Listen Up: 9 Shows to See in Memphis in January 2015

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 13th 2015 4777 0

Here's my monthly guide to live music in Memphis. Yes, it's a little late due to the post-holiday slowdown, but there are still several great shows to look forward to in the next two weeks. 

***Giveaway #1 is for the Black Jacket Symphony's Dark Side of the Moon on Friday, Jan. 16 at Minglewood Hall.
If you want to win pair of tickets to the fully-seated show, leave me a comment with your favorite song from that album and I'll pick a random winner on Wed., Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m.***

*Congrats Josh McLaughlin for winning the giveaway!*

1. Black Jacket Symphony Performing Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", Minglewood Hall, Friday, Jan. 16, doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 pm., $25 – $30, all ages

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Black Jacket Symphony's gig is performing full-length covers of classic albums. The first set is a symphonic reproduction of the album in question, in this Friday's case, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", and the second set has a more laid-back, rock concert vibe with lights and flourishes and so forth. If you want to win a pair of tickets, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite song from "Dark Side of the Moon". 

2. DreamFest Weekend 2015, 1524 Madison/Madison Dance Studio, Friday – Sunday, Jan. 16 – 18, $10 per night, 18 and up (21 and up on Sunday)
The 4th annual DreamFest is three nights of musical and spoken word performances from nearly 30 Memphis soul, R&B, hip hop, and spoken word artists. Friday and Saturday night's performances are at 1524 Madison event venue and Sunday night marks the post-holiday return of spoken word/music event Artistik Lounge at Madison Dance Studio at Minglewood Hall. Read the full post here.

3. Alexis Grace EP Release Show, Playhouse on the Square, Saturday, Jan. 17, doors at 7 p.m., $10 includes a copy of the EP, 18 and up

Alexis Grace – "I'm So Done" Music Video from Ryan Earl Parker on Vimeo.

Former American Idol finalist and current 107.5 radio host Alexis Grace will have an EP release show on Saturday, Jan. 17  in the cafe space at Playhouse on the Square. The cover charge includes a copy of the album. This is her first release since leaving American Idol, so it's highly anticipated to say the least. You can see a video from the album above.

4. Brad Paisley, Landers Center, Thursday, Jan. 22, $30 – $70, all ages
Country superstar Brad Paisley comes to Southaven.

5. Cities Aviv + Ex-Cult, small room at the Hi-Tone Cafe, Friday, Jan. 23, doors at 9 p.m., $10, 18 and up
Hometowners Cities Aviv (rap, hip-hop, punk, soul, all of the above) and Ex-Cult (punk) come together for what is sure to be an epic, memorable night in the small room at the HI-Tone.

6. Mighty Souls Brass Band, The Bayou, Saturday, Jan. 24, music at 10 p.m., no cover, all ages
The Mighty Souls Brass Band plays their first show of the new year on the same week that their debut album is released to the public. If you haven't gotten your hands on it at one of their release shows last year, you'll be able to buy on iTunes, at local record stores, or stayed tuned for a CD giveaway on this blog the last week of January.

7. Moon Taxi, Minglewood Hall, Friday, Jan. 30, doors at 8 p.m., $18-$22, all ages

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Nashvegas-based indie prog rock ground Moon Taxi will finish off the month at Minglewood. Lonely Biscuits and Firefield open. 

8. Motel Mirrors with John Paul Keith and Amy LaVere, Lafayette's Music Room, Friday, Jan. 30, 9:30 p.m., $5, all ages
Modern Memphis music legends John Paul Keith and Amy LaVere team up for classic 50s and 60s-style duets, both covers and originals. Listen to me and Kevin's podcast interview with Amy here.

9. Bruiser Queen, the Buc, Saturday, Jan. 31, 11 p.m., $5, 21 and up
Bruiser Queen is a St. Louis based male/female guitar and drums garage rock duo who have opened for acts like Best Coast, Those Darlins, and the Polyphonic Spree. They'll be at the Buc at the end of the month  Listen to their latest album "Sweet Static" right here.

As always, the monthly "Listen Up" posts are not meant to be a comprehensive list of all the live music going on in Memphis this month, but a quick rundown of some notable shows of different sizes, genres, and venues. 

Do you want to submit a band/show/venue for inclusion in February's Listen Up? I accept both Memphis-based bands and touring shows. Submissions must be received by January 26.  Email me at with info and please use the subject line "Listen Up February"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. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Any Colour You Like.

  2. Max says:

    Us and Them

  3. Scott Banbury says:

    Brain Damage, yo!

  4. Paul Jewell says:

    Brain Damage.

  5. Meg Johnson says:

    The Great Gig in the Sky

  6. Molly G says:

    Time is my favorite song from Dark Side of the Moon

  7. Sherrie Lemons says:

    Brain Damage is my favorite of theirs!

  8. Amy Reeves says:

    I hope to win tix to Black Jacket Symphony. So love Us and Them. 

  9. Keshia says:

    "On the Run"

  10. James says:

    Favorite song's gotta be Brain Damage!

  11. Patty Guttensohn says:

    Black Jacket Symphony’s Dark Side of the Moon favorite song “The Great Big Sky”

  12. Penelope Hudson says:

    "On the run" – fave Dark Side of the Moon song. Would love to see that show and as always, LOVE YOUR BLOG! Always great info that I utilize constantly for my Memphis adventures. 🙂

  13. Nicole says:

    This sounds awesome!  There is no way I can pick a favorite song on this album, it is one of those that you just start and let play until the end without even thinking of skipping a track.  My mom went to see them during the Dark Side tour, and now it is still in a fairly frequent rotation in my own house and car.  Their music is so powerful and unique, it will continue to be relevant to many more generations.

  14. Hank Garbuzinski says:

    Such a tough choice I love the three song combination of Any Colour You Like/Brain Damage/Eclipse but if had to choose one it would be Any Colour You Like

  15. Ellen says:

    The Great Gig in the Sky

  16. Josh mclaughlin says:

    Hmm, gotta go with Great Gig in the Sky. Clare torry is flawless

  17. Brad McCormick says:

    "Money" is my favorite song. Because if I win, I won't have to spend any!

  18. Jason says:

    Us and Them

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