Songs of September

This is the month of midtown music festivals.

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Kirk Whalum


Rock for Love 7

Another Levitt Shell show intersects with a second September event, the Rock for Love festival, which is a growing annual benefit for the nonprofit Church Health Center and increasingly one of the best and most diverse annual showcases of contemporary Memphis music.

This year’s Rock for Love will occur over three days at three Midtown venues featuring more than a dozen local bands, singers, and DJs.

The signature event will be Saturday, September 7th, at the Levitt Shell, where Grammy-winning Memphis jazz/soul/gospel saxophonist Kirk Whalum will headline a bill that also includes classic-rock veteran John Kilzer; Beale Street stalwart and recent contestant on the television series The Voice, Patrick Dodd; and expert local folk/country singer-songwriter Mark Edgar Stuart.

The Shell show will be preceded and followed by two nights (Friday, September 6th, and an after-party that Saturday night) at Cooper-Young’s Young Avenue Deli featuring a bevy of Memphis bands, including the rootsy groups the Memphis Dawls and the Dead Soldiers. K-97 hip-hop radio  DJ Devin Steel will perform between acts on both nights at the Deli. Launching the event on Thursday, September 5th, is a ticketed “VIP BBQ” at Ardent Studios featuring the Bo-Keys.

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