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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 Jul 31 STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN Memphis, TN With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using his son's life-generating device, the Genesis Device, as the ultimate weapon. Doors open at 6pm. Arrive early for drink specials and pre-movie activities in the Orpheum lobby. Rated PG learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Aug 1 - 2 MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL Memphis, TN Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!® learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Aug 4 JILL SCOTT Memphis, TN Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the #1 album in the country with her new album "The Light Of The Sun," performing at The White House, being named People Magazine's Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons, The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late 90s. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Aug 6 Wendy Williams: Sit Down Tour... Too Real for Stand Up! Memphis, TN Wendy Williams, modern media legend and host of her popular Emmy nominated The Wendy Williams Show, brings her singular brand of talk, “tea,” and unbridled comedic style to America's stages for an unforgettable night with Wendy. This is not your daytime talk show host Wendy. This is Wendy live and uncensored, saying all the things that are in her head...Raw. On the Wendy Williams Sit Down Tour... Too Real For Stand Up, Wendy shares straight talk as only she can; telling it like it is with a slide show of pictures revealing slices of life that will touch and tickle the hearts and minds of many. learn more Memphis & Surrounding Areas Aug 7 Backstage Bash Memphis, TN Enter through the famous Stage Door on Beale Street and experience life behind the scenes while enjoying Memphis eats from Central BBQ and Hard Rock Café, beer, desserts from Frost Bake Shop, and a specialty cocktail from Buster’s Liquors & Wines. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy upscale appetizers as well as a private bar with complimentary libations. The event will also include a silent auction as well as a return of popular local cover band The Super5. Proceeds from the Backstage Bash will support the Orpheum’s Education programs. learn more

Memphis & Surrounding Areas City Guide

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