Levitt Shell

Join Joe & Mark as we walk through the history of the Levitt Shell, AKA the Memphis Open Air Theatre or MOAT. We’re joined by Barry Lichterman and the Shell’s Executive Director, Natalie Wilson. Did you know the first Rock n Roll Show as held at the Shell? Listen to this and other stories about this wonderful treasure in the heart of Memphis. 

Show Notes: 

The Levitt Shell can be found online at levittshell.org and the 2019 free concert lineup can be viewed here. Tickets for ticketed shows are sold through TicketMaster here

Katie Smythe’s New Ensemble Ballet can be found online at http://www.newballet.org/

To read more of Elvis’ first show at the Shell head over to this link which includes the poster for the show!


Barry Lichterman was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis with degrees in Communications and Political Science.

Barry served as CEO and President of his family business, Lichterman Shoe Company, which had 68 retail locations including Lottie’s Shoes and leased shoe departments in SteinMart and Spiegel Outlet Stores. After the company was sold in late 90’s Barry then became a partner in Zoomedia, Inc., a San Francisco-based IT company.  

Barry is currently Managing Partner and Member of several real estate companies including Lichterman Loewenberg Properties, LLC, Poplar Yates Associates, and Knickerbocker Plaza, LLC. Barry and his partner, Blake Lichterman, own and operate The Lichterman Group, LLC.


Natalie Wilson is Executive Director of Levitt Shell at Overton Park. Over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector, Former Director of Visitor Experience for Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, where she was a key player in the 2016 re-development of the park. Natalie is on the Community Advisory Board for Girls Scouts Heart of the South, Founding Board Member of Gilda’s Club Memphis, Advisory Board of the University of Memphis School of Anthropology. She was the 2015 Shape the State Hero by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.  
















Research team: Joe V Lowry, Jen Canale Ireland
Editor: Trish Gully
Producer: Mark White

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