Before it became the Levitt Shell, the ampitheatre in Overton Park was adorned with a rainbow mural. I dug around in my archives to find a photo of it with its original mural for the scavenger hunt. That’s me, standing on the stage in the fall of 2004.
Plenty of people way more famous than I have stood on the stage at the Shell. Elvis performed there early in his career (he shocked the crowd of good, genteel folks with his sexy hip shakes). There’s a Big Star record that features rarities and live tracks (some recorded at the Shell) called “Nobody Can Dance” that features a big picture of the ampitheatre on the cover. The record takes it’s name from an announcement made during a set at the Shell that the “nice lady from the Parks Commission says that nobody can dance.”
Now, the Levitt Shell hosts free, outdoor concerts every weekend in the spring and fall.
1930 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104