Listen Up August! 11 Live Music Shows In Memphis
As summertime crawls to its sweaty end, your August Listen Up! attempts to keep the sunny vibes alive and leave the heat behind. Here are your 11 not-to-miss shows in Memphis this month.
1. Foster the People, Minglewood Hall, Tuesday August 1st, $30 – $35, show at 8 p.m., all ages
Join the LA indie group Foster the People at Minglewood for a night of dancing, bopping, and bubbling indie rock. They’re currently on tour to support their third studio album Sacred Hearts Club, which explores 80’s, funk, electronic, and R&B influences for an entirely new sound.
2. Tall Tall Trees, The Bluff, Friday August 4th, Free, show at 10 p.m., 21 and over
Head to the Highland Strip’s newest live music joint The Bluff for a night with multi-instrumentalist Mike Savino. Savino performs under the pseudonym Tall Tall Trees to create eclectic indie folk rock that jams with plucky banjos, electric guitars, and South American influences.
3. Skinny & Gangsta Boo’s Birthday Bash, The Hi-Tone, Friday August 4th – Saturday August 5th, $12, show at 9 p.m., 18 and over
Advertised as two days of debauchery, help rapper Gangsta Boo and Hi-Tone owner Skinny celebrate their birthdays with the help of other Memphis-born acts including funk and soul instrumentalist Hope Clayborn, aristocrunk rappers Lord T & Eloise and “whiskey-soaked” country rock group Dead Soldiers.
4. Jidenna, New Daisy Theater, Wednesday August 9th, $20, show at 8 p.m., all ages
You may know Jidenna from his viral track “Classic Man,” an electro-hip hop tune that also features rap’s newest sultan Kendrick Lamar. Hailing from a variety of places including Atlanta, Oakland, and Nigeria, Jidenna fuses R&B and rap to produce a signature sound he proclaims as “swank.”
5. Riddim Realm Presents: Juju Bushman, The Hi-Tone, Wednesday August 9th, $5, show at 8 p.m., 18 and over
Juju Bushman concocts a sound that refuses to be defined by traditional genres. He blends blues, soul, and rock elements to create music as organically raw as the kale you buy from Whole Foods.
6. Matchbox Twenty with Matt Nathanson, BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove, Friday August 11th, $30 – $165, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages
Spend a Friday night out being serenaded by soft-rock acts Matchbox Twenty and Matt Nathanson. Matchbox Twenty continuously “Push”-ed the boundaries during the nineties with their now-ubiquitous grunge-alt rock; their hits still circulate music waves. Come early to see humorous singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson return to Memphis for the first time since his Beale Street Music Fest performance in 2009.
7. Memphis Tributes The Grateful Dead with Freeworld, Highway Hi-Fi, Devil Train, Left Unsung, and DAMFOOL, Minglewood Hall, Saturday August 12th, $7, show at 8 p.m., 18 and over
Groove the night away at Memphis Tributes The Grateful Dead. Over the course of five hours, a rotating collection of Memphis musicians will take the audience on a long, strange trip to salute the leading jam rockers of the 60’s and 70’s.
8. Rock for Love Benefitting Church Health Center, The Hi-Tone and Crosstown Concourse Pavilion, Friday August 18th – Saturday August 19th, $10, varied times, 18 and over at Hi-Tone and all ages at Crosstown Concourse
Support Church Health Center at their annual Rock for Love weekend by listening to some of Memphis’ finest talent. On the bill for this year: HEELS, Jack Oblivian, Susan Marshall, Winchester and the Ammunition, Yesse Yavis, and Cassette Set.
9. Artistik Lounge Presents Bad Boy Tribute, Artistik Lounge, Sunday August 20th, $10, doors at 7 p.m., all ages
This month’s Artistik Lounge tribute honors Bad Boy Records, Sean Combs’ leading record label that produced one of West Coast hip-hop’s biggest names, Notorious B.I.G. Enjoy a few drinks and delicious food while you watch loungers pay their respects to one of the labels that put hip-hop on the map.
10. Alfred Banks and Marco Pave, The Hi-Tone, Friday August 25th, $10 – $12, show at 9 p.m., 18 and over
Lend your ear to two of Southern rap’s up-and-coming artists Alfred Banks and Marco Pave. Alfred Banks journeys from New Orleans to deliver his jazzy rap flow to the Memphis hip-hop scene. Memphian and rap artist Marco Pave will support and perform his debut album Welcome to Grc Lnd, an album that offers a compelling voice to the black Southern identity.
11. Smash Mouth, The New Daisy Theater, Thursday August 31st, $22 – $28, show at 8 p.m., all ages
Feel like an all-star (I had to…) for surviving August with Smash Mouth on the 31st. Touring in honor of their 20th anniversary, these Grammy-nominated modern surf rockers are guaranteed to transport you to Venice Beach circa 1999.
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 @bayleeless on Twitter for updates about being vegan in the land of barbecue.