Listen Up! 13 Live Music Shows In Memphis This Month (March 2019)
Ed. Note: Baylee is back with another roundup of live music in Memphis for the month of March. Got an upcoming show or concert you’d like to be included? Submit your event here, and email Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Listen Up” in the subject line.
The winter is finally leaving (I think?), so celebrate the arrival of warmer weather with a hefty lineup of live music.
1. Decibel Concert feat. Daz Rinko, The CMPLX 2234 Lamar Ave., Saturday March 9th, free, show at 8 p.m., all ages
Memphis born and bred hip-hop artist Daz Rinko will perform at the first Decibel Concert of 2019; Decibel Concerts are hosted by The CLTV and intend to elevate and support black musicians in Memphis. Daz Rinko’s most recent release “Black Boy Joy 2: The Bigger Picture” plays with quick, breathless verse rapping and outlines Rinko’s struggle with identity, ambition, and mental health. Check out my favorite track “Broke Lawrence.”
2. Future-Everything presents, CANVAS, Saturday March 9th, free, show at 9 p.m., 18 and over
A handful of Future-Everything artists, including DJ DanceAlone, Strooly, Qemist, and TEHKAL, will unite for an evening of eclectic dance and house music. Each local musician bring unique approaches to electronic tunes from unexpected samples to oldie influences.
3. Altered Sound Duo, Crosstown Arts Green Room, March 12, 6 p.m., $7 adv./$12 door, 12+
This unique duo – saxophone and percussion – performs at the ultra-snazzy Crosstown Arts Green Room on Tuesday, March 12.
4. Amos Lee, The Orpheum Theater, Saturday March 16th, $39 – $89, show at 7:30 p.m., all ages
With soft rock, folk vibes and sultry vocals, Amos Lee will illuminate the Orpheum Theater. His seventh studio album, My New Moon, brings in a more gospel energy than his earlier works which fits the passionate story of romance threading throughout the album.
5. IRIS Orchestra Feat. Pianist Inon Barnatan, March 16 at GPAC at 7:30 p.m. /March 17 at The Brooks Museum at 3 p.m., $45+, 18+
From IRIS: “Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most admired pianists of his generation,” Inon Barnatan is a force of nature at the keyboard…IRIS has put together a bold and creative program, most of which has never been performed before by the orchestra.”
6. Tank and the Bangas, 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall, Saturday March 16th, $20, doors at 9 p.m., 18 and over
Nawlins’ group Tank and the Bangas gained national acclaim for their NPR Tiny Desk Competition submission (and win!) for good reason. They return to Memphis after their debut at last year’s Beale Street Music Fest. Their high-energy, spoken-word funk sound brings true artistry back to music. During their entire improv-driven performance, you’ll hear electronic and jazz influences as well.
7. Weezer / Pixies, Fedex Forum, Friday March 22nd, $22 – $150, show at 7 p.m., all ages
Say it IS so that Weezer and the Pixies are headed to town. Both twenty-year old groups guarantee to make you nostalgic for the best of 90’s alternative rock with a show that only veteran performers can deliver.
8. Hope Clayburn and Soul Scrimmage, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Friday March 22nd, free, show at 6:30 p.m., all ages
Get funky with the Levitt Shell and Central Library’s 5 Fridays of Jazz series! Hope Clayburn will perform with her band, Soul Scrimmage, to create afro-funk, reggae, and soulful tunes. Clayburn has supported greats including James Brown and The Allman Brothers due to her mastery of woodwinds including the saxophone and flute.
9. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Minglewood Hall, Friday March 22nd, $32 – $35, doors at 8 p.m., 18 and over
Don’t miss the return of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at Minglewood Hall this month. This collective gained fame for their hits “The Crossroads” and “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” – each with quick rap deliveries and interesting melodies. Although their album Bone 4 Life released this year, it feels like it arrived straight out of the 90’s.
10. Keia Johnson: Back 2 Me EP Release Show, Events Beyond Imaginations, Sunday March 24th, $25, show at 6 p.m., all ages
Keia Johnson has one of those voices that carries you away; it’s powerful, spunky, and undeniably unique. With her personal story-telling approach to lyricism, Johnson wins over audiences by the first verse of her opening soulful pop tune. (Photo featured at the top of this page.)
11. Negro Terror, Growlers, March 25, 8 p.m., $10 presale/$13 door, 18+
Coming off the world premiere of their feature documentary (and live performance) at Indie Memphis Film Festival last year, local punk band Negro Terror brings us their hardcore original music at Growlers in midtown, along with Skatenigs, Guaranteed Wax, and Lipstick Stains.
12. Faux Fest aka Fool Fest 3, Shangri-La Records, Saturday March 30th, show at 2 p.m., free, all ages
Join garage rock group the Faux Killas for the release of their vinyl Chiquita. Others are set to perform as well including indie songstress Allison Kasper – plus Shangri-La will host a huge sale on LPs, EPs, 45s, and more.
For his final stop on the 25th Anniversary of Ruby Vroom tour, Mike Doughty brings it home to Bar DKDC. The former frontman of Soul Coughing will play the famous alternative rock album from start to finish, but promises unique surprises and experiential additions.
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.