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On this day in 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. One of the greatest musical icons of all time, he starred in 31 feature films, shattered numerous Billboard chart records and broke teenage hearts everywhere before his death in 1977.

You might not know that the Levitt is also a part of Elvis’ rich musical history: his first paid performance on a major stage was at the site now called Levitt Shell (formerly known as the Overton Park Shell). On July 30, 1954, he opened for Slim Whitman and Billy Walker, and in 2013, his only child Lisa Marie Presley also performed at Levitt Shell, free of charge.

In honor of what would have been Elvis’ 80th birthday, here are 10 more surprising facts you might not know about the King! Continue reading

“Memphis is all about music.” Memphian Penny Aviotti couldn’t have said it better. Graceland, Sun Records, the Stax Museum and the Levitt Shell are all part of the city’s rich musical heritage.

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Stellar performances, enthusiastic crowds made for an unforgettable year!

It may be fall, but we’re still thinking about the free concerts that filled the warm, evening air at the six Levitt venues across America. The 2013 season was packed with surprises, sing-alongs and stars both of the celestial and musical variety, celebrating the arts and community from coast-to-coast.

New performers, longer seasons, Levitt favorites and exciting events made for record-breaking attendance and the best season yet. With too many must-see concerts to mention, here are some of the highlights from 2013!

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