Metal Museum Live Music / Alex Shansky

Enjoy Live Music In Memphis

We've rounded up this summer's can't-miss performances!

This summer's music lineup will take your from rooftops to juke joints! Whatever your musical flavor, we've got a show that is sure to get you groovin'.

May, 2019

Memphis In May

Festival season is upon us! And this year’s Beale Street Music Festival (May 3-5) includes a spectacular lineup. Artists like Cardi B, Dave Matthews Band, Khalid, The Killers, Lord Huron, and India Arie will grace one of five large stages in Tom Lee Park on the Mississippi Riverfront. If you can’t make it to the festival, there are plenty other Memphis In May events for you and the family. Get ticket information here.

The Green Room at Crosstown Arts

Tucked away in the East Atrium of the Crosstown Concourse, this new venue at Crosstown Arts is a spacious, comfy room with retro furnishings and incredible acoustics, perfect for lounging while you enjoy live local music several days per week. There’s a monthly DJ series with a diverse lineup of genres on the turntables, local singer/songwriters, and much more. Arrive early to enjoy dinner at the building’s many eateries, then grab a craft cocktail at the hip, creative Art Bar at Crosstown before you settle down in the Green Room.

Court Square Lunch Concert Series

Now through October 31, enjoy free live music from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. during Food Truck Thursdays in Court Square, located in the heart of Downtown Memphis. Featuring local DJs and bands.

FedEx Forum

The Memphis Grizzlies’ basketball season will be over, but the forum will be packed with energetic music fans all summer long. Catch New Kids on the Block (May 10); Twenty One Pilots (June 26); Yo Gotti and Friends Birthday Bash (June 28); Jake Owen and Hunter Hayes, A Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (July 26); and Backstreet Boys (August 27).  
View the full line-up here.

Music By The Lake

These free, family friendly outdoor bluegrass concerts at Appling Lake feature great live music acts and tasty grub from local food vendors. May 10 will feature bluegrass with the River Bluff Clan, and the June 14 show will feature R & B with artist Nick Black.  

Peabody Rooftop Series

Every April through August, the South’s Grand Hotel hosts 21-and-over parties featuring hot bands, cool drinks, and incredible views of the sun setting over the Mississippi River. Upcoming performances include Frankie Holley and the Noise (May 9); Garry Goin Group (June 6); Soul Shockers (June 27); and Bluff City Bandits (July 4).

Railgarten

The summer live music lineup for this Midtown venue, which features a tiki bar, pong bar, volleyball beach, hammocks, games and more, includes hometown rappers Lord T & Eloise (April 27); Cory Branan (May 11); and Memphis’ 200th birthday party featuring Black Cream and the STAX Academy Band.

Graceland Sound Stage

The Graceland Soundstage features great live music, two giant screens, several bars, and a number of concessions. The concert series includes artists like Violent Femmes (May 16); Stryper (June 2); Don McLean (June 15); Boz Scaggs (June 16); Chubby Checker (June 22); Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (July 6); Kirk Franklin (July 20); and Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot (August 21). Each ticket purchase includes free access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex after 3:00 p.m. the day of the show.
Couple at Levitt Shell
Live at the Garden / James Wessels
Peabody Memphis Hotel Rooftop Party
Faux Killas live music at DKDC / Alex Shansky
Levitt Shell, Peabody Rooftop, Live at the Garden and Cooper-Young are just a few of the many places to experience live music this summer.

Levitt Shell Concert Series

Set on the historic stage in Overton Park where Elvis played his first public concert, this annual free concert series features outstanding music from a diverse array of local and national talent that represents the soul of Memphis. This popular outdoor entertainment venue attracts locals and visitors alike. Food and beer trucks will be available, or you can pack your own picnic basket and plan to arrive early to secure a great seat on the lawn. The 2019 lineup will be announced soon!

Live at the Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden serves as the vibrant backdrop for this series, which features Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx with Memphis Symphony Orchestra (May 24); Kansas (June 7); The Doobie Brothers (July 13); Lionel Richie (August 2); Toby Keith (August 31); and Brett Young (September 14). Party with thousands of other music fans on the lawn on what’s sure to be a great Memphis summer night. Bring your own food and drinks, pre-order from one of Live at the Garden’s caterers, or purchase your fare on site.

Main Street Collierville Summer Concert Series

Grab your lawn chairs, coolers and picnic baskets and enjoy some tunes in Town Square Park every Thursday evening in June and July. This season’s series features Blind Mississippi Morris,
The Mighty Electric St.Jude Band, Bluff City Bandits and more.

Juneteenth

The free urban music festival takes place June 14-16 in Robert R. Church Park in Downtown Memphis. The event, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, features three days of musical entertainment, including rap, R&B, pop, hip-hop and gospel music, as well as food and retail vendors on site. Learn more.

Orpheum Theatre

This Downtown Memphis theatre is known for bringing world-class productions to Memphis, but it also hosts some top-notch musical acts. This summer’s lineup includes Earth, Wind & Fire (May 14); Salute to the Stars honoring Elvis Presley, George Strait, and Adele (May 25); Weird Al Yankovic (June 20); Peter Frampton (June 26); and the Southern Heritage Classic Concert featuring Gladys Knight and Jeffrey Osborne (September 12). Find the full lineup here.

Soulin’ on the River

This free summer concert series will be held in The Grove at Mud Island, with performances on
June 7 and 21; July 12 and 26; and August 9.

Sunset Jazz at Court Square

On the second Sunday of each month, you’re invited to enjoy free live jazz from some of the Bluff City’s finest jazz musicians in Court Square, a park located in the heart of Downtown Memphis. The tall trees that provide shade and the breeze from the Mississippi River make Court Square a great outdoor music venue. Bring your chairs and picnic baskets, and food trucks will be on site with fresh eats. The lineup features Joe Restivo (May 12); Jeremy Shrader Quartet (July 14); and Gerard Harris (September 8), to name a few.

Symphony in the Gardens

Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform Big Band music on the South Lawn of the exquisite Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Bring your picnic blankets, chairs, food, wine, and beer for this festive summer evening. Memphis Dawgs and MEMPopS will be selling treats during the event. Reserved VIP tables are available, which include priority seating, a catered meal, and more.