The Moon River Festival is a folk rock, americana music festival that takes place at the Levitt Shell amphitheater in Memphis, TN. The two day-long event is hosted and curated by Memphis native and folk musician Drew Holcomb. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors also take the stage as the headlining act, with acts such as Colony House, The Oh Hellos, and Penny & Sparrow supporting. Moon River Festival alums include Needtobreathe, Judah & The Lion, and Switchfoot. In addition to main stage attractions, the Choose 901 stage showcases some of the best of Memphis local talent.
In years past, Moon River took place in the dead heat of the Memphis summer, but has now been moved to the fall when Memphis weather is near perfect. There's no better way to enjoy the weather than with two days of good people, good music, and good fun. Also brand new is a VIP event on Friday night in addition to the normal Saturday and Sunday festivities.
The festivities extend beyond music and into food as well. There are littered concession stands, on tap beer and alcohol vendors, other snack booths, and of course merchandise. In addition, there is an army of Memphis food trucks to appeal to any pallet. Taste of Tennessee serves up breakfast items, burgers, and smoked sausage. El Mero Taco truck cooks up fresh tacos and mexican fare. Of course, barbecue is served up in trucks such as Central BBQ, Pop's Smokehouse, and Kelvins on Wheels. Other trucks serve up everything from popsicles and snow cones to kababs and gourmet mac & cheese.
The festival itself is a "thank you" to the city of Memphis; a tribute to the culture of the city. If Memphis truly is "a city with a soul" as Drew describes, then the Moon River Fest will give you the clearest picture of it.