Get Funky at the 3rd Annual Shell Daze Music Festival

Springtime in Overton Park kicks off the outdoor music scene with Shell Daze by Mempho Presents.

Now in its third year, the lively festival features a 2-day lineup of national headliners, local talent, food trucks, craft beer, VIP section and a Spotify playlist.

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JJ Grey & Mofro headline the first night with known favorites and new songs from the long-anticipated, self-produced album Olustee. Grey’s gritty baritone drives so deep to the truth of blues, you might think he was from here. But he puts a Florida swamp rock sauce on the tenderest meat. That harmonica, though.

The Runaway Grooms A group from Vail Valley in Colorado, The Grooms recorded their latest album in Memphis at Paloma Sound Studios with former Ardent Studio engineer Jeremy Horn. Their latest LP of songs about touring This Road marks the band’s return to roots rock.

Overton Park Shell | Shell Daze | Bob Bayne
Bob Bayne
Overton Park Shell | Shell Daze | Craig Thompson
Craig Thompson


Oteil & Friends If Grammy-winning bassist Oteil Burbridge, who played with the Allman Brothers Band for over a decade, could jam with his buddies, he’d pick: Johnny Kimock on drums and his father Steve Kimock on lead guitar, Jason Crosby at the fiddle, harmony with Lamar Williams Jr. and Tom Guarna on guitar. They play two sets.

Kudzu Kings Hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, and known for their unique blend of rock, country, and Americana music, The Kings pack the dance floor with infectious melodies and heartfelt storytelling.

Devil Train A local favorite six-piece band brings the 901 vibe with roots-centered strings and familiar beats, like the soundtrack of music halls all about town coming out to play.

Overton Park Shell | Shell Daze | Craig Thompson
Craig Thompson
Overton Park Shell | Shell Daze | Craig Thompson
Craig Thompson

General Admission: Single-day $50; Two-day $89 plus tax
Bring a chair to unfold on the grass or a blanket to spread on the grassy knoll, but leave coolers and pets at home. 

VIP: Single-day $88; Two-day $149 plus tax
Seating provided in the viewing deck with discount bar, (3) free Wiseacre drink tickets per day, and an event poster.

Overton Park Shell | Shell Daze | Craig Thompson
Craig Thompson

Go There:

Overton Park Shell
Shell Daze Music Festival | April 19-20
Purchase Tickets

About the Author

Memphis for me is a dance floor. The progression swings from a childhood in the suburbs, to Midtown and Downtown through my college years, then back to the suburbs when hubs and kiddos blessed my days. I have swirled in the excitement of Tiger basketball, Beale Street bike nights, Coliseum shows, Zippin Pippin rides, Mud Island concerts, Rum Boogie side door slips and Alex’s Tavern shuffle board. I’ve cheered under high school Friday night lights, seen the Mississippi River reflect fireworks set to live symphony, and had my high-rise office computer blinded by the afternoon beam of the shiny pyramid. While I may dwell outside the city proper, one of the great things about living here is accessibility. Everything is about a half-hour away. My mission is to plant seeds, water roots and foster wings inside and out of the 240 loop. 

Say it. Memphis. There is a lip-parting breath in the beginning with grit and soul so strong it rises from within and reverberates outward. Memphis. A hard “F” in the middle. Memphis. Sharp finish with a trailing hiss. Memphis. Can you hear it? Memphis. Now move with me. Memphis. Let’s dance.

Build your perfect Memphis meal:

Start at the Peabody Lobby bar with a filthy martini in a crystal glass (ping!), half a dozen oysters Rockefeller from the Half Shell, a Greek salad from Cheffies all chopped to bite-sized bits with that Wolverine slicer they use, some BBQ shrimp from Second Line with extra soppin’ bread for all the sauce, duck fried rice from any SOB, and a box of Dinstuhl’s dark chocolate brandied cherries to pair with a middle-shelf Pinot Noir from Buster’s Liquor. I’m going home. Night, night.

What’s your favorite organization to support:

Literacy MidSouth makes such an impact in our city. From kindergarten to third grade, kids learn to read. From fourth grade on, they read to learn. If there’s a disconnect, statistics show the gap grows over time leading to behavior issues, increased drop out rates, teen pregnancy and incarceration. Last school year, I worked with nine third-graders in reading intervention to get them up to grade level. To see such smart children crack the code and feel empowered, thirsting for knowledge and devouring information they can finally understand and share, it’s nothing short of astounding. I’m proud to be part of the army of reading tutors serving our city. If you can read this, you can help too. Words have power!

Learn more about Candice Baxter here.

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