Live Music at B.B. King's | Craig Thompson

How to safely experience live music in memphis

You can bet that in the home of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll, we've found ways to keep the music going throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. From virtual and live, socially distanced events, you’ll find venues around town taking extra safety precautions to bring you live music.  Here are a few places where you can safely rock out right now: 


The Grove at GPAC

Germantown Performing Arts Center is hosting live entertainment at its all-new, state-of-the-art outdoor venue, The Grove at GPAC.  At the moment, live shows begin again in May and continue throughout 2021. This new outdoor space is a must for music-lovers. 

With safety precautions surrounding COVID-19, GPAC is selling a limited number of tickets each night, masks are required when you are not seated and social distancing at six feet apart is required. 


Railgarten features outdoor concerts almost every weekend. With specialty drinks and tasty menu items like the chicken & sausage jambalaya, short rib melt, catfish nuggets and more, this former railroad substation has become one of Memphis’ favorite hangouts. 

Masks are required to enter and must be worn indoors at all times until seated. You can also purchase masks for $1. Social distancing measures are in place and the location offers plenty of outdoor space and seating. 

Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar

Dig in to some Cajun crawdad pizza, baked crab dip and other Cajun favorites while vibing to some live jams at Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar. You can catch live music at Lafayette’s every week, Thursday – Sunday. 

Lafayette’s is currently offering limited capacity due to precuations surrounding COVID-19. To ensure safety, guests can expect disposable or digital menus, contactless payment options, sealed disposable utensils and social distancing. Masks are required when not eating or drinking.

B.B. King’s Blues Club

Head to Beale Street and enjoy live music every night of the week at B.B. King’s Blues Club, You can check out the music lineup here. Along with excellent music, B.B. King’s offers signature drinks and delicious bites like barbecue, catfish, po boys and more, making it one of historic Beale Street’s most popular clubs.

Operating at limited capacity, B.B. King’s is also committed to your safety requiring guests to wear a mask when not eating or drinking and to adhere to social distancing of six feet. The club will also be using digital, disposable or sanitized menus, contactless payment options, sealed or wrapped utensils and sanitizer or wipes will be provided for customers. 

Levitt Shell 

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and head to Overton Park to catch free live concerts at the Levitt Shell.  The 2021 Orion Free Music Concert Series kicks off with local performer Nick Black on Friday, Sept. 3  and continues every Friday and Saturday night through October 23. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome, and food and drink vendors are located onsite at the ShellEats area. 

Common areas are sanitized regularly. Capacity limits may be in effect to ensure social distancing. Please check the website for updated safety protocols. 

In Love Memphis

East Memphis' In Love Memphis is a must-stop for visitors. With small plates, desserts and craft cocktail, you can lounge in style. You can even reserve your own VIP section for you and your crew. Catch live music on Mondays & Thursdays. Check out the In Love Memphis calendar & events here

Guests will be required to wear a mask when not eating or drinking and maintain social distancing of six feet. Temperature checks will also be taken on arrival. 


Another Beale Street must, SugaShack is hosting live music every Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Grab some delicious fare while you’re getting funky. The wings, fried catfish, porkchops and more of SugaShack’s mouth-watering grub will have you coming back for more. 

Per COVID-19 safety measures. SugaShack is operating at limited capacity and all guest are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. 

Neil’s Music Room

If you’re looking for live music in East Memphis, then Neil’s Music Room is the go-to spot for you. Throughout each week, this music room features all kinds of bands and musicians from classic rock to soul. Checkout Neil’s music schedule here.

Neil’s asks that all guests wear have a mask on when entering the building. Social distancing measures are in place and capacity is limited. Larger performances may require a reservation.