Listen Up: 11 Live Music Shows In Memphis This Month (October 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”.
From world-class violinist Midori to Motown wonders The Temptations to a Halloween show with Spaceface, October offers a wide array of live music shows that differ in genre, venue, and price range. We even have two festivals scheduled for (my favorite) the best month of the year!
Treat yourself like a lady – or just like a happy person – and snag tickets to The Temptations. This famous Motown group will make you groove all night to their soulful, funky melodies.
2. Mempho Music Festival, Shelby Farms Park, Saturday October 6th – Sunday October 7th, starting at $99, various times, all ages
We have all of the information you’ll ever want regarding Mempho Music Festival right here in our handy guide. In short, head out to Shelby Farms for the big names including rocker Beck and hip-hop sensation Post Malone, a cozy atmosphere, and colorful entertainment.
Don’t forget to check out the MEMPO guide with tips + tricks right here.
These guys are weird – but Memphis loves weird, amirite? This duo hails from the Bluff City and crown themselves the pioneers of “aristocrunk,” a combination style of rap and party rock that satirizes high-class, old money lifestyles. Also on stage, they don 18th century curly wigs and ornate jackets for ultimate aristocratic effect.
If you want to let your funky hair down, do not miss this show. While they’re not touring as members of the hit jam band Snarky Puppy, Robert Searight and Nate Werth deliver inventive, funkadelic rhythms under the moniker Ghost-Note. Memphis native MonoNeon will join this impressive lineup and contribute his signature quick-fingered, groovy bass lines.
The Pure Memphis Music Series shows have quickly climbed to the top of my what-not-to-miss every month. The upstairs bar (or rooftop weather dependent) at Old Dominick provides an intimate and jazzy locale for Memphians to see rising local and regional talent. This month, blues rock powerhouse Liz Brasher will seduce crowds like the distillery’s newest whiskey.
Iris Orchestra brings world class violinist Midori to Memphis this month for two shows. We’ve listed the information for GPAC above, but you can also catch her captivating performance at The Brooks. Whether you’re new to classical music or a longtime fan, Midori can move you four simple strings.
Relax in your lawn chair at the Shell and enjoy the eclectic sounds of Las Cafeteras, the modern band remixing traditional roots music including Afro, Mexican, reggae, Motown, and even hip-hop. It’s raw, authentic, and undoubtedly one-of-a-kind.
Although the lineup hasn’t been published yet the Soulsville USA Music Festival never fails to dazzle attendees. You’ll hear many of the past and present sounds of Memphis including soul, blues, and R&B while supporting the neighborhood that birthed so many iconic tunes.
Cameron Bethany is a irresistible siren; his soulful voice transports your mind to distant places and sends goosebumps crawling up your arms. His gospel-inspired, R&B pop songs can appeal to almost anyone – I mean unless you are just wishing a bad time upon yourself. DJ, producer, and electronic artist Kid Maestro will open the show with his symphonic beats setting you in a trance. Read more about Cameron and his music here.
With influences such as Ozzy Osbourne and KISS, grunge-rock artist Marilyn Manson sure has made a name for himself. If you’re feeling the spooky October energy, head to the Cannon Center for this otherworldly show.
If you want to feel like you’re floating in an ocean of colors and sounds, mark your calendars for Spaceface’s annual Halloween hometown show. Their live shows include jam moments, rock guitar solos, and a full on psychedelic experience.
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.