah Safiyah & Beale Street Flippers
  • Thursday, June 6 — Sam Lewis
  • Friday, June 7 — The Commonheart
  • Saturday, June 8 — Freddie McGregor
  • Sunday, June 9 — BoDeans
  • Thursday, June 13 — OSOG
  • Saturday, June 15 — Jenny & The Mexicats
  • Sunday, June 16 — Bluff City Backsliders Anniversary Show
  • Thursday, June 20 — Hayes Carll
  • Friday, June 21 Nicole Atkins
  • Saturday, June 22 — Ekpe & the African Jazz Ensemble
  • Sunday, June 23 — Los Colognes
  • Thursday, June 27 — Patriotic Pops
  • Friday, June 28 — Flor De Toloache
  • Saturday, June 29  — Stax Music Academy
  • Sunday, June 30 — Donna the Buffalo
  • Thursday, July 4 No Show (Holiday)
  • Friday, July 5 — Walden
  • Saturday, July 6 — Orquesta Akokan
  • Sunday, July 7 — The Petersen Brothers
  • Thursday, July 11 — Israel Nash
  • Friday, July 12 — The Marias
  • Saturday, July 13 — John Paul White
  • Sunday, July 14 — Los Coast
  • Thursday, July 18 — Black Joe Lewis
  • Friday, July 19 — New Breed Brass Band
  • Saturday, July 20 — The Slackers
  • Sunday, July 21 — Devon Gilfillian
We wouldn’t be able to enjoy all of these concerts without the incredible fundraising efforts from the Levitt Shell. I mean, 50 free shows is a lot and I know we’re all grateful. This year’s series will include two ticketed “Shell Yeah!” fundraising concerts with all proceeds going back towards providing more free music experiences for all to enjoy!
  • Friday, June 14 — Shell, YEAH! Robert Randolph & The Family band (ticketed show)
  • September 6th — TBA
Learn more about the performers and the schedule here.
Follow Levitt Shell on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for show updates.
If you can’t attend a show but want to support, shell out a few bucks for a donation here or check out the variety of volunteer opportunities.
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Things To Do In Memphis: Beale Street Music Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Beale Street Music Festival is a three-day, four-stage event in Memphis, TN featuring 60+ top musical acts from today and beyond. The #BSMF19 dates are set for May 3-5, 2019 and with the Memphis in May honored salute highlighting Memphis, the weekend is sure to be the biggest one yet.

Three-day passes, single-day tickets and a limited number of VIP Experiences are now on sale and can be purchased here.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #64: 2019 Peabody Rooftop Party

by Melissa Thompson

Say “so long” to your plan-less Thursday nights! Peabody Rooftop Parties are back to give you weekly good vibes, starting April 11th.


  • April 11: Almost Famous *
  • April 18: Cruisin’ Heavy with special guest Fletcher *
  • April 25: Aquanet
  • May 2: Motel Mirrors with special guest Drax Project *
  • May 9: Frankie Hollie & The Noise
  • May 16: Party Planet
  • May 23: DJ Epic
  • May 30: Drunk Uncle
  • June 6: Garry Goin Group
  • June 13: Seeing Red
  • June 20: DJ Epic
  • June 27: Soul Shockers
  • July 4: Bluff City Bandits
  • July 11: VooDoo Gumbo
  • July 18: City Mix
  • July 25: DJ Epic
  • August 1: The M-80s
  • August 8: Ghost Town Blues Band
  • August 15: Burning Las Vegas *

Starting April 11th and happening every Thursday night from 6PM-10PM, Nugget from Q107.5 FM DJ Epic will be keeping the party going underneath the stars. Weekly admission is $10-$15 and ladies get in free before 7PM. In addition to the good vibes, there’ll also themed snacks and drinks provided.

*The April 11 Season Opener will be a $15 admission price*

VIP Passes for the 2019 season are available at the door for $150 (a $550 value). The passes include admission to all 19 parties and the VIP Lounge with weekly event valet parking. VIPs will be treated to special food tastings from Peabody Chefs and also receive a Peabody swag bag, and a 20% discount in Chez Philippe, Capriccio Grill, Peabody Deli & Desserts throughout the 2019 Rooftop Party season. Very important peeps can also take advantgae of the new VIP Lounge that maximizes views or the sun setting above the Mississippi River as well as the party entertainment.

Keep an eye out of the official Peabody Rooftop Party Facebook page for updates and more info!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #99: Dreamfest Weekend

by Melissa Thompson

Dreamfest celebrates 7 years highlighting the diversity of talent on the Memphis music scene! This year CLE Events has partnered with Dope On Arrival and Jason Da Hater to create this 3-day event that will feature a diverse lineup of talented artist from a variety of genres. 

Event schedule of DreamFest Weekend 7

Friday, January 12, 2018, 7:00pm
CLE Events Presents DreamFest: The Concert (A concert dedicated to promoting unity)

Performances by: C-Stilla, Izzy Moore, Tha Kidd From Marz, SvmDvde, Gerald Morgan, Jr, Queen Tyki X, Beata, Akronym Est 1990, Ron Greer, Marque Boyd, RobenX and Tia Songbird Henderson. 

Host: P.A. Bomani

DJ: DJ Kairys

Band: Rio and friends

Admission: $10

Location: 1884 Lounge, 1555 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 7:00pm
CLE Events and Dope On Arrival Presents DOA Draft: DreamFest Edition

Performances by; TBA

Admission: $10

Location: TBA
Sunday, January 14, 2018, Time TBA
CLE Events and Jason Da Hater Presents Dream Bowl (charity flag football game)
Team Jason Da Hater vs Team CO of UndenYable

Performances by: TBA

Admission: Donation towards Memphis Artists For Change

Location: 456 Tillman St

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #82: Goner Fest

by Melissa Thompson

Gonerfest is an annual music festival hosted by Goner Records, an independent record label in Memphis. The festival showcases Goner-related bands from around the world across a diverse range of genres in conjunction with an art show featuring works by artists from all over the country. There’s also a delicious assortment of food and beer including crafts from Memphis’ very own Memphis Made Brewery.

The 14th annual Gonerfest will take place September 28-Oct 1, 2017 and include three evening showcases at the Hi-Tone, a Friday afternoon show at the Memphis Made Brewery, a Saturday afternoon ten band blowout at Murphy’s, plus opening and closing shows at the gazebo near the Goner Record Shop.

$75 Golden Pass All official events 
$25 per night Hi Tone shows 
$5 day - Fri Memphis Made show 
$15 day - Sat Murphy's show
Click here to purchase your tickets!
Tickets also available at the door of each event

Shows are for 18+ years olds.

Check out the schedule - It's quite a lineup!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #81: Cooper-Young Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Cooper-Young Festival, hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association (CYBA), is Memphis' most anticipated outdoor celebration. Held in Memphis' largest historic district, the Cooper-Young Festival is scheduled for September 16th, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In its 30th year, this event has grown tremendously and is one of Memphis' most highly attended Festivals. This year, over 130,000 guests will enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 435 artisans from around the country. The Cooper Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and Memphis heritage.

Cooper Young was named one of the "Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America" by the American Planning Association in 2012. Come join the party and get to know why Cooper Young is Midtown!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #78: Delta Fair & Music Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Delta Fair is a classic. It's a week, September 1st10th, of midway games, rides, livestock and homemaking competitions, exhibits, and more.

The Delta Fair & Music Festival brings the communities of Memphis together to celebrate the area’s rich art, music and culture. In addition to the lineup of homegrown musicians performing across a diverse range of genres, the festival offers a wide variety of entertaining attractions like a motorcycle stunt show, live chainsaw sculpting, a Mexican rodeo, a mini tractor pull, laser tag, magic shows, a demolition derby and more. The 4-H and FFA Children’s Barnyard features kid-friendly exhibits and an opportunity to feed live farm animals, and one of the festival’s highlights is the Banana Derby, where Capuchin monkeys are the jockeys in an adorable dog race.

Did you know that the Delta Fair & Music Festival has more LIVE music than any other event in Memphis?  Over 150 acts on 3 stages!  From regional legends to local super talent, Memphis means music. The event will showcase world-class talent with roots in the Delta. Some of this year’s entertainers include:

  • Cat Beach Band
  • 90 Proof Twang
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Soundscape
  • Filter
  • Hannah Belle Band
  • Johnathan East Band
  • Van Wild
  • High Valley
  • Jake Clayton Band
  • Crossroad Station
  • Hillbilly Vegas
  • Click here for the full line up.


If the rides, concerts, and games aren't enough for you, check out these other attractions…

  • Livestock
  • Children's Barnyard
  • Monkey Show
  • Ostrich Racing
  • The Delta Fair Beauty Pageant
  • Petting Zoo
  • Fireworks
  • Classic Car Displays
  • Magic Show
  • Demolition Derby
  • Rodeos

What would a visit to the fair be without filling up on the good old-fashioned fair food! You’ll find everything from Pronto Pups to Funnel Cakes and everything in between! Whatever you decide, we can all agree that state fair foods are the best!

Located at 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120. Call (901) 213-7469 or visit for additional information.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #75: 29th Annual WEVL Blues on the Bluff

by Melissa Thompson

Bring your chairs and blankets and celebrate 29 years of fun on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in a beautiful park-like setting on the grounds of The Metal Museum.
Giant shady oaks, cool river breezes, the smell of BBQ, fantastic music, and absolutely the best view of the Mississippi in the entire mid-South!

Schlafly Beer is the beer sponsor.
Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks being sold
Award-winning BBQ and more from Central BBQ Food Truck being sold
No pets or outside food or beverage permitted
Kids welcome when accompanied by watchful parents
Silent auction
WEVL Merchandise and Blues on the Bluff posters for sale
Free guarded parking

The line-up:
The MD’s
6:30 p.m.

The Ghost Town Blues Band
8 p.m.

Marcella & Her Lovers
9:35 p.m.

Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the gate
Kids 11 and under are $12 at the gate

Saturday, July 22nd
Gates open at 6 p.m.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #73: Memphis Caribbean Jerk Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Home Run Entertainment, LLC presents the 2nd Annual Memphis Caribbean Jerk Festival and Family Fun Day benefiting the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee on Saturday July 15th for 12pm to 10pm at Tiger Lane located at 450 Early Maxwell Boulevard.  There will be a variety of Jerk and Caribbean foods available, live entertainment featuring top local Caribbean musicians, Dominos and Chess tournament and an exotic car show featuring customized cars from brands like Bentley, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini and more. Plus there will be several other activities for the whole family.

The Memphis Caribbean Jerk Festival is filled with fun and guests will have an opportunity to enter the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee’s raffle to win amazing prizse such as a 4 night stay in Cancun, Mexico (sponsored by Financially Crowned Queen), or a Big Green Egg Grill (sponsored by Ken Rash’s, Inc.), a Fine Area Rug (sponsored by Dan The Carpet Man), a 6.2” Touchscreen DVD, CD/MP3, AM/FM Receiver w/ GPS Navigation & Android PhoneLink Car audio system by SoundStream (sponsored by Xtreme Auto Accessories), 1 of 4 Signature Car Detail Services (sponsored by Detail One) or 2 round trip ticket on Southwest Airlines.

$15 Online in advance
$20 At the gate
Kids 12 and under get in FREE (Come Play in the Kids Village at the Park)

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #71: Live at the Garden

by Melissa Thompson

Imagine sitting under the stars, surrounded by beautiful gardens, while a soft summer breeze floats by. You’re sipping a cool drink, dining, and chatting with friends, while listening to the music of world-renowned artists. Welcome to Live at the Garden!

Live at the Garden is a music lovers dream come true! A star-studded line-up and 96 acres of unsurpassed natural beauty at the Memphis Botanic Gardens.

The 2017 summer line-up includes some amazing performers – Little Big Town, Boston, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Seal and The Steve Miller Band! Get your tickets today! You can also purchase a season lawn pass so you won’t miss any of the shows! It is going to be an amazing summer!

Looking for an incredible venue to host your next party? Live at the Garden provides private hospitality areas for you and your guests. They include a tent, chairs, lights, and bar and catering options. You simply let them know what you want and they’ll take care of the rest.

Worked up an appetite? Several vendors will be on-site to tempt you with tantalizing Garden treats. Buster's Botanical Bar provides a great selection of frosty and refreshing beverages for thirsty concert-goers. You can also pre-order food from one of the preferred caterers.

All you need is an appetite for fun and Live at the Garden will bring the stars! This is an experience you won’t want to miss! Visit their website or call 901.636.4107 for more info.

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