Listen Up: 10 Shows To See in Memphis in October (2014)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 2nd 2014 1405 2

Here's this month's "Listen Up", a guide to live music coming through Memphis in October. There are a ton more bands playing around town, so this is just a sampling. Happy Listening!


1. Katy Perry with Tegan and Sarah, FedExForum, October 5 (Sunday), doors at 7 p.m., $60+, all ages
There are still tickets available for Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour at FedExForum this coming Sunday. No word yet on whether Juicy J will make an appearance during Dark Horse.

2. Alloy Orchestra: "The Son of the Sheik", Malco Paradiso, October 8 (Wednesday), 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., $10/$8 seniors/$6 students, all ages
If you're looking for something totally different, go see the band that plays while a silent movie shows on the theatre screen. Alloy Orchestra works with "an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects" to make their music, and they're in town for one night only as part of the Indie Memphis Film Festival festivities.  

3. The Head and the Heart, Minglewood Hall, October 6 (Monday), doors at 8 p.m., $30+ fees, all ages
Seattle-based indie folk band The Head and the Heart is touring after the release of their second album, "Let's Be Still" last fall. 

4. Dead Soldiers, Levitt Shell, October 10 (Friday), 7 p.m., free, all ages
This is a shameless plug for one of my favorite Memphis bands (there are several) at my favorite Memphis venue. Be sure to bring a few bucks to drop in the volunteers' buckets. Your donation helps keep Levitt Shell free for all Memphians.

5. 2nd Annual Memphis Music Showcase Benefitting St. Jude, Minglewood Hall, October 10 (Friday), doors at 7 p.m., $10, all ages
Not only is this Friday night show in 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall a good chance to see a variety of Memphis bands (River City Tanlines, Knowledge Nick, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Sin City Scoundrels, and The Whiskey Republic), but 100 percent of the cover charge for this show goes directly to St. Jude Children's Hospital

6. Pearl Jam, FedExForum, October 14 (Tuesday), doors at 7:30 p.m., $84.42+, all ages
You know these guys. They're back to Memphis for the first time in a decade.

7. Big Gigantic, Minglewood Hall, October 16 (Thursday), doors at 8 p.m., 
Big Gigantic's "Touch the Sky Tour" comes to Memphis to bring us their popular mix of electronica, jazzy hip hop and a great live show with lots of effects.

8. Mickey Factz/Lyriqs da Lyraciss/DJ Strategy/Knowledge Nick/Jason Da Hater, Hi-Tone, October 22 (Wednesday), 8 p.m., $8, all ages
Memphis locals team up with nationally established artists for a hip-hop/rap/R&B show.

9. Giant Kitty with Kazha, Kristen Cothron and The Darkside, Hi Tone, October 29 (Wednesday), $7, 18 and up
All-girl punk rock band at the Hi-Tone. Warm up for Halloween shenanigans with this one, y'all.

10. Manchester Orchestra, New Daisy Theater, October 31 (Friday), doors at 7 p.m., $22 advance/$25 door, all ages
Indie rock band Manchester Orchestra comes to town on Halloween to share songs from "Hope" an album released this September.

Do you want to submit a band/show/venue for inclusion in October's Listen Up post? I accept both Memphis-based bands and touring shows. Submissions must be received by October 24.  Email me at with info and please use the subject line "Listen Up November"Or just click here.

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. Ray Fraser says:

    I am an avid Jerry Lee Lewis fan.We are in Memphis at the end of November are there any Jerry Lee Lewis tribute bands i n memphis.

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