WAMM Recommends: Week of March 13

Each week, the team at We Are Memphis Music brings you our top live music selections for the week. Here are just some of the great shows headed to the M Town in the next 7 days.

Softcult, Soft Blue Shimmer

7PM, Tuesday, March 14th



Who doesn’t find comfort in soft things from time to time? Ontario duo Softcult certainly fit the bill, offering billowy dream-pop cloud formations that slowly blossom into a gentle shoegaze gale, overwhelming with sheer beauty rather than numbing with obliterating volume. Similarly-named tour mates Soft Blue Shimmer hail from Los Angeles, and they offer their own hazy cosmic drift that invokes just the golden state bliss-out vibes you’d expect from such a band name. Make no mistake, the similarities here are more than just words-deep – these are complimentary sides of the modern shoegaze coin, soft but not too soft, so make it a point to burrow deep at Growler’s this Tuesday.

Patti Labelle

8PM, Saturday, March 18th

The Orpheum


Voices like Patti LaBelle’s come along maybe once a generation at best. Capable of purring seduction, sweet tremble, and commanding power-ballad roar, the Philadelphian Ms. Labelle’s greatest gift has perhaps been the ability to make it all sound effortless – the act of singing as joyous release and celebration of passion. Having started out in church choirs when she was just ten years old, Patti doesn’t seem capable of even considering a slowdown sixty-eight years later, which is lucky for anyone hoping to catch her dazzle audiences from a stage – what’s always seemed like her natural habitat.

K. Michelle

9PM, Saturday, March 18th

Minglewood Hall


Memphian K. Michelle is a powerful singer whose unique blend of R&B, soul, and hip-hop stands out, as she always brings her A-game to the stage. Since 2009, the artist has released four full-length albums, some of which have charted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Charts and Billboard 200. Set to release a new album this year, the Love & Hip-Hop cast member is on tour for pre-release. Expect the Overton High graduate to get a bit intimate with the audience. A K. Michelle concert is not just about the music but also the community that comes from being part of the shared experience. 

Duwayne Burnside

8PM, Sunday, March 19th

Hernando’s Hide-A-Way


Blues + Hill Country = Burnside. In this case, Duwayne Burnside. Whether you’re a die-hard blues fan or someone looking for a great night out, this one is not to be missed. Burnside is the grandson of the late blues legend R.L. Burnside. Burnside’s music truly celebrates the genre and will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. Hernando’s Hide-A-Way lends itself to traditional American genres, and will no doubt facilitate the correct amount of good time required for a sunday night blues show in Memphis. Go, and be impressed!


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