Memphis music is legendary and has made a significant impact on musicians all over the world. As we honor the sacred history of our musical culture, we also want to share what’s happening in the Memphis music scene right now. Check out these local musicians, buy their albums, and support local.
- Wednesday, April 19th – Don Lifted @ Brooks Museum – 7:00pm-9:30pm
Visual artist and alt hip hop artist Lawrence “Don Lifted” Matthews will transform the Brooks’ Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium with music from his album “Alero” and his “December LP” series as well as new music from a yet-unnamed project. Doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 8pm. Get your tickets here for $5.
- Wednesday, April 19th – New Kids On The Block Showcase @ 243 Adams Ave. – 7:30pm-10:00pm
This showcase I want to encourage these new artists to keep pushing, because this is only the beginning. So whatever you do: comedy, poetry, sing, or play music. Keep pushing in life. Come out and witness greatness. Tickets are ONLY $7, get yours here!
- Wednesday, April 19th – Hulk Logan @ BAR DKDC – 8:00pm-10:30pm
“Ah yes, a delightfully soulful chicken grease boogie band. Come check it out BROTHER!”
- Thursday, April 20th – In BuckRagga We Trust @ Whatever – 6:30pm-10:00pm
The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy presents the second installment of BuckRagga parties. What is BuckRagga? Memphis Rap + Dancehall/Reggae + GoodVibes = BuckRagga. Check it out this Thursday!
- Thursday, April 20th – The Bo-Keys & Special Guests @ Stax Museum – 7:00pm-10:00pm
Memphis stalwarts, the Bo-Keys, and special guests will perform rarely heard songs from the early years by groups like the Barracudas, the Triumphs, Prince Conley, and others. In addition, several artists from those early days will participate in a pre-concert discussion and Q&A session.
- Friday, April 21st – Madison Avenue Park Opening Day @ Madison Avenue Park – 9:00am-9:00pm
A daylong party to celebrate the opening of Madison Avenue Park in the heart of downtown Memphis! Twelve continuous hours of music, arts, playing, and partying you won’t want to miss! Free and open to the public. For more details on the day, check out our MAP blog.
- Friday, April 21st – Songwriter Night #53 @ South Main Sounds – 7:00pm-9:00pm
South Main Sounds Veteran Andrew Cabigao emerges again with second-timers Brenna Clark and Burney Warren. There’s been a lot of talk about Johnna Day who makes her debut on our stage. It will be twenty songs over two hours and we couldn’t be more excited, how about joining us?
- Friday, April 21st – Artists in Motion ft. Hippy Soul @ Makeda’s Cookies (488 S Second St.) – 7:00pm
Come witness a beautiful collision of the arts…Poetry. Comedy. Music. Dance. Moments. It’s not just an open mic. It’s a production. Let’s keep Memphis great by starting with the arts! Advance tickets: $8. Door price: $11.
- Friday, April 21st – Brennan Villines @ Lafayette’s – 10:30pm
From a tiny town in western Kentucky, Brennan Villines has called “The Bluff City” home since 2006 where the singer/songwriter invented himself in an old Memphis mansion-turned-bar in Victorian Village. The style he developed there – a seamless blend of jazz, R&B and playful, funky pop – is all over his 2015 debut solo album “Free”. The songs on the record represent both heartbreak and triumph.
- Friday, April 21st – Mighty Souls Brass Band @ BAR DKDC – 10:30pm-1:30am
The Mighty Souls are brewing up a strong, stanky pot of Funky Memphis Soul just for You! Come to BAR DKDC to check them out!
- Saturday, April 22nd – Record Store Day + Tall David @ Shangri-La Records – 9:00am-5:00pm
- Saturday, April 22nd – Susan Marshall & Friends @ Lafayette’s – 11:30am-2:30pm
Soulful Tennessee-based singer/songwriter Susan Marshall began her music career as a classical singer before becoming a successful backup vocalist for the likes of Lenny Kravitz, the Afghan Whigs, Cat Power, and Lucinda Williams. Raised in Memphis, Marshall spent her formative years soaking up the region’s rich musical legacy, honing her own impressive pipes.
- Saturday, April 22nd – Burroughs & Yearwood @ Lafayette’s – 3:00pm-6:30pm
Memphis-based super duo BURROUGHS & YEARWOOD have performed together all over the world sharing their unique blend of country, contemporary rock and bluegrass. Their world-class musicianship is nothing short of magical!
- Saturday, April 22nd – Lucero Family Block Party @ Minglewood Hall – 3:00pm-11:00pm
Lucero Family Block Party returns to the band’s hometown in Memphis, TN on April 22nd at the Minglewood Hall Outdoors! The historic Memphis music venue will be blocking off S Willett Street and surrounding areas to bring you this year’s festival. Lucero and friends are joining forces with a variety of local food, beverage, craft, and merchandise vendors to help celebrate MEMPHIS! Grab your tickets here! Doors open at 2pm.
- Saturday, April 22nd – Angel Street Spring Concert @ Guthrie Elementary School – 4:00pm-5:00pm
We are excited to share our voices with you as we celebrate another great year of Angel Street in Memphis! Friends, family, and supporters are welcome to join us for this memorable event.
- Saturday, April 22nd – Walk the Vine @ Cooper Young Historic District – 4:00pm-6:30pm
Join us on Saturday, April 22nd from 4:00 – 6:30 PM for our Walk the Vine fundraising event. One ticket will get you a wristband good for three pours of wine at each of six Cooper Young eateries – Mulan Bistro, Sweet Grass Next Door, Young Avenue Deli, Celtic Crossing, Beauty Shop, and Strano! Come drink some wine and listen to live music as you walk the Vine! With your donation, you will help Legacy Memphis in supporting the Johnny Cash Statue Project. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
- Saturday, April 22nd – Gala: Celebrating Memphis Music @ GPAC – 6:00pm-10:00pm
Bust out your dancin’ shoes and join us for a high-spirited evening celebrating Memphis Music! We’ll have a full bar with signature cocktails created by our very own in-house master mixologist, Brad Pitts, iconic Memphis music and an exceptional array of live and silent auction items. Memphis culinary star, Chef Erling Jensen, will prepare a gourmet meal, served on the GPAC stage at the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall. Get your tickets here!
- Saturday, April 22nd – Trap Jazz V @ Dizzy Bird Music Hall – 8:00-11:00pm
A new era of music has emerged from a response to heavy bass, thundering beats, and electric sounds. Marque’ Boyd, saxophonist, will infuse the sounds of jazz music with aspects of contemporary trap music marrying the two worlds. You don’t want to miss it! Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm. Find tickets here!
- Saturday, April 22nd – Marcella & Her Lovers @ BAR DKDC – 10:30pm-1:30am
Marcella & Her Lovers are a soul, blues and folk group with a sweet sound that will make you feel like you’re in the heart of Louisiana. Returning to BAR DKDC, come listen to the tunes of Marcella & Her Lovers this Saturday!
- Sunday, April 23rd – International Music Day @ Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival – 8:00am-8:00pm
The day where you can experience various genres of music, African music, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Blues, Reggae & World Sounds, Gospel In The Park, Spoken words and poetry.
- Sunday, April 23rd – V&E Artwalk @ 1625 Tutwiler Ave – 12pm-6pm
The sixth annual “V&E Artwalk” is an outdoor art fair that showcases Memphis area artists, along with raising money and awareness for the community-owned V&E Greenline. Artists will be selling their creations at affordable prices. There will be a silent auction from items donated by the artists. There will be a children’s area with art activities and bounce houses. Music by local artists will be a special treat. Several types of craft beer from a Memphis micro brewery, along with a variety of wines will be available.
- Sunday, April 23rd – Pinkwigpalooza Music Festival @ High Cotton Brewing Co. – 12:00pm-6:00pm
Outdoor music festival in the Edge District. Local music, Local Beer, and Local Food Trucks. Line-up: James and the Ultrasounds, Cassette Tape, Mighty Souls Brass Band, & John Paul Keith. Get your tickets here.
- Sunday, April 23rd – Community Concert @ Memphis Made Brewing – 2:00pm-6:00pm
Benefitting Citizens to Preserve Overton Park, this concert will have local artists perform. Cash donations will be taken at the door, and we’ll be donating a portion of our sales to CPOP. So bring your family, friends, and an appetite for cold beer and Rock & Roll. Let’s get down and get off our lawn!
- Sunday, April 23rd – River Series: Rev. John Wilkins & Crystal Shrine @ Harbor Town Amphitheater – 3:00pm-7:00pm
We invite you to join us at the first show of the spring 2017 season of the River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater, a series of live music shows that benefit the Maria Montessori School. Held at the MMS on-campus amphitheater, a truly beautiful event setting on the Mississippi River in Harbor Town, the series showcases and celebrates the school, the river, the Harbor Town community and the musical talent of Memphis and beyond.
- Sunday, April 23rd – The Subtractions @ Growlers – 4:00pm-7:00pm
Subtractions is a fun and upbeat rock and roll band; they will be playing multiple sets of 60s & 70s oriented rock/pop/R&B music!
- Sunday, April 23rd – Sunday Evenings with Tall David @ Ghost River Brewing Co. – 5:00pm-7:30pm
Songwriter Sessions has transformed into Sunday Evening Slowdown. A night of relaxation, preparation for the work week, local talent, and craft brews. Host Crockett Hall will bring in a different artist every Sunday night; this week that artist is Tall David. Tall David is a solo songwriting project fronted by Memphis based artist and musician, David James Johnson.
- Sunday, April 23rd – Turnstyles @ Railgarten – 3:30pm
Seth Moody and Graham Winchester duo-up for Sunday afternoon fun! Free show at the Railgarten.
- Sunday, April 23rd – FIBER: Closing Reception @ Orange Mound Gallery – 7:00pm-9:00pm
“Fiber” highlights the Black female experience in America.The artists who have contributed to “Fiber” do not only hope to celebrate, uplift and encourage the strength of Black women, but also open a dialogue on historical inequities due to race and sexuality. The closing reception will have performances by Alyssa Love, Tonya Dyson, Quiet Storm, Nubia, Jas, Tia Henderson, Asheley Raven-Pilate and Libby. Doors open at 7pm and admission is free.
Check out New Memphis Beat, a blog by local musician John Paul Keith that covers the Bluff City’s vibrant recording industry.
Where to see live music & performances:
- The Den
- Mollie Fontaine Lounge
- Germantown Performing Arts Center
- Center for Southern Folklore
- The Buckman Center
- The New Dizzy
- Loflin Yard
- New Daisy
- Itta Bena
- Minglewood Hall
- Lafayette’s Music Room
- Levitt Shell
- Overton Square
- Celtic Crossing
- Bar DKDC
- The Buccaneer
- BB King’s
- Rum Boogie Cafe
- Twilight Sky Terrace