In honor of MLK50, the National Civil Rights Museum is creating a free outdoor concert series for the community to enjoy! From the sweet sounds of soul to chilled-out beats and local bands, the Museum is the place for family fun this fall. The program runs every Friday in September.

This year's concerts will delight music lovers of all ages with music ranging from jazz to soul, with a taste of the oldies. If music makes you feel like dancing on the lawn, all the better!

We're proud of the outstanding musicians we will showcase as well as our wide variety of music. We try to please the most critical ear with the best sound around.  

Register to enjoy one or all of the artists on the schedule:

*DUE TO RAIN, MOVED TO SUNDAY, September 3 – Tonya Dyson

If Memphis is known as “Soulsville U.S.A., Tonya Dyson is well-known as the mayor of Neosoulville, re-igniting the spirit of Stax and Hi Records by sharing her passion for music with others through her brainchild, and live show production. In addition to cultivating that love, she also teaches music appreciation in Memphis public, charter, and parochial schools. Tonya has been a driving force in the Memphis hip hop/soul scene producing shows and key city events in Memphis including the longest running open mic “The Word” and Soulsville USA Festival. As a singer/songwriter, Tonya is preparing for the debut release of part one of the anticipated “Finding My Way” series.  Tonya was also the main featured in a documentary entitled "I AM SOUL" that debuted in the Indie Memphis Film Festival winning awards for best feature documentary and audience favorite. She has also shared the stage with artists like Stevie Wonder and Justin Timberlake and has written for several artists- most recently, Calvin Richardson. 

Born in Memphis, TN, Courtney Little has been singing all his life and raised in the church. He’s a young talented artist and accomplished pianist with and old soul! Courtney loves singing the blues and old school tunes.

Carmen Hicks soul singer born and raised in Memphis TN. She has been on the musical scene since 2001 and continues to strive in her passion.

When you say the name Devin Crutcher; style, grace, professional, outstanding singer, an overall entertainer, a talented song writer, a business man, and a spiritual man come to mind.  His talent is recognized and admired by industry greats as millions of us saw on Sean "Diddy" Combs, “Making the Band 4,” as well as the talented artists he has been honored to open up for such as: Floetry, Will Downing, Angela Winbush, Lenny Williams, Chante Moore, Fantasia, Jamie Foxx, and Kem to name a few. Whether Devin is singing an acoustic set, or using his full band that he refers to as "Family"; he will give you 150%, giving you his signature Neo Soul and old school sound in venues around the city. 

Karen Brown  has a voice that captures the epitome of versatility as her community support and following can attest.

The concerts also feature spoken word artists, MLK speeches, DJ Swagg on the ones and twos, and a Sip & Shop at the Main Street Museum Store.  Refresh yourself at one of our featured food trucks and get some museum merchandise. Stretch out on your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the tunes. You're going to love the MLK50 Outdoor Concert Series - we know it!  Best of all, it is FREE!

* RAIN CONTINGENCY: the concert will move to the following Saturday or Sunday weather permitting.