Friday, June 15, 2007

Things To Do During Soul Week, Part 1

If you’re headed to Memphis during Soul Week, June 17th to t he 22nd, here a few things to do in Downtown Memphis:

BackBeat Tours
Orient yourself to the city and its rich musical history with one of the most entertaining music tours around. You'll ride in vintage style on "Miss Clawdy,” a vintage 1959 GM transit bus, climate controlled and fully restored all the way down to genuine naugahide seat covers, and learn the story of the "Memphis Sound.” From Beale Street's vibrant blues to the rockin' rhythms of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, from the stirring gospel heritage of the churches to the captivating grooves of Soulsville USA, you'll hear it all LIVE in a completely one-of-a-kind show on wheels. There's as much happening inside the Backbeat bus as outside - so get ready to shake, rattle and roll!

Beale Street
Once the heart and soul of Memphis’ African-American culture with its banks, beauty salons, dance halls, barber shops and other black-owned establishments, today’s Beale Street has re-emerged as the city’s focal point for live blues, R&B, jazz, soul and rock, as well as sizzling soul food and exotic gift shops. Home to several live music clubs, including B.B. King’s Blues Club, King’s Palace, Alfred’s, Rum Boogie Café, The Black Diamond, Hard Rock Café and more. See why they call this street the “Home of the Blues.”

Gibson Lounge @ the Gibson Guitar Factory
The smell of freshly carved tonewoods. The incandescent flutterings of abalone and pearl inlay. Classic details of a Gibson, arguably the most famous guitar brand in music. Gibson’s Memphis factory offers tours of its state-of-the-art production facility, home of the revered ES series guitars, which have been played by the likes of B.B. King, Scotty Moore, Carl Perkins and Chuck Berry. But that’s just the beginning. At the west end of the Gibson complex sits the Gibson Lounge, one of the most intimate venues in Memphis. Be sure to check out the Stax 50th Celebration of Soul - After Party featuring live performances by Stax artists on Friday June 22nd. Doors Open at 10pm, show starts at 11pm.

Tickets $27 can be purchased in advance at or in Gibson Retail Store.

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