The River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater concludes this Saturday with a performance from Motel Mirrors and Marcella & Her Lovers. Now in its second year, the $5 summer concert series put on by Goner Records has already become one of the best and most affordable musical experiences downtown, with Reigning Sound and NOTS both delivering killer sets to children, Harbor Town residents, and everyone in between. The Reigning Sound appearance in mid-May solidified the River Series as the best (and only?) place to experience live music outdoors in Harbor Town, and the poor folks working at Miss Cordelia's grocery store felt the effects two Saturdays ago when the vendors ran out of beer before the headliners had even taken the stage.
Now it's Motel Mirrors' turn to rock on the river. Formed by Amy LaVere, Will Sexton, and John Paul Keith, Motel Mirrors should be more than up to the challenge, as each member's resume (including drummer Shawn Zorn) is chock-full of memorable performances both in Memphis and abroad. Motel Mirrors recently debuted a new song from their forthcoming sophomore album on the PBS show Sun Studio Sessions, and the track follows in the same vein as their acclaimed debut LP, which means you'll probably dig it.
Opening the show is Marcella & Her Lovers, a band that was made for serving as the soundtrack for sunsets on the mighty Mississippi. Marcella is still performing all over the city, and her residency at the Zebra Lounge is one of the highlights of the week for the Overton Square piano bar. Both bands are must-see acts, so bring the kids, bring a cooler, and get down to the Harbor Town Amphitheater (it's behind the Maria Montessori School) early this Saturday.