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Jack Oblivian and Some Sheiks

Show begins at 7:00PM sharp.

2019 Orion Free Music Concert Series at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. We also offer food and beverage for sale in our ShellEats community area. Dogs on a leash are welcome in designated areas. Levitt Shell is a nonsmoking facility.

About the band:

Depending on whom you ask, Jack "Oblivian" Yarber is either a rock legend or an absolute unknown. This dichotomy is well-understood by Memphis musicians, as underground "fame," for all its rewards, has, with a few exceptions, been the ceiling for local acts for decades. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Yarber, who may be Memphis' most influential active rock musician.

Jack is also now on his seventh solo-album: “The Lone Ranger of Love.” The 2016 album was self-released via Mony Records, Yarber’s own imprint. The full-length album is a follow up to the “Rat City” LP, released in 2011 on Big Legal Mess. Last year, in 2015, Jack O & the Sheiks also dropped their "Live!" LP, a "greatest hits"-caliber setlist of 13-songs.

Aside from his own records, the list of noteworthy bands Yarber has been a member of over the years is massive and includes Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves (a high school punk project that also featured future Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus), ‘80s new-wavers the End, '68 Comeback, Knaughty Knights, and Tav Falco's Panther Burns. Two of Yarber's former bands — the Compulsive Gamblers and the Oblivians — have seen their reputation and following swell in the decade since their demise, especially the Oblivians, whose international fan base borders on rabid. Due largely to his stint in these bands, both partnerships with Greg Cartwright, now of the Reigning Sound, Yarber has been an acknowledged influence on artists such as the White Stripes, the Hives and Jay Reatard.


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Earlier Event: September 19
Los Colognes
Later Event: September 21
Sam Lewis