Listen Up: 9 Live Music Shows In Memphis This Month

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 4th 2018 818 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”.  


Daniel Champagne. Photo courtesy of the artist.

1. Folk All Y’all presents Daniel Champagne, Thursday September 6th, $20, doors at 7 p.m., all ages
Visiting us from the land down under, Australian Daniel Champagne will dazzle listeners with his sensible strums and captivating vocals. Folk All Y’all organizes intimate, listening room concerts for the music lover who chooses to be uninterrupted, undistracted, but seriously cozy.

2. Moon Taxi, New Daisy Theater, Saturday September 8th, $25, show at 8 p.m., all ages

These Nashville rockers won’t know what hit them when their Memphis audience shows up. Moon Taxi guarantees to please at their live shows with high energy, miraculous musicianship, and playing their hits including “Two High” and “Morocco.”

Photo credit: Elly Hazlerig. Used with permission.

3. Aaron James EP Release Show, Studio688, 688 S Cox St, Saturday September 8th, free, doors at 7:30 p.m., all ages

Join local singer-songwriter Aaron James for his EP “Hibernate” Release Show. I received a sneak-listen of “Hibernate,” and it’s Aaron’s endearing sincerity within a whole new electronically-layered soundscape. Let his newest “Kauri Wood” and colorful accompanying music video keep you satisfied until the release night.

4. Ben Harper and Charles Musselwhite, The Orpheum Theater, Tuesday September 11th, $45 – $148, show at 8 p.m., all ages

On tour for their new collaborative album No Mercy In This Land – a follow up to their iconic record Get Up!, Grammy-award winning artists Ben Harper and Charles Musselwhite will sound unreal within the grand Orpheum Theater. A blues record at its core, No Mercy In This Land twangs, whistles, and hums with the sounds of a deeply bonded friendship.

5. Cooper-Young Festival, Midtown, Saturday September 15th, free, various times, all ages

Now one of the most anticipated annual festivals in Memphis, the 2018 Cooper-Young Festival plans to deliver impeccable music for lovers of any genre all day long. Our highlights for this year include headliners Fuzzy Jeffries and the Kings of Memphis, FreeWorld with Dr. Herman Green, Nick Black Band, Me and Leah, and Negro Terror.

6. Ben Rector with The Band CAMINO, The Orpheum Theater, Wednesday September 19th, $29 – $45, show at 8 p.m., all ages

Multi-instrumentalist Ben Rector earned the title as soft-rock’s golden boy through years of poetic lyricism and piano-driven easy listens. His newest hit “Old Friends” encompasses everything that his fans adore about him into one concise package: charm, nostalgia, and Magic. Memphis-bred The Band CAMINO will open the night with their indie-rock buzz; read more about the band from the ILM interview with them last summer.

Tia “Songbird” Henderson. Photo courtesy of the artist.

7. Pure Memphis Music Series presents Tia “Songbird” Henderson, Old Dominick Distillery, Thursday September 27th, $20, doors at 6:30 p.m., 21 and over

Although the Pure Memphis Music Series includes a stunning Fall lineup (see full calendar here), one not-to-miss show includes Memphis songstress Tia Henderson. She’ll soulfully serenade you into musical bliss with both originals and classic covers. Also a portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit The CLTV, or The Collective, a non-profit dedicated to providing a platform for African American artists.

8. Gonerfest 15, various locations, Thursday September 27th – Sunday September 30th, $10 – $75, various times, depends on location

Now running on its 15th year, Gonerfest will undoubtedly smash with their lengthy lineup including Benni, Ten High, AWFM, Harlan T. Bobo, NOTS, and Carbonas. You’ll hear experimental rap, psychadelic rock, and garage punk at many of your favorite Memphis spots.

9. Lake Street Dive, Levitt Shell, Saturday September 29th, $30 – $35, show at 8 p.m., all ages

Support the Levitt Shell with a ticket purchase to Lake Street Dive, a rock and soul quartet that will make you shimmy, sway, and smooch your loved ones. Although they hail from the Northeast, these musicians create tunes with a Southern spirit – especially in their newest album Free Yourself Up.

Check out Old Dominick’s Pure Memphis music series, too. Photo by Alex Shansky.


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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