As the winter approaches, there are no signs of cooling down when it comes to great live music offerings. Locations such as Lafayette’s Music Room, Crosstown’s Green Room, Minglewood Hall, and FedEx Forum are just a few spots that will be bringing you some of the best performances in the next month, from the long-awaited Millennium Tour that all the millennials have been waiting for to neo-soul star Son Little. Here are 5 shows we suggest you absolutely do not miss in November!
The Millennium Tour
Saturday, November 5th
This is the performance that everyone has been waiting for and, yes, it is coming to the Bluff City! The decade of the 2000s was undeniably one of the best times in music thanks in part to R&B artists such as B2K, Mario, Bow Wow, and several others. With that in mind, it’s quite the feat that they will be taking on the FedEx Forum stage the month. The tour was created by R&B singer Omarion after finding himself reminiscing on his dance skills that were loved by the world. He wanted to showcase those talents and bring back a time in music that was beyond beautiful. Although millennials are said to be ages 27 to 41, anyone in love with R&B and 2000s rap music can join these artists for a night of fun! Launched in 2019, the tour has been one of the most popular nostalgia tours on earth. In fact, it was this tour that is credited for putting favorite past boy bands and old industry friends back together. Understandably, people are excited to see these world-class talents reunite in front of the world!
Thursday, November 10th
1884 Lounge @ Minglewood Hall
Drayton Farley, from Birmingham, Alabama, is a country/Americana artist that continues to wow crowds with his strong vocals and wise lyricism. With songs and lyrics pulled from real life experience, there’s a grounded feeling to his stories, a confessional quality that rings true to those who know. If you are looking to hear a good story and enjoy a chill vibe, Farley’s performance is just for you!
The Soundstage at Graceland
Friday, November 11th
Like many of the best bands around, it is nearly impossible to put Georgia’s Manchester Orchestra neatly into in one genre-specific box. Are they a post-hardcore band? Prog rock? Folk? The answer is yes, and more. Although their recorded music has won them legions of fans, it’s their spectacular live shows that have really been their calling-card, earning them invitations to massive festivals such as as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Coachella. If you want to save a few hundred bucks and avoid the massive crowds that come along with those festivals, though, then head on down to Whitehaven and catch a show that you won’t soon forget.
Friday, November 18th
Since its opening, Railgarten has been the epicenter of good music. Hosting a variety of artists and genres, the venue just continues to give the city a reason to crave more good music. This month, the venue will be hosting Son Little, a neo-soul, indie, and rhythm and blues artist that constantly soothes his audience with relatable lyrics and an unforgettable vocal tone. He has performed at numerous festivals, performed at NPR’s Tiny Desk, and has released a total of 6 albums and EP’s. He has toured the world with Kelis and a number of other artists, and he is a Grammy-winning producer. If you are looking to enjoy a beautiful evening in the breeze and be accompanied by calming music, Son Little will make you feel an abundance of emotion and carry you with good music throughout the entire performance!
Sunday, November 27th
Lafayette’s Music Room
A dedicated drummer straight out of the city of Memphis (and the son of blues icon Bobby Bland), Rodd Bland is determined to make you get on your feet and dance. After much experience in the music industry from working with artists such as William Bell, Frayser Boy, and Al Kapone, Bland continues to do his thang as a solo artist! His years of performing have taught him exactly what it means to keep a crowd intrigued as an instrumentalist and performer. He has performed at clubs around the world and is a reliably great time. While you will get the blues, of course, you may also get a little bit of R&B, rock, and soul mixed in as well. You never know what you may get with someone as musically inclined as Rodd Bland, but you will enjoy every minute of it. We can’t wait to see him rock the stage once again, and we hope you join him!