Listen Up September! 12 Live Music Shows In Memphis
Ed. Note: Contributor Baylee Less is back with another handy list of live music in Memphis this busy month for Memphis music. Don’t forget that the Levitt Shell starts their fall series back, and there are a ton of festivals that include live music.
Photo credit: Phillip Van Zandt / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
1. MLK Soul Concert Series, National Civil Rights Museum, All Fridays in September, free, show at 6 p.m., all ages
Enjoy a free, outdoor soulful experience hosted by one of Memphis’s marvels, The National Civil Rights Museum. The lineup includes musical maestros Tonya Dyson, Courtney Little, Carmen Hicks, Devin Crutcher, and Karen Brown.
2. Delta Fair, Agricenter International, September 1 – 10, $10 adults/$5 kids, $25 wristsband purchase req’d for unaccompanied teens on Fri/Sat nights
The Delta Fair has more than just rides, games, vendors, agricultural curiosities, and all. that. fair. food. They also have tons of live music – more than 150 acts on three stages throughout the massive event’s ten-day run. Highlights include country, pop, Latin, and hip hops artists like Blackberry Smoke, Bellamy Brothers, Hip Hop Night on Sept. 7, and Aaron Carter….THE AARON CARTER.
3. Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, Center of Southern Folklore/Main Street, Saturday September 2nd, free, music from noon-9 p.m., all ages
On the first Saturday of September, Main Street will become a music festival celebrating all the sounds of Memphis including blues, rock, gospel, jazz, soul, Americana, folkabilly, reggae, and more. Hosted by the Center of Southern Folklore, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival brings to life all the music that gives our city soul.
4. Vesperteen, PHANGS, and The Band CAMINO, The Hi-Tone, Thursday September 7th, $12-$15, show at 8 p.m., all ages
Channel your electro-pop vibes with the dancey tunes of Vesperteen and the synth vibrations of Nashvillian PHANGS. Get there early to catch the local alt-rockers The Band CAMINO who I Love Memphis interviewed this summer. (Link to interview)
5. Playa Fly & Friends Birthday Bash at the Hi-Tone, September 8, 8 p.m., doors/9 p.m. show $10, 18+
Memphis rap artist Playa Fly brings in Slick Sid and the Gangsterbillies, No Soda, Taco and Da Mofos, and more for his bday bash at the HiTone’s big room.
6. Alex Cuba, The Levitt Shell, Thursday September 14th, free, show at 7 p.m., all ages
Head to the Levitt Shell lawn for an evening with eclectic Latin sing-songwriter Alex Cuba. This Grammy-nominated singer creates rich melodies that defy the language barrier to make anyone’s heart flutter and shoulders sway.
7. Steve Miller Band, Live at the Memphis Botanic Garden, Friday September 15th, $40-$75, show at 8:30 p.m., all ages
“Take the Money and Run” straight to the gates of the Memphis Botanic Garden to snag tickets for the closers out the Live at the Garden Series, Steve Miller Band. These iconic blues-rockers will fly you first class back to the 70’s with their infamous hits and West Coast charm.
8. Star and Micey and other local acts, Cooper-Young Festival, Saturday September 16th, free, music from 11:15 a.m.-7 p.m., all ages
With September upon us, Memphians know to look forward to the Cooper-Young Arts Festival which for both the visual arts and the always lush music lineups. This year Star and Micey headline, but don’t miss The PRVLG, Drew Erwin, Joyce Cobb, Dead Soldiers, or The Band CAMINO. Keep the live music going at either one, two, or three Cooper-Young after shows.
9. Lettuce, New Daisy Theater, Tuesday September 19th, $22-$25, show at 8 p.m., all ages
Funkify your soul with the New York jam legends Lettuce. With their electric live performances, you’ll be twisting’ all night to the sounds of groovy bass-lines and lively horns.
10. The Avett Brothers, Mud Island Amphitheater, Friday September 22nd, $45-$60, show at 8 p.m., all ages
Let folksy ballads and bluegrass melodies rock you like the Mississippi with The Avett Brothers. Although their well-known for “I and Love and You” featuring Ingrid Michaelson, this bluesy quartet is touring in support of their most recent album True Sadness.
11. Adventure Club, New Daisy Theater, Friday September 22nd, $15-$30, show at 10 p.m., 18 and over
Night owls should flock to the New Daisy for a show with EDM DJ’s, Adventure Club. With a Tiesto flavor and some Skrillex spice, this dub-step duo will have you dancing the strobe-lit journey away.
12. Gonerfest 14, various locations, September 28th-October 1st, $25-$75, various times, 18 and over
Indie bands from LA, Australia, Austin, Boston, Japan, Hattiesburg, New Zealand, and more will pilgrimage to Memphis for one epic weekend of rock, garage, punk, and ear-splitting music for Gonerfest 14. As our beloved Goner Records always say, “Come party with the best people on the planet!”
About The Author A born and raised Memphian, Baylee Less recently returned to her roots after her four-year hiatus at the University of Maryland. A new contributor to ILoveMemphis and Memphis Travel, she is excited to share the reasons she’s always loved Memphis. She enjoys live music, Asian food, and being outdoors. Follow @bayleeless on Twitter for updates about being vegan in the land of barbecue.