Levitt Shell: Where Elvis Put on the First-Ever Rock and Roll Show

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• August 11, 2015 • Comments are off for this post

It was a warm Memphis evening on July 30, 1954. The Levitt Shell, then known simply as the Overton Park Shell. was abuzz with excitement. Guests were eagerly awaiting that night's performer, an icon in the emerging genre of rock and roll: Elvis Presley. Historians consider his enthralling performance the very first rock and roll… Read more »

• July 21, 2015 • Comments are off for this post

When The Orpheum Theatre first debuted in 1890, it basically only had one job: to bring vaudeville to Memphis. It did just that for more than 30 years under the name The Grand Opera House. But tragedy struck in 1923; a fire broke out at The Orpheum and the place went up in flames. The… Read more »

• June 9, 2015 • Comments are off for this post

Even before celebrated musician B.B. King passed away at the ripe old age of 89, he was already a blues legend. In fact, he served as the namesake for one of Memphis's most popular clubs. In a city saturated with music, B.B. King's Blues Club managed to stand out in the crowd with its stellar… Read more »

• May 26, 2015 • Comments are off for this post

The botanical garden isn't just an escape for parents anymore; at Memphis Botanic Garden, kids can get in on the fun. My Big Backyard, an exhibit geared specifically toward families, introduces kids to the native plants of Tennessee and blooms from beyond via fun, hands-on gardens. They can learn how seedlings sprout into full-grown plants… Read more »

• April 14, 2015 • Comments are off for this post

From the old-timey sign hulking over Summer Avenue to the massive screens backed by trees, Malco Summer Drive-In paints a portrait of sunny summers past. Tucked away in Memphis—a city rife with history—the drive-in brings even more nostalgia to anyone who visits. Double features of first-run movies kick off promptly at dusk, so make sure… Read more »

• March 31, 2015 • Comments are off for this post

Otis Reading, Isaac Hayes, Albert King. Richard Pryor, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Johnnie Taylor. The Staple Singers, Booker T. & the MG’s, the Bar-Kays. These are just a handful of the legends that have recorded at Stax Records, the tiny studio and record shop that spawned Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It officially became Stax… Read more »

• February 24, 2015 • Comments are off for this post

Wolfchase Galleria is a popular indoor mall with ample shopping and food choices for Memphis residents and guests alike. Bring your walking shoes, because this is a larger shopping center, especially when compared to others in the Memphis area. You’ll find plenty of upscale selections and some more budget-friendly choices in fashion, sporting goods, shoes,… Read more »

• January 27, 2015 • Comments are off for this post

Overton Park is a cultural hub for the city of Memphis. In its 342 acres, you'll find the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis College of Art, the Memphis Zoo, and the Levitt Shell, to name just a few. According to Yelp reviewers, the Levitt Shell is one of the prettiest outdoor music venues… Read more »

• December 23, 2014 • Comments are off for this post

If you’re looking for a great all-day destination for your whole family in the Memphis area, Golf and Games Family Park has fun for everyone. Three miniature golf courses offer 54 holes of putt-putt action, including a winding water feature and a number of charming safari animals lining the links. On hot days, hop into… Read more »

• December 9, 2014 • Comments are off for this post

If you’re making a list of significant streets in American musical history, it starts with Beale Street in Memphis. Starting in the 1860s, many African-American bands began to call the area home, and when W.C. Handy moved there in the early 1900s, it was the beginning of an explosion of classic music. The 1970s saw… Read more »