Listen Up! 14 Live Music Shows In Memphis This Month
Ed. Note: Baylee is back with another roundup of live music in Memphis for the month of April. Got an upcoming show or concert you’d like to be included? Submit your event here, and email Holly at email@example.com with “Listen Up” in the subject line.
Crosstown Arts begins a new series, titled The Groove, dedicated to one thing: the funk. Enter the Green Room for some funky flavor courtesy of Black Cream, a newly formed Memphis quartet who remind you why the band should always be the centerpiece of the performance. Groovy bass and sultry croons will guide you along this magical, musical journey.
Three regional indie pop bands unite for an evening of intimate songwriting and driving guitar riffs. Hardcastle ground themselves in a rock-n-roll foundation, but weave in electronic flourishes, whereas Jet Black Alley Cat bring pop to the forefront of their rhythmic, vibrant tunes. Finally, Memphis act Estes keeps it fresh with acoustically-led indie rock.
Head to the Orpheum to catch one of alternative rock’s golden bands, Death Cab for Cutie. Although they gained fame in the early 2000’s with Transatlanticism and Plans, their recent albums, including 2018’s Thank You For Today, earned applause from critics and fans far and wide. Rich melodies, world-class musicianship, and Ben Gibbard’s iconic vocals will set this show apart from anything you’ve seen before.
Lucero returns home to throw their yearly block party that includes killer music, food trucks, outdoor games, and more. This year, Lucero, Blackberry Smoke, Will Hoge, Austin Lucas, Ben Abney and the Hurts, and The Mighty Souls Brass Band will grace stages inside and outside of Minglewood Hall for a full Saturday of Southern rock and Americana music.
Don’t miss the 5th annual Hear 901 Music Festival, organized by Blue Tom Records in order to celebrate the finest of Memphis’s up-and-coming musicians. This year’s lineup includes a long list: Dylan Amoré, Jordan Occasionally, Bailey Bigger, Claire James, Kasondra, Megan Barlowe, She’Chinah, Compton McMurry, Shawn Campbell, Geist, Phillip Bond, and EEZABELLE. My top picks include wistful, folk songstress Bailey Bigger and the smooth R&B siren She’Chinah.
Powerhouse vocals, country roots, but deep and dense soulful rhythm sets Maggie Rose apart from other rising vocalists. She’s currently touring her album Change The Whole Thing and dazzling crowds with her delicate delivery and edgy gospel vibe.
Hosted by the Memphis Songwriters Association, this annual competition is an exceptional way to discover fresh local songwriters. This year, the MSA received 60 submissions and for the showdown they’ve narrowed the list down to the top 8 songs. Come to hear homegrown music: the kind that only utilizes a single instrument, a unique voice, and powerful words to make your heart flutter.
Head downtown to Court Square Park (62 N. Main and Jefferson) for this family-friendly jazz concert featuring Stephen Lee and the Memphis Jazz Workshop. It’s free, with food trucks and some seating available.
Music Export Memphis is throwing their annual Tambourine Bash which will feature some of our city’s top tier talent in the most unique ways, including cross genre collaborations from Nick Black, Marcella Simien, Talibah Safiya, Daz Rinko, the Unapologetic. Crew and Future Everything. This benefit helps raise funds for MEM’s Ambassador Grants which offer tour support for our Memphis musicians.
Add some organized chaos to your life with a live music show featuring bluegrass king Sam Bush and his band. Banjos, guitars, and sitars will come to life in the hands of these talented pluckers.
Sofar Sounds announced their location ahead of time this month in honor of a special partnership with the Memphis River Parks. Although the three actual artists who will perform are still a secret, we received inside intel that this show will feature only alumni acts, or musicians who have played a Sofar Memphis before.
Presented by the Levitt Shell and Memphis Library Foundation, 5 Fridays of Jazz series continues with soul-man Paul McKinney and his Knights of Jazz. His smooth voice and horn heavy melodies tingle your spine in an almost spiritual way, until the drums kick in and McKinney get’s you movin’ like a modern-day Marvin Gaye.
Legendary rock band Santana will be stopping in Southaven while touring their latest album, In Search of Mona Lisa. This group infuses blues, Latin rock, psychedelics, and more to create fiery, passionate music that while pull anyone and everyone out of their seat and onto the dance floor.
Multi-instrumentalist member of Wilco and The Autumn Defense Pat Sansone performs at this edition of the 2019 River Series at Harbotown, along with Memphis artist Alicja Trout. DJ Hot Tub Eric spins records at 3 p.m., and the band takes the stage at 4 p.m. There will be beer and food available; proceeds benefit the Maria Montessori School.
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.