Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Shell Schedule Finalized

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 12:53 PM

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The spring/summer concert season for the Levitt Shell at Overton Park — including folk singer Todd Snider and blues/roots master Corey Harris — has been finalized and is now up on the venue's web site.

This second concert season at the refurbished Shell will run Thursday, May 28th through Sunday, June 28th with five concerts each Thursday-Sunday for five consecutive weeks.

The format remains the same as the inaugural season last fall: "Americana" on Thursdays, "R&B/Soul/Gospel" on Fridays, "Kids" concerts followed by "Musica Latina" on Saturdays, and "World Rhythms" on Sundays. All concerts in the series are free.

Potential highlights:

Thursday, May 28th: Legendary songwriter/producer/raconteur "Cowboy" Jack Clement, who cut his teeth under Sam Phillips at Sun, opens the season, with local stalwart Jimmy Davis also on the bill.

Sunday, May 31st: Corey Harris brings his pan-African approach to traditional blues to the shell. A diverse, uncompromising, and often brilliant roots musician, Harris can best be heard on such ace albums as Greens from the Garden and Downhome Sophisticate. Live, there's no telling which direction he'll take from his basic country-blues starting point.

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Saturday, June 6th: The Mississippi-based Dent May has become an unlikely indie-rock fave — unlikely because of the unusual prominence of May's primary musical sidekick, "His Magnificent Ukulele. May will play a kid's show.

Thursday, June 18th: Former Memphian Todd Snider used to be a good singer-songwriter with great between-song patter. But with his 2004 album East Nashville Skyline, he evolved into a truly great singer-songwriter. Snider's new album, The Excitement Plan, is set for a June 9th release.

Friday, June 26th: North Mississippi's Juke Joint Duo — Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm — might be the most exciting young artists in a genre — the blues — that desperately needs some fresh talent.

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