Friday, October 4, 2019, 8PM

General Admission- $40 Advance/ $45 Day of


The Levitt Shell is a non-profit presenting 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 Shell Yeah! support the free concerts.  We thank you for your support!


Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He’s created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.

For over a decade he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, and in 2017 was named as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. In addition to touring, Folds has just written his first book – “A Dream About Lightning Bugs – A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons” - described as a collection of interrelated essays and anecdotes about art, life, and music. Release is slated for July 2019. He is also no stranger to TV and film, from scoring soundtracks to having been featured for five seasons as a judge on NBC's critically-acclaimed a capella show "The Sing Off." He has also continued to appear in cameo and recurring roles on cable and network TV shows. 

An avid photographer, Folds is a member of the prestigious Sony Artisans of Imagery, completed an assignment in 2017 as a photo editor for National Geographic, and was recently featured in a mini-documentary by the Kennedy Center's Digital Project on his photographic work.

An outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy funding in our nation's public schools, in 2016 Ben held the distinction as the only artist to appear at both national political conventions advocating for arts education, and has continually served for over five years as an active member of the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans For The Arts, is on the Board of its Arts Action Fund, and is Chairman of its ArtsVote2020 campaign initiative.



the Levitt Shell has listened to your notes about paid shows and is grateful for the input. Here is what you can expect. Thank you for your continued support.

  • Gates open at 6:00pm. Show at 8:00PM.

  • New and improved bars. 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.

  • Empty water bottles are allowed. Drinking fountains are available on the property.

  • This event is rain or shine.

  • Because this is a fundraiser, no refunds are available.

  • Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

  • There are NO reserved seats for this event. It is general admission only.

  • The Levitt Shell is wheelchair accessible.

  • No professional photography, video or audio recording equipment.

  • Levitt Shell will be accepting donations at the event if you are feeling generous.

  • Children five years of age and under are free with purchase of general admission ticket.

  • Levitt Shell has limited the number of tickets being sold to this fundraiser to ensure a pleasurable event for all. Grab those seats.

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