Win Free Passes To MEMPHO Music Fest This Weekend

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 5th 2017 9191 0

This Friday and Saturday is the first-ever MEMPHO Music Fest at Shelby Farms Park. I’m giving away TWO pairs of two-day passes for the event. To enter, read on. I’ve also got important info about parking and road closures around the park.

HOW TO WIN Giveaway over! Congrats to Caroline Mitchell! 

To Enter Method 1: Leave a comment on this here blog post telling me the band you’re most excited to see.

To Enter Method 2: Leave a comment on this Instagram post and tag a friend.

I will do a drawing at 9 a.m. on Friday morning and email/direct message the winner. Yes, you can enter both!


Imagine yourself in one of the country’s biggest, most beautiful urban parks, listening to national acts like Cage The Elephant, Jason Isbell, Anderson.Paak and The Free Nationals, and Cold War Kids (to name a few) on two main stages. That’s MEMPHO.

There will also be a ton of your Memphis faves like Marcella & Her Lovers, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Dead Soldiers, Southern Avenue, Stax Music Academy, plus a Booker T. Stax Revue.

Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday. There will be food and drink for sale. Bring blankets, SUNSCREEN, factory-sealed bottled water, and small packs. Leave coolers, chairs, strollers, and giant bags at home. More dos/don’ts here.

Tickets are $50 for Friday, $60 for Saturday, and $99 for two-day pass, plus like $12 in fees. Go buy yours here…or you have two ways to win.


Farm Road will be closed to through traffic between Walnut Grove and Mullins Station:
 * from 6 p.m. Friday, October 6 to 2 a.m. Saturday, October 7
*  from 9 a.m. Saturday, October 7 to 2 a.m. Sunday, October 8
I HIGHLY suggest you give yourself plenty of time to get in to the festival. Traffic on a regular day is already intense…


I’m extremely excited about this event – it’s high time Memphis has another big music fest.

Here’s the lineup.

Here’s the schedule.

Here are the rules.

Here is where to buy tickets.

Here’s the parking/traffic map:

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. Kelsey says:

    cage the elephant!!!!

  2. Autumn Smith says:

    I’m most excited to see Cage the Elephant!

  3. James Capon says:

    All the bands ! Looks like a blast !!

  4. Kimberly Tate says:

    I am most excited to see the Stax Music Academy.

  5. Holly says:

    Definitely most excited to see Jason Isbell a second time! He makes amazingly intimate music!

  6. Brad McCormick says:

    Jason Isbell is who my wife and I want to see. We used one of his songs for our wedding.

  7. Holly Keating says:

    Definitely most excited to see Jason Isbell a second time! He makes amazingly intimate music!

  8. Rebekah Beasley says:

    I really really really want to see JASON ISBELL ! also, I love this blog. It’s helped me to become a true Memphian.

  9. Arianna says:

    Star & Micey always!!

  10. Brittany says:

    I would LOVE to win so I can see Cage the Elephant, Cold War Kids, and ALL of the wonderful musicians we have playing from out amazing city that is filled with the best music in America! Love those blues guys!

  11. Bobby says:

    Can’t wait to see Booker T and Steve Cropper!

  12. Shelby says:

    Most excited to see The Weeks!!

  13. Shelby Scott says:

    Most excited to see The Weeks!! Saw them for the first time at a University of Memphis concert and have loved them ever since.

  14. Dalton Masson says:

    Cold War Kids!

  15. Chris Mack says:

    Cold War Kids

  16. Beka Lowry says:

    I want to see Cage the elephant

  17. Olivia says:

    I’d love to see Cage The Elephant. I’ve never been to a music festival before!

  18. Kristy Schmidt says:

    Honestly I do not know the bands. So I am excited to see as many as I can! This would be my first time at Mempho Fest since living here only 1 year!

  19. Jon says:

    This was easy. Jason Isbell. I first saw him with the DBTs and was an instant fan. With his last two albums, however, he has moved to a new level. If that was not enough, he has rocking, talented wife. His transformation over the last decade, both as a singer-song writer and as a man, is truly inspiring.

  20. Cristin says:

    I would love to see Cold War Kids! Looks like it’s going to be great weather for it too!

  21. Sharon says:

    Yeah. Thanks for the opportunity to win tix to memphofest. I’m most excited to see Jason Isbell and JoJo.v

  22. Kristen Coates says:

    My boyfriend and I would LOVE to see Cage the Elephant!!!

  23. Susan says:

    Jason Isbell and Cage the Elephant would be great!!

  24. Steven says:

    Jason Isbell

  25. Brandi Rinks says:

    I would love to see Booker T!! Thanks you!

  26. R says:

    Cage the elephant

  27. Scarlett hester says:

    I would LOVE to see Anderson .Paak!!!! He is AMAZING!!! (Plus, I’m visiting memphis for the weekend after moving away and this would be the best back to Memphis activity!)

  28. Raquel says:

    Cold War Kids!

  29. Ashley Whitten says:

    I’d love to see Jason Isbell! I’m a huge fan, and I thought I couldn’t go this weekend because I’d be in rehearsals for a show I’m in, but turns out I’m off both nights!!!

  30. Amber Poindexter says:

    Hello I’m most excited to see Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals band I never thought in a million years that they would visit little old Memphis.

  31. Ruth says:

    No question … CAGE THE ELEPHANT!

  32. Chris Colomb says:

    Love all your up-to-date posts about the happenings in and around Memphis, Holly – Thanks!!!

    I cannot WAIT to see Anderson.Paak and The Free Nationals live!! I swear, been listening to any of their stuff I can get my hands on recently, on repeat 🙂

    Looking forward to more of these types of shows drawing big crowds to the renovated Shelby Farms parks area!

  33. Stone Pannell says:

    I can’t wait to see Anderson .Paak and Jason Isbell!

  34. Megan Williams says:

    Cold War Kids & Cage the Elephant!!!!

  35. Shannon says:

    It’s a tie between Booker T and Jason Isbell! But I’d be thrilled to see all these performers!

  36. Ay'sha Williams says:

    I’m so excited for this festival. I can’t wait to see Anderson.Paak and the Free Nationals!

  37. Carrie says:

    Cage the elephant!! Bishop Briggs! 🙂 can’t wait!

  38. Melissa says:

    Cage The Elephant – Jason Isbell – Cold War Kids and more! Excited for a new music fest and Shelby Farms is the perfect venue!

  39. Shannon Little says:

    Cold War Kids!

  40. Sarah says:

    Ahhhh Jason Isbell is going to be amazing. Wish I could see him live in Memphis at MEMPHO! Such an amazing event.

  41. Fabiano Procopio says:

    I am most excited to see the Anderson .Paak

  42. SB says:

    Robert Randolph & The Family Band – been a favorite for years!

  43. Lemmie Griggs says:

    I’m most excited to see Anderson .Paak. I know his live show is going to be bonkers

  44. Rachel says:

    Anderson .Paak!!

  45. Monique Cannon says:

    Would Love to see Southern Avenue again!! Been a fan since I saw them at Loflin Yard. Missed them at Levitt Shell due to illness.

  46. Chad Barnette says:

    Hard Working Americans!

  47. Lakesha Snow says:

    MEMPHO Music Festival is going to be great this year!! Can’t wait to see Anderson.Paak and the Free Nationals perform!

  48. Jessica Rowell says:

    Hard Working Americans 🙂

  49. Carolina Siniscalchi says:

    I want to see Cold War Kids and Cage the Elephant!

  50. Preston Dennis says:

    I am most excited to see Jason Isbell because for once I don’t have a law school conflict with his show in Memphis!

  51. Angie says:

    Cage The Elephant and Jason Isbell! Thank you for the fantastic blog! This is the first place I check when my family asks – “what can we do this weekend?”

  52. Nicki says:

    Cage the Elephant!

  53. Emily Piercey says:

    I would love to see Hard Working Americans. Todd Snider and the guys are awesome!!

  54. Michelle Rynda says:

    Cold War Kids!

  55. Ani says:

    Excited to see Cold War Kids! 🙂

  56. Carrie says:

    Cage the elephant!

  57. Ariel Cox says:

    I’m excited to see Anderson Paak! I love his music and I would love to enjoy this show with my sister! Her birthday is on Halloween and this would be a great early birthday gift!

  58. Emma says:

    The Week!

  59. AJ Vega says:

    Cage the Elephant!

  60. Anastasia McCray says:

    I am most excited to see them all. Im not really familiar with any of the bands so it would be nice to be introduced to all of their musical styles. Its been a pretty week so enjoying a nuce festival this weekend wouldn’t be too bad!

  61. Joey Palermino says:

    My girlfriend loves The Weeks and its her birthday on saturday. She would be so excited!

  62. Everett Carpenter says:

    Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals!!!

  63. Madison Parks says:

    Cold War kids!!

  64. Jamie Windham says:

    Please enter me for the free tickets. Thanks!

  65. Lorenzo says:

    Anderson.Paak and the Free Nationals, also Southern Avenue

  66. Tina Gentry says:

    WooHoo!! Mempho Fest!! I WOULD ❤️❤️❤️ To see Anderson.Paak & Cage The Elephant !!..Please Please!!

  67. Dalton Masson says:

    I would love to see cage the elephant and Cold War kids for the first time!

  68. Andy says:

    I want to see Cold War Kids and Cage the Elephant!!

  69. Joron Williams says:

    I’m excited to see Chinese Connection Dub Embassy!

  70. Michelle Walker says:

    Would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see Cage the Elephant. The friend I would take if I won the passes calls the lead singer , Matt Schultz, her spirit animal!

  71. Sarah Sehnert says:

    Cage the Elephant! Jason Isbell!

  72. Hanna Wroblewski says:

    Cage the elephant!! Amazing band of talented musicians!

  73. Kate Hamlin says:

    I would love to see the weeks!

  74. Tekedra Gibson says:

    I would love to see all the Memphis local bands that are in the line up. I am not from Memphis and have been living here for the past 3 years. I like to say I am dating Memphis. I love the food experience as well as the arts, however as a business owner, college instructor, wife and Mom it is quite difficult for me to explore the music scene due to time constraints and not having family here. This weekend would make the perfect rendezvous for me to experience not only the beautiful Shelby Farms, but the music as well. My Aunt will be in town to help out since my husband will be away on business. Did I mention I am my mother in law care giver? So it would definitely be a perfect opportunity for a transplant to truly get a taste of what the music lover city has to offer on a local platform. Please be kind and help me solidify my dating Memphis to a more serious relationship.

  75. Mama Bear says:

    I would be most excited to witness the Saturday late night all star jam, because WOW!

  76. Erin Cavanaugh says:

    I’d love to see Bishop Briggs!

  77. KS says:

    Would be most excited to catch the Saturday late night all star jam!!

  78. Sarah says:

    Would love to see Cold War Kids!

  79. Caitlin Furr says:

    Cage the Elephant !!

  80. Pearson Crutcher says:

    So exciting!! Thrilled that Memphis has a Fall Music Festival-weather is perfect! Can’t wait to see Cage the Elephant!

  81. Kara Barkley says:

    Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit!

  82. LW says:

    Omg I would love to be able to see Anderson.Paak!! Love him and his style!

  83. Eyrial says:

    I am most excited to see cage the elephant!!! So excited about this event!!! Can’t wait!

  84. Mike says:

    I would really like to see Cage the Elephant 🙂

  85. J says:

    Who can’t I wait to see????
    It’s such a toss up between….Jason Isbell & Robert Randolph and the Family Band!!!

  86. Mike Griffin says:

    Excited about #Mempho. Followed Star & Micey from years ago, always a great show!

  87. Stephanie Z says:

    Most excited to see Cold War Kids!

  88. Donald H says:

    Jason Isbell!

  89. Stephanie Zuckerman says:

    Most excited to see Cold War Kids!

  90. Amy Carter says:

    I would love to see the Stax Music Academy!

  91. Courtney c says:

    I’m most excited to see Hard Working Americans!

  92. Amy Carter says:

    Stax Music Academy!

  93. James R says:

    Cage the Elephant!! Shout out to Memphis!

  94. Caroline says:

    Jason Isbell

  95. Shea Wingate says:

    I’m excited to see Jason Isbell!!

  96. Chris Parker says:

    Anderson Paak!!!

  97. Carolyn says:

    I hear Star & Micey is there! They will always be my number 1 ⭐️&

  98. Cameron Taylor says:

    The band I’m most excited to see is Cold War Kids! Been wanting to see them for years and finally have a chance to tonight!

  99. Anna says:

    Cold War Kids!

  100. Bain says:

    Booker T. Stax Revue!

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