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 Aug 22 Casablanca Memphis, TN In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 5 Rocky Horror Picture Show Memphis, TN It's the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet encounter a problem when they car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? Especially when a large group of Transylvanians dance to the 'Time Warp,' Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man, and a whole host of participation for the audience to enjoy. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 11 Gladys Knight Memphis, TN One of the great soul singers, Gladys Knight has been a performer since her childhood years, forming the Pips with her brother Merald and other family members. Together, they recorded unforgettable hits like "Every Beat of My Heart," "Letter Full of Tears" and "Giving Up." Steeped in the gospel tradition, like so many soul singers, Gladys Knight & the Pips developed into one of Motown's most dependable acts. The Pips scored big hits with rabble-rousers like "Friendship Train," mainstream mid tempo soul like "It Should Have Been Me” and "The End of Our Road," and smooth ballads like "If I Were Your Woman." Knight also recorded "Neither One of Us," which hit number two. The group went on to record smash hits like "Midnight Train to Georgia,” "I've Got to Use My Imagination," and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me." VENUE: The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main Street, Memphis TN 38103 DATES: Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:00 PM TICKETS: $62.50 - $82.50 BOX OFFICE: 901.525.3000 WEB: learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 12 Classic Comedy Jam Memphis, TN The Classic Comedy Jam stars Lavell Crawford with special guests Dominique, Cocoa Brown and Jammin Jay Lamont. Headlining the show is Lavell Crawford, an American stand-up comedian and actor who is known for being BET Comicview’s last comic standing and for playing Hughely on AMC’s Breaking Bad. Crawford’s guests include Dominique, whose high-powered comedy and strong point of view has been seen and acclaimed in comedy clubs across the country; Cocoa Brown, whose mind-blowing humor can also be seen in Tyler Perry’s critically acclaimed comedy series “For Better or Worse” and his recent film Single Mom’s Club; and Jammin Jay Lamont, known to many as “The Human iPod” who has been featured on BET, Comedy Central, Showtime at the Apollo, Jamie Foxx presents “Laffapalooza” and Martin Lawrence’s “1st Amendment.” VENUE: The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main Street, Memphis TN 38103 DATES: Friday, September 12, 2014 8:00 PM TICKETS: $52.50 - $62.50 BOX OFFICE: 901.525.3000 WEB: 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 City Guide