Listen Up: 10 Shows To See in Memphis in August (2014)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 29th 2014 243 0

Happy Tuesday to you! I'm bringing back "Listen Up", a guide to live music coming through Memphis this month. Click on the gray links to hear samples; it won't open a new window or tab, it'll just play while you read. There's also a streaming playlist at the bottom of the post. Happy Listening!

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Keep in mind that this is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to every live music act coming to Memphis, just a variety of shows of different genres at different venues. Did I leave out your favorite show? Not to worry, just leave a comment so me and others can find out about more great live music in Memphis. 

1. Ray Wylie Hubbard w/ Brandy Zdan (The Trishas), 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Plaza, August 7, doors at 7:30 p.m., $16 adv./$18 day of show, 18 and up 
Start off your month the Americana way with "Snake Farm" singer Ray Wylie Hubbard's country grooves and entertaining/heartbreaking lyrics.I really like this song about using a Coricidin bottle as a guitar slide.

2. Tonya Dyson, The Dizzy Bird, August 8 and 15, sets at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $15 adv./$18 at the door, all ages
The Dizzy Bird Lounge is the newest addition to the Edge District (it's at 652 Marshall Avenue, in the former location of the Hattiloo Theatre) and the music scene in Memphis. It's an intimate venue (only holds about 40 people) with live music Wednesday through Sunday. Mayor of Neosoulsville Tonya Dyson is back in town after touring the world, and she's bringing her soulful R&B tunes to break-in the new venue for four shows this month.

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3. Artistik Approach / Myla Smith / Maurice Mosby (Three Artists One Yard), 3116 Waynoka Avenue, August 9, free, all ages

Hip hop/spoken word duo Artistik Approach, folk singer Myla Smith, and acoustic artist Maurice Mosby all will perform at the kickoff to nearly two months of free weekend concerts from 3 Artists 1 Yard. If you're not familiar, Three Artists One Yard is exactly what it sounds like. BYOB, bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on, and don't forget the bug spray. 

4. Weezer, Snowden Grove Amphitheater, August 13, doors at 7 p.m., $35 – $65, all ages
Is it just me or are nineties alt-rock bands making some type of resurgence this year? Go for nostalgic reasons or go because you're a real fan eagerly anticipating Weezer's new album (due out Sept. 30).Remember that song about the sweater?

5. Ben Nichols, 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Plaza, August 13, doors at 8 p.m., $15 adv./$17 day of show,18 and up
Go hear Lucero's front man offer up his solo acoustic works like "The Last Pale Light in the West" (above). If Memphis' "grit and grind" needs a voice besides Tony Allen's, I nominate Nichols'.  

6. Motel Mirrors with Marcella Simien, Overton Square Tower Courtyard, August 14, doors at 7 p.m., $10, 21 and up
There are only a few more shows left in the inaugural season of Thursdays Squared concerts, and this is one of them. Motel Mirrors is a collaboration between Memphis favorites Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith, and the charmingly funky Marcella Simien will open for them. Listen to Motel Mirrors The $10 admission to the courtyard includes one drink ticket.

7. Ingram Hill, Peabody Rooftop, August 14, doors open at 6 p.m., $15, 21 and up
Popular Memphis-originating Southern rockers Ingram Hill will provide the music for the finale to the Peabody Rooftop Party Series this year. Get a preview here.

8. Short in the Sleeve, Otherlands, August 16, doors at 7 p.m., $7, all ages
Short in the Sleeve is a local acoustic folk/pop group that's been rockin' around town all year, and they're releasing their EP "A Broken Heart and Some Chords" this month at one of Memphis' best intimate venues. Listen to their song "Easy Way" (hint: it's not about local produce)

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9. Dead Soldiers with Birdcloud, Hi-Tone, August 23, doors at 9:30 p.m., $10, 18 and up

Memphis bluesgrassy rock-ish country group Dead Soldiers is releasing their new album "High Anxiety" later this month. Listen to a Dead Soldiers song. As for the opening act, Birdcloud, let's just say they sing like Southern sirens and swear like sailors. As the Facebook event says, "this one's gonna get rowdy."

10. Goner Presents: The Clean with Boogarins & NOTS, Hi-Tone, August 28, doors at 8 p.m., $10 adv./$12 day of show, 18 and up
This is gonna be an international mix of rock amazingness. Legendary indie rock band The Clean will be here from New Zealand, plus Boogarins – psych rockers from Brazil, and Memphis' punk rock foursome NOTS, who will release a debut LP later this year. You know you're curious about what Portugese psychedelic rock sounds like. Satisfy your curiosity.

Do you want to submit a band/show/venue for inclusion in September's Listen Up post? I accept both Memphis-based bands and touring shows. Submissions must be received by August 25.  Email me at hollywhitfield@memphistravel.com with info and please use the subject line "Listen Up September". Or just click here.


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. Raven says:

    Ingram Hill is definitely a must see! They are great live!

  2. Janice Taff says:

    August 1 is Jennifer Nettles and August the 22nd is Styx both with Botanic Gardens – Live at the Garden Series.

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  4. Frances says:

    The Dizzy Bird Lounge, wonderful experience in a quaint initimate environment.  Visited during opening weekend, no alcholic beverages, but allow you to bring in…hope they stay around

  5. Dennis says:

    Would love to see Ben Nichols!

  6. Mike Gronostaj says:

    Ben Nichols is a true Memphis gem

  7. alison says:

    I would love love love to see Ben Nichols! Ahh what a nice surprise for date night!!!

     

  8. Brandee Masterson says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  9. William Parsons says:

    I saw on your Instagram that you were giving away tickets to see my guy Ben Nichols. I hope I'm commenting in the correct place and I hope I win!!

  10. Samantha says:

    I LOVE Ben Nichols and all of Lucero! I had no idea about a few of these concerts. Thank you for this post!!!

  11. Hayley says:

    I'd love to see Ben NIchols! I was out of town for the Xmas Lucero show!

  12. Nick A says:

    Gotta get to that Ben Nichols show!

  13. Frank says:

    Really want to go see Ben solo! They put on a great show at Levitt Shell. 

  14. Kristin Ferryman says:

    Would love to go see Ben Nichols and Mark Edgar Stuart! Both are amazing. 

  15. Sid says:

    Ben Nichols playing on a day I'm actually off work!  This blog is awesome!

  16. Bennett says:

    Have Ben's solo LP on vinyl, but have never heard him live by himself. Should be a great show. 

  17. Kelly Patterson says:

    Would love to Ben!

  18. Diana says:

    Just started following you on Instagram! Would love to go!!!

  19. Allison T says:

    I second your nomination for Ben as the original Memphis grit and grind!

  20. That would be a great date night!

  21. Sarah says:

    Love the post! Will definitely have to make it to the Square Thursday night! Also, I would LOVE tickets to the Ben Nichols show, because winning them is the only way I'll be able to drag my (lame) boyfriend out on a "school night!"

  22. April says:

    Would love to go tomorrow! Also, looking forward to the Clean! 

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