Levitt Shell free concert series expands to eight weeks

Cedric Burnside

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Cedric Burnside

Alt-country stars Son Volt, Texas tunesmith Ray Wylie Hubbard and Louisiana blues guitarist Sonny Landreth are among the performers set to play the free concert series at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. The Shell has announced the lineup for what’s being billed as its new “summer” season, an extended program of shows that will run from May 23 through July 13.

The Shell, which has typically run a five-week spring schedule, decided to expand its programming earlier this year. “We were really responding to a demand for more shows,” said Levitt Shell executive director Anne Pitts. “We got a lot of feedback after last year that people had easier schedules in the summertime, the kids are out of school, and they wanted more shows during that time frame. We decided to give them what they wanted.”

The performances begin with hometown blues-rock favorites The North Mississippi Allstars and conclude with a special 40th anniversary celebration of the local Grammy chapter. In total the series will run for eight weeks and 30 concerts.

Others scheduled to perform include New Orleans legend George Porter Jr., Southern roots rockers Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Todd Snider’s “What the Folk? Fest” and appearances by local and regional acts like Cedric Burnside, the Memphis Dawls and the City Champs.

Once the concerts end in mid-July, the Shell will start its third annual summer film series. The outdoor screenings are being done in conjunction with Indie Memphis and will focus on music films, running from mid-July though August.

The Shell’s fall season will begin on Labor Day weekend, and run for five weeks. The lineup of performers is still being firmed up, but is expected to be announced in late-July.

For a full lineup or more information, go to levittshell.org.

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