5 Days of Live Music For 901 Fest

5 Days of Music For 901 Fest at Railgarten 

Railgarten and Old Dominick Distillery are teaming up to go all out for 901 Day this year. Introducing....901 Fest! Five days of live music, drinks, and local art at the sprawling outdoor venue.

Lord T and Eloise at Railgarten / Craig Thompson

901 Day and 901 Fest

901 Day is a day to celebrate and honor all things Memphis. The "901" comes from our area code and the official day of observation is 9-01 aka September 1. (We'll have more ideas and ways to throw down for 901 Day published on I Love Memphis soon!)

901 Fest 2021 is about the music, the drinks, and local artists. Old Dominick will have specialty drinks and tastings available through the weekend and local artists from Arrow Creative will have a market set up on Saturday and Sunday. 

Here’s the headliner scheduler and ticket prices which vary per day: 

concert lights crowd stage railgarten
Craig Thompson
girl in hat standing on balcony in front of the railgarten stage
Alle Pierce

Memphis 901 Fest Music Lineup

September 1: Mononeon

8 p.m., $10, Get Tickets

901 Fest kicks off with funky bassist Mononeon on Wednesday night. If you're not familiar, check out the experimental, impressive work from this Memphis musician. He's collaborated with Prince, Ne-Yo, the Bar-Kays, and many more.

September 2: Lucero 

8 p.m., $15 advance/$20 at the door, Get Tickets

The people come out for Lucero, and super fans of this Memphis Southern rock group will no doubt be at Railgarten on Thursday night. Get your tickets early to save a few bucks.

September 3: Lord T & Eloise

Detective Bureau 7 p.m. / Lord T & Eloise 9 p.m., $10, Get Tickets

Do you like to party? If so, going to a Lord T & Eloise show should be on your Memphis bucket list. Eclectic local instrumental group Detective Bureau opens at 7 p.m.

    Railgarten Lord T Live Music /
    Craig Thompson
    Lord T & Eloise at Railgarten

    September 4: Dead Soldiers

    All-day music starts at noon / Dead Soldiers at 9 p.m., $10, Get tickets

    They’re not dead anymore! The Dead Soldiers got the band back together to give us all the feels with their Americana country rock realness on Saturday night of 901 Fest.

    901 Fest Saturday music schedule:

    • Obruni Dance Band: noon - 2 p.m.
    • The PRVLG: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • CYC - 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Dead Soliders - 9 p.m.

    September 5: The Sensational Barnes Brothers

    All-day music starts at 12:30 p.m. / SBB at 5:30 p.m., free entry

    The smooth sounds and gospel-inspired vocals of the Sensational Barnes Brothers will close out 901 Fest. Read more about this local group in their I Love Memphis Music Feature.

    901 Fest Sunday music schedule:

    • Lucky 7 Brass Band: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Max Kaplan & The Magics: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    • The Sensational Barnes Brothers: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Railgarten’s event is not to be confused with the former Memphis in May event 901Fest (which was already confusing because it was in May and not September)


    Railgarten | Alex Shansky
    Railgarten in Cooper Young has multiple outdoor spaces with patios, a stage, and a playground.

    About Railgarten

    Since 2017 Railgarten has been the midtown hangout hotspot. There’s plenty of outdoor space with a stage, a playground for kids, a sand volleyball court, an indoor bar, and a diner. Multiple spaces, stages, and kid-friendliness means it’s popular for groups and you can rent out spaces. We had our awesome I Love Memphis 10th birthday party there! 

    Railgarten is casual. Think picnic tables and folding chairs, cold drinks, ice cream, burgers, tacos. They have plenty of cocktails, “get tanked” fishbowl-style drinks, all manner of local and domestic brews and non-alcoholic sodas and lemonades. During the day, Railgarten has a more family picnic, chill hang vibe. In the evenings with live music, it becomes a bit more adult with drinking and dancing.

    Railgarten / Craig Thompson

    They do have onsite parking and have a map on their website but unless you’re getting there early it’s kind of a good luck situation. I’d recommend a ride share if you can.

    If you’re wondering exactly where Railgarten is, just look for the groups of 20-somethings ignoring the crosswalk and running across the middle of Central Avenue to party in the evenings. (I really wish we could remember the crosswalk, for safety!) 

    It’s kid-friendly and all ages until 8 p.m. There is a small kids’ menu. At 8 p.m., the Yard area is 21 and up only. Leashed dogs are welcome outside. Railgarten hours on their website. Sometimes it’s free to get in, sometimes there’s a cover charge—check Railgarten Facebook for more info. 

    Music at Railgarten / Alex Shansky
    Go there: 

    901 Fest 
    September 1-5, 2021

    2166 Central Ave.
    Memphis, Tennessee 38104

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