FREE Live Music Is Back At The Levitt Shell For Fall 2021

Free live music is back at the Levitt Shell in Memphis this fall! 

After a summer of Shell Yeah! fundraising shows, the Levitt Shell is bringing back free concerts for our community!

Below is the lineup for the Fall 2021 season, which will run September 3 through October 23. The all-local headliners will hit the stage on Fridays and Saturdays promptly at 7 p.m. The Grizzlies Claw Crew will be on hand to get you hyped up, too! 

Bravo to all those who purchased tickets, made donations, volunteered, and worked hard to bring free live music back to the Shell. It's an amazing place to go in Memphis for (usually) free live music. It's also a perfect Memphis family friendly activity! 

Memphis Black Arts Alliance + Levitt Shell Partnership

This year, the Levitt Shell will also partner with the Memphis Black Arts Alliance for a pre-show series starting at 5:45 p.m. before each show, and the Alliance will use the Shell's dance floor this fall for 13 of the free shows. 

I talked with the Shell's Executive Director Natalie Wilson, who had this to say about free shows returning: 

"We are honored to reopen the historic Levitt Shell for all Memphians! This season is committed to Memphis in every way from showcases of an all-local lineup of musicians to the highest level of health and safety as families come to our concerts. The Shell is Memphis’ backyard, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back!" 

Safety Precautions: Masks Are Required at Levitt Shell Shows

ALL VISITORS TO THE SHELL MUST BE IN MASKS until further notice. Additionally, the Dance Floor will be closed. They will have anti-bacterial stations located around the venue for our guests' convenience. Team Levitt Shell will take a week at a time and add/adjust safety standards to ensure #YourSafeShell at all times!

Levitt Shell Free Concert Series Fall 2021 Lineup

Friday, September 3: Nick Black
Saturday, September 4: Occupy the Shell

Friday, September 10: Don Bryant feat. the Bo-Keys
Saturday, September 11: Big Ass Truck 

Friday, September 17: Marcella Simien
Saturday, September 18: Stone Soul Picnic 

Friday, September 24: Chinese Connection Dub Embassy
Saturday, September 25: Reba Russell & Susan Marshall

Friday, October 1: Sensational Barnes Brothers           
Saturday, October 2:  Stax Alumni Band 

Friday, October 8:  Country Blues Fest presents Blind Mississippi Morris      
Saturday, October 9: Dale Watson

Friday, October 15: Cameron Bethany/Unapologetic
Saturday, October 16: Detective Bureau

Friday, October 22: Acting Natural 
Saturday, October 23: Tropical Fusion Latin Band

Things to know before you go to a levitt shell show in Memphis

  • Bring chairs, blankets, coolers, picnics, any of your own food and drink – or enjoy the beer and food for sale.
  • The shows are free, but it’s always great to bring a couple of bucks to throw in the donation buckets.
  • Most shows begin at 7 p.m., but I would get there at least a half-hour early to snag a good spot. (Or an hour if a good spot is really important to you!)
  • Parking is a challenge. Get there early to find a place to park, carpool, get a ride, take a Lyft, ride a bike, or walk!
  • The shows are all ages, but as with anything, parents should look up the entertainment ahead of time to be sure they’re cool with it.

More About Memphis Black Arts Alliance Partnership and Opening Acts

Formed in 1982, the Memphis Black Arts Alliance is one of the oldest and most prominent African-American focused arts organizations in the city. Executive Director Lar’Juanette Williams is leading the charge to bring opening acts for the series.

“We’re excited to bring acts such as Adajyo, the Memphis Jazz Workshop, Young Actors Guild, Caza Teatro, SubRoy Studios, and Kurl McKinney and Sons to name a few,” said Williams.

“Memphis has always had a diverse wealth of phenomenal artistry. We are so very pleased to partner with the Levitt Shell to highlight and produce great local entertainment.”

Ways To Support The Levitt Shell

While you can always swipe your card for a quick donation during a free show at the Levitt Shell (or drop some cash in the donation bucket), there are several other ways to support this awesome free thing to do in Memphis:

What Is "Shell Yeah!" ?

When you think Levitt Shell, you think "free concerts".

But these free shows don't grow on trees, and neither do the lights, sounds system, groundskeeping, and staffing for the shows. The Levitt Shell really needs our donations and support in order to keep the music going. That's why they host a couple of paid concerts every year.

If you're a frequent Shell-goer, you can think of it like getting dozens concerts for the price of a few. These concerts are different from usual Shell shows because outside food and drinks aren't allowed, and pets need to stay at home. 

We'll keep you updated on when they do a fundraising Shell Yeah show again.

Go There: 

Levitt Shell Fall 2021 Free Concert Series
Levitt Shell Amphitheater at Overton Park

Memphis, Tennessee

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Hi Lauren ! Ok I'm super excited about the entire event ! How do artist become potential for stage lineups ? I see in July TBA how's that working ? I will be traveling from Oklahoma but I do know if several bands that would be possibly interested to play Downhome Blues ..Jazz and ...🤔...Rock 😁annnd some  downright good ole Backwoods Country 😁 if needed. If there is somewhere where I could find out their formation ? Venue anything set ups ..sign to drop bands bio  info etc.,. that would be awesome ! Im Looking forward to all the new information on up and coming summer concerts ! Road tripping for us ...making good vibes and music along the way 😁 Prayerfully I will be able to volunteer this year it will be my first and hopefully one of many more to come !! 

Ty! Friend ! 

Gina 😍


April 19, 2021 1:10am