HistoryFormerly known as the Overton Park Shell, the Levitt Shell has been a local landmark since it was constructed in 1936. It was home to hundreds of concerts over the years, hosting musical performances of every genre. Perhaps most notably, the Shell is the venue where Elvis gave his first paid concert.
Over the last several decades, the open air stage has been closed twice, the first time in 1985 and the second in 2004. In 2008, the Shell was renovated and reopened. Largely responsible for this renovation and reopening is the Mortimer Levitt Foundation, a national charity that restores dilapidated concert shells. The foundation partnered with the city to refurbish the Shell and schedules the venue's programming.
- Lawn seating is first-come, first-served. As a courtesy to others, patrons are asked not to hold space for friends or family. A limited number of bench seats are reserved for patrons with physical challenges. Pets are not allowed.
- Food vendors also will be at each concert. Picnics are welcome; glass and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. As a public space and part of Memphis Park Services, all park rules apply. Free public parking is available along the roads of Overton Park. Handicap parking is available at the Brooks, at the southern entrance to the Levitt Shell grounds and other areas as indicated.
- All shows at The Levitt Shell will be considered family-friendly and will encourage community spirit. Shows will complete by 9 p.m. out of courtesy to the neighborhood.
- Concerts are not rain-or-shine. For show updates, performer information and more, visit levittshell.org or call the information line at 901-272-5159.
Spring 2013 Schedule of Concerts
Concerts will run each weekend on most Thursdays through Sundays from May 23rd through July 12th (the final night is a Friday). There are a variety of genres represented in the schedule including rock, soul, world sounds, and more.
Thursday, May 23rd, 7:30 p.m.: North Mississippi Allstars
Friday, May 24th, 7:30 p.m.: Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons
Saturday, May 25th, 7:30 p.m.: Drivin' N' Cryin'
Sunday, May 26th, 7:30 p.m.: Theresa Andersson
Thursday, May 30th, 7:30 p.m.: Spirit Family Reunion
Friday, May 31st, 7:30 p.m.: Mingo Fishtrap
Saturday, June 1st, 7:30 p.m.: The City Champs
Sunday, June 2nd, 7:30 p.m.: Red Baraat
Thursday, June 6th, 7:30 p.m.: Big Sam's Funky Nation
Friday, June 7th, 7:30 p.m.: TBA
Saturday, June 8th, 7:30 p.m.: Trampled Under Foot
Sunday, June 9th, 7:30 p.m.: Eden Brent
Thursday, June 13th, 7:30 p.m.: George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners
Friday, June 14th, 7:30 p.m.: Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Saturday, June 15th, 6:00 p.m.: Todd Snider's What the Folk? Fest
Sunday, June 16th, 7:30 p.m.: New Ballet Ensemble
Thursday, June 20th, 7:30 p.m.: Ray Wylie Hubbard
Friday, June 21st, 7:30 p.m.: John Nemeth and the Bo-Keys
Saturday, June 22nd, 7:30 p.m.: Cedric Burnside
Sunday, June 23rd, 7:30 p.m.: Hurray for the Riff Raff
Thursday, June 27th, 7:30 p.m.: Son Volt
Friday, June 28th, 7:30 p.m.: Roscoe Bandana
Saturday, June 29th, 7:30 p.m.: The Memphis Dawls
Sunday, June 30th, 7:30 p.m.: STAX Music Academy
Thursday, July 4th -- NO CONCERT
Friday, July 5th, 7:30 p.m.: Sonny Landreth
Saturday, July 6th, 7:30 p.m.: The Dunwells
Sunday, July 7th, 7:30 p.m.: Ori Naftaly Band
Thursday, July 11th, 7:30 p.m.: The Spring Standards
Friday, July 12th, 7:30 p.m.: Will Hoge