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Monday, July 21, 2014

Fall lineup for free concert series at Memphis' Levitt Shell

Memphis' wonderful outdoor venue the Levitt Shell has announced its Fall lineup, with 18 free concerts and events beginning in September. The first scheduled event, on Friday, September 5, is a showing of the music documentary  "Meanwhile In Memphis: The Sound of a Revolution."  The following evening, Saturday September 6, is a concert by the North Mississippi Allstars, who have been touring Europe this summer with Robert Plant.
The music continues each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 12.  A show of interest for blues fan during Bridging the Blues is the concert on Friday October 3 by Big Sam's Funky Nation, a New Orleans R&B outfit led by former Dirty Dozen Brass Band trombonist Big Sam Williams. The following night it's Tupelo native and roots rocker Paul Thorn.
Built in 1936, the Shell (known for many years as the Overton Shell) was the site of Elvis Presley's first professional rock'n'roll show on July 30, 1954. It  later hosted the Memphis Country Blues Festival.  It's located in Midtown off of Poplar Avenue in Overton Park, next to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

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