Who can even think of Memphis without thinking of one of the over 1000 songs that have this toe-tapping city in its lyrics? From Paul Simon’s Graceland to Chuck Berry’s Memphis, Tennessee and Tom Cochrane’s Life is a Highway, all have memorable tidbits to share about this inspiring place.
The strong musical roots have dated back for decades and many a famous artist has found its muse here and to this day, it’s one of the most sung about cities. This mid-south region has many reasons to be featured in songs all over the world never mind its Memphis in May month long celebration that features an incredible Beale Street Music Festival and the largest pork barbecue contest in the world.
May isn’t the only time to go to Memphis either. April is another fabulous month of song and dance featuring Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival that boasts the incredible African diversity and features a gluttony of vendor’s markets, music, and parades.
Summertime in Memphis means the Memphis Italian Festival, and you really don’t want to miss out on this incredible feat of musical acts, and Italian cooking competitions. And the Memphis Cotton Carnival is the highlight for locals and tourists alike as thousands of people gather to celebrate this historical event featuring an incredible diverse range of activities for families, young and old.
While tripping through this culturally fascinating place, you don’t want to miss the several film festivals that are featured here including the Indie Memphis Film Festival, the Memphis International Film and Music Festival, and the OutFlix. The Indie Film Festival has been named the Coolest Film Festival of the year by Movie Maker Magazine – high acclaim to be sure!
And musically, Memphis has it all from gospel, rock and roll, to country. Johnny Cash, Elvis, and BB King all found their groove on here and really paved the way for countless other artists to follow. The Sam Phillips’ Sun Studio is a must see on your Memphis tour and it’s really where all the greats began.
Strolling the South Main Arts District or Broad Street, you’re bound to hear jazz streaming from open loft windows and life street artists and djs spinning their trades right before your eyes and ears.
So do yourself and your musical aspirations a favor and trip the light fantastic to Memphis on your very next vacation and enjoy the sensations that will soothe your soul.