Levitt Shell at night

50 Free Concerts at the historic Levitt Shell

Music historians say the first-ever rock and roll show took place on July 30, 1954 when Elvis Presley took the stage at the Levitt Shell opening for headliner Slim Whitman. Nestled in the heart of Midtown is a 342-acre public park that is home to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Zoo, a 9-hole golf course and walking/biking trails through the old forest. The Levitt Shell sits right in the middle of this green oasis and is one of the best locations for outdoor performances.

Offering 50 free concerts each year with a Summer and Fall series, it's easy to see why the Levitt Shell has been a local favorite for more than 75 years.

If you’ve never been to the Levitt Shell, here are a few tips:

• There is no general seating available so bring your blankets or lawn chairs and settle in for some great music.
• All seating is first come, first served so plan on getting there early to grab your favorite spot. The fall series of shows start at 7pm.
• A few bench seats are offered for the convenience of those with physical challenges.
• Feel free to bring your four-legged family members and settle into the pet-friendly areas.
• Food and drink concession stands are available or you can bring your own picnic.
• Free street parking is available in Overton Park while spaces last.  You could also park and walk (or rent a bike from Explore Bike Share) from the Overton Square Parking Garage which offers free parking before 6pm and just $3 after 6pm. The Levitt Shell also offers a free bike valet service thanks to Pedaltown Bike Valet.
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2019 ORION FALL free CONCERT SERIES Schedule

8/31 Stone Soul Picnic (special schedule 12pm-7pm)
9/12 Rob Baird
9/13 Opera Memphis
9/14 The Dip
9/15 Wealthy West
9/19 Los Colognes
9/20 Jack Oblivian & Some Sheiks
9/21 Sam Lewis
9/22 Aztec Sun
9/26 Yola Carter
9/27 The War & Treaty
9/28 Rhodes College Night (featuring Charlie Wood)
9/29 Rudi Scheidt School of Music
10/3 Trout Steak Revival
10/5 Daz Rinko
10/6 Boulevards
10/10 Red Baraat
10/11 Reverend Horton Heat
10/12 Family Show (10am)
10/12 Film: Nightmare Before Christmas
10/13 Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear

Shell yeah! Ticketed Events 

9/6 Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (ticketed event, show at 8 p.m.)
10/4 Ben Folds (ticketed event, show at 8 p.m.)