Listen Up July! 11 Live Music Shows In Memphis This Month (2018)
Ed. Note: Contributor Baylee is back with another great month of Memphis music. Got a show coming up next month? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Listen Up”.
July may be hot, but don’t let that stop you from catching these cool live music shows.
1. The End Is Here-Stuntarious Vol. III, Railgarten, Saturday June 30th, free, show at 7 p.m., all ages
You may have seen them most recently on the cover of The Memphis Flyer, but you can see the entire Unapologetic record label and production company team at Railgarten this weekend. Led by Memphis renaissance man IMAKEMADBEATS, this group of hip-hop artists, soulful singers, beat masters, and more are sure to dazzle at their Stuntarious Vol. III Release Party. Check out Stuntarious Vol. I and Vol. II here before the show.
2. Dent May, Shannon Lay, and China Gate, The Hi-Tone Cafe, Sunday July 8th, $10-$12, show at 8 p.m., 18 and over
Part-lounge singer, part-LA pop, Dent May sounds like the smell of sunscreen and palm trees. He released the colorful, avant-garde album Across the Multiverse in 2017 and now Memphis gets to hear this chromatic audio adventure live.
3. Hands of Mothers Benefit feat. Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, High Cotton Taproom, Sunday July 8th, $35-$40, show at 11 a.m., all ages
Head to High Cotton Brewing for a boozy brunch and benefit concert in support of Hands of Mothers, a Memphis-based organization that supports women globally through education and economic empowerment. Local songstress Amy LaVere will enchant with her wistful voice and charming plucky tunes.
4. Sofar Sounds Memphis, Secret Location, Tuesday July 10th, $15, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages
Sofar Sounds is a global community of people who host intimate, stripped back music shows in unique spaces. The Memphis Sofar Sounds supports both local musicians and hosts visiting artists. Apply to attend on their website and check our their YouTube page full of videos that depict the Sofar atmosphere.
5. Ovaryaction presented by A Step Ahead Foundation feat. Marco Pave, The Hi-Tone Cafe, Saturday July 14th, $10, show at 7 p.m., 18 and over
Political activist and hip-hop entrepreneur Marco Pave continually supports the Bluff City, so it’s no surprise he’s headlining Ovaryaction, presented by and for A Step Ahead Foundation. Marco’s album Welcome to Grc Lnd – released last year – voices, argues, and frames perspectives of Memphians not always heard; he’s pushing forward a new wave of Memphis hip-hop that’s undeniably his own.
6. Modest Mouse, The Orpheum Theater, Saturday July 14th, $45-$55, show at 8 p.m., all ages
The Orpheum described Modest Mouse on their event page as “The Gold Standard of Indie Rock,” a succinct summary undoubtedly owed to this Washingtonian band. From their legendary hit “Float On” to the more recent guitar-led single “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box,” Modest Mouse continues to dominate and cultivate the indie rock sound.
7. Alison Krauss, Mud Island Amphitheater, Saturday July 14th, $55, show at 8 p.m., all ages
Alison Krauss is a bluegrass fiddler by nature who rose to mainstream fame without having to compromise her signature sounds. Although she’s known as an 80’s and 90’s artist, Krauss released Windy City only last year; it’s filled with echoing ballads and good ole’ fashioned country licks.
8. Peterson Brothers, Levitt Shell, Sunday July 15th, free, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages
Comprised of Glenn Jr., 21, and Alex, 18, the Peterson Brothers infuse youthful vitality into soulful sounds and rock-n-roll riffs. Their live shows include jam-band improvisation and funky energy which we’re sure the Levitt Shell crowd will welcome with smiles and shakes.
9. She’Chinah’s Album Release Party at Decibal, Orange Mound Gallery, Friday July 20th, $10, show at 9 p.m., all ages
Rising local R&B artist She’Chinah will release her debut EP Solitaire this month as part of Decibal, a concert series hosted by The Collective. She released her first single “Anti” last month and awed a couple thousand SoundCloud listeners with her sultry voice and hypnotizing aura.
10. Stokley & Friends, The Orpheum Theater, Saturday July 21st, $45-$150, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages
Although he gained fame as the lead singer of Mint Condition, the acclaimed R&B artist now tours solo. With fresh pop-inspired rhythms and impassioned vocals, Stokley is ready to entertain the 21st century crowd.
11. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive-By Truckers, and The Marcus King Band, BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove, Wednesday July 25th, $15-$100, show at 7 p.m., all ages
Fronted by wife-and-husband pair Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the Tedeschi Trucks Band have earned quite a following over the years as a result of their skillful compositions. With anywhere between ten and twelve band members at a time, this group utilizes funk, soul, gospel, blues, and rock vibrations to dazzle crowds. Be sure to head to this show early for the alternative country-rock act Drive-By Truckers and American roots musician The Marcus King Band.
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 I Love Memphis 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.