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November 3rd at 8:00pm

Doors open at 6:00pm

General Admission $20

Join the soul shaking fun with the multiple Grammy Award–winning American rock band - Los Lobos!  

Stars at the Shell is a fundraising event benefiting the Levitt Shell. 

The Levitt Shell presents 50 free concerts each year.  Our mission is building a stronger Memphis community through free music, finding common ground in a diverse audience.  All proceeds from Stars at the Shell support the free concerts.  We thank you for your support!

3 ways to buy your tickets now!

  • Buy online.
  • Purchase at any of our Fall free concerts, Thursdays - Sundays, 7pm - 8:30pm
  • Visit our box office at 420 N. Cleveland on Mondays (beginning Aug. 14th), 10am-2pm

General Admission - $20

  • Open lawn seating in the general admission seating area.
  • Lawn chairs or blankets are welcome. 
  • Coolers/outside food and drinks are not permitted.
  • Kids 12 and under admitted free with parent or guardian.

Stars at the Shell is a fundraising event benefiting the Levitt Shell. 

The Levitt Shell presents 50 free concerts each year.  Our mission is building a stronger Memphis community through free music, finding common ground in a diverse audience.  All proceeds from Stars at the Shell support the free concerts.  We thank you for your support!

A few special notes about this event:

  • Gates open at 6:00pm.
  • Food and beverages (including wine and beer) will be sold at multiple concession stands throughout the area.
  • No outside food, drinks, coolers or pets are allowed at this event.
  • This event is rain or shine.
  • Because this is a fundraiser, no refunds are available.
  • Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome in General Admission seating areas. 
  • The Levitt Shell is wheelchair accessible.
  • No professional photography, video or audio recording equipment.
  • Kids 12 and under are admitted free in general admission area only.  

LOS LOBOS

Since 1974, East L.A.'s Los Lobos have been exploring the artistic and commercial possibilities of American biculturalism, moving back and forth between their Chicano roots and their love of American rock & roll. Although the band first gained fame as part of the early-Eighties roots-rock revival, they didn't so much strip music down as mix it up, playing norteño, blues, country, Tex-Mex, ballads, folk, and rock. They have been guests on albums by Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues, and Paul Simon, and their music has been featured in films such as La Bamba and Desperado.

“We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.” So says Louie Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, when describing the songs on the band’s new album, Gates of Gold

The dynamic songwriting, deeply poetic lyrics, thoughtful romantic and spiritual themes and eclectic blend of styles on the 11 track collection has resulted in an American saga in the rich literary tradition of legendary authors John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. Yet true to form, these typically humble musical wolves started in on the project without any grand vision or musical roadmap. Over 30 years after Los Lobos’ major label breakthrough How Will The Wolf Survive? - their 1984 album that ranks #30 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s – their main challenge when they get off the road and head back into the studio is, as Berlin says, “trying not to do stuff we’ve already done. To a certain extent, we are always drawing from the same multi-faceted paint box, and we sound like what we sound like. We’re proud of what we feel is an honest body of work. We just want to keep finding new ways to say things.” 

In the band’s early recording days - those years just before and after “La Bamba,” their worldwide crossover hit from the 1987 film which reached #1 on the U.S. and UK singles chart - they prepared for album recording sessions with top producers like T-Bone Burnett with pre- production that included multiple rehearsals and “outlining” what the project was going to be. The more spontaneous approach to writing and recording that they took on their 1992 Mitchell Froom co-produced set Kiko still exists today; Rosas says, “When I listen to our catalog, doing things more spontaneously in the studio has led to some of our best work.” Unlike many bands that write, gather and catalog material between studio releases, Los Lobos prefers to create their magic on the fly when they decide it’s time to record. Perez says, “We never come in with a cache of 20 songs. Our thing is to write as we’re recording. It’s like starting with a blank canvass every time.”

Event Sponsors:

Interested in being a sponsor, learn more by emailing debra@levittshell.org