Your 2022 Overton Park Shell 2022 Lineup is Here! The free concert series is back just in time to fill your summer nights.
The newly named Overton Park Shell will open its summer series on May 29th with the Sunset Symphony.
The concert series will run from May through October, and feature many highly regarded local artists who are excited to fill your nights with tunes.
Then on June 16th, the Shell! Yeah benefit concert will feature artists Durand Jones & The Indications, and on June 17th will feature St Paul & The Broken Bones.
“We are so excited about the return of free concerts and ticketed shows to help power our mission and work,” said Overton Park Shell Executive Director Natalie Wilson. “In order to provide accessibility to our free concerts and events, we rely on revenue raised from Shell Yeah! Benefit Shows and generous donations from the Memphis community.”
In addition to all this amazingness, the Overton Park Shell has partnered with Deaf Connect of the Mid-South, where many concerts will now include Certified Deaf Interpreters.
Need a quick History of the Overton Park Shell?
The Overton Park Shell was built in 1936 by the City of Memphis and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The Shell was designed by architect Max Furbringer and built for $11,935. Furbringer modeled it after similar bandshells in Chicago, New York, and St. Louis. The Overton Park Shell is one of a handful of the original 27 bandshells built by the WPA that is still standing.
During the 1930s and 1940s, the Shell was the site of the memorable Memphis Open Air Theater (MOAT) orchestra performances, light opera and musicals.
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In 1947 the Memphis Federation of Musicians launched its Music under the Stars series, free to the public.
Over the years, there have been numerous efforts, some to revitalize the Shell, and some to destroy it. In 2005, the Shell partnered with the City of Memphis and the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation to renovate the Shell and present 50 free concerts every year. It was renamed Levitt Shell at Overton Park and renovation was begun in 2007. It opened again with free music for all on September 4, 2008.