Nine Ways To Celebrate Memphis Music Month 2021

Nine Ways To Celebrate Memphis Music Month 2021

October is Memphis Music Month! MMM was started in 2011 by local music activist Pat Mitchell Worley. It's all about supporting our Memphis artists, musicians, and live music venues.

Here are nine ways to participate in 2021's monthlong celebration of Memphis music, mostly outdoor concert series and music festivals. 

There are MANY more live music events this month, so be sure to check out the live music calendar here.

Concert View From Stage at Handy Park
Craig Thompson

Nine Ways To Participate In Memphis Music Month 2021

Listen!

To get you started, check out this Memphis Music Month Spotify Playlist.

All month: Bluebird Concerts at GPAC 

GPAC hosts outdoor live music every Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at The Grove. Each week, enjoy a local band or artist, a local food truck, and cash bar. Admission is $5 for adults and free to kids, ages 0 to 17. Check out the lineup. 

All month: Levitt Shell Concerts

You know ‘em and you love ‘em—they’re the free shows at the Levitt Shell! You know the drill by now, but if you don’t, just check out the Levitt Shell guide. Also check out the lineup for the fall season, which has shows on Fridays and Saturdays. 

October 1-3: Mempho Music Festival

Three days of live music at the Radians Amphitheater at the Botanic Garden with headliners Widespread Panic, Black Pumas, The Avett Brothers, Moon Taxi, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and so many more. Friday and Saturday single day tickets are sold out, but Sunday tickets are available, as are GA passes for all three days. **vaccination proof or negative COVID test within the last 48 hours required

October 7-8: Memphis Country Blues Festival at the Levitt Shell

The Shell hosts two nights of Delta blues on October 7 and 8 (a Thursday and a Friday). The Thursday night show, featuring Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Cedric Burnside, Alvin Youngblood Hart is a ticketed event. Get your tickets online ASAP. The Friday night show features Blind Mississippi Morris and is free. 

October 14: Tambourine Bash at the Levitt Shell

If you love Memphis music, you cannot miss the annual Tambourine Bash, benefitting Music Export Memphis. I mean it! This event includes top Memphis musicians teaming up for amazing sets: Marcella Simien, David Parks, and D’vonna Taylor perform together; The Wealthy West + Bailey Bigger + Sensational Barnes Brothers perform together; DJ Bizzle Bluebland has the DJ supersets in between. Get your tickets ASAP before it sells out. 

October 29: Memphis Music On Main Street Festival

Free outdoor music festival on the final Friday of the month! Head downtown to Main Street between G.E. Patterson and Beale for shows on two stages featuring North Mississippi Allstars, Al Kapone, Southern Avenue, The PRVLG, and Dottie

All the time, forever:  Check out I Love Memphis Music!

Kinda big announcement here! I Love Memphis is doing a music spinoff site! It’s at ilovememphismusic.com and we’re focusing on 4 things: 

1. Full live music calendar.
2. Wesley and my personal picks for the best shows each month. 
3. Guide to local venues (coming soon)
4. Artist features

I can’t wait for y’all to see it and use it to find live music in our city. The page also has music videos, music festival guides, and more! Go here to check it out.

All the time, forever: Be A Music Tourist In Your Own Hometown

How long has it been since you’ve been to Sun Studio? I went right before the pandemic and it was amazing. 10/10 would recommend. Never been to Stax? What better month than Memphis Music Month to visit the site where Memphis soul music was born! The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame has reopened and is full of curious items and amazing tunes.

All the time, forever: Visit a Listening Room or Record Store

Have you checked out the new guide to local vinyl shops and listening rooms? Support our local indie record shops Shangri-La Records, Goner Records, A. Schwab on Beale, and the brand-new River City Records all stock local music, plus Central Station and Crosstown Concourse both have awesome listening rooms where you can put on headphones and tune out the world—and tune in to Memphis music.

Marcella Live Music Bar DKDC / Craig Thompson
hand-painted sign for Shangri La Records
Holly Whitfield

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