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November 4th at 8:00pm

Doors open at 6:00pm

General Admission $25/ Reserved Seating $65/ Preferred Seating $125

Stars at the Shell is a fundraising event benefiting the Levitt Shell. 

The Levitt Shell presents 50 free concerts each year.  Our mission is building a stronger Memphis community through free music, finding common ground in a diverse audience.  All proceeds from Stars at the Shell support the free concerts.  We thank you for your support!

1 ways to buy your tickets now!

  • Online ticket sales will stop at 3PM day of show.
  • Purchase tickets at one of the two general admission gates starting at 3PM day of show.

General Admission - $25

  • Open lawn seating in the general admission seating area.
  • Lawn chairs or blankets are welcome.  Coolers/outside food and drinks are not permitted.
  • Kids 12 and under admitted free with parent or guardian in general admission only.

Reserved Seating - $65

  • Choose your own reserved seating close to the stage. 
  • Enjoy access to VIP restroom and VIP concessions area with multiple bars and food options for purchase.

Preferred Seating - $125

  • Choose your own reserved seating in the first 3 rows closest to the stage. 
  • Invitation to pre-concert cocktail party with complimentary dinner and drinks.
  • Enjoy access to VIP restroom and VIP concessions area with multiple bars and food options for purchase. 

Stars at the Shell is a fundraising event benefiting the Levitt Shell. 

The Levitt Shell presents 50 free concerts each year.  Our mission is building a stronger Memphis community through free music, finding common ground in a diverse audience.  All proceeds from Stars at the Shell support the free concerts.  We thank you for your support!

A few special notes about this event:

  • Gates open at 6:00pm.
  • FREE parking is available at the zoo after 6PM.
  • Sponsor parking is available on Museum Drive and Brooks parking lot.
  • Uber Drop off/Pick Up is located at the corner of Morrie Moss and Veterans Plaza.
  • Food and beverages (including wine and beer) will be sold at multiple concession stands throughout the area.
  • No outside food, drinks, coolers or pets are allowed at this event.
  • This event is rain or shine.
  • Because this is a fundraiser, no refunds are available.
  • Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome in General Admission seating areas. Reserved and Preferred ticket holders will have seating provided.
  • The Levitt Shell is wheelchair accessible.
  • No professional photography, video or audio recording equipment.
  • Kids 12 and under are admitted free in general admission area only.  All Reserved and Preferred Seating requires a purchased ticket for all ages.

About Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams has been maneuvering down a path all her own for more than three decades now, emerging from Lake Charles, Louisiana, where her iconoclastic upbringing helped her forge the stunning Lucinda Williams (aka, the Rough Trade album).

For much of the ‘90s, Lucinda moved around the country, turning out work that won immense respect inside the industry – as borne out by the Grammy afforded Mary-Chapin Carpenter’s interpretation of Williams’ “Passionate Kisses.” While her recorded output was sparse for a time, the work that did was invariably hailed for its indelible impressionism – like 1998’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which notched her a second Grammy Award. Over the next decade, she crafted such classic sets as West (2007), and Blessed (2011), which the Los Angeles Times dubbed “a dynamic, human, album, one that’s easy to fall in love with.”

Lucinda credits the injection of vitality and passion that emerged in part to Tom Overby, her partner in both life and music, who’s acted as both a sounding board and collaborator, contributing production ideas and offering encouragement to forge forward in directions that she might not have otherwise explored. That creative connection has grown increasingly electric over the years, as borne out by 2014’s Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, which Blurt’s Fred Mills referred to as “A snapshot—or feature-length film, take your pick – of a woman fully renewed and at the height of her creative powers.” The album won the 2015 Americana Music Association Award for Album of the Year.

The Ghosts of Highway 20, which has its roots in the sessions that produced that last outing, takes things even further. Williams stretches fearlessly here, experimenting with jazzy vocal phrasing that’s reminiscent of Van Morrison’s more adventurous offerings, and giving full voice to her literary side – which has its roots in childhood encounters with Flannery O’Connor (who her late father called his “greatest teacher”). The most dramatic example of that freewheeling spirit arrives at the close of the album – in the form of the 13-minute “Faith and Grace,” a churning groove powered by the drumming of Jamaican legend Carlton “Santa” Davis (best known for his work with the late Peter Tosh) and Jamaican hand drummer Ras Michael, whose haunting vocals add to the track’s intensity.

“That song does sum up what the album is all about for me,” says Williams. “It isn’t a jam, it’s a groove, and I just got into the room with those guys and went off. I had no idea what I was going to do, but I went with it, we all went with it, and it felt so spiritual, so real. It surpasses anything I’ve ever done, I think – and it makes me really excited about where I could take things in the future.”

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Event Sponsors:

Interested in being a sponsor, learn more by emailing debra@levittshell.org