Listen Up: 11 Live Music Shows In Memphis This Month (October 2018)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 1st 2018 1243 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”.  


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!

1. The Temptations, The Orpheum Theater, Wednesday October 3rd, $54 – $91, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages

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.

3. Lord T & Eloise, Railgarten, Saturday October 6th, free, show at 8 p.m., 21 and over

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.

4. Ghost-Note and MonoNeon, Minglewood Hall, Tuesday October 9th, $15 – $17, doors at 7 p.m., 18 and over

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.

5. Pure Memphis Music Series feat. Liz Brasher, Old Dominick Distillery, Thursday October 11th, $20, doors 6:30 p.m., 21 and over

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.

6. Midori, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Saturday October 13th, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages

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.

Photo credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

7. Las Cafeteras, The Levitt Shell, Sunday October 14th, free, show at 7 p.m., all ages

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.

Photo via the band’s Facebook.

8. Soulsville USA Music Festival, College St. & McLemore Ave., Saturday October 20th, free, various times, all ages

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.

Photo via Soulsville USA Festival.

9. Cameron Bethany & Kid Maestro, River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater, Sunday October 21st, $5 suggested donation, doors at 3 p.m., all ages

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.

Cameron Bethany. Photo by Catherine Elizabeth Patton. 

Kid Maestro. Photo by Greg Hairston.

0. Marilyn Manson, Cannon Center for Performing Arts, Thursday October 25th, $42 – $200, show at 8 p.m., all ages

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.

11. Spaceface Halloween, Railgarten, Saturday October 27th, free, show at 7 p.m., 21 and over

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.

Spaceface show fun. Photo provided by the 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.


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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