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Dust off your lawn chair and grab your picnic baskets because it's time for Levitt Shell's Summer Concert Series.

The Shell is an outdoor performing arts pavilion nestled in the beautiful and expansive Overton Park - a green oasis where art and culture come together. Known as the site of Elvis Presley's first professional rock 'n' roll concert, the Shell continues to bring quality entertainment to the heart of Memphis.

FREE performances include national and international touring musicians from all over. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. so be sure to arrive early as lawn seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Feel free to pack a cooler but if you're pressed for time, concessions are available and sometime the food trucks from your favorite local restaurants are available with delicious food. Alcohol is permitted for patrons 21 years old and older.

Here is just a taste of this year’s lineup.

  • July 7 Hal Ketchum
  • July 8 Lera Lynn
  • July 9 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (ticketed event)
  • July 10 Rayland Baxter
  • July 14 Band of Heathens
  • July 15 Cedric Burnside
  • July 16 Uncle Lucius
  • July 17 Mipso
  • July 21 Suzy Bogguss
  • July 22 Hip Abduction
  • July 23 The Night Owls
  • July 24 Nikki Hill
  • July 28 Martin Harley
  • July 29  Snowglobe
  • July 30 Ripe
  • July 31 Alvin Youngblood Hart

For a full lineup, parking info, weather updates, and more details visit the website or call 901.272.2722.

Enjoy the show!

By and photo credit: levittshell.org

101 Things To Do In Memphis #14: Memphis Zoo

by Melissa Thompson

Named the #1 Zoo in the US by Tripadvisor.com in 2008, the Memphis Zoo has been a staple of Overton Park for more than 100 years.  The Memphis Zoo was opened in April 1906 and is set on 76 acres. 

The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3500 animals representing over 500 species. The animals reside in three zones with 19 exhibits, such as Once Upon a Farm, Dragon’s Lair and China, which is home to giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le.

Be sure to visit the newly opened Zambezi River Hippo Camp. The Zambezi River is one of Africa's rivers of life. Rolling through six countries, spanning 1,600 miles, the Zambezi River counts as its residents some of the most intriguing, powerful and beautiful creatures on Earth. And now Memphis Zoo visitors get to experience it featuring hippos, Nile crocodiles, lesser flamingos, okapi, patas monkeys, various fish and African birds.

The Memphis Zoo sponsors a wide variety of special events throughout the year…. Go on an owl prowl, explore the Zoo at night or even make the animals part of your homeschool curriculum….

Summer Camp 2016
Send your wild child to the wildest camp around: ZOO CAMP. Campers will explore the fascinating world of animals while participating in fun games, crafts, tours, keeper chats, live animal visits, and more. 

Zoo Snoozes
Ever wonder what happens when the Zoo closes its gates? Where do the animals go? Who puts them to bed? Do Zoo animals have a bedtime, too? Find out when you book a Zoo Snooze. This special program gives the unique opportunity for you and your child to spend the night at the Zoo and learn all about what happens when the rest of the world goes to sleep.

School Trips
We are combining learning with fun by creating a classroom in the wild animal kingdom! When you take a field trip to the Zoo, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic creatures while also applying important initiatives in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum. 

The Zoo also offers opportunities for birthday parties, weddings and private events.

Tickets are currently on sale for the very popular Macy’s Zoo Brew. May 27th enjoy beers from around the world, while listening to our first-class entertainment partners, including G3 and Sensations Band.

Hours of Admission:
March 1 - October 16 (summer hours) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 17 - February 28 (winter hours) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General Admission Prices:
Price includes admission to ALL permanent exhibits (including giant pandas). Additional fees may apply for temporary exhibits. 

Adults (ages 12-59): $15
Children (ages 2-11): $10
Seniors (age 60+): $14
Parking: $5

Click here to plan your visit, watch videos, learn about our events and even buy your tickets before you arrive! 

 

By and Photo credit: memphiszoo.org

101 Things To Do In Memphis #67: Levitt Shell’s Free Summer Concert Series

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Dust off your lawn chair and grab your picnic baskets because it's time for Levitt Shell's Summer Concert Series. The Shell kicked off its fourteenth free concert series in May ushering in the venue’s longest season with 43 free shows into August.

The Shell is an outdoor performing arts pavilion nestled in the beautiful and expansive Overton Park - a green oasis where art and culture come together. Known as the site of Elvis Presley's first professional rock 'n' roll concert, the Shell continues to bring quality entertainment to the heart of Memphis.

FREE performances include national and international touring musicians from all over. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. so be sure to arrive early as lawn seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Feel free to pack a cooler but if you're pressed for time, concessions are available and sometime the food trucks from your favorite local restaurants are available with delicious food. Alcohol is permitted for patrons 21 years old and older.

Here is just a taste of this year’s lineup.

  • June 18: Tab Benoit
  • June 19: Chubby Carrier
  • June 20: Gedeon Luke and the People
  • June 21: New Country Rehab
  • June 25: Seun Kuti and Egypt 80
  • June 26: Pokey LaFarge and Band
  • June 27: Stax Music Academy
  • June 28:  (Rain Date) Stax Music Academy
  • July 2: Patriotic Pops
  • July 3: Knox Hamilton
  • July 4: Cory Branan

For a full lineup, parking info, weather updates, and more details visit the website or call 901.272.2722.

Enjoy the show!

By and photo credit: levittshell.org

 

Overton Bark Park in Midtown!

by Your Key to Memphis Team

A much welcomed and anticipated new feature for Overton Park in Midtown Memphis is the new "Overton Bark". The Overton Park Conservancy's revitalization efforts include a feature that is sure to be enjoyed by many park visitors as well as their four-legged friends. This amazing dog park has handmade benches and dog obstacle courses made from fallen logs and shade trees. There are two gated playing sections for dogs to enter, one for large dogs and one for smaller dogs. If you or your dog get thirsty, both of you can get a drink at the same time at the green water stations, with one spout at normal fountain height and another near the ground. Take your dog to the "Overton Bark" in Midtown; you and your dog will have a wonderful time together!

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