It's music to our ears to learn of the multitudinous offerings of West Tennessee music venues. Though the list runs as long as Beale Street's blues bars and Jackson's honkytonk dives, here are a few favorite (and sometimes free) venues to check out this summer.
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Each summer, the Levitt Shell at Midtown Memphis' Overton Park hosts a free concert series made possible by community support. All shows, which begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays-Sundays, are hosted on a sprawling green lawn for picnicking and dancing. Though outside food and drink are allowed to bring on the ground, local food trucks and beverage vendors are available for purchase. Pack your picnic basket and find your spot!
(Photo Credit: Shiloh National Military Park)
In commemoration of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, Shiloh National Military Park is featuring a five-concert music series with the natural backdrop of breathtaking forestry. One concert will be held per month through September, highlighting musical genres that encompass the American catalog of music.
The summer setting at Memphis Botanic Garden, though typically full of greenery and florals now welcomes its 15th year of show-stopping music legends from ZZ Top to Greg Allman. More than 6,000 pack the lawn and linen-draped tables for the summertime series, this year featuring REO Speedwagon, Sheryl Crow, and more.
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The backyard vibe at Downtown Memphis' newest restaurant/bar Loflin Yard perfectly complements Coach House porch concerts each evening. From bluegrass and blues to electronic and jazz, the selection seems to soothe the summer heat—especially with a barrel-aged cocktail in hand.