This Saturday is the Very First Moon River Music Festival – (Giveaway Ended)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 2nd 2014 6777 0

This Saturday marks the first year for the Moon River Music Festival, a project from Memphis native Drew Holcomb. In addition to being the headliner with his band The Neighbors, Drew will bring a group of Southern (many from Tennessee) musicians to play all day long at the Levitt Shell. 

This is not one of the Levitt Shell's free shows; tickets are $25 for all day access, which is a great deal.

**Congrats to commenter Marie for winning the pair of tickets! Marie is most looking forward to seeing Ellie Holcomb this Saturday. Thanks to everyone who entered.**

But free is also a great deal, and I just happen to have a pair of tickets to give away. To win, comment on this post telling me which musician you're most looking forward to seeing, and I'll do a random drawing at the end of the day (5 ish).

Poster via Facebook. 

The genres of most of the 13 acts at the one-day festival are in the vein of folk-americana-country-acoustic. You can get a free download of a mixtape for the Moon River Music Festival (aka a preview of the tunes) here. There aren't set times for each act, just a line-up order, which will be released this week. I'll update this post when I receive that. 

11 a.m. – Main gates open
11:20 a.m. – Performances Start
Drew and Ellie Holcomb – Welcome + Acoustic Set
Dwan Hill
Stax Music Academy
Ellie Holcomb
Rob Baird
Apollo Mighty 
Judah & the Lion
Myla Smith 
Holly Williams
The Dirty Guv'nahs
Will Hoge
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors (with special guests throughout)
10:30 a.m. festival concludes

*DJ Radski will be spinning between before performances start and during changeovers.

Click here for links and info about each of the artists. 

Don't bring umbrellas, cameras with removable lenses (unless you have a photo pass), outside food or drink, or large bags. You'll want to bring sunscreen and a hat, money for food and drink vendors and if you need, small backpacks or bags, and strollers for the little ones. 

In case you missed it, here's a video festival organizer Drew Holcomb made about his hometown. He's been promoting our fair city along with the festival, telling out-of-town attendees to hang around and enjoy the sights and tastes of Memphis, so if you 

The festival will benefit several local Memphis charities – St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Soulsville Foundation and The Levitt Shell. 

Go there:

Moon River Music Festival
Levitt Shell

Saturday, June 7, 2014
11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

$25 general admission, $55 VIP, kids under 8 get in free
Twitter: @moonriverfest

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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  1. Sarah says:

    I love LOVE love Ellie Holcomb, and would love to see her! 🙂 

  2. Erin says:

    I am looking forward to seeing Drew and Ellie Holcomb!

  3. Katie says:

    I'm most excited to see Drew Holcomb because it's been a long time coming to see him live!! I was supposed to attend a concert last year with him and NEEDTOBREATHE but because of school and work I couldn't make it. His song "Tennessee" is my life exactly and I'm praying that I can see him this Saturday!! I love Memphis, I love tennessee, and I love drew Holcomb! 

  4. Jessica says:

    Ellie Holcomb!!!!!

  5. Kayla says:

    Ellie Holcomb!! 

  6. Michele Walker says:

    Great line up! Really want to see Holly Williams!!! 

  7. Tamara says:

    Stax Music Academy

  8. George Hannah says:

    Rob Baird

  9. Anna White says:

    I'm most looking forward to Judah & the Lion! They've been a favorite of mine for awhile. This past year I was living in Denver, Colorado & they were in town while I was home in Memphis. I was so sad to have missed getting to see them live. Just moved back this past week & ever so excited to know they'll be in my own hometown! Would love to win some tickets! Happy Monday! 🙂

  10. Patti Berry says:

    Want to see the Staxx kids.  They are our future and can't wait to see the upcoming talent!!

  11. Katherine says:

    50/50 tie between Drew Holcolmb and The Neighbors and The Dirty Guv'nahs! Everyone on the lineup is ridiculously talented, but those bring back a lot of memories. 

  12. Tracy Bullock says:

    Will Hoge! 

  13. Erin W says:

    Will Hoge is the best!

  14. I'm really looking forward to seeing Will Hoge and the Stax Music Academy! Thanks for doing the give away. 🙂

  15. Susan Rubio says:

    These two old Rubes want to see Ellie Holcomb!

  16. Amanda says:

    Sounds like a perfect day away fromt he kids!!


  17. Logan says:

    Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors! But I love Judah and the Lion as well! It is going to be a fantastic day!

  18. Hayley says:

    Myla Smith! I haven't seen her play since a show she did at Otherlands with Jamie Randolph some years back!

  19. Anna says:

    Toss-up between Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and The Dirty Guv'nahs!

  20. Auburn Riddick says:

    My 17 year old wants to see Drew Holcolm, and I couldn’t be more happy because she listens to country despite my objections and extensive awesome music collection of everything from the blues to Bon Iver and this is the first time she’s ever asked for one of my CD’s. And I would like the see the Stax kids doing their thang.

  21. Melissa Schon says:

    I would love to see Ellie Holcomb. She’s awesome.

  22. I'd love to see them all. Will Hodge, Myla Smith, Drew & Ellie!

  23. pierrr kelly says:

    Myla Smith for the win!

  24. Christine says:

    Drew & Ellie!

  25. Pat says:

    Stax Music Academy

  26. Chris says:

    Apollo Mighty!

  27. Christi Walker says:

    I would LOVE to see the Stax Music Academy Group!! Always impressed with the soul musicians who get their start with them!  🙂 

  28. Jacob says:

    Judah & The Lion have been a favorite of mine for some time now, and the Holcombs are always delightful!

  29. Ali Hooper says:

    Hi! My husband and I are new to Memphis and this would be our first festival at the Levitt Shell AND first festival together! We love all folk-country music but would look forward to seeing Will Hoge most and of course Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Thanks for having a giveaway! 

  30. I would LOVE to see the Stax Music Academy Group!! Always impressed with the soul musicians who get their start with them!  🙂 

  31. Great Line UP… I'm excited about seeing Ellie Holcomb!  LOOOOVE her! 🙂 

  32. Dayton says:

    The dirty guv’nahs

  33. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I really want to see Drew Holcomb and Will Hoge!

  34. Carolyn says:

    So excited for the ENTIRE day and ALL of the musicians, but I can't hardly wait to hear Juday & The Lion! LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!! 

  35. Shawn Darnell says:

    I love both Elle Holcomb and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. I am so impressed by their talent and love for Memphis! 

  36. Ben G says:

    Looking forward to the Dirty Guv'nahs!

  37. Lacey says:

    Judah and the lion!

  38. John says:

    Drew for sure.

  39. Xine Li says:

    I would love to see The Dirty Guv'nahs!!! my friends have been raving about this band on facebook for months now! and I must see what the hype is all about! 

  40. Dan Bahnaman says:

    Stax, No doubt. But Looking forward to them all!

  41. Carol says:

    Myla Smith is awesome!

  42. Cindy says:

    Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors…and everyone else 🙂 

  43. Ally says:

    The Dirty Guv'nahs will be a good time!

  44. Deanna says:

    I have wanted to see Will Hoge for a while. Sounds like a great concert.

  45. Jen says:

    Last time I saw Stax Music Academy, they stole the entire show. I would love to see them do the same again this time around! Looking forward to seeing my friends Myla Smith and Idle&Wild playing but also Drew and Ellie. I love the roughness of his voice paired with the light hearted angelic voice of his sweet bride. All at the Shell, my fave music spot in Memphis.

  46. Nicole K says:

    I adored Myla Smith when I got to see her at Otherlands and I'd love to share that experience with my best friend!

  47. Melanie says:

    Sounds like a fun time I hope I win.

  48. Lisa Plunkett says:

    I love Ellie Holcomb!!!!!

  49. Beth Baker says:

    Will Hoge is my favorite but it would be cool to see them all live

  50. Matt Wisdom says:

    Holly Williams

  51. Adrienne says:

    Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and The Dirty Guv'nahs are who I'm looking forward to the most!

  52. misty says:

    I’m looking forward to them ALL! I’m musically bipolar..LOL I’m just a fan of music…especially live music.If I’m able to go it will be my very first music festival.
    Namaste <3

  53. Jayna L says:

    Such an amazing line up! I am most anxious to see: Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Ellie Holcomb, and Judah & the Lion.

  54. Neshellda Johnson says:

    Currently, I am an educator for the local school district. After 10 months of working tirelessly to ensure my little ones made appropriate gains, I can finally enjoy my vacay. What better way to experience the best side of Memphis than through an outdoor, upscale event at Levitt Shell. This can be one thing I can eliminate from my summertime bucket list. I've never been, so it's new and exciting to me. Hope I've won. #appreciativeteacher

  55. Robyn Barwick says:

    Ellie Holcomb- I saw the band before Needtobreathe last year and fell in love with her beautiful voice! 

  56. Katye says:

    Ellie Holcomb!

  57. Mary says:

    Myla Smith!! Love that we have such talent right here. And loved when Will Hoge came to the Shell last summer and pumped he's back. And love it when Drew and Ellie make it home too. 🙂

  58. Jeremy Anderson says:

    Judah & The Lion!!

  59. Laura Anderson says:

    Can't wait to see Judah & The Lion!!

  60. Jake says:

    Judah and the Lion

  61. Fred says:

    Wanna see Idle&Wild.

  62. Meg says:

    I need some Dirty Guv'nahs in my life!!! 

  63. Morgan Jueschke says:

    I'm new to Memphis and have heard so many wonderful things about Drew Holcomb! Can't wait to see him! 

  64. Pher says:

    Stax Music Academy

  65. Heidi says:

    I'd love to see all of these bands! This sounds like a really great line up.

  66. Alyssa Howard says:

    Drew and Ellie, duh! 🙂 

  67. Caroline says:

    Judah and the Lion

  68. Elizabeth waggoner says:

    Ellie Holcomb!

  69. Andrew says:

    It's hard to pick one! Will Hoge and Drew Holcomb are probably my favorites, but I'm curious to hear Ellie's new solo act.

  70. Jacinda Norton says:

    Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Apollo Almighty!

  71. Melissa B. says:

    ALL of them!! LOVE Levitt!!

  72. Kara says:

    Judah and the Lion, of course!!

  73. Kristin says:

    Definitely Drew and Ellie Holcomb! Love their soulful and uplifting music.

  74. Marie says:


  75. Sarah Miller says:

    Ellie Holcomb!! 

  76. Love me some Will Hoge!

  77. Ashley C says:

    Judah & the Lion

  78. Valerye says:


  79. Sonya says:

    Would love to see them all!!  Never been to the shell….

  80. Mark says:

    I've been wanting to see Drew Holcomb every since the NBA 'Forever' promo.

  81. Emma says:

    Always wanted to see Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and Judah and the Lion! But I'm so excited for the whole lineup, which is awesome! Such a great idea for a cool festival at a fantastic venue!

  82. Bobby says:

    Drew Holcomb & the neighbors !

  83. Tiffany Frazier says:

    Looks like a great time!

  84. Constance Werner says:

    Myla Smith

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