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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 Sep 5 - 6 Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Memphis, TN Downtown Memphis comes alive as the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival returns to Downtown Memphis. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 6 Annual 1340 WLOK Stone Soul Picnic Memphis, TN The tradition continues as WLOK host one the largest free outdoor concerts in the Mid-South, with entertainment and fun for the whole family throughout the day. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 9 I Will Dance Memphis, TN This inspirational documentary follows young people from an integrated theater program in Selma, Alabama as they journey to New York City to dance their hearts out, defy statistics, and share their stories. Filmmaker will host a post-show Q&A learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 10 - 12 26th Southern Heritage Classic 2015 Memphis, TN Thousands come back annually for the lively tailgate parties; to cheer on historically black college rival football teams - Tennessee State University and Jackson State University; to tee off in the celebrity golf tournament; for a glimpse at women's fall fashions; and to experience music made in Memphis and other familiar rhythms. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Sep 10 Gladys Knight Memphis, TN One of the great soul singers, Gladys Knight was a performer from her childhood years, forming the Pips with her brother Merald and a couple cousins. They made the Top Ten in 1961 with the heavily doo wop-influenced "Every Beat of My Heart," and recorded some fine, nowadays overlooked pop-soul sides for the Fury and Maxx labels in the early and mid-'60s, sometimes under the direction of songwriter Van McCoy. A couple singles from this period, "Letter Full of Tears" and "Giving Up," made the Top 40, but Knight didn't hit her commercial stride until she moved to Motown in 1966. learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide

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