Listen Up August! 10 Live Music Shows In Memphis This Month (2018)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 2nd 2018 1815 0

Ed. Note: Contributor Baylee is back with another great month of Memphis music. Got a show coming up next month? Email me at hollywhitfield@memphistravel.com with subject line “Listen Up”.  


A few festivals, world-class traveling musicians, and the best of our local talent – August is not a month in Memphis to miss out on live music shows.

1. Tory Lanez, New Daisy Theater, Friday August 3rd, $28 – $40, show at 9 p.m., all ages

Hailing from Toronto, Tory Lanez quickly rose to international fame in 2016 as a result of his pop-influenced rap style similar to PARTYNEXTDOOR and Travis Scott. He’s gained serious acclaim including Double Platinum album recognition and a Grammy nomination for the smoky, electronic track, “LUV.”

2. Band of Horses, The Orpheum Theater, Sunday August 5th, $35 – $45, doors at 8 p.m., all ages

With trumpets, guitars, drums, and more, Band of Horses sounds more like a symphony at times than the woodsy indie rock sweethearts they’re known as. Although they are known best for their song “The Funeral,” this quintet of musicians possess an epic collection of folk lullabies sure to please any Memphian.

3. Charlie Belle, The Hi-Tone, Monday August 6th, $7, show at 8 p.m., 18 and over

Charlie Belle is a melodic, acoustic pop-duo suited best for car rides or cleaning your house. On the edge of releasing their debut album, these two young musicians will stop in Memphis for a night to share their light-hearted indie rock ditties with us.

4. 5th Annual Live Up Fest, Railgarten, Friday August 10th, free, show at 6 p.m., all ages

Get ready to groove and funk the night away with Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Ras Empress, FLUX, Life, Explicit, Siphne Aaye, Kristafar Robbin, and Allan Yongo. As Memphis’s Premier Reggae Festival, the Live Up Fest artists will whisk you away with island spirit, eclectic horn sounds, and swimming bass lines.

5. Healy, The Hi-Tone, Saturday August 11th, $15 – $18, show at 9 p.m., 18 and over

Photographer: Henry Head

Midtown born-and-bred Ethan Healy returns to the Bluff City after a lengthy and impressive North America tour. His hip-hop infused, R&B sound feels both undeniably unique and intrinsically Memphis all the same. From his debut album Subluxe, my favorite track (and a crowd favorite) is “Reckless;” its summery energy will have you riding a heat wave until winter.

6. NEEDTOBREATHE with Johnnyswim, Mud Island Amphitheatre, Sunday August 12th, $36 – $56, show at 7 p.m., all ages

The bluegrass, rock band NEEDTOBREATHE never delivers anything less than a phenomenal live show; a band comprised of brothers emits an enchanting chemistry and energy throughout the set. With husband-and-wife songwriter pair Johnnyswim opening, this show will be one joyous celebration of folk music.

7. Continuum Music Festival, Crosstown Arts, Friday August 17th – Saturday August 18th, $10 – $25, times vary, all ages

Head to Crosstown to enjoy the best of music experimentation and collaboration: Continuum Music Festival. Local artists including Amy LaVere & Will Sexton, IMAKEMADBEATS, Artistik Approach, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and more will join forces to host workshops, shows, presentations, and improvisations throughout the weekend.

8. Sofar Sounds Memphis 1 Year Anniversary Show, Saturday August 18th, $15, show at 7 p.m., all ages

Sofar Sounds Memphis is turning 1 year old! The celebration will amaze with a larger than life show including five Sofar alumni artists, a special, secret venue, local food trucks on site, and vibrant community building. Don’t miss this summer shindig!

9. JROQSOL Presents “RETENTION LIVE,” The Halloran Centre, Sunday August 26th, $20 – $30, show at 6 p.m., all ages

Gospel singer by training and R&B musician by passion, native Memphian JROQSOL finally found his unique sound over the past few years. “RETENTION LIVE” will be soulful, poppy, flashy, and reminiscent of early Ne-Yo.

10. Rusko, New Daisy Theater, Thursday August 30th, $15 – $25, show at 9 p.m., 18 and over

This British electronic dubstep artist recently returned to the stage after a year-long battle with cancer. Luckily, I caught Rusko’s show at Minglewood Hall back in 2012, and can attest to his charm, vivid light show, and craft in showcasing electronic music for a live audience.


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.


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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