Blue Mother Tupelo and Reverend John Wilkins at Levitt Shell
Blue Mother Tupelo, Reverend John Wilkins & more TBA live in concert for the Country Blues Festival at the historic Levitt Shell, in the heart of Midtown, Memphis in beautiful Overton Park! About Rev. John Wilkins Reverend John Wilkins blends amazing Gospel and Blues. Check out one of his songs here: https://youtu.be/0xgHJeOdv6A
About the Levitt Shell: The Shell was built in 1936 by the City of Memphis and depression-era WPA (Works Progress Administration). The Shell was designed by architect Max Furbringer, who modeled it after similar band shells in Chicago, New York and St. Louis. The WPA built 27 band shells and the Levitt Shell is one of only a handful that are still standing. In the 1930s & 1940s, the Shell was the site of the memorable Memphis Open Air Theater (MOAT) orchestra performances, light opera and musicals. In 1947 the Memphis Federation of Musicians launched its Music under the Stars series, free to the public. On July 30, 1954, the first-ever Rock & Roll Show took place at the Shell when Elvis Presley took the stage before headliner Slim Whitman. Elvis stole the show. The Levitt Shell presents 50 free concerts every year, with performances by nationally and internationally touring musicians from all over the world. Using free concerts as a catalyst for bringing people together, the Levitt Shell is building a stronger community through music, finding common ground for a diverse audience. The Shell’s rich musical heritage, prime location, thoughtfully renovated facility, and multi-cultural musical programming make it the ideal setting to bring the Memphis community together.
For more info about the concert, parking, etc. (everything) go to: www.levittshell.org