List of Memphis Music Festivals and Events

Memphis is the birthplace of the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll and is a hometown of the Blues. Music just flows through the veins of the Memphians. Memphians’ love for music has made them celebrate live music concerts, festivals, and events annually and bi-annually. Every genre of music gets performed and people of all ages have something to enjoy.

Beale Street Music Festival 

It gets celebrated on the 1st weekend in May every year. Guests and visitors enjoy three days of live music in Memphis from many nationally popular performers and even the local artists. The Dave Mathew Band, James Brown, Charlie Daniels, three 6 Mafia, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Vaughan, and Lynyrd Skynyrd are some of the artists and bands have performed live on the Beale Street’s biggest musical event.

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Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

On the Labor Day weekend, Southern Folklore Center hosts the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival every year. Two days live music from different genres along with other regional and cultural music gets highlighted. Local art can be viewed and purchased, regional dishes can be sampled and stories passed from Southern generations can be listened to.

International Blues Challenge

This is the largest gathering of the world-wide’s blues bands hosted by The Blues Foundation in January. Since 1984, the event has been working towards developing the careers of budding blues artists through showcasing their talents as well as bestowing popular awards.

In this one week-long event, a maximum of 200 blues performances from across the world compete for cash and accolades on Beale Street.

Delta Fair & Music Festival

It is a traditional fair highlighted on music held at Agricenter every year. Besides the rides, food, exhibits, and games, the Fair offers a list of live music performances from different genres.

Gonerfest

It is a yearly 3-day live music fest featuring punk, ska, indie rock, and metal. The Goner Records label hosts this event at different venues in the Midtown neighborhood, usually at Cooper-Young Gazebo, Murphy’s, and Hi-Tone Café. Usually, it is hosted in the last week of September or early October.

MEMPHO

A two-day Music Fest is held outdoor at the Shelby Farms Park. The first MEMPHO was launched in 2017 October and headlined with celebrities like Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Cage the Elephant, and Jason Isbell along with plenty of national and local acts.

DreamFest Weekend

A single night show was first held in the year 2011 to commemorate King Martin Luther. It is a weekend-long festival held in January that features jazz, soul, rappers, R&B, spiritual, reggae, singers, songwriters, and the spoken word artists. Usually, the DreamFest Weekend gets held at the Midtown venues including 1524 Madison and Minglewood Hall.

Rock for Love

It is a multi-day and multi-venue fundraiser music event hosted for the Church Health Center. The Center is a non-profit that helps uninsured people in Memphis. Usually, the Rock for Love was held in September but in 2017 it was moved to August. You can enjoy the lineup of established and upcoming local bands.

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