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We’ve all heard the saying, “Memphis is Music.” Well, this summer there are more ways than ever to enjoy home-grown talent, as well as regional and national bands, so map your own musical tour.

If you want to start at a place that is synonymous with music, head to Beale Street and play tourist in your own town. Places like B.B. King's Blues Club, Blues City Café, Hard Rock Café, Rum Boogie Café, and Tin Roof serve up Memphis-style food and musical talent every night of the week. 

The eclectic neighborhood of Cooper-Young offers newer venues, like Bar DKDC, which hosts live music on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Railgarten which has live music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and Sundays afternoons.

There’s live music happening almost every night in Overton Square, too, at places such as Bayou Bar & Grill, Blue Monkey, Huey’s, Indian Pass Raw Bar, Lafayette’s Music Room and the Zebra Lounge.

Several additions to the Downtown scene include Dirty Crow Inn (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights), Sunrise Memphis (weekends on their outdoor patio, weather permitting), and Carolina Watershed (Thursdays offer a Memphis Songwriters Night/Open Mike; Saturdays, Acoustic Night, and more live entertainment on Sundays, 6 - 9:30 p.m. each night). Also check out Central BBQ (Saturdays and Sundays, afternoons).

A perennial favorite can be found in the heart of Overton Park at the Levitt Shell. Free concerts take place almost every Thursday-Sunday, 7:30 - 10 p.m. Confirm performances at https://www.levittshell.org.

The Live at the Garden annual concert series at Memphis Botanic Garden, now in its 18th year, continues to offer big name talent with Boy George & Culture Club with The B-52s, Gladys Knight, and Big & Rich in this year’s lineup. Lawn seating encourages blankets or chairs and coolers are welcomed. Confirm dates and times at https://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com.

For over two decades the Mud Island Amphitheater has been drawing folks to the river to enjoy music under the stars. Alison Krauss will bring her brand of bluegrass/Americana to this venue this month. Details can be found at http://www.mudislandamphitheater.com.

And you can get your groove on as The Peabody hosts its Rooftop Parties on Thursday nights through August 16. These see-and-be-seen parties are hosted by Nugget from Q107.5 FM and DJ Epic, and feature live entertainment, too. Other options include shows at The FedExForum, Minglewood Hall and The Orpheum. And mark your calendars for the 30th annual WEVL Blues on the Bluff, July 21. This event will take place at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, celebrating another year of amazing Memphis music. Let’s support Memphis Music!


Emily Adams Keplinger