Travel by motor coach to Sun Studio. Walking a couple of blocks to Rock n Soul.
At the hotel.
Learn about the Mighty Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the chief river of the largest drainage system in North America. Flowing entirely in the United States, it rises in northern Minnesota and meanders slowly southwards for 2,530 miles to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 31 US states and 2 Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth longest and tenth largest river in the world. We will walk a short distance to The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the first ever jointly developed by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of American History (NMAH). It came out of a traveling exhibition on the roots of uniquely American music in the South from “field hollers” to work songs, blues, country, and gospel. These more countrified forms gradually met and mingled with their urban cousins: blues, jazz, and what became rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and soul music. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum debuted in August 2004. It charts the story of a field of music that has had a tremendous impact on popular culture and lifestyles from the mid-20th Century through today. It also documents the story of musical pioneers who overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create music that changed our world. The museum’s digital audio guide lets you move at your own pace through seven galleries of audio-visual programs, instruments, costumes, other musical treasures, and more than 300 minutes of information including more than 100 songs. Afterwards, we’ll head over to Sun Studio. Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded there throughout the mid to late 1950s. See where they made musical history.
Lunch will be on your own in downtown Memphis to enjoy what you like. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.
After lunch, we will take the motor coach to Sun Studio. Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded there throughout the mid to late 1950s. See where they made musical history. After spending time at Sun Studio, you will have a free afternoon. We recommend going to the Civil Rights Museum and viewing the Peabody Ducks later that afternoon.
Dinner will be at a local popular restaurant. The atmosphere is laid back, the live music is Jazz, blues, and standards, and the mouth-watering menu is a reflection of cultural interchange up and down the Mississippi with Cajun specialties, Memphis-style BBQ, and more. Your meal includes beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.
At leisure. You can stay on to enjoy live blues music at King’s Palace Café. Or, you might like to walk over to the nearby Rum Boogie Café for more music to delight your senses. If you want still more music, continue exploring Beale Street on your own. This is the heart and soul of old Memphis, home to pioneering musicians such as W.C. Handy, who wrote the first blues song here in 1909. No other landmark has held such mystique, intrigue, fame and infamy over the years. Beale Street was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and by the early 1980's a full tilt renovation was taking place. Today, not only the Blues is heard on Beale Street, but Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Fusion, and Reggae.