If you’re visiting Memphis soon, there are plenty of fantastic ways to tour the area. From Elvis tours to studio tours, Memphis is known for its musical influences, but if you’re looking for a unique way to experience all that this wonderful Southern city has to offer, make sure to catch the Memphis Mojo Tour on a vintage buss and with a local musician as a guide! You’ll laugh and groove with the music as you are guided past the many sights. Here are just a few places you’ll visit on the tour:
From the headquarters of Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War to the proclaimed birthplace of rock and roll, Beale Street has a history that steadily runs through the veins of Americana. With more than two dozen different clubs and shops in the area, the area offers visitors a distinct style of partying, shopping, and sightseeing in the area. Have a meal at the Blues City Café, shop for one-of-a-kind items, and more!
The story of Stax Records is one of a cultural phenomenon that changed the culture of music forever, locally as well as nationally and even internationally. What began as a tiny record store in an old movie theater grew to become one of the most important recording studios in the world. Starting in 1959, the studio began launching the careers of unknowns who would become icons, including artists like Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, and even comedy legends like Bill Cosby, Moms Mabley, and Richard Pryor! The studio is now the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
Before Martin Luther King, Jr., stayed there, the Lorraine Hotel was a typical Southern-style hotel. Although it was only accessible to whites in the beginning, after World War II, it had become a black establishment serving jazz musicians and other celebrities of the time. But everything changed in 1968, when on April 4 Martin Luther King was assassinated at the hotel. Since then, the hotel has been converted into the National Civil Rights Museum in 1991.
Sun Studio (available on the Extended Mojo Tour)
When you visit the Sun Studio, you can stand among the greatness of rock and roll artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, as those artists and others began their careers in this very studio. Opened in 1950, the owners could never have known the impact that their business venture would produce or that the studio would be considered the birthplace of rock and roll! This is the only recording studio to be named a National Historic Landmark.
With the Memphis Mojo Tour, you’ll get to see the hot spots in the city and enjoy the music on the tour. Learn all about the rich history of music in the city, and join in with the music-making! Tambourines, shakers, and bongos located throughout the bus let you take the fun into your own hands!