Soulful Sounds Along a Grand Waterway

Memphis & Surrounding Areas

Memphis rises from a bluff along the mighty Mississippi. Beyond the scenic parks, trails and waterways is a city bustling with an urban flair, a wealth of talented musicians and singers across all genres, a revered musical past and present, true soul-fulfilling food and a history known throughout the world.

Tennessee’s critical role in American popular music can be felt, seen and heard on Beale Street. It’s the birthplace of the blues, where W.C. Handy and other musicians began performing as early as 1909.

If it’s Memphis, you must have barbecue. Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous comes to mind. Dry ribs are the essence of Memphis barbecue.

Relax in downtown Memphis at the Peabody, one of the Historic Hotels of America, and watch the ritual of the marching ducks. A stirring, memorable experience awaits you minutes from the Peabody at the National Civil Rights Museum, chronicling the Civil Rights Movement from slavery to today's human rights movements. Afterward, reflect on the lights of Memphis’ cityscape from the Madison Hotel's Twilight Sky Terrace.

In history-rich Henning, soak up an epic legacy at Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center while considering your own roots. At Mud Island River Park, you can pedal boat, bike and delve into history at the Mississippi River Museum.  

A veritable roll call of music royalty, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich, began recording careers at Sun Studio, where rock ‘n’ roll came together in the 1950s. Learn about music pioneers at Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Don’t leave Memphis without seeing Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Experience a palpable sense of his presence as you walk through the home and grounds. An icon of American culture, Graceland speaks volumes about music, celebrity, history and the King.

Visit the smaller towns around Memphis, where Civil War sites, farmers markets and town squares are celebrated.

Experience the Memphis Area

Accented by mouthwatering barbecue, the mighty Mississippi and Beale Street, the Memphis area’s music and heritage unfold at iconic attractions.

Memphis & Surrounding Areas Nov 8 36th Annual Auction Memphis, TN Celebrate The Orpheum Theatre at our largest and most exciting fundraising event of the year – the 36th Annual Orpheum Auction! The evening is truly our “social event of the season” with an average of 800 guests, heavy hors d’oeuvres buffets, open bar and over 400 amazing items up for bid! Be a part of our celebration by sponsoring, donating, bidding online or attending the event. All proceeds benefit the new Orpheum Centre for Performing Arts & Education. For more information about the event or how to get involved, contact Michelle at (901) 529-4280 or learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Nov 14 Schoolhouse Rock Live! Memphis, TN Students and families will be rocking out at The Orpheum as Childsplay brings the hit 1970s and ‘80s cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock” to life. Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the stage with updated songs and multi-media effects for a whole new generation! Appropriate for all ages. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Nov 21 Annual Graceland Lighting Ceremony Memphis, TN Experience the magic of the holiday season when the holiday lights come alive for another year at Graceland in Memphis on November 21, 2014. Join special guests as we "flip the switch" and officially light the Graceland property and kick off the holiday festivities. We are predicting a 100% chance of snow and Santa, decked out like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, will also be available for pictures with the kids following the lighting ceremony. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Nov 21 Moses(es) Memphis, TN Making its Orpheum debut, internationally acclaimed Fist and Heel Performance Group presents Moses(es), a stunning exploration into our relationship with leadership and the effects of migration on beliefs and customs. Grounded in Zora Neale Hurston’s novel and Reggie Wilson’s travels to Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Mali, the work looks at diasporic movement out of Africa. The energetic fusion of modern and African dance is perfectly married to music by Louis Armstrong, The Klezmatics, Ngqoko Women's Ensemble, MaZarhar, Bi Kidude, Southern Sons, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and featuring songs including "Wade In the Water" and "Eli, Eli” sung live by the performers. The show reflects on how we lead and why we follow in a beautiful, enthralling way. Appropriate for all ages. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Nov 21 - Dec 28 Starry Nights Memphis, TN The Mid-South's most beloved holiday tradition comes back bigger and brighter during Orion Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park! Experience over 2 million LED lights illuminating the Park by car or carriage ride! Take pictures with Santa or ride a camel in the Mistletoe Village. Starry Nights opens November 21-December 28 including Thanksgiving + Christmas night. For more information and to purchase VIP tickets into the show, visit learn more

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