WAMM Recommends: Week of October 31

Each Monday, the team at We Are Memphis Music comes up with a list of the best upcoming live shows for the week. Here are our 6 picks for the first week of November!

Protomartyr, Off Peak Arson, General Labor
Tuesday, November 1st, 7PM
Growler’s
$20

It’s the start of a new month Tuesday, with all those cut-out witches and ghosts soon replaced by pilgrim hats aplenty. With a few more weeks until the holidays really begin in earnest, gorge yourselves on this killer post-punk triptych at Growler’s. Detroit’s Protomartyr pay fine homage to classic Motor City garage-rock skronk marrying their grind and churn to literate lyrics and an icy sense of cool that would make Colin Newman and Ian Curtis envious. The two Memphis acts on the bill can certainly throw their weight around, too, from Off Peak Arson’s howling punk heyday moves to General Labor’s twitchy, synth-driven propulsion. Don’t you dare miss out on this one, you turkeys.

The Wailing Banshees, Austin Lucas, Ben Abney

Tuesday, November 1st, 8:00 PM

Hi Tone

$10

A triple bill for fans of Folk and Punk Rock, Memphis based The Wailing Banshees, and Ben Abney support Indiana native, Austin Lucas. Lucas lets his near perfect high lonesome style bluegrass vocals stand out in a sea of trendier Americana styles. Lucas is the son of Bob Lucas, a fiddle player and singer known for working with bluegrass legends like Alison Kraus. Known for speaking out against the grain of country music’s popular ideals, Austin Lucas’ live performance promises to be as rowdy and unconventional as his spirit, while keeping his traditional bluegrass style vocal that is seldom seen in the music industry today. Catch Lucas Tuesday night, at the Hi Tone in the small room downstairs.

John Paul Keith & The Rhythm of The City

Thursday, November 3rd, 6:30 PM

The Grove At GPAC

$5

This could be one of the last outdoor Memphis concerts’ of the season, and what a better host than John Paul Keith & The Rhythm of The City! Playing his personal brand of early Memphis style Rock N Roll for nearly 20 years, John Paul Keith is a fixture of the music scene. His latest studio album released in 2021 titled, The Rhythm of The City, is his fifth studio album. Doors are at 5:30, get there early for good lawn seats, and the Gourmade food truck.

The PRVLG

Thursday, November 3rd, 8PM

Health Sciences Park

No Cover

The Medical District’s Happy Hour Concert Series continues this week with yet another free family-friendly event, this time starring the homegrown funk and R&B duo The PRVLG. Consisting of twin brothers Christian and Christopher Underwood, the duo is an expert blending of Memphis’ past and present, combining old school soul and funk with a hip-hop edge. Unsurprisingly for twins who have been playing music together for a lifetime, the Underwood bros have developed a musical connection that is undeniable. Inspired by the likes of Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Al Green, The PRVLG are one of the city’s most captivating live acts.

Charles Lloyd Trio

Friday, November 4th, 8PM

Germantown Performing Arts Center

$30-$75

The term “living legend” has been thrown around so often as to render it essentially meaningless, but Charles Lloyd certainly fits the bill. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductee and NEA Jazz Master will be returning to his hometown for a rare local performance on Friday night and in his eighth decade, he has never sounded better.  Best known as a saxophonist, Lloyd marries traditional jazz and world music into something truly breathtaking. As the UK jazz magazine Jazzwise recently wrote, “Lloyd is one of the greats, rather like Joan Miro in modern art, he has no peer save himself. Music of total transport and delight.” If you’re a jazz fan, DO NO miss this show.

Back To The Light Fall Turnout

Saturday, November 5th, 2PM

Wiseacre Brewing Co. (Broad Ave.)

No Cover

JD Reager’s return to Memphis from an interlude in Chicago still feels like a gift, and he’s been busy building his Back To The Light empire into something truly extraordinary – a stellar record label and podcast but also much more, a fine brand worthy of Memphis royalty. The Back To The Light Fall Turnout at Wiseacre is accordingly stacked with heavies – from the caffeinated synth-indie of Loose Opinions to the stately soul-inflected shoegaze of Rosey, from the legendary punk roar of the likewise-returned Subteens to S P A C E R ’s own dreamy two-fisted swirl and gnarl. And of course there’s Reager himself, catchy and jangly in equal measure, a hook-barbed sugar rush that brings to mind Bob Mould at the peak of his powers. So five bands, no cover, all ages – your decision is made.

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