Thanks to Memphis' reasonably pleasant climate, we can enjoy outdoor activities for most months out of the year. As a city with a rich musical heritage, it is no surprise that Memphians love outdoor concerts. Here is a listing of outdoor concert series that happen annually or semiannually.
Laurelwood Concert Series:
The newest concert series to come to Memphis, Laurelwood Unplugged features a mix of established and up and coming artists. The series is held annually in late spring at the Laurelwood shopping center in East Memphis.
Levitt Shell Concerts:
The Levitt Shell is an open-air stage located in Overton Park. Known by long-time Memphians as "The Shell," the stage was fully renovated in 2008. Each spring and fall, the Levitt Shell hosts free concerts in a wide range of genres including world music, rock, soul, and children's music.
Live at the Garden:
Memphis Botanic Gardens is the setting for the annual Live at the Garden concert series. The series usually runs from June through August or September and features headliners from various eras of music.
Mud Island Concert Series:
The Mud Island Amphitheater is located along the Mississippi River. Each summer, this small venue hosts a variety of big names in music. Past performers include Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Bob Dylan, and many others.
The Memphis Trolley: Unplugged:
This newest concert series to hit the local scene may also be the most unique. Every weekday at lunchtime plus Friday and Saturday evenings, Memphis musicians will performing live on the trolley to entertain you as you ride around downtown. Just hop on the Main Street line and the Riverfront Loop weekdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to enjoy the show.