Last weekend the Levitt Shell announced the line up to their Free Summer Concert Series. The series will go down in a newly renovated amphitheater, and the shows will feature various food trucks and beer vendors, in addition to being all ages. Here's the rundown on 18 acts playing the Levitt Shell this summer.
Thursday, June 2nd: The Soul Rebels with the Beale Street Flippers
New Orleans' the Soul Rebels kick the summer series off with a funk/jazz fusion, and having the Beale Street Flippers on hand should push this party over the edge.
Saturday, June 4th: Big Ass Truck
Memphis' own Big Ass Truck reunite for a Saturday show at the Levitt Shell. Fun fact: Big Ass Truck features former Memphis Flyer music editor Joe Boone.
Thursday, June 9th: The Record Company
The Record Company kick off the second week of the Summer Series, bringing their Stones-esque rock to the Shell. Their latest album Give It Back to You was released earlier this year.
Friday, June 10th: Mariachi Flor De Toloache
The all-female mariachi band Mariachi Flor De Toloache were nominated for a Latin Grammy and have been at it since 2008.
Saturday, June 11th: Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Bust out your zoot suit, and get ready for a swingin' time when the Cherry Poppin' Daddies take the stage.
Thursday, June 16th: The Bo-Keys
Memphis' Bo-Keys don't play all that often, but whenever they do, it's a guaranteed great time. The Keys will be joined by Percy Wiggins and Don Bryant for this gig.
Thursday, June 23rd: Hayes Carll
Hayes Carll has been nominated for a Grammy, and American Songwriter awarded him with Song of the Year in 2011 for his track "Another Like You."
Friday, June 24th: Steep Canyon Rangers
These Grammy Award-winners have been at it for 15 years and frequently collaborate with comedian Steve Martin, but no word yet on whether or not he will be joining them.
Friday, July 1st: Elizabeth Cook
Elizabeth Cook kicks off the final month of the Summer Series, and chances are she'll have her first new album in six years, Exodus of Venus, in tow.
Thursday, July 7th: Hal Ketchum
Hal Ketchum has been cranking out country albums for three decades, and his 1991 album Past the Point of Rescue has sold over 500,000 copies and features his most well-known song, "Small Town Saturday Night."
Friday, July 8th: Lera Lynn
You may recognize Lera Lynn as the bar-room singer in the second season of True Detective (a character some might call the only redeeming quality of that season). Lynn played a vital role in that season of True Detective, and her dark pop music has been blowing up ever since.
Saturday, July 9th: "Stars at the Shell": Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (ticketed event)
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will play the Levitt Shell's annual fund-raiser "Stars at the Shell," and tickets will soon be available through the Shell's website.
Thursday, July 14th: Band of Heathens
Austin's Band of Heathens live on the road, taking their rock-and-roll far and wide on the strength of their latest album, 2013's Sunday Morning Record.
Friday, July 15th: Cedric Burnside
As the grandson of R.L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside had some big shoes to fill when he started playing live music. He answered the call by becoming one of the most renowned drummers in the world, and Cedric Burnside Project creates a dance party like few other acts can.
Saturday, July 23rd: The Nightowls
To record their appropriately titled new album The Fame Sessions, the Nightowls took to Muscle Shoals' FAME Studios, where the Staple Singers, Percy Sledge, Little Richard, and the Allman Brothers all cranked out some of their best work.
Thursday, July 28th: Martin Harley
Slide-guitar master Martin Harley brings his modern blues to the final weekend of the Summer Series. Harley has traveled the world with his 12-string guitar, and his latest album, Live at Southern Ground, was released last year.
Friday, July 29th: Snowglobe
Hometown heroes Snowglobe are releasing a new album later this year, so their performance at the Shell should be full of new material. The band has released six albums over the course of their long career, and their off-kilter pop has been a local favorite for years.
Sunday, July 31st: Alvin Youngblood Hart
Alvin Youngblood Hart closes out the Summer Series. Hart has won over the likes of Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan with his genre-bending blues music, and he recorded his album Start With the Soul with Memphis legend Jim Dickinson. Hart also served as Samuel L. Jackson's guitar tutor on Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan.
All shows start at 7:30 p.m.