Listen Up July! 13 Live Music Shows In Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 3rd 2017 13531 0

Ed. Note: Contributor Baylee Less and back with another handy list of live music in Memphis this month, this time with additional suggestions from fellow I Love Memphis writer Cat Evans

1. Journey, Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove, Wednesday July 5th, $25 – $350, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages
We never should have stopped believin’ in the return of Journey….because this July, they’re back. Head down to Snowden Grove for a night of inspiring rock and a mental trip back to the seventies. – Baylee

2. SUSTO, The Levitt Shell, Sunday July 9th, free, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages
SUSTO, meaning “when your soul is separated from your body” in Spanish, formed out of inspiration from frontman Justin Osborne’s personal trip to Cuba. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, SUSTO calls their sound “alternative Americana”, but you can hear the Latin American influences woven throughout their parable-influenced lyricism. – Baylee

3. Particle Devotion / Sun Seeker / Crockett Hall, The Hi-Tone, Thursday July 13th, $7, show at 9 p.m., 18 and over
Slow down your week with three Southern musical acts including headliners Particle Devotion, a wavy, indie band with electronic influences. Sun Seeker, a four-piece group of crooning soft rockers, and Crockett Hall, the Memphis-bred singer-songwriter, are set to open. – Baylee

4. The Suffers, The Levitt Shell, Thursday July 13th, free, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages
Pack your picnic baskets and settle in on the Levitt Shell lawn for a night of “Gulf Coast soul” – at least that’s what how The Suffers describe their sound. With traces of soul, R&B, rock-n-roll, reggae, and hip-hop influences, no one can claim that this ten man band’s sound remains within the confines of one genre. – Baylee

5. The Outcry Debut, Hi-Tone, Thursday, July 13th, $7, doors at 8pm, 18+
From The Outcry’s event page for The Outcry Debut show: “[This] is an event to celebrate and debut [our] new passion project – with all new songs fierce against injustice and fast in tempo. We’ll combine visual art, spoken word, dance and all original jams to call it like they see it as the original band of indie soul.” – Cat

6. Kingpin Da Producer Presents Let’s Get Loud, Memphis Slim House, Saturday, July 15th, $10, doors at 6pm, all ages
Team #KingPin and Team #Dutch battle it out to see which team of beat creators is the best. Each team consists of local producers who will each play a track against the opposing team to see who comes out with the better beat, and the crowd decides. – Cat

7. Artistik Lounge feat. Carla and Courtney Barnes, Madison Dance Studio (inside Minglewood Hall), Sunday, July 16th, $10, doors open at 7pm, 18+
Fresh off of their five-year anniversary, Artistisk Lounge is back for another showcase of Memphis soul, hip hop, and more. This month’s featured artists are Memphis brother and sister duo Carla and Courtney Barnes, they’ll offer up a “blend of jazzy soul, funk and r&b“. You can read more about Artistik lounge here. – Cat

New Found Glory. Photo provided by the artist.

8. New Found Glory, The Hi Tone, Wednesday July 19th, $22 – $26, doors at 7 p.m., all ages
Practice your best tongue-out face and head to the Hi-Tone to hear one of the raddest (my favorite) pop punk bands of the early 2000’s, New Found Glory. Compared to the likes of Good Charlotte and blink-182, these energetic performers will celebrate “20 Years of Pop-Punk” by playing their iconic albums, Catalyst and Sticks & Stones. – Baylee

9. A Walk On DaSkreet With CCDE, Hi-Tone, Friday, July 21st, $10-$15, doors at 7pm, 18+
Spend a night with local hip hop legend Jay Daskreet. The lineup includes high-energy rapper Jay, reggae group Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, the soul singers of Trifecta, and a cast of all-star special guests. Expect all-new music along with fan favorites from these Memphis staples. – Cat

Kid Trails. Photo provided by the artist.

10. Kid Trails, Those Lavender Whales, and China Gate, Murphy’s, Sunday July 23rd, show at 8 p.m., 21 and over
Enjoy the soothing strummy sounds of Kid Trails and the plucky Never Shout Never energy of Those Lavender Whales. You also won’t want to miss the opener of the bill, China Gate, a Memphis-bred indie rock band whose on-stage energy will make you want to dance. – Baylee

11. Cowboy Mouth, Lafayette’s, Friday July 28th, $20, show at 9 p.m., 21 and over
The alternative rockers collectively known as Cowboy Mouth formed in the early 90’s to produce roots-infused guitar driven music. These New Orleanians will grace the stage of Lafayette’s and deliver foot-tapping tunes to the Blues City. – Baylee

12. Battle of the Bands, 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall, Saturday July 29th, $20, doors at 3 p.m., all ages
Support St. Jude Children’s Hospital and enjoy the eclectic sounds of the emerging Memphis music scene. Six bands will compete for a contract with Old Dog’s Records, and Jeff Todd and the Delta Blues Band will close out the night.- Baylee

13. Support The Dream, 1524 Madison, Saturday, July 29th, $10, doors open at 8pm, 18+
Support The Dream, presented by YoYo Munie and CLE Events, is all about local hip hop artists. Among the “dreamers” include Sleepy J Barksdale, Da Ladie, Behind The Mask, Crisis901, Y.N.O.B. and more. This is your  chance to support developing artists, and it’s going to be a great party. – Cat

About The Contributors

Baylee Less
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.

Cat Evans
Cat Evans was born in California, raised in Memphis, and now lives in midtown. She’s a photographer, writer, organizer for DreamFest Weekend, founder of CLE Events, and a Reiki Master. Find her work at Focus Magazine, I Love Memphisher online portfolio, and Instagram.

To submit a show for inclusion in July’s Listen Up by emailing by July 20. Please use Listen Up August in the subject line. Then go submit your show to the calendar, too.

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