The dazzling lineup this year, the 5th benefit for Protect Our Aquifer, includes Shemekia Copeland, Tracy Nelson, Tim O’Brien, Loudon Wainwright III, John Nemeth, Susan Marshall, Reba Russell, Joe Restivo, and Will Kimbrough.


Two of Memphis’ greatest natural resources – water and music – come together yet again this holiday season as Acoustic Sunday Live! presents its annual Memphis concert to Protect Our Aquifer at 7 pm, Sunday, December 3, at First Congregational Church, 1000 Cooper Street.

Acoustic Sunday Live! has been curated and produced by Bruce and Barbara Newman for three decades now and always for a cause. This concert will include award winning blues, roots, folk, and songwriter artists including Shemekia Copeland, Tracy Nelson, Tim O’Brien and Loudon Wainwright, and Memphis stallworths John Nemeth, Susan Marshall, Reba Russell, and Joe Restivo, with guitarist Will Kimbrough.   

The concert will feature two sets with each artist performing two songs per set, and then will end with a big finale sing along.

“I love this time of year as we are able to bring world class music together with an amazing cause like Protect Our Aquifer,” Newman says. “Bring a friend and show them what this show is all about.”

Formed out of necessity in 2017, Ward Archer founded Protect Our Aquifer thinking it would be a short-lived legal fight. It soon became apparent there is no entity working to protect the source of drinking water for Shelby County, Tennessee and much of the Mid-South. Protect Our Aquifer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a force of citizen advocates challenging threats to the Aquifer. In six years, Protect Our Aquifer has become a leading voice in the science-based protection of the Aquifer and the people that depend on it.  Those living in Germantown had a particularly tough year with water issues and should have great incentive to attend.  

“We are excited to be the beneficiary again this year”, said Archer.

“This concert has become our largest fundraiser and will help cover the cost of some new and exciting initiatives.”

Acoustic Live Sunday! Tickets start at $50 and are tax deductible.  They can be purchased at