Listen Up: 10 Bands to See in August

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 1st 2012 1919 0

Ed. note: The nice thing about living in a music city is that we get a ton of great live shows every single month. The tough thing, however, is deciding which bands to see. With that in mind, here are 10 recommendations for shows you won't want to miss this month:

1. Summer Fun Concert, Shelby Farms, Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m., free, all ages

The last of the free outdoor shows at Shelby Farms is on Thursday, Aug. 2. Jeremy Shrader and the Hot Memphis Four will play swing and jazz music and there will be food available from local food trucks. Admission is free, but bring cash – parking is $5 per car.

2. Andy Milonakis with Muck Sticky, Newby's, Aug. 4, 9 p.m., $10 18+

Newbys, Muck Sticky

I'm not quite sure what to say about comedian Andy Milonakis and local slacker rapper Muck Sticky's show at Newby's. What I can tell you for sure is that it's going to be casual – Muck is a man who tends to favor PJs while he raps.

3. Wanda Jackson with The Sultana, Hi-Tone Cafe, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. $20-$25, 18+

Wanda Jackson, the reigning and forever queen of rockabilly, is playing at the Hi-Tone on Aug. 12. She may be a septuagenarian, but she's got just as much raspy rock'n'roll in her voice as ever. Local band The Sultana will open.

4. Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert, FedExForum, Aug. 16, $65 – $95, all ages

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Elvis' death, there's going to be a big Elvis concert at the FedExForum. Since the man himself won't be there, members of his band and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will play and video will be projected.

5. Duran Duran, Memphis Botanic Garden, Aug. 17, 8:30 p.m., $40, all ages

According to that most reliable of all sources, Wikipedia, Duran Duran's members were once known as "the prettiest boys in rock". See how they've held up when they play an outdoor show at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Aug. 18. Picnics and blankets are allowed, as is singing along to "Hungry Like the Wolf."

6. Gruff Rhys, Hi-Tone Cafe, Aug. 18, 9 p.m., $12 – $15, 18+

Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals" is coming to the HI-Tone on Aug. 18 on his "second investigative concert tour of the Americas". It's part journalistic mission, part rock'n'roll show – Rhys is following the path of John Evans, a 22 year old farmhand. Yep.

7. Rock'n'Romp, Minglewood Hall, Aug. 19, 2 p.m., free for kids, $5 for adults, all ages


Memphis bands Darien Clea, Tiger High, and (soon to be a very big deal) Fast Planet are playing this month's Rock'n'Romp at Minglewood. Remember, Rock'n'Romp shows are geared at kids, so if you want to go, you have to have one with you. It doesn't have to be yours.

8. Sugarland, FedExForum, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m., $20 – $60, all ages

Sugarland, the grammy-nominated country duo (country-pop, really, given their mainstream success) is stopping at the FedExForum on Aug. 24 as part of their "In Your Hands" tour.

9. Ron-a-thon, Poplar Lounge, Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 9 p.m., $10, 21+

Here's your chance to see three days of bands for a good cause. Ron-a-thon is a benefit show for Cheapskates owner Ron Hale, an uninsured small business owner who needs some help paying his hospital bills. Nine bands and a handful of comedians will perform.

10. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Hi-Tone Cafe, Aug. 31, $10 – $12, 18+

I'm super pumped about Black Joe Lewis at the Hi-Tone, if only for the chance to hear "Booty City" played live. The soul / funk band will play at the Hi-Tone on Aug. 31 – it's only $12 at the door, so you have no excuse.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Tiffany Benya says:

    Duran Duran is on Friday, August 17th! And I feel Lynyrd Skynyrd on August 31st should be on the list as well!

  2. ben says:

    just don't let Ron write any of the jokes.

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