Orion Shell Yeah! The Shell is back!

Benefit Concert Series is back with the North Mississippi All-Stars and Tank & the Bangas, and “Tasty Compositions”


The Levitt Shell’s annual ticketed Orion Shell Yeah! Benefit Concert Series is returning in 2021 and will feature several local and regional musicians. The historic venue, in partnership with chef Kelly English and a team of local, Memphis chefs will curate a unique, picnic style dinner dubbed “Tasty Compositions” for each concert to help enhance the magical experience being back on the lawn after more than a year.

Program Note: The May 6 concert is sold out; tickets for the May 20 concert with Tank & the Bangas go on sale April 16 at 10am CST

Presented by Roadshow BMW, the series will be limited capacity with safe, social-distanced pod experiences on the Shell lawn. Dates for the series include: May 6 & 20, June 3 & 17 and July 1 & 15. The Levitt Shell will announce featured artists one month at a time. May 6 will be the North Mississippi All-Stars (sold out) and May 20 will be Tank & the Bangas. All shows will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets for North Mississippi All Stars go on sale Friday, April 9 are available for $270 without food per pod (up to 6 people) or $400 with food. 


Participating chefs in the series include:

  • Kelly English — Iris/Second Line/Fino’s 
  • Bala Tounkara — Bala’s Bistro
  • Jimmy Gentry — Paradox Catering
  • Ryan Trimm — Sweetgrass/117 Prime/Sunrise
  • Karen Carrier — Beauty Shop/Hazel’s Delicatessen 
  • Philip Ashley Rix — Philip Ashley Chocolates 
  • Ben Smith — Tsunami
  • Eli Townsend — Townsend Food Services
  • Nuha Abuduhair — 17 Berkshire
  • Jason Severs — Bari 

“The Shell is one of the places in Memphis that has always been an epicenter of authentic moments and organic experiences for me,” said Chef Kelly English. “I am proud to be a part of its story and to work with a truly diverse group of restaurants to bring it back from slumber.” 

Formerly called “Stars of the Shell”, the Orion Shell Yeah! Benefit Concert Series at the Levitt Shell has featured artists like Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Emmy Lou Harris, Ben Folds and other incredibly talented regional and national acts. 

Tank & the Bangas, May 20

“Proceeds raised through the Orion Shell Yeah! Benefit Concert Series at the Levitt Shell fuel our mission of building community through music that is accessible for all Memphians,” said Levitt Shell Executive Director Natalie Wilson. “This vital series powers the continued preservation of the Shell and the return to FREE, live music from our historic stage in the Fall. In fact, it allows us the opportunity to gift Memphis with a rich diversity of music from all over world.”

In year’s past there have been one-to-two fundraising concerts, but this year, the Levitt Shell will offer six Shell Yeah! Benefit Concerts. Stay tuned for the line up which will be announced soon.

For more information about the Orion Shell Yeah! Benefit Concert Series, please visit www.levittshell.org. Tickets will be on sale online at Ticketmaster.com starting April 9. For corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact lauren@levittshell.org.

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