Listen Up October! 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. Photo at the top of this post of Anderson.Paak and the Free Nationals, who headline the inaugural MEMPHO music fest, via Twitter.
1. Portugal. The Man, Minglewood Hall, Tuesday October 3rd, $25 – $30, show at 8 p.m., all ages
Portugal. The Man are stopping at Minglewood to make sure all Memphians “Feel It Still.” Feel what exactly? The dancey, quirky, and colorful alternative rock sounds that launched these lads into international success.
2. Mempho Music Festival, Shelby Farms Park, Friday October 6th – Saturday October 7th, $50 – $100, various times, all ages
Don’t miss the inaugural Mempho Music Festival during the first weekend in October. Shelby Farms will fill with sunshine, Memphis food trucks, and the headliners Anderson.Paak (below, in a video that has explicit language), Cage the Elephant, Cold War Kids, and Jason Isbell.
3. The Head and The Heart, The Orpheum Theater, Wednesday October 11th, $45, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages
On tour for their third album Signs of Light, this folksy sextet bring energy and intimacy to even their largest of shows. These Seattle natives will travel “Rivers and Roads” with violins, tambourines, pianos, guitars, and more to put on an indie rock show that rivals all others.
4. Faith Evans Ruch Album Release Show, Loflin Yard, Friday October 13th, free, show at 10 p.m., all ages
Known more for her folk-Americana and singer/songwriter leanings, Faith Evans Ruch will celebrate her new R&B and soul influenced album Lessons in Falling at Loflin this month. Grab a refreshing Loflin moscow mule and let her sultry voice caress your ears.
5. An Evening with Pete Yorn, The Hi-Tone, Friday October 13th, $30, show at 9 p.m., 18 and over
Join Pete Yorn, one of the 2000’s iconic singer/songwriters, for an acoustic night at the Hi Tone. He’ll serenade you with shaggy brown hair, a solo guitar, and soft rock roots.
6. Royal Studios 60th Anniversary Celebration, Levitt Shell, Saturday October 14th, free, show at 7 p.m., all ages
Celebrate with the iconic Royal Studios for their 60th anniversary with old and new Royal artists including Barbara Blue, Devil Train, Deering and Down, Joe Schicke, Gangsta Blac, Keia Johnson, Mike Doughty, Uriah, The Rusty Pieces, Lil Al and G Rube.
7. Giant Claw, 831 S Cooper, Sunday October 15th, $6, show at 7 p.m., 18 and over
Any lovers of experimental electronic music should not miss this show. Giant Claw’s newest release Soft Channel samples sounds, fuses harmonies, and defies any musical composition you’ve ever heard before. You feel like you’re on a spaceship and at a symphony concert simultaneously.
8. Emily Barker, Levitt Shell, Sunday October 15th, free, show at 7 p.m., all ages
Head to the Levitt Shell to enjoy the final whispers of the summer cicadas along with Emily Barker’s bluesy songwriter melodies. This Sunday night will serve as Barker’s album release party for Sweet Kind of Blue, which she describes as a love letter to herself and to Memphis.
9. Spoon w/ Mondo Cozmo, Minglewood Hall, Wednesday October 18th, $25 – $30, show at 9 p.m., all ages
You may know Spoon’s hit “The Underdog” from rom-com gold I Love You, Man, but this punky indie rock band has more to offer than one hit. These Austin natives are touring to support their funky and electric album Hot Thoughts. Also Los Angelean Mondo Cozmo will open with his rock-infused singer/songwriter tunes that both warm you up and cool you down.
10. Soulsville USA Festival, 1130 College St., Saturday, October 21, free, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate the neighborhood that made Memphis soul music world-famous at the annual Soulsville USA Festival at College St. and McLemore. This music-centric event features three stages of live entertainment, visual arts demos, kids’ activities, vendors, food, and free admission to the Stax Museum. Photo credit David Roseberry via Soulsville USA FB. Lineup includes DeRobert & the Half Truths, Stax Music Academy, Jamille Hunter, Candice Ivory, Quelude, Chris Little, Keia Johnson, c’beyohn, Black Cream, and many more.
11. Daley, The New Daisy Theater, Friday October 27th, $20 – $25, doors at 8 p.m., all ages
This soulful Brit is bringing his R&B flavors across the pond and straight to the New Daisy stage. His powerhouse vocals will surely make you swoon – especially in my favorite track “Until The Pain Is Gone” featuring Jill Scott, one of America’s new wave R&B leading ladies.
12. Annual Spaceface Halloween, The Hi-Tone, Saturday October 28th, $10 – $12, show at 8 p.m., 18 and over
Get ready for Hallows Eve with Spaceface’s Annual Halloween show featuring local favorites China Gate, Harlan, and Louise Page as well. You’ll be served delicious psychedelic rock music with a side of smoke, lasers, colorful costumes, and maybe a stage dive (or two).
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 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.