The Gospel music at this historic church is so good, it is broadcast on three local radio stations: WBBP at 7am, WLOK at 8am and WDIA at 10:30a, every Sunday morning. Singers and musicians from around the Memphis area collaborate in creating a worship service that has hundreds of people on their feet singing every week. The location of the church, just off I-240 near the VA Medical Center, makes it easily accessible from any location in Memphis.'
In the old South, cotton was king and Memphis was the center of the cotton universe. The Memphis Cotton Exchange formed in 1874 to serve the interests of cotton growers and dealers in the Mid-South area. The Cotton Exchange Building, completed in 1924, is where prices were set, deals were sealed, and fortunes were made and lost. This Gothic-style building with beautiful arches has been featured in several movies made in Memphis. The building now houses offices and is not open for tours, but you can get a taste of the past at the Unknown Cafe in the basement. An office building without public hours.
Handy Park is a local park that is more than just a hang out for locals. It is a popular event venue that hosts summer concert series and concerts of local artists/bands.
Under the leadership of musical director Michael Ching, Opera Memphis has developed a reputation for its excellent productions of the classics while also promoting new and innovative American operas. Performances, staged in the restored Orpheum Theater at the end of Beale Street, have featured guest artists such as Kallen Esperian as well as stars from the Met. Musicians from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra accompany the opera. The Orpheum Theatre, located 203 South Main Street, is the site of excellent performances by notable theatre personalities.
Memphis once had two grand railway stations, back when trains crisscrossed the country. But the Union Station was torn down in 1967 and the Central Station, built in 1914, languished for years afterward. Now renovated, the station is a stop for Amtrak's "City of New Orleans" train on its way up and down the Mississippi, and also a site for shops, restaurants, apartments and offices. The complex is intended to become the center of an artists' colony and is of interest for historic value.
This Statue of Elvis —nine-and-a-half-feet tall and made of bronze—replicates the original that stood here from 1980 to 1994. That statue was removed and restored because of damage done by souvenir hunters. The original can be found at the Tennessee Welcome Center, which is open 24 hours daily. Have your photo made with Elvis here as many of his fans have done over two decades on historic Beale Street.
Situated atop the spectacular Memphis Pyramid, The Lookout At The Pyramid is a must visit to get an uninterrupted view of the city and the Mississippi River. For a fee of USD10, you can ride to the top of the tower in a detached elevator, where from the observation deck on the 28th floor, you can enjoy breath-taking panoramic views. When you are done, head inside to dig into a meal of New-American cuisine dishes, in the quirky retro space. With a massive aquarium set in the center and an array of decor that is inspired by a steam-punk theme, this eatery has a casual and fun ambiance. Sip on a crafted cocktail and sit back as you lose yourself to the incredible sights.
The Main Street Trolley consists of restored vintage trolley cars that offer views of downtown Memphis and the riverfront. One route runs up and down Main Street from the Pyramid to Central Station offering comfortable transportation to sights such as the Peabody Hotel, the Civil Rights Museum and Beale Street. The Riverfront Loop runs south down Main Street and crosses to Riverside drive providing an easy tour of Memphis and the Mississippi.
The Uptown Park makes up a narrow strip of land, between the Uptown Street and Greenlaw Avenue. Though the park may not be much in acreage, it still measures up to be quite a prominent place for the neighborhood’s residents. Primarily used for local community events, the Uptown Park is where events like the annual National Night Out Celebration take place, acting as a gathering point for the locals. Do pay a visit to this park if you are in Uptown, if not for an event, then just, perhaps, for a casual evening stroll.