Listen Up! 11 Live Music Shows In Memphis This Month (January 2019)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 10th 2019 1779 0

Ed. Note: Readers said they wanted more live music coverage in 2019, so we’re bringing it!

To start, we’re continuing the longtime I Love Memphis tradition of the “Listen Up” guide, our monthly picks for the top shows and concerts in Memphis. Blog contributor and music fanatic Baylee Less brings us ten or more selections of Memphis live music every single month, everything from arena shows and touring concerts to intimate performances and music festivals. 

Got a suggestion for a future Listen Up? I’m all ears. Email me at hollywhitfield@memphistravel.com with subject line “Listen Up”.


It’s a new year and Memphis continues to bring us an eclectic, busy music schedule. This month, we have a huge pop star, local singer-songwriters, classic rock covers, Memphis hip hop, electronic music, heavy metal, the underrated International Blues Challenge, and more.

1. The CMPLX Grand Opening, 2234 Lamar Ave, Friday January 11th, free but donations accepted, doors at 6:30 p.m., all ages

The CLTV (Collective) is an non-profit organization in Memphis with the mission to elevate black artists, empower black communities, and – in doing so – shift the culture of our city. On January 11th, The CLTV will celebrate the grand opening of their brick-and-mortar home named The CMPLX. This all ages show will showcase top tier talent in our community from electronic, to soul, to rap, and more. Read more abut Cameron Bethany here and Magnolia here

See our 10 other picks below.

2. Justin Timberlake, Fedex Forum, Saturday January 12th, $49 – $175, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages

JT returns home for an epic explosion of lights, sounds, and signature dance moves. His most recent release Man of the Woods brings his Tennessee country and rock roots to the forefront of his songwriting. Although he’s a true performer, this album suggests we will hear Timberlake’s musical talent more clearly than we have before.

3. Alison Kasper with Small, Bar DKDC, Tuesday January 15th, $5, doors at 8 p.m., 21 and over

If you dig Soccer Mommy or Lucy Dacus, I found you a local songstress to also support: Allison Kasper. Her debut EP Detour to Loveland released last year and includes five tracks of wistful, bold, and dreamy rock music. Then, Small will bring a psychedelic rock flavor to the night.

4. DreamFest Weekend 8, Minglewood Hall, January 18 – 20, $10/day, 18+ 

Photo provided by DreamFest

The eighth annual DreamFest weekend is three days of amazing Memphis music and events with dozens of established and up-and-company artists from diverse genres – hip hop, R&B, soul, electronic, singer/songwriter, and more. Check out the full lineup and schedule here.

5. Five Heads On Overdrive, Artemesia Studios at 656 Madison Ave, Friday January 18th, $10, doors at 8 p.m., 21 and over

This month, NYC DJ and Producer AceMo will visit Memphis for the first time. His trance beats and ear-popping buzzes make you re-think electronic music; “Get It From the Sound” was included as #8 in NOISEY’s Top 100 Tracks of 2018. Plus start your night out with opening sets from Intimacy, Beneviolence, W.G.M, and NRVVS.

6. Memphis Tribute to the Allman Brothers, Neil’s Music Room, Saturday January 19th, cover, doors at 8 p.m., all ages

Were you born a Ramblin’ Man (or Woman)? Fear no more, Memphis Tribute band Trouble No More bring their January jam to Neil’s Music Room. You’ll swing, slam, and serenade your night away to the blues rock comfort of the Allman Brothers.

7. John Kilzer Album Release, Crosstown Arts, Saturday January 19th, $30, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages

Hailing from Jackson, TN but longtime Memphian, John Kilzer brings a soft sentimentality to his country-infused, bluesy songwriting. He’s gained local and national acclaim over his 30 plus year career and this month, you can hear his next chapter first hand.

8. 2019 International Blues Challenge, various locations, Tuesday January 22nd – Saturday January 26th, cover at events or weekend pass $100, various times, 21 and over

Photo by Alex Shansky.

Every year artists pilgrimage to Memphis from all across the world to play, entertain, and compete in the International Blues Challenge. Beale Street erupts with the sounds of our past; all grounded in the deep blues, but some with twangs of country and others with ripples of rock. Pop in for one show, or snag a weekend pass for an even $100.

9. Cherub with Mosie, New Daisy Theater, Saturday January 26th, $10 – $60, doors at 8 p.m., all ages

Although it’s not mimosa weather nor 2014, Cherub are heading to Memphis to blow your pop-electro socks off. These two Nashville natives bring high energy and party tricks to bouncing beats and catchy lyrics.

10. Refreshingly Heavy, The Hi-Tone, Saturday January 26th, $12, doors at 5:30 p.m., 18 and over

Attention to all our Memphis metal, heavy, and punk fans: Refreshingly Heavy returns for their third year! Crashes, bangs, and loud, loud music will blast all night long from your favorite Memphis makers and a few regional visitors.

11. Mary Wilson, Halloran Centre, Saturday January 26th, $45, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages


Yes – you heard it correctly – Mary Wilson, founding lady of The Supremes, will take the stage at the Halloran Centre this month. An iconic, American vocalist Mary Wilson effortlessly dazzles anyone with her smoky and powerhouse voice. There’s only a handful tickets remaining so snag them fast.


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 contributor to I Love Memphis 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.


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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