They say that this studio was born on Rock 'n Roll, and it's no wonder that this is where Elvis recorded "That's All Right", and after, his fame did nothing but grow. But it wasn´t the only style that flourished within its walls, jazz, blues, country or R & B also was popular. Artists like BB King, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash left their mark in this studio. If you want to know the place where Sun Records made magic, come here.
Less than 400 meters long, Beale Street is very important to the music world. On this street, rock n 'roll began during the late 40's and early 50's. Today it is a National Heritage Site in the United States. You can walk up and down several times and visit during both day and night. In the morning, the atmosphere is 'lighter' with more families and people interested in "where it all began," as the slogan goes. In the evening, there are more adults looking to get to know the bars a little better! The whole street is full of shops, bars and taverns with a single theme: blues and rock'n'roll. Every place is fun and inviting and your ears will leave satisfied no matter where you go. If you really want to turn up your level of experience, be sure to enter BB King's Blues Club. The souvenir shops on Beale Street tend to be more expensive than the rest of the city, but you can also get more unique things here like autographs, relics, posters, shirts, ashtrays, etc. Whatever comes to mind, they probably have it. After you find S 2nd Street (a major crossroad), keep walking and you'll find a statue of Elvis Presley worth photographing. If you walk down the street in the other direction, you'll find a small "walk of stars" which is engraved with the names of the greatest blues and rock n 'roll artists of all time. You can also see the Daisy Theatre (the old and new) and Handy Park where you can even play with a real band. To park, I recommend the Central Parking lot which is a six-story building. It is the most reliable and safe. And every Wednesday at 6:00 PM it becomes the meeting point for motorcycles across the country and it is definitely a sight to see. Beale Street is a "must" on your next visit to Memphis.
If you're in Memphis, Tennessee it's probably because you love rock 'n roll. And if so, you need to hear the sounds of Gibson guitars. So take advantage of where you are, and go to the factory. The Gibson guitar factory is across from the corner that connects the iconic Beale Street with George W. Lee Avenue, and it's impossible to miss when you're walking around and see their famous logo flashing over your head. In the Gibson Factory you can do two things: take the tour or wish you had taken the tour. I've been on both sides at one time and I can tell you it's better to do it than not to do it and be thinking "what if I had gone?"
The $10 entry costs are fully justified if you are a music or guitar lover. The ride lasts about 45 minutes and there is one every hour from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you arrive and find the tickets are sold out that day (which is likely to happen), you can buy them in advance for the next day (morning tours are less crowded than those in late afternoon). The tour of the Gibson factory is actually a very personal experience. So personal that you'll be breathing the sawdust coming off of the guitars that are being made at that moment. You'll see the workers cutting, filing, polishing, installing, painting, etc. the guitars. More "up close and personal" doesn't exist.
A guide, usually one of these factory workers will go on to explain, in English, all the steps it takes to build a Gibson: choosing wood, the climatic conditions, how long it takes from being cut up to being sold to who are the potential customers, among many other things. There are about five stops or stations for you to see all of these steps. At the end, you can ask questions. This particular Gibson factory built only box guitars used mainly for jazz. The rock n 'roll and other models are made in the factory in Nashville. At the end of the tour, you'll go out to a hallway where you'll see several guitars that were manufactured at the facility and used by famous people such as BB King. You can see and purchase about 50 different models of guitars at the Gibson shop in addition to other accessories. Don't expect to pay less than $1800 for a newly manufactured Gibson. You can find cheaper souvenirs such as guitar picks, keychains, stickers, guitar strings, magnets, etc. But really, the most important souvenir is the memory you have when you walk out that door knowing how the factory smells, how it feels, and how a Gibson is made.
There are plenty of unmissable places to visit, but nothing is more unmissable than the Sun Records recording studio. Artists like Johnny Cash, Rob Orbison, BB King and Elvis Presley recorded for the first time here, making it an important place in the history of modern music. This isn't just any recording studio ... this is where rock'n'roll was born
From 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM you can take a fascinating tour of the studios. Children under 11 can enter for free, and adults pay only $12 which, judging by the faces of those who do the tour, is more than generous. But if for some reason you don't want to take the tour, you can just stroll through the cafe, drink a milkshake, eat a hamburger and, of course, put some music on the jukebox! You'll be astonished at the wealth of details: authentic posters from the era, photos, seats embroidered with the names of great artists ... just the cafe is amazing! As the bartender told me, "This is the coolest place in Memphis. Yes, it is!"
A couple of extra notes - first, this is where you can find the best and cheapest souvenirs in the city. And secondly, there's free parking just behind the building.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an art museum in Memphis, Tennessee, in the United States. The Fine Arts building, registered in the U.S. National Landmark designed by James Gamble Rogers in the year 1913, was donated by Bessie Vance Brooks in memory of her husband, Samuel Hamilton Brooks. The cylindrical extension, opened in the year 1955, was designed by architect Everett Wood, who is from Memphis.
The University of Memphis Art Museum opened as a space to showcase contemporary art. In 1994, the gallery was renamed the University Art Museum at the University of Memphis, hosting the Institute of Egyptian Art and Permanent Archaeology Collection, part of the Faculty of communication and Fine Arts, where they hold the annual student exhibition with a jury.
The National Civil Rights Museum, was constructed around the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr was killed. The museum's exhibits tell the story of the struggle for African American civil rights and the arrival of the first Africans in the British colonies in the year 1619. It is open for visits every day except Mondays.
A property that offers majestic views, covering the lakes and forests, with gardens and a renowned Japanese Garden of tranquility and Sensory Garden. A place to relax inviting visitors to walk through the gardens while discovering wildlife species from the region.
The Children's Museum of Memphis is not a museum, but in regards to children's educational games, this place is full of interactive activities . They can climb a skyscraper or explore a fire truck and police motorcycle. There is also a miniature grocery store, where they can bring their own basic food carts and where they can write checks.
Anyone visiting Memphis has to go to Handy Park. As you walk past the New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street, you'll see the Pepsi Pavilion Center, which marks the start of the park. It's used as a venue for both large and small gigs, which are always free. However, its most common use is as a market, with booths selling crafts and women's accessories like bracelets, earrings and necklaces ... all those things that you pick up on a whim and never wear because they don't go with anything in your wardrobe!
There are also always bands playing for tips in Handy Park, covering old rock standards. Sometimes they'll ask you if you play an instrument, and offer to let you play with the band. If you say yes, they'll give you a list of songs to choose from and only then, when you're riding high on the thought of playing in Memphis with a real live rock 'n' roll band, will they tell you the cost ... $20. It seems that fame and glory don't come for free.