Cage the Elephant, Jason Isbell and Anderson .Paak are headlining the just-announced MEMPHO music festival in Memphis, Tennessee this fall.

The two-day fest is scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7 at the 4,500 acre Shelby Farms Park near the city’s downtown. It’s the first time a festival has played the huge urban park – which is five times the size of New York’s Central Park – as an event spot, organizers said in a statement. Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs are among the other featured performances, which also will include a special tribute to Memphis by Steve Cropper & Friends and Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue.

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“The roots of American music can be clearly traced directly to Memphis,” Diego Winegardner, founder and CEO of MEMPHO promoter Big River Presents, said in the statement.

He said the festival was created “with a distinct purpose to pay homage to our community’s unique role in shaping and influencing global music culture.”

MEMPHO will feature two stages of music and a variety of food and drink options, including the city’s legendary barbecue, as well as beer, wine and cocktails.

In addition, festival-goers will enjoy seeing a festival surrounded by nature, MEMPHO organizers said.  There is biking, canoeing, zip lining, and horseback riding available at the park.

Said Rolling Stones keyboard player Chuck Leavell: “As a special advisor for MEMPHO, I’m proud to bring one of the greatest musical cities in the world a new kind of music festival. The setting is spectacular and the talent lineup is top-notch with a combination of great new artists and some established fan favorites.”

Leavell, who also is the founder of the Mother Nature Network, said he is “pleased that everyone involved has a high sensitivity to keeping the event clean and green, and in harmony with nature.”

Early bird pre-sale tickets for MEMPHO go on sale at 10 a.m. CST July 13. General one-sale tickets will be available starting the following day for $35 and up. Two-day passes and VIP Packages will be available.

For more information or to buy tickets, go here.

Maggie O'Brien

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Maggie O'Brien has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She's covered everything from from crime to politics to fitness. Writing about bands and shows takes her back to the days of going to punk rock shows in the Midwest.
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