Elvis Week is steadily approaching, a week that most Memphians love to hate, but if you let yourself kick back and enjoy the ride, you won’t be disappointed. It is a week of events from August 8- August 17 that bring out the kooky and the cool from all around the world to celebrate the life of Rock n Roll’s favorite icon, Elvis Presley. Tickets for all the fun can be found here.
I would recommend checking out at least one night of the Hard Rock Last Chance Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The first three rounds will be hosted at the new and improved Hard Rock Café on August 8, 9, and 10 at its new home on Beale Street in the Lansky building. The final two rounds will be held at Orpheum Theatre on August 12 and 14. Who doesn’t want to watch a bunch of sweaty, old dudes breaking out their best Elvis impressions?
If you are more at the tour bus speed, the Hound Dog Tour by Backbeat Tours is definitely for you. You will hit all the Elvis landmarks including Sun Studio, Humes High School, Overton Park Shell, and Lansky Bros. Clothing, all while listening to all your favorite Elvis songs performed live on the “music bus.” Hitch a ride with these guys on August 9 or 10 and tickets can be purchased here.
An event that you won’t find on any reputable list is the Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl. If you want to get in on the fun while enjoying a few adult beverages on Beale, grab your shades, quaff the pompadour, and meet up at The Flying Saucer on August 9 at 7:00pm. You won’t even have to feel guilty when that Call a Cab makes you vomit on your jumpsuit, because it’s for charity. Bring non-perishable, individually wrapped snack foods or a stuffed animal for FedEx Family house.
The annual Candlelight Vigil, which has a special way of bringing the locals and the tourists together, will be held at 8:30pm on August, 15 at the Gates of Graceland. Carry a candle up the driveway to Elvis’ grave-site, and join everyone in remembering the man and legend. Admission is free and the gates remain until everyone wishing to participate has had the opportunity. If you don’t want to be last in line at the crack of dawn the next morning, you should probably get there a little early.
If you find yourself a little “Elvised-out” there are plenty of other ways to enjoy this fine city. If you have never been to Memphis, you are probably wondering what that smell is. You can solve this mystery with a little trip over to the new Central BBQ location in the South Main area, conveniently located just spitting distance from The National Civil Rights Museum. I would also advise a visit to Overton Square, which has recently gone through a serious transformation, new restaurants, bars, and shops are opening in the area daily.