Your Weekly Guide to the Arts


Enjoy the rhythm and rhapsody of the arts this weekend around time. Enjoy these events produced by ArtsMemphis grantees and explore even more at ArtsMemphis Events Calendar.

Smokey Joe Coffee

The rhythmic songs of Leiber and Stoller return to the birthplace of Rock & Roll. This performance, featuring an exciting and talented cast of Memphis theater favorites alongside premier performers, will have you dancing through the aisles with hits like Spanish Harlem, Yakety Yak, Love Potion #9 and Jailhouse Rock.

  • Playhouse on the square
  • Until May 29

Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

This concert celebrates spring with live music from the Memphis Youth Symphony Program, recognized as one of the most inclusive year-round youth creative development programs in the Mid-South. Don’t miss the impressive performances of the collaborative mix.

  • Overton Park Shell
  • May 14

Fried Chicken Festival

Few nights out offer better than fried chicken and world-class live music. Grab a bite of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Uncle Lou’s, Mike’s Hot Wings & Such and Mempops while enjoying performances by Big Barton and Lucky 7 Brass Band under a canopy of trees.

  • Germantown Performing Arts Center
  • May 14

Rhapsody in Blue with Conrad Tao

Few works are as instantly recognizable in the United States as Rhapsody in Blue. One of today’s greatest musicians, Conrad Tao, associates it with Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto conducted by Robert Moody of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

  • Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
  • May 14 – 15

damn Mississippi

This show is set in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi, on a street where civil rights pioneer Medgar Evers lives. As the movement begins, not everyone is happy. Join the audience as they observe the tensions and complications between families and neighbors of the time.

  • The show hall of the circuit
  • May 13 – June 5

Memphis Matters

Playback Memphis’ beloved storytelling event is back! Join them for an afternoon of stories of beauty and belonging. Whether you need to break out of pandemic isolation or foster community connections and well-being in your life, this show is for you.

  • TheatreSouth at First Congregational Church
  • May 14

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