If you are a music fan planning a trip to Memphis, all we can say is, Come on to the Mecca!
Memphis, known as the birthplace of the blues and rock-and-roll, is the music epicenter of the universe. With Elvis Presley's Graceland, world-famous Beale Street, the Smithsonian Rock 'N Soul Museum, Sun Studios, and, of course, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Gibson Guitar Factory, Memphis offers visitors attractions no other city in the world can claim.
And the music is not just in museums. On virtually every night of the week, Memphis' vast variety of clubs and concert halls are humming with every type of live music imaginable - blues, jazz, R&B, country, rockabilly, gospel, hip-hop, rock-and-roll, alternative, classical, reggae, and, of course, sweet Southern Soul. From tiny-smoked filled juke joints lit with neon beer signs, to concerts at the Memphis Grizzlies' new FedEx Forum and the new Cannon Center for the Performing Arts and every kind of venue in between, Memphis may not be the city that never sleeps, but it is certainly a city that's never without a constant beat.
But Memphis is more than just music. Awash in arts and culture, Memphis is home to two major art museums, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and The Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Its vibrant art gallery scene includes a concentration of activity iIn Downtown's South Main Arts District, where on the last Friday of each month trolley cars with champagne take visitors from gallery to gallery. In this same neighborhood, you can also take a horse-and-carriage ride to the incredible National Civil Rights Museum, at the site of the Lorraine Hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. Just a few minutes away is the National Ornamental Metal Museum perched high on a bluff overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River and the only museum in the world dedicated to the art of metal-smithing. The world-class Memphis Zoo draws millions of visitors each year (has been named Best Zoo in America two years in a row by Tripadvisor.com, who come to see Cat Country, Primate Canyon, panda bears, sea lions, Grizzles, and more.
- Memphis in May
- Sun Studio
- Center for Southern Folklore
- Smithsonian Rock N Soul Exhibit
- National Civil Rights Museum
- B.B. King's Memphis
- Lauderdale Courts
- Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission and Memphis Music Foundation
- Memphis Mojo - Real News, Reviews and Views on Memphis Entertainment
- Live From Memphis
- The Memphis Flyer :: the mid-south's news weekly
- Memphis Commercial Appeal - Memphis' Source for News and Information
- The Peabody Memphis
- American Dream Safari Tours
- The Memphis Flyer (extensive live music listings)