Levitt Shell marks 10th anniversary with free shows and fundraising concerts
A host of notable artists will perform concerts this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the Levitt Shell at Overton Park.
The summer edition of the twice yearly “Orion Free Music Concert Series” will kick off on May 31 and run through July 15 (the fall season, which is still being finalized, will include shows between September 6 and October 21).
Among the standout performers appearing are rising roots-rock and Americana acts including JD McPherson,
Nikki Lane and the McCrary Sisters, along with veteran performers Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Iguanas and The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Highlighting Mid-South acts, the Regional One Memphis Music Series adds another selection of shows from local notables including Harlan T. Bobo, Paul Thorn, the Stax Music Academy, Rev. Sekou, and Mike Farris.
The Shell was restored and renamed in 2008 as part of an effort by the Mortimer Levitt Foundation, which launched the free concert series. “Ten years is a big milestone for us,” says Anne Pitts,the Shell’s executive director. “In that 10 years, we’ve presented over 500 free concerts to Memphis and over a million people have attended those events. We will be celebrating the 10th anniversary and the great service we provide throughout this anniversary year.”
As part of its fundraising efforts, the venue will also host three ticketed “Stars at the Shell” concerts. That series kicks off on May 10 with rockers Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. The shows continue July 13 with a blues double bill featuring Grammy-winner Robert Cray and special guest Cedric Burnside, and wraps up with a performance by Lake Street Dive on September 29.
Tickets for the “Stars at the Shell” shows are $20 to $30 and available at levittshell.org.
Roots rocker JD McPherson plays the Levitt Shell's free concert series on July 12