The renovation of the ‘Overton Park Shell’ in Memphis is just finished and the location re-opened last week as the ‘Levitt Shell’. The opening concerts attracted 1000 people each night, way more than the 600 people the organization expected. Until October 5, each Thursday till Sunday will have a free concert. The season will re-start in May 2009.
The Overton Park Shell was the first place Elvis gave an announced concert. During the last decade, the site was abandoned and at some point, the city planned to tear down the whole place. Thanks to the necessary funds, they were able to restore the location and it is now safe for the future. The name ‘Levitt Shell’ is given by clothier Mortimer Levitt who started a foundation in the early 60s in New York to promote free concerts in open air theaters. Across the USA, you’ll find many of those ‘Levitt Theaters’ nowadays.