Revamped: Mud Island Amphitheater will be restored to live concert venue

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The future of the Mud Island Amphitheater is up for discussion Thursday night. A community forum will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Carolina Water Shed in Downtown Memphis.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the City Council approved $4 million to revamp the building.

The amphitheater last hosted a concert in 2018. Of the four concerts that year, only one sold out.

Finding a unified purpose for the facility is the reason behind Downtown Neighborhood Association President Jarred Price forming a committee last year to develop plans for the venue.

“After a lot of advocacy and a lot of conversation we are excited to see Mayor Strickland is allocating four million,” Price said.

City Council approved the allocation of $4 million from the Accelerate Memphis plan to the Mud Island Amphitheater.

The money will provide funding for roof and electrical repairs, modern upgrades, and adequate fencing for security.

Price says when more normalcy returns to Memphis, the amphitheater will be where people want to come.

“The first thing the CDC says that they know for a fact that outdoor concerts will be allowed before indoor concerts. So let’s get this thing up and going and get music ringing from its walls,” Price said.

The four million dollars doesn’t include money for repairs on the monorail or maintenance for the entire island.

According to Medium.com It’s going to take a total of $8 to $99 million to return the venue to being competitive in attracting concerts and events.

“Unfortunately the four million doesn’t get to the park renovation but it is going four million to the actual amphitheater which I think is a great starting point,” Price said.