Listen Up: 9 Live Music Shows in Memphis (November 2014)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 6th 2014 1515 0

Here's the monthly guide to live music in Memphis. If you click on the gray links, you can listen to a sample of the music without leaving this site or page.


Keep in mind that this is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to every show of live music in Memphis, just an variety of shows big and small I think you'll like. 

1. Justin Townes Earle with Cory Branan, 1884 Lounge, November 8 (Saturday), doors at 7 p.m., $22 adv./$25 day of show, 18 and up
Nashville native Justin Townes Earle brings his bluesy rock style to 1884 Lounge to promote his recently released double albums "Single Mothers" and "Absent Fathers". I'm really digging this guy. Easy to listen, a little bit old school sounding, great voice.

Listen to his song "Time Shows Fools"

2. Yann Tiersen, Hi Tone Cafe, November 10 (Monday), 8 p.m., $15, 18 and up
You're probably familiar with Yann Tiersen as the man behind the jaunty Amélie soundtrack. Hear his avant garde music (not all of which sounds like Amélie) at the Hi Tone. 

Get a sample here.

3. Young Jeezy, Minglewood Hall, November 12 (Wednesday), doors at 7 p.m., $50 adv./$70 week of show, all ages
Grammy-nominated Southern hip hop artist Young Jeezy really needs no introduction. Buy your tickets now and save 20 bucks.

Click here to listen to "Stylin".

4. Old Crow Medicine Show, Orpheum Theatre, November 15 (Saturday), 8 p.m., $35 – $45, 18 and up
Before there was Mumford and Avett, there was Old Crow Medicine Show. I hear they're planning to play a 100-minute-long version of Wagon Wheel, so try to contain your excitement.*

*This is a joke.

5. Miami Dolphins, Hi Tone Cafe, November 18 (Tuesday), 9 p.m., $5, 18 and up
Arty pop rock band Miami Dolphins has nothing to do with Dan Marino. Brooklyn Vegan said this about them: "nervous breakdown or a kindergarten class on an extreme sugar high… Neither is a bad thing, in this case, as its channeled through scratchy, hyperactive pop."

The Miami Dolphins – Pucker Upper from FPE Records on Vimeo.

6. Ralph Stanley, GPAC, November 22 (Saturday), 8 p.m., $27.50 – $45, 18 and up
Bluegrass banjo legend "Doctor" Ralph Stanley is stopping in Germantown on his Man of Constant Sorrow Tour. Stanley won a Grammy for his performance of "O Death" on the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. 

Listen to "The Vacant Chair"

7. Joyce Cobb and the Rhodes Faculty Jazz Band, Lafayette's Music Room, November 24 (Monday), 6 p.m., no cover, all ages
If you haven't had a chance to catch Joyce Cobb at Bosco's brunch and/or you haven't had a chance to check out Lafayette's, her show on the Monday before Thanksgiving is a great way to do both, especially if you have the week off. 

8. Sheiksgiving (The Sheiks), Bar DKDC, November 27 (Thursday), 10:30 p.m, $5, 21 and up 
Here's your plan: after great aunt Joan is fast asleep, and you're wide awake because you tryptophan-napped all afternoon, head to Cooper Young for drinks and Sheiks. 

Listen to their track "Tip Top".

9. Tonya Dyson, Dizzy Bird Lounge, November 28 (Friday), 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., $12 – $15, 21 and up
Get a dose of neo soul from Memphis songstress Tonya Dyson in a romantic, intimate venue. Read my interview with Tonya, who was a featured "Memphis Means Music Month" artist, by clicking here

Do you want to submit a band/show/venue for inclusion in December's Listen Up post about live music in Memphis? I accept both Memphis-based bands and touring shows. Submissions must be received by November 21.  Email me at with info and please use the subject line "Listen Up December"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. Jaimie Dawn says:

    No disrespect, but Mumford in the same breath as Avett and OCMS?  nah.. not even close.  Plus.. Avetts have been putting out music just about as long as OCMS..    This should be a great show.. and JTE as well 🙂

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