Los Colognes
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Los Colognes

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

“Only the living feel the flow/only the loving let it go”- Unspoken

One of the highest and rarest aspirations in popular music is to reach for the transcendental, to access the spirit. On the third album “The Wave”, they succeed just this- in breaking through the confines of everyday pop song lyricism to tell a sort of holistic story. It’s not a concept piece, but it’s a brooding and still joyful song cycle filled with philosophical rumination, effortless hooks, inspiring musicianship, and expansive arrangements. It’s an album perfectly suited of the current zeitgeist of unease and hope.

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Jack Oblivian and Some Sheiks
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Jack Oblivian and Some Sheiks

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Depending on whom you ask, Jack "Oblivian" Yarber is either a rock legend or an absolute unknown. This dichotomy is well-understood by Memphis musicians, as underground "fame," for all its rewards, has, with a few exceptions, been the ceiling for local acts for decades. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Yarber, who may be Memphis' most influential active rock musician.

Jack is also now on his seventh solo-album: “The Lone Ranger of Love.” The 2016 album was self-released via Mony Records, Yarber’s own imprint. The full-length album is a follow up to the “Rat City” LP, released in 2011 on Big Legal Mess. Last year, in 2015, Jack O & the Sheiks also dropped their "Live!" LP, a "greatest hits"-caliber setlist of 13-songs.

Aside from his own records, the list of noteworthy bands Yarber has been a member of over the years is massive and includes Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves (a high school punk project that also featured future Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus), ‘80s new-wavers the End, '68 Comeback, Knaughty Knights, and Tav Falco's Panther Burns. Two of Yarber's former bands — the Compulsive Gamblers and the Oblivians — have seen their reputation and following swell in the decade since their demise, especially the Oblivians, whose international fan base borders on rabid. Due largely to his stint in these bands, both partnerships with Greg Cartwright, now of the Reigning Sound, Yarber has been an acknowledged influence on artists such as the White Stripes, the Hives and Jay Reatard.

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Sam Lewis
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Sam Lewis

RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT 21st, 2019 DUE TO RAIN

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

With rich soulful vocals, well-crafted songs, roots country and blue-eyed soul Sam Lewis is connecting the dots. Whether crossing genres or state lines, he has pieced together a story people need to hear.

Sam Lewis has collaborated with everyone from Leon Russell to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him “a modern Townes Van Zandt”. And while he’s often labeled with some form of the word ‘soulful’ (some have even compared his voice to molasses), Lewis’ style meets at a juncture of many different genres. There’s something about Sam Lewis that is indescribably different ­­ and with his newest project, he’s discovered what most musicians spend lifetimes working for ­­ the place where feel ­good music meets vital social commentary.

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Aztec Sun
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Aztec Sun

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

“Funk with Soul” band AZTEC SUN has hypnotized the ears and feet of live music lovers since late 2012. No matter the scale of the venue, this Washington DC-based ensemble produces an upbeat and retro groove steeped in 70’s Funk and Soul with overtones of Jazz, Afrobeat and Motown-era pop.

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Yola
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Yola

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

WALK THROUGH FIRE, THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM YOLA, ESTABLISHES HER AS THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY SOUL FROM THE FIRST NOTE.

The Dan Auerbach–produced album is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars. Walk Through Fire is a career-defining and genre-bending release from one of the most exciting emerging British artists in music today. Yola’s arresting vocals captivate with sincere tales of heartache and loves lost, forgotten, and broken.

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The War & Treaty
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

The War & Treaty

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

The War and Treaty: the name itself represents the pull between trauma and tranquility, music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose. It’s a sound manifested on the group’s upcoming EP, Down to the River

“The War and Treaty had the most infectious onstage presence.” — KATIE GABB (DC MUSIC DOWNLOADS)

For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain made it his personal mission to see to Trotter’s survival. The unit was encamped in one of Saddam Hussein’s private palaces, and in a forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. “I wrote my first song after that captain was killed,” Trotter recalls. “I sang it for his memorial in Iraq.” Soon after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in “Military Idol,” the army’s version of “American Idol,” during a competition held in Baumholder, Germany. Following his discharge, he was featured on the Hope Channel program “My Story, My Song.” 

“The War and Treaty takes listeners through a soulful yet folksy journey”— SUSAN DIRANIAN (CBS DC)

Then he met Tanya Blount. Blount, a seasoned performer whose musical influences include Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Sister Odette and Aretha Franklin, was amazed by Michael. "His personality drew me in initial and then the sparks started to fly. I knew that I was hooked". recalls Tanya. The two fell in love, got married and used the experiences they had gained to create a new musical collaboration. 

“if your heart is thirsty for some warm comfort in a newfangled flask...lay your soul down here. This offering from The War and Treaty is pure joy”— LISA FISCHER (GRAMMY, OSCAR WINNER)

The couple then secured the services of musicians whose skills add a distinctive sound to The War and Treaty’s blend of roots music, blue grass,folk, gospel and soul. Recorded in Albion, Michigan, Down to the River  boasts a sound that’s both stirring and sensual, driven by joy, determination and an unceasing upward gaze. The music is visceral but never morose, flush with emotion but void of despair… a style that touches on a variety of genres, but never finds itself confined to anyone. The arrangements are uncluttered– harmonies, basslines, guitar and mandolin licks, settle drum patterns and keyboards create an immensely moving soundscape — but the sentiments and emotions are fully realized and soar with a steady, chilling assurance. “The recording process wasn’t like anything I ever experienced,” Tanya recalls. “This EP has allowed me to breathe musically. I feel like all I have wanted to express for the past ten years has come forth with what we’ve done. The combination of heart, soul and the overwhelming amount of love that Michael and I have for one another comes across in this record. “ 

“The War and Treaty, took the Red Clay Music crowd on an emotionally charged ride with stunning songs about love, loss, grief, heartache, redemption and love.”— JIM SIMPSON (NO DEPRESSION)

"I was sitting on the banks of the Euphrates River in Baghdad dreaming about one day being able to play and sing professionally for people all around the world,” Michael reflects. “As we recorded our music, I constantly had flashbacks of those desert dreams. I thought to myself that this is actually the perfect ending to usher in a new beginning in my life.”  

“From the first moment I heard the voices of Michael and Tanya Trotter I was a believer in their enormous talent. Their music feels steeped in the rich history of the blues, their stage presence is undeniable and together their voices are a force of nature. Those first few seconds of hearing them will grab a hold of you in the most exciting possible way”— ANN DELISI-WDET 101.9 FM

That beginning can be heard in the album’s first single “Hi Ho,” a WMNF hit that is now being heard on radio stations throughout the country. Still, for all their optimism and initial intent, The War and Treaty, knows that as their name suggests, perseverance is key to success. They continue to tour, their son in tow, hoping to share songs of reconciliation and humanity.

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Rhodes College Jazz Night with Charlie Wood
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Rhodes College Jazz Night with Charlie Wood

 

Rhodes Night at the Levitt Shell, now in its eighth year, is a partnership between the Mike Curb Institute at Rhodes College and the Levitt Shell that has provided the Memphis community with top level concerts and educational opportunities featuring national and local artists. Past artists have included performers such as Rosanne Cash, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Coleman, Charles Lloyd, and Joyce Cobb. The night is also the culminating event of Rhodes Family Weekend, where the college welcomes families of its students and has helped them connect more deeply with the city of Memphis. This years concert will feature another great artist, Charlie Wood.

Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b and popular music.  Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Charlie headed down the Mississippi to New Orleans at seventeen, spending a few formative years soaking up the music and culture of the Big Easy, before returning to Memphis in his early twenties to join the band of legendary blues guitarist Albert King, with whom he toured the US and Europe.

Having established a musical reputation for himself, Charlie took up a long-standing residency with his Hammond organ trio at King's Palace on Beale Street.  The gig became known to touring musicians and locals alike, attracting impromptu sit-ins from B.B. King, Georgie Fame, Joey DeFrancesco, George Coleman, Mulgrew Miller, Alvin Batiste, and many others.

In October 2014, Wood became the 136th recipient of a Brass Note on Beale Street, the Memphis equivalent of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Previous recipients include such musical luminaries as B.B. King, Al Green, and Isaac Hayes.

Wood is an accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter and has received glowing reviews for his original releases, including "Southbound" and "Who I Am" on Ben Sidran's GoJazz label and "Flutter and Wow" on Memphis-based Archer Records.  His original song “Promised Land” won the 2016 U.S.A Songwriting Competition, Jazz category.

Charlie is also becoming recognized as a talented and original arranger, with recent scores performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic, the Brodsky Quartet, the Royal Marine Band, the Back To Basie Big Band, and numerous others.  In 2016, Wood was made a Professor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he teaches Jazz Voice and Improvisation.

 Now living in the UK with his wife, singer Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie continues touring and recording regularly.  Notable performances have included the London Jazz Festival's "Jazz Voice" at the Royal Festival Hall, BBC Radio 2's "Friday Night Is Music Night" at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Radio 2's "Jools Holland Show," and numerous other concerts throughout the UK and Europe.

Wood’s most recent album, a mixture of new originals and classic soul/blues/r&b songs entitled “Tomorrow Night”, was released in November 2018.


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The University of Memphis Wind Ensemble presents, LEGACY.
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

The University of Memphis Wind Ensemble presents, LEGACY.

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


The University of Memphis Wind Ensemble presents, LEGACY.

This eclectic program will feature a variety of band works that represents the people, the history, and the future of our great city, Memphis. The concert will also showcase the wind ensemble’s collaboration with some of the university’s exciting artists in a unique blend of singer songwriter, R & B, and Rock.


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Trout Steak Revival
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Trout Steak Revival


About the band:

When TROUT STEAK REVIVAL won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition in 2014, they emerged on the roots music scene to listeners anticipating the often–heard dose of progressive bluegrass with a hint of jam. Their unique brand of mountain music stood out, though, and quickly the band caught the attention of fans and folk radio DJs alike. Over the last three years, the Colorado quintet has further refined its style and, with SPIRIT TO THE SEA, delivers a mesmerizing and soul-quenching array of original songs resonating with the finer points of folk and Americana. Produced by Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters, the new album is a reflection of the depth and honesty of songwriting that is possible when a trusting and encouraging band of friends grows together into a band of musicians.

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Shell Yeah! Ben Folds
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

Shell Yeah! Ben Folds

Friday, October 4, 2019, 8PM

General Admission- $40 Advance/ $45 Day of

SHELL YEAH! (FORMERLY STARS AT THE SHELL) IS A FUNDRAISING EVENT BENEFITING THE LEVITT SHELL. 

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!


ABOUT BEN:

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.

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A FEW SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT THIS EVENT:

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Daz Rinko
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Daz Rinko

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Daz Rinko is a breath of fresh air. The Hip-Hop artist from Memphis, TN, is known for his upbeat and positive jams, as well as his genre blending style.

With the release of his July 2016 mixtape 'LIFTED', Daz made nothing short of a memorable first impression. 'LIFTED' showcased Daz's southern twist on the future bounce movement.

In August of 2017, Daz followed up his debut mixtape with a 6-track EP titled 'Black Boy Joy'. With this EP, Daz showcased a more honed sound, as well as addressed a number of issues that he and many Black men may face. It featured Chicago-based singer theMIND, as well as emerging Melbourne artist Blasko.

Daz and his music have been featured on outlets such as NPRPigeons & PlanesDJBoothNoiseyEARMILKMass AppealElevatorRESPECT MagThe HundredsAll Def Digital, and a number of others.

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Boulevards
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Boulevards

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:


Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. Taking cues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risqué to soulful on his debut LP Groove! 

From an early age, Jamil’s father, a R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in the city’s local music scene early on in his youth. In his teens, he embraced the punk and metal scene in his hometown of Raleigh, NC; genres that would later go on to influence Rashad’s songwriting by way of their tight technical precision and power. After an art school education and several stints in local bands, Jamil rediscovered and returned to his first true love: funk. 

Boulevards evokes a spirit from a time that combined intricate production with a focus on rhythm and getting people back on the dance floor. With Groove!, Boulevards does just that. On tracks like “Patience,” Rashad melds pop with vintage hip-hop elements — think Eddie Murphy meets The Sugarhill Gang — and it just works. “Cold Call” introduces a slow hypnotic groove before a symphony of synths, creating a rhythmic cadence that stays with you even after the party is over. However, to give Groove! merit solely based on nostalgia would be a mistake. Groove! is not just a rework of a classic sound — it is an intelligent collection, an evolution to reign in a new era of funk – heard via the disco pulses on tracks like “Weekend Love” .

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Red Baraat
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Red Baraat

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. Their infectious rhythms roll over the audience like a hurricane and let the audience breathe only in a short ballad pause. – RHEIN MAIN PRESS (GERMANY)

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Reverend Horton Heat
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Reverend Horton Heat


About the band:

Loaded .38s, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal, littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing and reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on an endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer and “psychobillier” for getting to tag along.

REVEREND HORTON HEAT have been the outlet of this creative mind for 29 years, leading to 10 full-length albums, 3 “best-of” collections, 2 DVD releases and thousands of memorable live performances. Never reaching platinum status or having a #1 radio single hasn?t been a problem for the Rev either, the band has continually been a mainstay of late night television and has toured with legendary acts such as Johnny Cash, Motorhead, Marilyn Manson, The Ramones, and many more, all of whom hold the Rev in the highest regard, as a true music industry legend.

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Mighty Souls Brass Brunch
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Mighty Souls Brass Brunch

Show begins at 10:00AM.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

It was a dream Sean Murphy had fostered since high school, ever since he’d first dipped an ear into the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s discography. Murphy had a vision of a brass‐band outfit anchored by a tuba bass line—a combo that could draw from New Orleans traditions, but one that mainly honored the deep, wide‐ranging musical history of Memphis, Tennessee. And it took a couple of decades of woodshedding in a wide array of formal and improvisatory settings, but today, tuba player/composer Murphy and a group of crack‐shot co‐conspirators are brewing a strong, soulful pot under the moniker Mighty Souls Brass Band, comprising some of the city’s most sought‐after musicians, putting a uniquely Memphis spin on a tradition that’s as global in its scope as it is root‐deep in American popular music.

Mighty Souls Brass Band, a rotating collective of composer‐players versed in a multitude of musical traditions, isn’t a soul band, nor is it a funk band, a marching band, or a swing
band. And yet, depending on where you catch them live, you’ll hear all of those influences, as well as more from around the globe, in the group’s music. “We’re not interested in just being a bunch of Memphis musicians playing New Orleans‐style brass band music,” says Murphy. “We love that music, and we honor it. But we love Memphis music too, and world music, and we want to pay tribute to that history. And it’s a deep one.”

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Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear consists of Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward. They are a modern soulful/folk music duo from Independence, Mo. The band's debut album Skeleton Crew, produced by Jim Abbiss, known for his award-winning work with Arctic Monkeys and Adele, captures Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear in their most natural setting. The two tracked most of the tracks live, sitting across from one another in the recording studio. They didn't use a click track. With help from a handful of session musicians, the two Wards captured the sound they'd been making since those coffeeshop days.

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The Wealthy West
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Wealthy West

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

There is a certain resilience, albeit sometimes desperate to The Wealthy West’s songs. The solo moniker for The Rocketboys’ frontman Brandon Kinder, The Wealthy West sings songs that fully encapsulate someone who has chosen to step away from the comfortable, from his friends and easy relationships, and is trying to figure out his place in life. As if leaving the house with the door flung open and marching into the unknown, he periodically turns around to make sure that his real life is still there before plunging forward.  

Kinder, raised in - and now returned to - Memphis has spent all of his adult life in music. Forming The Rocketboys during college in Abilene, TX, he and the group moved to Austin thereafter, gaining much critical praise for their several EPs and albums.

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The Dip
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Dip

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

The Dip is an electrifying seven-piece soul band from Seattle, Washington. Featuring three members of Beat Connection, the band toes the line between crooning soul and hard-driving funk. Featuring crunchy lines from the Honeynut Horns, The Dip is a throwback groove that is sure to get you movin’.

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Opera Memphis
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Opera Memphis

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Opera Memphis is back at the Levitt Shell during this year's 30 Days of Opera! 30 Days of Opera is exactly what it sounds like: 30 days of totally awesome - totally FREE - performances by Opera Memphis all over Memphis and the MidSouth. A fan favorite, our yearly Levitt Shellperformance is full of fun for operaphiles and newbies alike. Think of it as Opera's Greatest Hits with pop music favorites and exciting surprises thrown in for good measure. Bring the whole family and join us for this event - one of the highlights of our year!  

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Rob Baird
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Rob Baird

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

A gambler of wit, Rob Baird spins lyrical luck in his fourth record, After All to find out what happens when you go looking for yourself in someone else. In the 2019 follow-up to his third 2015 record, Wrong Side of the River, Memphis-bred Baird smashes right into heartache, chasing losses just to end up winning back the love he never knew he was looking for.

“For me, until you get your heart broken as an adult, you don’t really know how to write anything meaningful. You can make it up…that works for a little while. I’m not saying you have to be completely unhinged to make music, but I think you do have to know what it feels like to be completely vulnerable,” explained Baird of the record. “Every emotion you feel in a breakup — anger, anguish, disappointment, lust — you’ll feel it as you listen.”

Recorded straight to tape, at Battletapes, an East Nashville studio under the direction of Jeremy Ferguson (Cage The Elephant, Andrew Combs, Lucie Silvas) — After All combines the known with the unknown applying new processes with familiar relationships. Produced by long time friend and collaborator, Rick Brantley who did time on Music Row as well as in the trenches with the likes of John Hiatt and Brandi Clark; Texas-based musicians’ Austin ‘Woodrow’ Morgan and Z Lynch, After All brings together a depth of sound only musicians playing together for a decade can make. According to Woodrow: “We’ve gone from hating each other to living together to playing together so much that we hated each other all over again. Somewhere along the way we figured out how to grow up and now after so much time spent talking about it, we have finally made a record together.”

Drawing inspiration from Lucinda Williams’ tender melodies to the raw chords of James McMurtry, Rob surrounded himself with the sounds and souls that have known him best to make his latest album. Shaped serendipitously and with the help of friends Burleson Smith, David Beck and Brian Douglas Phillips, the songs were crafted over a couple years at a kitchen table in Austin.

The material gnaws on the hard truths that heartbreak surfaces. The title track, “After All,” an ironically light-hearted start for the relationship roadtrip it confesses. Rob sings of the road less travelled in “Losing Hands,” admitting you can’t be made whole when your down this low. With the song, “Devil Woman Blues,” Rob illustrates a series of seductive vignettes that tackle faded dreams of innocence. “Greedy Eyes” alludes to the infallible realities that come with making promises no man can keep. In “I Tried,” Baird takes you on a haunting journey of the self-realization that comes when you’ve risked everything and put too much of you into us. To wrap up the record, “Best That I Was” intentionally drags out closure to the relationship rollercoaster you’ve been on. The entire record is like a handshake with heartache that ends in a hopeful goodbye bringing warmth to a cold shoulder lover.

“It’s my fourth record and after ten years of recording I have — through luck and shear persistence, surrounded myself with the right people. It’s these people, living these songs with me one-by-one, note-by-note. These people living this album with me that have brought an honesty I wouldn’t have found on my own.”

The more you listen to After All, the more you hear the depth of gray that lies between the black and white lines of love, “thank god I got out of my own way and back to my roots,” shares Baird.

Throughout the last decade playing and writing songs, Rob’s mastered the art of skating as close to the truth as you can without sinking the ship. It’s hard to make an album come alive with each listen and Rob’s done just that with After All — and not by mistake.

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Shell Yeah! Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Sep
6
8:00 PM20:00

Shell Yeah! Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

AEG PRESENTS: JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT

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General Admission- $44.50 Advance/ $49.50 Day of

SHELL YEAH! (FORMERLY STARS AT THE SHELL) IS A FUNDRAISING EVENT BENEFITING THE LEVITT SHELL. 

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. A portion of sales from this evening will support the free concerts. This evening is being produced by AEG PRESENTS


A FEW SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT THIS EVENT:

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

  • Food and beverages (including wine and beer) will be sold at multiple concession stands throughout the area. CASH BARS, ATMS AVAILABLE BUT SUGGEST BRINGING CASH TO AVOID LINES.

  • No outside food, drinks, coolers or pets are allowed at this event.

  • Rain date for this event is Sept 8.

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

  • Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

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

  • The Levitt Shell is wheelchair accessible.

  • No professional photography, video or audio recording equipment.

  • Levitt Shell membership discount may not be used on this show.

  • All attendees must be ticketed (regardless of age).

  • Limited free parking will be available after 6PM at the zoo.

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Stone Soul Picnic
Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

Stone Soul Picnic

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2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.


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Devon Gilfillian
Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

Devon Gilfillian

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Devon Gilfillian fires twin barrels of gospel-blues and southern soul on his debut EP. Fueled by groove, guitar, and the powerful punch of Gilfillian's voice, the songs shine a light on a young songwriter who grew up outside of Philadelphia, absorbing everything from the R&B swagger of Al Green and Ray Charles to the rock & roll heroics of Jimi Hendrix. Now based in Nashville, Gilfillian puts a personalized stamp on those childhood influences, rolling them into five original songs that showcase not only his songwriting and singing, but also his talent as an instrumentalist.

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The Slackers
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Slackers

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

For more than 28 years, the NYC-based and critically acclaimed Slackers have been touring the world with their blend of Ska, Reggae, and Soul.

Since the early 1990s, the Slackers have released fifteen records and countless singles while their live performances feed their fans with their energetic sets of ecstatic music. And the press agrees: Modern Vinyl says “For some bands, hitting 25 years together seems light years away. For The Slackers, it’s a cause for celebration. The band is deeply rooted within the ska movement, while their “Jamaican Rock n’ Roll” sound sets them apart from many bands today.

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 New Breed Brass Band
Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

New Breed Brass Band

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the Band:

“That’s what we came up under,” says snare-drummer Jenard Andrews of second line bands like the ReBirth, Dirty Dozen and Lil’ Rascals Brass Bands. “Now we’re trying to take that sound and bring in some new stuff and expand it.  We bring outside influences like Earth Wind & Fire and Brass Construction, trying to interpret a different song for every genre, and make it all our own sound.”

With a founding core of five New Orleans natives, New Breed Brass Band made its street debut as a nine-man unit in November 2013 at the Nine Times Second Line.  Since then, they have showcased their originality opening for such diverse bands as The Fray, Red Baraat, Dr. John, The Waterboys, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, as well as competing in the Red Bull Street Kings brass band competition in 2013. Most of the members have been playing music since they were toddlers and count such New Orleans legends as James “12” Andrews, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Topsy Chapman, Karl Leblanc, and Bruce “Sun-pie” Barnes as family members.  Honing their childhood experiences playing music with their families, and on through high school marching bands and concert ensembles, the nine members of New Breed are united to one cause: rocking each show and entertaining audiences to the maximum degree possible.  The band’s strong desire is to be the next heavyweight contender among internationally-known New Orleans brass bands.

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Black Joe Lewis
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Black Joe Lewis

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

While working at a pawn shop in Austin, Joe Lewis first picked up the guitar. Shortly thereafter, Joe Lewis immersed himself in the local Red River blues/garage scene, recording and performing with Austin luminaries such as the Weary Boys and Walter Daniels

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Los Coast
Jul
14
7:30 PM19:30

Los Coast

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

On their eagerly awaited debut album Samsara, the visionary Austin, TX combo Los Coast delivers a fresh blast of punchy psychedelic-pop-soul that effortlessly incorporates a wide range of genres. The band's seamlessly soulful songcraft incorporates the band's distinctive grooves along with the inventive compositions and commanding vocals of principal members Trey Privott (lead vocals, guitar) and John Courtney (guitar, keyboards, vocals).

Even before Samsara had been recorded, Los Coast had already earned a reputation as one of Austin’s most exciting and inventive young bands. With its lineup rounded out by Megan Hartman on bass, Damien Llanes on drums and Natalie Wright on keys, plus a varied assortment of guest players, Los Coast was already renowned for its rousing, expansive live sets.

That same mix of energy and expertise is reflected on Samsara, which features such memorable, no-nonsense tunes as "Simplify," "Monsters," "Graves" and the frantic, tongue-twisting "(Everything But) The Kitchen Sink." The album delivers infectious hooks, ironic lyrical twists and explosive funk grooves in equal measure, providing an irresistible frame for Privott's soulful vocals and the band's explosive grooves.

"We love pop music, but we also love to experiment," says Courtney. "We try to avoid letting the listener know what's coming, and we like playing with people's expectations and catching the listener off guard.  It becomes stale if it's too familiar, so we like to come up with music that's familiar and surprising at the same time."

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John Paul White
Jul
13
7:30 PM19:30

John Paul White

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

With The Hurting Kind, John Paul White has crafted a stunning album that draws on the lush, orchestrated music made in Nashville in the early 1960s. Yet these songs retain a modern feel, whether he’s writing about overwhelming love, unraveling relationships, or the fading memory of a loved one. White grew up in tiny Loretto, Tennessee, and now lives in Florence, Alabama, not far from Muscle Shoals. He has cultivated his career in Nashville for two decades, first as a songwriter for a major publisher, then as half of The Civil Wars – a groundbreaking duo that won four Grammy Awards before disbanding in 2012. Because The Civil Wars were so hard to categorize, White has earned a fan base among indie rock listeners, folk audiences, Americana outlets, and AAA radio. So, what will happen if people hear The Hurting Kind and call it country? “Well, that doesn’t scare me in the least,” he says. “As a matter of fact, it kind of thrills me.”

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The Marias
Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

The Marias

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

The Marías are the psychedelic-soul lovechild of Los Angeles native, Josh Conway and Puerto Rican-bred, Atlanta-raised María. A smooth rendezvous of jazz percussion, hypnotic guitar riffs, smoke-velvet vocals and nostalgic horn solos, there’s something undeniably sensual in the group’s dreamlike fusion of jazz, psychedelia, funk and lounge. 

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Israel Nash
Jul
11
7:30 PM19:30

Israel Nash

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Texas’ genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash presents his latest long play, Lifted. It is a modern day hippie-spiritual, a tonic for those needing to put aside the mess of the daily grind. With luscious beds of strings, horns and well adorned towering walls of sound, Lifted finds Nash continuing his tradition of creating a sonic experience of feeling that is at once both vast and intimate – soaring and untamed at times, placid and sincerely personal at others.

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Peterson Brothers
Jul
7
7:30 PM19:30

Peterson Brothers

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

The Peterson Brothers combine youthful energy and modern influences with old-school blues, soul and funk to a create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their live shows feature jam-band style improvisation.

Led by Glenn Jr., 21 and Alex, 18, the Peterson Brothers have toured throughout the United States, and had the opportunity to play with and open for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, the late B.B. King and other musical greats. They have also played festivals throughout the U.S., including the Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Ogden Roots and Blues, King Biscuit Festival, Old Settler’s Music Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival, Lancaster Blues & Roots, Allentown Blues, Brews & Barbecue, and many more.


"The Peterson brothers, two barely-legal sibling guitarists from Texas, played one
 of the funkiest, most fun headline sets the festival has seen.” -The Morning Call

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Orquesta Akokán
Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

Orquesta Akokán

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Daptone Records is proud to introduce Orquesta Akokán, a big band collective of Havana’s top musicians both young and old,  joining forces with some of the most creative and spirited talents of New York’s Latin music scene. Born out of a shared vision by singer José "Pepito" Gómez, producer Jacob Plasse, and arranger Michael Eckroth, the group reinvigorates the sound of the golden era of Cuban mambo with a bold new energy.

Akokán is a Yoruba word used by Cubans to mean “from the heart” or “soul”, so it comes as no surprise that a recording like this would find its way back to Brooklyn’s Daptone Records. For nearly a generation, the venerable label has brought us soulful music in a myriad of styles, made in the present, but with all the craft and flavor of the classic recordings of the past. In doing so Daptone has enshrined both the genres it honors as well as artists creating new works in the universal canon of dance music. A perfect kitchen from which to serve this captivating baile between old and new, performed with rhythm, with care, and above all, con akokán.

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Walden
Jul
5
7:30 PM19:30

Walden

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Walden is a band of brothers that have played music together since they were in high school. Richard, Eric, Jamie and Andrew have a bond that stands the test of time and it comes as no surprise that their music is as tight and well-crafted as their friendship. 

Walden were launched onto the national stage (literally) in 2017 when the band won the “Road to Roo” competition for the state of Georgia, granting them a spot on the Bonnaroo Music Festival line-up. This proved to be just the beginning of their success. Soon after, the band was invited on tour supporting the likes of Moon Taxi and Twiddle, as well as landing additional spots at Slossfest and Sweetwater 420 Fest.

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Donna The Buffalo
Jun
30
7:30 PM19:30

Donna The Buffalo

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America for since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy, and danceable music. Donna the Buffalo is a band for the people that is accessible, positive, and memorable.

With roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country, Donna’s music often contains social and moral responsibility as core beliefs, and they are just simply fun to get out and celebrate life with.

Donna the Buffalo drew its original inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. Not only was it playing music at these events, it was the vibe and the togetherness that bonded the people that attended.

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 Stax Academy
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Stax Academy

Stax Academy show has been rescheduled. Check them out at Railgarten, Tuesday, July 2 at 7PM.Yay! Stax Academy show has been rescheduled. Check them out at Railgarten, Tuesday, July 2 at 7PM.

This show has become an annual favorite at Levitt Shell. 


The Stax Music Academy Summer Music Experience is a 4-week intensive music program that provides not only music education but also a stable, positive environment for 150 middle and high schoolers. With classes in Stax Records history, songwriting, music production, and music business, students learn how to write and record their own songs, protect their works of art, market themselves using web-based tools and digital media, and gain teamwork and leadership skills while working within a peer group. The Summer Music Experience culminates with a Grand Finale Concert at your very own Levitt Shell.

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Levitt National Tour Presents: Flor de Toloache
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Levitt National Tour Presents: Flor de Toloache

The 2019 Levitt National Tour presents the GRAMMY-winning, all-female mariachi sensation, Flor de Toloache, for an electrifying evening of soaring vocals, plush harmonies, and genre-busting fusions of mariachi, jazz, salsa, pop and more! Led by co-band directors Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela, the pioneering women of New York City’s first and only all-female mariachi group continue to win the hearts of both contemporary and traditional mariachi music fans alike through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated, fresh interpretation of mariachi classics. The group’s diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds transcend cultures and break barriers by forging new paths. Much like the Toloache flower—widely known for its use in Mexican 'love potions'—the ladies of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over audiences with their magnetic stage presence. Since forming in 2008, Flor de Toloache’s passionate performances have connected concertgoers to one another and the tradition of mariachi.

Following the debut of their GRAMMY-nominated self-titled 2015 album, Flor de Toloache’s follow-up 2017 release “Las Caras Lindas” was awarded the 2017 Latin GRAMMY for “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album.” The group has since captivated audiences across the nation from such legendary stages as the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, The Vic in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York City, 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and First Avenue in Minneapolis—as well as permanent Levitt venue stages in Denver, Los Angeles and Memphis, and Levitt AMP stages in Middlesboro, Ky.; Ocala, Fla.; Santa Fe, NM; Sheboygan, Wis.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Utica, NY. Flor de Toloache has delighted international audiences from Chenai, India to Paris, France and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. as a supporting act for Dan Auerbach of “The Black Keys”’ new project “The Arcs," as well as Café Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, Ozomatli and Ana Tijoux.

Levitt National Tour audiences are in for a dynamic modern mariachi experience unlike any other! And those eager to hear more from Flor De Toloache before the Levitt National Tour this summer are in luck: the group has just released the first single—“Besos de Mezcal” (produced by Camilo Lara, the artist behind the music of the animated film “Coco”)—off their forthcoming album, which is slated for a May 2019 release.

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Patriotic Pops (special guests: Memphis Wind Symphony)
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Patriotic Pops (special guests: Memphis Wind Symphony)

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Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


This annual patriotic concert will continue with our new musical guests, the Memphis Wind Symphony this year accompanied by fireworks at the close. The Memphis Wind Symphony and its 65 members serve greater Memphis performing music of all genres and styles as an outreach of brotherhood as well as advancement of the Arts. As a not-for-profit organization, our goal is to spread our musical magic throughout this great city, appealing to all walks of life. In addition to our community outreach, we also serve as an outlet for talented musicians to play quality music.


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Ekpe & The African Jazz Ensemble
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Ekpe & The African Jazz Ensemble

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

A rare appearance by Ekpe Abioto and the African Jazz Ensemble, a 10-piece band made up of some of Memphis' finest musicians. The core of the band began in the early 70s as the soul group the Exotic Movement, and later changed their name to Galaxy. They've played together for over 40 years, and members have toured the world with Michael Jackson, Al Green, BB King, Eric Clapton, the Dells, Luther Allison, and Rufus and Carla Thomas. They formed the African Jazz Ensemble as a way to incorporate African influences into more traditional jazz, soul and R&B.

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Nicole Atkins
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Nicole Atkins

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

To borrow a phrase from heaven's new poet laureate, Leonard Cohen, Nicole Atkins was "born with the gift of a golden voice." But somewhere along the way she misplaced it. Goodnight Rhonda Lee is the story of Nicole finding her voice, and how, in doing so, she went a little crazy.

Great Art is born of struggle and Nicole was struggling. The problem was that she felt nothing. Her fans responded to her performances with the same fervor they always had, but Nicole felt nothing. Her new husband loved her and doted on her, but she felt nothing. She traced it back to her drinking and decided to try to learn to live without booze. But that first day of sobriety brought with it an unexpected additional test -- Nicole's dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. This Jersey girl, whose big voice was tethered to a big heart, and whose reaction to the mundane setbacks of everyday life had always been equally overblown, suddenly faced a real problem. "It toughened me up," she says.

And the songs started to come. Little bursts of therapeutic creativity. Thorny feelings transubstantiated into melodies. Beginning with "Listen Up," a wake-up call to a lucky girl who hadn't realized how lucky she'd been, Nicole started to find her redemption in these songs. They rang true in a way no songs ever had before. They came from a deep, vulnerable place. If Nicole had been living an unexamined life, she wasn't anymore.

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Hayes Carll
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Hayes Carll

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

The chorus to the title track on the new Hayes Carll album, What It Is, is a manifesto.

“What it was is gone forever / What it could be God only knows. What it is is right here in front of me / and I’m not letting go.”

He’s embracing the moment. Leaving the past where it belongs, accepting there’s no way to know what’s ahead, and challenging himself to be present in both love and life. It’s heady stuff. It also rocks. With a career full of critical acclaim and popular success, Carll could’ve played it safe on this, his sixth record, but he didn’t. The result is a musically ambitious and lyrically deep statement of an artist in his creative prime.

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Bluffcity Backsliders Anniversary Show
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Bluffcity Backsliders Anniversary Show

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

THE BLUFF CITY BACKSLIDERS second, as-yet-untitled album will be released in time for a show June 16 (Father’s Day) at the Levitt Shell in Midtown Memphis’ Overton Park. The record was recorded at world-famous Sun Studio in downtown Memphis on the same spot where the legendary Sam Phillips recorded Howlin’ Wolf, Rosco Gordon, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, among many others. Produced by the band and engineered by Ples Hampton and Crockett Hall, the record highlight’s the band’s original songs that take up and extend the sounds of early 20th century music upon which THE BACKSLIDERS have built their unique sound.

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Jenny & the Mexicats
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Jenny & the Mexicats

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

A jazz kit played with sticks and mano, an upright bass tattooed with comely women, jaunty Caribbean-influenced acoustic guitar and a beautiful blonde siren with, yes, a trumpet. Do you wanna dance yet? Jenny will lure you in with her bluesy no nonsense voice. She doesn’t want to work, just to dance. This relationship is torture. It’s just plain better in Buenos Aires. And always her case is compelling, the music a perfect dance in and of itself, pieced together like good jazz—every player counts. Jenny’s from Britain but her Spanish is impeccable, the drummer is from Spain and the strings are from Mexico, but this group is original, like Manu Chau without the political agenda or a killer ska combo minus the kitsch

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Shell Yeah! Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Shell Yeah! Robert Randolph & The Family Band


General Admission- $25 Advance/ $30 Day of


Shell Yeah! (formerly Stars at the Shell) is a fundraising event benefiting the Levitt Shell. 

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!


About the band:

Many musicians claim that they “grew up in the church,” but for Robert Randolph that is literally the case. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn’t being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey—quite often by Robert and members of his own family, who upheld a long but little known gospel music tradition called sacred steel—Randolph simply didn’t know it existed.
 
Which makes it all the more remarkable that the leader of Robert Randolph and the Family Band—whose label debut for Sony Masterworks, Got Soul—is today an inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique. It wasn’t until he was out of his teens that Randolph broke away from the confines of his social and musical conditioning and discovered rock, funk, soul, jazz and the jam band scene, soon forging his own sound by fusing elements of those genres.
 
“It was all church music. It was a movement within our church and that’s all we used to do,” says Randolph of the sacred steel music he played at the time, music whose association with his church stretches back to the 1920s. Once Randolph began to discover other forms of music, he saw how they were all connected, and was eager to find his own place. “All music is related. Gospel is the same as blues,” he says. “The only thing that changes is in hardcore gospel people are singing about God and Jesus and in the blues people are singing about ‘my baby left me’ and whiskey. When we first started out, guys really weren’t allowed to leave the church. I was the one that stepped out and started this thing. My dad would say, ‘Why do you come home smelling like beer and cigarettes?’ ‘Well, we just got done playing some smoky club till 2 a.m.!’ It was all foreign and different.”

By the early 2000s, Randolph had begun applying his dazzling steel guitar technique to secular music, and from that grew the Family Band. The group’s sound was so different than anything else around that they were soon packing New York City clubs. Their first album, 2002’s Live at the Wetlands, was recorded at the now defunct jam band haven, and was followed by four studio albums and another live set, each widening the band’s audience—they’ve long been regulars on the festival circuit—and broadening their stylistic range as well.
 
“Things happened really fast,” Randolph says now. “When I look back on that time, to be honest, I had no idea what the hell we were doing. We’d get told, ‘You guys are going on tour with Eric Clapton.’ ‘Oh, OK.’ I thought, this guy must not have a clue who I am but the first time I met him we talked for about an hour and played music backstage.”
 
The Family Band’s improvisational skills quickly made them mega-popular among the jam-band crowd, but for Randolph and his band mates, what they were doing was just an extension of what they’d always done. “The jam band scene has that name but it’s really a true music art form scene where you can just be who you are,” Randolph says. “We fit in that category in some sense but the jam band scene itself has changed a lot since that time. I’ve grown to like songs and I like to jam within the song.”
 
On Got Soul, Robert Randolph and the Family Band walk that line deftly, displaying their virtuosity within the context of a dozen smartly crafted tunes. “I like both playing live and recording,” says Randolph. “The thing about a record is you get a chance to rehearse parts and fine-tune things. But if you look at most great music artists—people like Stevie Wonder—the song is totally different from the show. When you’re in the studio, it’s hard to improvise without an audience. But for us, well, we’ve been playing in front of audiences our whole lives.”


A few special notes about this event:

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

  • 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.

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

  • The Levitt Shell is wheelchair accessible.

  • No professional photography, video or audio recording equipment.


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OSOG
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

OSOG

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Rebellious Acoustic Americana.

OSOG is an exotic musical collective from Tel-Aviv. These Middle Eastern anti-heroes are taking the classic old-time and country sounds, injecting them with heavy doses of head-banging energy and attitude, while keeping the music authentic and true to the core. This large outfit brings together punk rockers, metal-heads, jazz and classical players, and each show is a celebration of creativity and love for music.

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The Bodeans
Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Bodeans

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Those who have followed BoDeans’ remarkable 30-year musical career know that their blend of compelling songs and high energy performances have retained an unpretentious rock & roll loyal following like no other.Best known for their catchy single, “Closer To Free,” the band’s accessible adult alternative sound has led to many a milestone, including a Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll for Best New American Band in 1987, and support slots with U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie and numerous others. Appearances at Farm Aid, Summerfest, ACL Festival and others followed, along with TV appearances on “Saturday NightLive,” “Letterman,” “Today,” “Imus,” CNN, and ESPN, to name a few. BoDeans have a permanent installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland as part of their Midwest Artists exhibit. After multiple chart-topping radio singles, and TV placements, BoDeans have defined a generation that embraced songs like “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” “If It Makes You,” “Closer To Free,” “Stay,” and “All The World.” BoDeans signed their first recording contract with Slash/Warner Brothers Records in 1985 and their debut record, “Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams” was released May, 1986. Since then, they have released 12 studio albums with ten records that hit the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and numerous singles on the Mainstream Rock, Top 40 and Triple A radio charts.

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Freddie McGregor
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Freddie McGregor

Show begins at 7:30PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell in a nonsmoking facility.


About the band:

Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer, Freddie McGregor has been a pioneer in Reggae music since it’s inception and continues to be a living pillar of the scene with his conscious lyrics, Philly-Soul style, and dedication to touring for over 50 years. Whether a romantic crooner or an emissary of strong cultural messaging his undeniable vocal ability boasts hits like his signature “Big Ship”, “Push Come to Shove”, “I Was Born A Winner”, “Guantanamera”, “Lock Dem’ Down” and “Bangarang” – the last 2 being chart-topping hits from the album “Comin’ in Tough”. With his profound natural talent and notable influence by legends Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy and many others, Freddie has finessed his craft to become one of reggae’s greatest singers.

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