Music

2017
Mempho Music Festival launches, mixing national headliners with local legends and up-and-comers. Join in for two full days of concerts and glamping in Shelby Farms Park.

2014
Lafayette’s Music Room reopens in the Overton Square Entertainment District. Pop in any day of the week for live music by local favorites.

1984
The first International Blues Challenge goes down on Beale Street. Visit in January to experience the world’s largest battle of the blues bands.

1942
The New Daisy Theatre opens on Beale Street. Treat yourself to a concert, Daisyland dance club night or a luxe VIP room in the historic venue.

1969
Hi Records producer Willie Mitchell meets a singer named Al Green. See Mitchell’s trumpet at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

1966
Ardent Studios opens, making a name for bands from Big Star to ZZ Top. Hunt for memorabilia at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.

1957
Stax Records fuses gospel and R&B into Memphis Soul. Dance through the genre's hall of hit records at Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

1954
Elvis Presley records “That’s All Right (Mama)” inside today’s Sun Studio. The rest is rock 'n' roll history.

1909
W.C. Handy writes the first blues song inside a Beale Street saloon. Walk the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame to hear it.

1982
Graceland opens to the public. Take a picture at the gates, then tour the mansion and Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex.

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