Listen Up: 11 Shows To See in Memphis in March 2017
Ed. Note: We’re bringing back the popular Listen Up! column, a monthly sampling of live music shows in Memphis. Contributor Baylee Less has put together this sweet list for March 2017. Wesley Paraham also contributed to this post. You can submit a show for inclusion in April’s Listen Up by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 22. Please use Listen Up April in the subject line. Then go submit your show to the calendar, too.
This March, Memphis has all kinds of live music events: intimate shows, jazz shows, loud shows, old-school shows, and even an Australian punk rock show. Consider this list my attempt to offer you a taste of everything.
1. Southern Avenue, Loflin Yard, Friday, March 3, show at 9 p.m., $10, 18 and up
Welcome the March weather with a soulful Southern Avenue night at Loflin Yard’s Coach House. The Memphis-based quintet will celebrate their debut album release this Friday night – the show is a chance for you to preview their eponymous record, which was released on Feb. 24. If you want to relax and dance a little to their soulful, bluesy ballads this is the show for you. Read more here.
2. Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience with Marcella & Her Lovers, Halloran Centre at the Orpheum Theatre, Saturday, March 4, show at 7:30 p.m., $25, all ages
Join Grammy Award winning artist Terrance Simien and his daughter, Memphian Marcella Simien, for a night of zydeco, funk, and soul. This is the first time Marcella and Her Lovers will open for her father’s band. Read more about Marcella and see her video for “We Rewind” here.
3. Ben Folds and a Piano, Minglewood Hall, Saturday, March 4, doors at 8 p.m., $35, all ages
When I think Ben Folds, I think peak angsty 90’s rock. Luckily for us, Ben Folds is still kickin’ it in 2017. Although he won’t be “Rockin’ the Suburbs” of Memphis, you can catch him at Minglewood in midtown for a fun Saturday night.
4. Anna Wise, The Hi-Tone, Wednesday, March 8, doors at 8 p.m., $10, 18 and up
Anna Wise gained major attention (and a Grammy Award) from her collaborations with rapper Kendrick Lamar. Now, she’s pursuing her solo career and decided to hit up Memphis on one of her stops. I’d describe her music as sultry, feminist electro-pop with a splash of jazz. Her music sounds like a tequila sunrise.
5. Thigh Master w/ Aquarian Blood and Fresh Flesh, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, Saturday, March 11th, show at 9 p.m., free but accepts donations, 21 and up
Australia’s Thigh Master are heading to the Land of the Delta Blues to show off their strummy, British-esque punk rock. Memphis-based band Aquarian Blood will kick off the night with their messy and fun garage punk. This is a solid event to support local talent and the host of the event, Goner Records.
6. Bon Jovi, FedexForum, Thursday, March 16, show at 7:30 p.m., $20-$200, all ages
Ohhhh we’re halfway there … well we’re halfway through the list. Bon Jovi will undoubtedly rock, but would anyone expect anything less from the iconic group? If you’re looking for a high energy rock concert with a dose of nostalgia, grab your tickets fast.
7. JEFF The Brotherhood w/ Yesse Yavis, Wiseacre Taproom, Friday, March 17, show at 7 p.m., free, 21 and up
Hailing from Nashville, brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall will bring their psychedelic garage rock to the Wiseacre Taproom this month. Give their album “Zone” a listen and I dare you to not bob your head.
8. Stoop Kids, Lafayette’s Music Room, Thursday, March 22nd, show at 9 p.m., free, 21 and up
Surely the most eclectic show on the list, the Stoop Kids sound equal parts like Sublime and 1950’s diner music. Weird, right? Weird, but also very fun to dance to. Grab a bite at Lafayette’s (I like the Salmon Salad) and stay for the Stoop Kids first performance in Memphis.
9. Earth, Wind, and Fire, The Orpheum Theatre, Thursday, March 22nd, $65-$125, all ages
Do you rememba the 22nd of March? You will if you snag a ticket to see Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Orpheum. Go get your groove on with one of the most iconic bands of the 70’s.
10. Margo Price, 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall, Tuesday, March 28th, $16-$18, 18 and up
Margo Price recorded her debut album, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter,” at Sun Studio – now she’s heading back to showcase it at the 1884 Lounge. Her country has that cheeky twang and frank lyrics that’ve been absent from the genre for awhile now: a refreshing sound for country fans old and new.
11. Victor Wooten Trio, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Wednesday, March 29th, show at 7 p.m., $25-$35, all ages
Funky and, fresh, and Grammy award-winning artist Victor Wooten will stop in Memphis for a can’t-miss Wednesday night show. Joined by drummer Dennis Chamber and saxophone player Bob Franceschini, there’s no doubt this trio will thrill.
12. Johnnyswim, Minglewood Hall, Friday, March 31st, doors at 7 p.m., $20, all ages
I was lucky enough to see Johnnyswim perform at Moon River Music Festival this past fall, and cannot urge you enough: do NOT miss this show. The duo (and married couple), Abner Remirez and Amanda Sudano, create breathtaking music that draws from country, singer/songwriter, and folk roots.
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 new contributor to ILoveMemphis 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 @bayless005 on Twitter for updates about being vegan in the land of barbecue.